Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to Slay a Gremlin

How to Slay a Gremlin

Four Lies Book Publicists Will Tell You

Four Lies Book Publicists Will Tell You

Only 99 Cents for THE DEPUTY by Victor Gischler AND LOTS MORE

I very much enjoyed THE DEPUTY by Victor Gischler way back in July 2010 when I reviewed it here. For today and I don't know how much longer a digital copy is only 99 cents if you use the code DHS25 at Tyrus Books.

UPDATE--- More info from Ben Leroy as posted on Facebook:

Everything we've ever published by Reed Farrel Coleman is being featured as part of our March Madness sale today. $.99 ebooks when you use discount code "DHS25" The sale also includes Craig McDonald's EL GAVILAN and Victor Gischler's THE DEPUTY.

THIRTEEN books for you. If you wanted all of them, you could make that happen for less than $13. Who loves you? I love you.

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: It's Never Too Soon to Get Those Orders In

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: It's Never Too Soon to Get Those Orders In: Between the Living and the Dead: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries): Bill Crider: 9781250039705: Books

Making pre-orders work for you by Neil Plakcy

Making pre-orders work for you by Neil Plakcy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Another Look: THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE (1956 Western, starring Glenn Ford)

Another Look: THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE (1956 Western, starring Glenn Ford)

The Southwest Armchair Traveler: Review: Buried Treasures of the American Southwest...

The Southwest Armchair Traveler: Review: Buried Treasures of the American Southwest...: Buried Treasures of the American Southwest :  Legends of Lost Mines, Hidden Payrolls, and Spanish Gold W. C. Jameson Publisher: Au...

Chemo Cancelled

Sandi's blood work indicated that her platelet count was way too low for chemo. Everything that was planned for today and tomorrow has been cancelled and moved back to Thursday and Friday. So, we ran a couple of errands and are now home.

Rights Grab: Omni Reboot

Rights Grab: Omni Reboot

Disabled World: Cancer Drug Prices Skyrocket Since 1995

Disabled World: Cancer Drug Prices Skyrocket Since 1995

By the time you read this we will be at Texas Oncology at Medical City Dallas Hospital so Sandi can do blood work and see the doctor before she starts another round of chemo later this morning. I don't know about prices going back to 1995.  I can tell you that since Sandi was diagnosed in November 2011 we have seen some of the prices of the drugs she has to have not just triple and quadruple as some of the drugs have while most have gone up by a factor of ten. Are her drugs the "leading drugs" cited in the study? I have no idea.

#Privacy: Keeping the Cookie Monster Out of Your Browser

#Privacy: Keeping the Cookie Monster Out of Your Browser

Righting Crime Fiction--- Interviewing: Locating Fictional Witnesses

Righting Crime Fiction-- Interviewing: Locating Fictional Witnesses

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wildcatter Exchange 2015 March 27 – 29, 2015 In the Historic South Main Village in Fort Worth

Via Graham Powell and big time thanks .....

"If you want to tip off your readers to an event, there's a festival in Fort Worth this weekend. Jesse Sublett will be at The Gallery at Landers Machine Company at 207 East Broadway, Fort Worth, at about 3:00 Saturday, and Joe Lansdale will be there at 4:30.

 The web site for the festival is

Amazon Adds New Review Options Via Drop Down Menus

Amazon Adds New Review Options Via Drop Down Menus

The traditional way mentioned in the article is not always available as I discovered over the weekend while posting new reviews. I hate the new menu options, but I also hate two sentence reviews. This change seems geared to encourage more of the two sentence review style of things there.

Mystery author --Randy Wayne White-- in the area on Wednesday

Randy Wayne White, author of the "Doc Ford" mystery series will be in the area on Wednesday.  He'll discuss his book, Cuba Straits" at the North Richland Hills Public Library at 1:00 PM and at the Allen Public Library at 6:30 PM that evening.  Call each library for additional details if interested.

Cheap Words

Monday With Kaye: "The Setup Man" by T. T. Monday (Review by Kaye George)

Kaye George returns for another “Monday With Kaye” segment that has quickly become one of the more popular ones on the blog. This week she considers The Setup Man by T. T. Monday…..

The Setup Man by T. T. Monday

Don’t shy away from this mystery if you’re not a baseball fan. The industry is seamlessly interwoven into the story and you’ll pick up all you need to know without any effort. If you are a baseball fan, dive in headfirst.

Johnny Adcock is a setup man for the San José Bay Dogs baseball team. A setup man, in modern baseball, is a pitcher who is called in for only a few pitches and not in every game. And he hardly ever bats. He has plenty of free time and gets paid more money than he knows what to do with. So he does private investigating in his off time, a profession he fell into but now loves.

The team’s backup catcher, a young, genuinely nice kid named Frankie Herrera approaches Adcock to solve his problem: some porno films his wife made before they were married. When Frankie is killed in a car accident soon after that, the whole mess doesn’t smell right. Adcock swings into action, assembling his off-diamond team, a rainbow mix of oddballs. He soon discovers that what he knows is the tip of a very deep, very dirty iceberg. Toss in his ex-wife and fourteen-year-old daughter, and you’re in for a good read.

This is the author’s first thriller, but I hope it’s not his last.

Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of Death in the Time of Ice for Suspense Magazine


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Once Upon a Time IX: Reading Fantasy, Folklore, and More

Once Upon a Time IX: Reading Fantasy, Folklore, and More

New Reviews on Euro Crime: Alaux & Balen, Bauer, Bilal, Fowler, Hannah, Judd, Shepherd, Todd, Whitney

Here are nine reviews which have been added to the Euro Crime website today, four have appeared on the blog since last time, and five are completely new.

Please welcome new reviewer Ewa Sherman who makes her debut today.

A reminder that FriendFeed is being withdrawn on 9 April, so our crime and mystery group has new home on Facebook - Petrona's Crime and Mystery Friends ( It's a closed group but there are admins in all time zones so you won't have to wait long to be approved. Do join us - new members are very welcome!

NB. You can keep up to date with Euro Crime by following the blog and/or liking the Euro Crime Facebook page (

New Reviews

Laura Root reviews Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noel Balen's 'Deadly Tasting' tr. Sally Pane the fourth in their cozy Winemaker series;

Michelle Peckham reviews Belinda Bauer's 'The Shut Eye';

Lynn Harvey reviews Parker Bilal's 'The Burning Gates', the fourth in his Makana series set in Egypt;

Mark Bailey reviews Christopher Fowler's 'Bryant & May - The Burning Man', the twelfth in this series which features London's Peculiar Crimes Unit;

Amanda Gillies reviews Mari Hannah's 'Killing for Keeps', the fifth in the Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels series;

Ewa Sherman reviews Alan Judd's 'Inside Enemy' which is the fourth in the Charles Thoroughgood series;

Terry Halligan reviews Lynn Shepherd's 'The Pierced Heart', the fourth in the Charles Maddox series;

Terry also reviews Charles Todd's 'A Fine Summer's Day' a prequel in the Inspector Rutledge series

and Susan White reviews Rebecca Whitney's debut, 'The Liar's Chair'. or via the blog:

Previous reviews can be found in the review archive (

Forthcoming titles can be found by author or date or by category, here ( along with releases by year.

best wishes,
Karen M

Earl Staggs Loves His Two Perfect Jobs

Earl Staggs Loves His Two Perfect Jobs

KDP is for Chumps

KDP is for Chumps

Bay Area Book Festival Defends Author Solutions Sponsorship

Bay Area Book Festival Defends Author Solutions Sponsorship

KRL This Week Update

Up this morning in Kings River Life Magazine​ a review & giveaway of "Dying For A Cupcake" by Denise Swanson​

Also up, a review & giveaway of "Swan Dive" by Kendell Lynn, published by Henery Press​

We also have a fun article about the many women who have played Agatha Christie's Miss Marple through the years in movies and on TV

And we have​ a review & giveaway of "My Troubles", a mystery short story anthology by Molly MacRae​

We also have​ a review & giveaway of "Quicksand" by Gigi Pandian​ ​

And we have​ a mystery short story by Guy Belleranti

We also have​ an article about Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax

Lastly, for those who also like fantasy, a review & giveaway of "Witch Upon A Star" by Jennifer Harlow​
Happy reading,

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mystery authors & bookstores! Ask me about it!
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Stephen King's Joyland - Coming in New Illustrated Edition

Stephen King's Joyland - Coming in New Illustrated Edition

To The Gallows (The Legend of Cole Winters Book 1) – G. S. Luckett

To The Gallows (The Legend of Cole Winters Book 1) – G. S. Luckett

Arrow S03 E16: "The Offer"

Arrow S03 E16: "The Offer"

“The Curious Case of the Novel in Stories” (by Art Taylor)

“The Curious Case of the Novel in Stories” (by Art Taylor)

Lesa's Latest Contest-- English Mystery Giveaway

This week, I'm giving away copies of Charles Finch's The Laws of Murder & Edgar nominee for Best First Novel Murder at Brightwell by Ashley Weaver. Details on my blog at Entries from the U.S. only, please.

Lesa Holstine 

Murder on the Menu: A Tasty Giveaway

Murder on the Menu: A Tasty Giveaway

Davy Crockett's Almanack of Mystery, Adventure and The Wild West: Forgotten Books: THE CONTINENTAL OP (1974) by Dash...

Davy Crockett's Almanack of Mystery, Adventure and The Wild West: Forgotten Books: THE CONTINENTAL OP (1974) by Dash...: I'm in an Op mood this week because my story "The Continental Opposite" (bringing the old guy out of retirement) appears i...

Dallas MWASW-- Reminder - next meeting April 4, 2015

R. Vance Dell

A Round Trip to the Heart of Darkness

Currently a radiologist and breast-imaging subspecialist at John Peter Smith Health Network, Vance Dell received his aerospace training in the U.S. Air Force and served as a Flight Surgeon while stationed at Osan Air Force Base, Republic of Korea, and Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina.

While Chief of Aeromedical Services in Charleston, Vance received the Air Force Humanitarian Service Medal for leading the medical elements of the massive rescue mission for survivors of the Jonestown Guyana cult-related mass poisoning tragedy. He has graciously agreed to share that stunning experience with us.


The Dallas MWASW group meets the first Saturday of each month at Texas Land & Cattle, 812 South Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080. Meeting time is 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. There is a $5.00 door fee, cash only. All who attend are invited to remain for lunch. Contact info:

James E. Gaskin
Writer / Consultant / Speaker
Latest book: Email From a Dead Friend (Kindle)

Friday, March 20, 2015

The List-- Friday's Forgotten Books, March 20, 2015

The List--Friday's Forgotten Books, March 20, 2015

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Kittens Can Kill by Clea Simon

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Kittens Can Kill by Clea Simon: Reviewed by Jeanne When animal behaviorist Pru Marlowe makes a house call, she expects to take a new kitten for a wellness check a...

BookEnds Literary Agency: Bill Crider's Cozy Reading Corner

BookEnds Literary Agency: Bill Crider's Cozy Reading Corner: This rocking chair belonged to my grandmother, and you can see behind it a small portion of the reading material I’ve accumulated to read w...


Finally home as the place was an absolute  zoo today. Blood work--when it was finally done an hour late-- was okay so they eventually sent us on our way.

Chemo next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bullet Points: St. Paddy’s Week Edition

Bullet Points: St. Paddy’s Week Edition

Michael Lister, Guest Author

Michael Lister, Guest Author

FFB Review: "Unfaithful Servant" by Timothy Harris-- Reviewed by Barry Ergang

Barry is back this Friday with his latest review. One of many that will be mentioned on Patti Abbott’s blog so make sure you also check the list.

UNFAITHFUL SERVANT (2004) by Timothy Harris

Reviewed by Barry Ergang

I might as well say this right at the beginning: Unfaithful Servant is one of the best hardboiled detective novels I’ve read in a long time.

I discovered Timothy Harris’s work in the early 1980s when I stumbled upon a paperback edition of Good Night and Good-Bye. Cover copy hyped it as being “in the tradition of The Long Goodbye,” which automatically demanded that I read it because The Long Goodbye is my favorite novel. Read it I did, and found some similarities to Raymond Chandler’s masterwork, but was also pleased to see that, unlike too many other authors who tried unconvincingly to imitate Chandler, Harris chose to write in his own style, which is colorful and entertaining. As a result of loving the book, which I later acquired in hardback, I bought a copy of Kyd for Hire, Harris’s first novel about Southern California private investigator Thomas Kyd, which I recall thinking reminded in me ways of The Big Sleep, and which I also quite enjoyed.

Then I waited over thirty years for another Thomas Kyd novel. Fortunately, Unfaithful Servant—which description can refer to Kyd as well as to others in the story—was eminently worth the wait.

When Kyd is approached by fourteen-year-old Hugo Vine, who offers him a fifteen-thousand-dollar Rolex to watch his parents, his refusal sets the boy raging insults and obscenities at him. A few months later he encounters Hugo yet again. Their conversation is brief because Kyd is on a case and hasn’t time for a lengthy chat.

Hugo is the son of Hollywood actress Sally Vine and her late producer husband Daniel Vine, as Kyd learns when he’s contacted by Sally’s lawyer and summoned to the Vine home, threatened with the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In attendance at the meeting are the lawyer, Hugo’s therapist, a deputy city attorney, and a Robbery-Homicide detective with an attitude. It isn’t until the meeting ends that Kyd meets Raj LaSalle, Sally’s current husband, and Sally herself. The actress transparently manipulates the reluctant Kyd into accepting the job of keeping an eye on Hugo, who may or may not be using or dealing drugs, to learn what he’s up to and to prevent him from getting into trouble.

Doing so results in a stormy relationship with a determined, possibly disturbed, and ultimately endangered Hugo because it isn’t long before Kyd learns that the boy is certain his father’s death was not a skiing accident but a deliberate murder, and that he, Hugo, is not only sure he knows who the killer is, but also knows someone who claims to have witnessed the crime. As Kyd probes further, additional deaths occur, at least one of which he’s accused of, and he has to contend with cops who are honest but suspicious as well as  others who are corrupt and brutal; sycophants with delusions of cinematic grandeur and their monied idols; tabloid “journalists;” a lawyer friend whose eye is always on the big, constantly-remunerative score; and those who would harm a savvy but justifiably depressed fourteen-year-old kid.

A successful screenwriter, Timothy Harris knows his turf, vividly evoking the Hollywood film community and the southern California landscape, external and internal. Building steadily to an intense finish, this is an excellently-paced novel in which the characters, major and minor alike, are three-dimensionally configured and examined insightfully. Not the least of these is Kyd himself. Unlike the heroes of most private eye series, about whom we’re told mostly superficial things and shown only their quotidian routines, Kyd reveals significant moments about his past, including boyhood and familial circumstances and events that shaped the man he has become, that were the geneses of some of the demons he must contend with now.  

Unfaithful Servant was originally released in a hardcover edition from Five Star Publishing, which sells mainly to libraries. From what I’ve seen at Internet sites, booksellers are asking high prices for it both in hardcover and advanced reading copy paperback editions. As far as I’m aware, it has never been released in a trade or mass market paperback edition. I read it in reasonably-priced Kindle edition from Endeavour Press, which came out in 2014, but have not been able to find it in other electronic formats.

As has become all too typical in both physical and electronic books nowadays, this one has a few typos and some incorrect punctuation. Fortunately they’re relatively few, and most readers will find them ignorable. Two errors that stood out for me were venal, in discussing sin, when venial was the intended word; and Invisible Man model when the old Visible Man plastic model is what Harris meant. The other errors are not likely to disrupt a reader’s flow.

Unfaithful Servant is a must-read for fans of hardboiled private eye novels—provided they aren’t squeamish about street language and graphic violence. Although Harris doesn’t inundate the reader with raunchy verbiage, he doesn’t shy away from it when it serves to delineate someone’s manner of expressing himself and his feelings. Some of the violence is very explicit, especially that in a climactic moment in which a character gets his comeuppance. I found it satisfying; others may find it gross.

Timothy Harris, in my estimation, is a top-tier writer who merits the same kind of accolades and esteem accorded to masters of the genre Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Lawrence Block, among others. I highly recommend the title under consideration here and its two predecessors, which I should reread one of these days. The big question is whether there will be another Thomas Kyd novel—and when. I hope the answers are Yes and Soon because I probably don’t have another thirty years ahead of me.     

© 2015 Barry Ergang

Derringer Award-winner Barry Ergang’s written work has appeared in numerous publications, print and electronic. Some of it is available at Amazon and at Smashwords. His website is