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My Blog Guest: Judy Penz Sheluk on "Fine Tuning Your Manuscript"

If you are not already following my blog, you may have missed the return of author Judy Penz Sheluk to the blog. 

In a laugh out loud guest post she discussed how errors can slip through the system.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 20, 2017 at 10:42pm — No Comments

A Mental Health Sunday

Despite having a ton of things around here to do including doing something about replacing the printer that decided to go belly-up yesterday, I said to heck with it today and sat outside reading. I'm a bit sunburned, especially in my face, but it was well worth it. For a few hours, I forgot about things as I was lost in the latest read from John Sandford by way of the Plano Public Library System.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 20, 2017 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Guest Reviewer JJ Stickeny

Having recently reviewed The Last Collar by Lawrence Kelter and Frank Zafiro as well as The Origins of Benjamin Hackett by Gerald M. O'Connor, John Stickeny is back with another review.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 20, 2017 at 10:32pm — No Comments

FFB Review for March 17, 2017

Today for Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott, I reminded you of It Happened One Knife.

This is the second book of what is now known as the Comedy Tonight Mystery Series. It follows…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 20, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

FFB Review for March 3, 2017

FFB today includes my review of Some Like It Hot Buttered which is the first book of what is now known as the Comedy Tonight Mystery Series.

I first reviewed this book back in April 2008. Jeff has gone on to write quite a few more books in various series and continues to…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 4, 2017 at 9:59am — No Comments

Review: A Turtle Roars In Texas: An Al Quinn Novel (Book 2) by Russ Hall

Detective Wayon Gallard has only been a detective for a month so the deceased woman hanging like a scarecrow at the Three Sisters Organic Farm might be a bigger case than he is ready to handle. Though he has been with the department for eleven years, Gallard has been a detective barely a month. Not even…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on March 4, 2017 at 9:57am — No Comments

Review: A Dying Fall: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths

Fifth in the Ruth Galloway series opens with eighteen-month-old Kate answering the phone in that special way familiar to many parents. After that brief moment of levity, the mood turns somber, as Caz has called. Ruth and Carol, who always went by “Caz” back in their university days and still does,…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 20, 2017 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Review: An Unsettling Crime For Samuel Craddock: A Samuel Craddock Mystery Prequel by Terry Shames

Billed as a Samuel Craddock Mystery Prequel the latest read from author Terry Shames takes readers back decades ago when a young Samuel Craddock came home to be police chief of the small south Texas town, Jarret Creek. It is the mid-80s and the city council wants a younger man to deal with the…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 20, 2017 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Review: A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths

Kate is going to be a year old as of November1, 2009 and her mother, Doctor Ruth Galloway, is keenly aware that in all likelihood she is failing at motherhood across the board.

It is one thing to be head of Forensic Archelogy at the University of North Norfolk. It is quite another thing to raise a…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 20, 2017 at 11:56am — No Comments

Review: The Wrong Side Of Goodbye: A Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly

While he has spent most of the last year suing the LAPD over his forced retirement, these days Harry Bosch is a private detective when he isn’t working as a reserve officer for the San Fernando PD. Bosch works for free as the small department does not have the funds to pay him. For Bosch it is a chance…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 20, 2017 at 11:36am — No Comments

Review News

If you are not already following my blog, you may have missed the news I had a new review up earlier this week.

I reviewed An Unsettling Crime For Samuel Craddock: A Samuel Craddock Mystery Prequel by Terry Shames. After five books in the series, author Terry Shames takes readers back…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on February 9, 2017 at 10:53pm — No Comments

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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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on December 27, 2016 at 2:10am — No Comments

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