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FFB Review for February 3, 2017

For FFB last week, Barry Ergang reviewed TRIAL BY FURY by Craig Rice. This week it is another all new review as Barry considers THE CRAZY MIXED-UP CORPSE by Michael Avallone. Come read! 

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 4, 2017 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Guest Reviewer Today

Please welcome guest reviewer John Stickney to the blog today. This is his first review here and hopefully there will be many more. Today he reviews THE LAST COLLAR by Lawrence Kelter and Frank Zafiro. …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 30, 2017 at 12:36pm — No Comments

FFB Review for January 27, 2017

I was gone most of Friday dealing with things related to my Mom’s death earlier this month. So I was not around to mention the fact that Barry Ergang had contributed a review for Friday’s Forgotten Books.

Barry reviewed TRIAL BY FURY by Craig Rice. Come take a look.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 30, 2017 at 12:56am — No Comments

My Blog Guest Today

Please welcome back Jeanne of the Bookblog of the Bristol Public Library as she considers the topic of “Fictitious Fiction” at 

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 27, 2017 at 5:55am — No Comments

My Blog Guest Today

If you have not already come by the blog, come on by and read the guest post from Jeanne of the Bookblog of the Bristol Library.

She explains the personal influence on “My Own Golden Age Mysteries.”…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 8, 2017 at 8:33am — No Comments

Review: The Adventures of Quinn Higgins Boy Detective: The Case of the Secret of Crater Lake by Douglas Quinn

As The Case of the Secret of Crater Lake begins, it is late summer and just a few weeks after The Case of the Gray Ghost’s Belt Buckle. In a few more weeks, Quinn Higgins will be entering the fifth grade at Churchland Elementary back home, but right now he is in Oregon.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 7, 2017 at 11:47am — No Comments

FFB Review for January 6, 2016

Back in 2008, I read my first book by Texas author Bill Crider. That book was OF ALL SAD WORDS: A SHERIFF DAN RHODES MYSTERY.

I was hooked. Today, as part of Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott, I share my review from 2008 again.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 7, 2017 at 7:39am — No Comments

FFB Review for December 30, 2016

For my last FFB review of 2016, I offer my review of the fourth book in the Ruth Galloway Mystery Series, A ROOM FULL OF BONES. …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 1, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments

My Guest Today

Kicking off this final week of December is Judy Penz Sheluk with a drink recipe.

It ties into her mystery, The Hanged Man’s Noose. Depending on how the holiday weekend was at your place you may really need this today….…

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FFB Review for December 23, 2016

In case you have not made it by my blog yet today, as part of Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott, I reviewed the mystery novella titled THE EMPTY MANGER.

Written by Bill Crider, the read features his long running series character, Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County,…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 24, 2016 at 1:56pm — No Comments

My Guest Today

Earl Staggs is back today with another “History’s Rich With Mysteries” guest blog post. Today he considers the case of Mary Surrat.  …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 19, 2016 at 12:19am — No Comments

FFB Review for December 16, 2016

Barry Ergang reviews The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini as part of FFB.…





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Review: Hollow Point: A Short Story by O’Neil De Noux

As Hollow Point: A Short Story begins it is 1984 in New Orleans and Casey Aloysius is once again the target of a manhunt by the New Orleans Police Department. Six years ago he went to prison in Angola for a raping a ten year old girl. The parole board granted his release so he got free three days…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 15, 2016 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Review: Fast Women and Neon Lights: Eighties-Inspired Neon Noir Editor Michael Pool

Eighteen complex short stories make up the anthology Fast Women and Neon Lights. As made clear by the subtitle, Eighties-Inspired Neon Noir the tales in this book are noir in style and heavily steeped  in the glitz and glamour of the 80s. The music, the hair, the clothes all…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 13, 2016 at 8:25am — No Comments

Review: The House at Sea’s End: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths

It is March when Detective Sergeant David Clough gets the call from his girlfriend, Trace. With her purple spiked hair and piercings, one might be surprised at their relationship. Marriage is not planned at this point, unlike the upcoming one for Detective Sergeant Judy Johnson, who is gaining martial…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 13, 2016 at 7:23am — No Comments

Review: The Janus Stone: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths

As The Janus Stone begins, Dr. Ruth Galloway, head of the forensic archelogy at the University of North Norfolk, is called to a dig site in the town of Norwich. A very large Victorian style house and accompanying grounds are being massively modified and rebuilt into seventy-five luxury apartments.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 10, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

FFB Review Today December 9, 2016

Back in March and April of 2013, Barry Ergang and I in separate reviews gave our thoughts on The Drifter Detective.

It seemed fitting more than three years later and with seven books more in the series at this point that for FFB today I run those reviews again. Therefore, as an FFB…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 10, 2016 at 7:32am — No Comments

SMFS Blog Guest Post by Debra H. Goldstein

If you have not gone by the SMFS blog yet today, please go read the guest post from Debra H. Goldstein that went up overnight. As head of the Sisters In Crime Short Story Initiative talked about a little bit earlier in the week, Debra explains the background to the project and its importance.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 10, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Blog Guest

Back in August, Judy Penz Sheluk gave us all some advice on “Becoming A Professional Writer.” She is back  with the topic of “Writing The Book Inside Your Head.” …

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 8, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Review: Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense by J. A. Jance

The last days of August would have been hard enough for Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady, as it was. She has to make funeral arrangements for her mom, Eleanor, and her stepfather, George. What was initially believed to be a simple motor vehicle accident involving their RV as they returned to Bisbee, Arizona was…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 27, 2016 at 3:42am — No Comments

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