Friday, May 06, 2016

Garrison Keillor reads "“The East Berliner, 1989”” by Ginger Murchison from "A Scrap of Linen, A Bone" at "The Writer's Almanac"

On April 14th at The Writer’s Almanac website, Garrison Keillor did a reading of the poem “Roller Coaster” by Ginger Murchison from her new book, a scrap of linen, a bone. Today he reads another poem, “The East Berliner, 1989” from that volume. You can find links to both readings at  http://writersalmanac.org/poem_author/ginger-murchison/ 


FFB Review: "A Bond with Death: A Professor Sally Good Mystery" by Bill Crider

Friday means Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott who declared today to be a “first novels” day. Barry Ergang and numerous other folks were able to do that and generated reviews of first novels you should consider.  A fine list and one well worthy of your attention.

I was not able to comply with today’s assignment. It has been a hard week here at Casa Tipple on so many levels. I couldn’t make a decision regarding which of my previous reviews of a debut novel to run. Instead, I went in the opposite direction with my review of a last book in a series. I offer you my review of A Bond with Death: A Professor Sally Good Mystery by Bill Crider.


The last book in the Professor Sally Good Mystery Series titled A Bond with Death opens with a familiar theme to readers of this series. Instead of a painting that may or may not have a satanic image (Murder Is An Art) Dr. Sally Good stands accused of being a witch. According to an e-mail that has been shared far and wide, Dr. Sally Good is following her ancestor, Sarah Good, down the road to witchcraft. Therefore she needs to be dealt with appropriately and that would include losing her job.

Sarah Good was hung for her alleged crimes on July 19, 1962. The only way Sarah and Sally Good would be related would be by marriage as Sarah Good was a distant relative of Sally’s late husband. The man passed away eight years ago so it is not possible to have him come forward and speak on the matter or provide love and support to Sally Good. The fact that Dr. Sally Good was never a blood relative of Sarah’s is one of those facts that some people choose to ignore because it kills their argument or claim.

Beyond the whole ancestor relation deal, there is the matter of the notion of witchcraft itself. The fact that anyone would believe such stupidity, even well educated men who should know better such as her boss, President Fieldstone, of Hughes Community College is annoying. Fieldstone is all about image and what people might think regarding the small college in deep Southeast Texas. This news coupled with recent events and an upcoming bond election for the school has him greatly concerned.

He ought to be more worried about the fact that someone else linked to the college has once again been murdered. Harold Curtin, decisively nicknamed by many, “The Garden Gnome” used to teach at HCC. He’d been there for years, was a lousy teacher, and finally the new department chair, Sally Good, recommended his dismissal. Of course, throwing a stapler at a student had something to do with his dismissal.

Gone for several years and off doing other things including being part of the anti-bond movement, Curtain has now gone and gotten himself dead. From what is coming out of the rumor mill it definitely sounds like a murder. Rumor has it that he choked to death on his own blood. Reminiscent of the curse that allegedly Sarah Good put on her enemies three hundred years ago that allegedly caused deaths then. Despite the fact that Sarah and Sally would only be related by marriage some have leaped to the conclusion that Dr. Sally Good is a modern day witch capable of murdering her enemies. If true, one would have to ask why it took so long for her to start as one can easily think of a few targets in earlier books.

Published in 2004 by Thomas Dunne Books (Minotaur Books), this tale by Bill Crider is another occasionally funny and always twisting ride into the dark waters of academia. Along with having to deal with students and bureaucracy, Dr. Sally Good is forced to look for answers to the identity of her e-mail accuser as well as the identity of the killer. Both threads gradually come together in a complex case that puts her in real life danger far beyond being forced to hear Seepy Benton sing.

Like the earlier ones in this series A Bond with Death: A Professor Sally Good Mystery understates the violence while occasionally inserting some laugh out loud moments. Those readers that enjoy the current trend of there must be a murder in the first three pages of the work and in the first paragraph if at all will be disappointed as the murder occurs a few pages later. In addition to plenty of clues and complexity, the family atmosphere where one quickly feels like old familiar friends with the characters is present here as it is in just about any book by Bill Crider. A solid and enjoyable tale the final book in the series is another good one.

This is a series that should be read in order starting with Murder Is An Art followed by A Knife In The Back.



A Bond with Death: A Professor Sally Good Mystery
Bill Crider
Thomas Dunne Books (Minotaur Books)
2004
ISBN# 0-312-32296-8
Hardback (eBook version available)
218 Pages
$22.95


Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Public Library System who do not care whether my review is objective or even if I review it. They just want me to bring it back undamaged and to always wear pants.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2016

Thursday, May 05, 2016

REMINDER: MWA Dallas meeting on Saturday, May 7, 2016

Panel Discussion: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Book Business but Were Afraid to Ask

It's time again to face the Gang of Four - and ask any and all questions you were afraid to ask in polite company. In this forum, honesty rules, and that's not always polite. Respectful, yes, but some questions unfit for "polite society" can be asked and answered.

Presented by Your Friendly Gang of Four

LaRee Bryant, Sandy Steen, Janis Susan May Patterson, and James Gaskin have collectively written millions of words and scores of books ranging from mysteries to gothics to romance to urban fantasy to young adult to humor to children's books to cozies to technical to country line dancing (place your bets on who wrote THAT book) and more.

Bring your questions, bring your answers, and bring your appetite because the give and take and delightful discussions should last well into lunch.

Some smart person once said there is no one right road to success, but many wrong ones. Let's help each other stay off the wrong roads and out of the bad neighborhoods.

Doors open at the Olive Garden at 10:00 AM. Official fun stuff starts a bit after that.
Bonus: a report from the NETWO Conference in Mt. Pleasant. Not as good as attending the conference, but you'll hear some highlights, interesting stories, and knowledge nuggets.

NEW LOCATION:

The Dallas MWASW group meets the first Saturday of each month (except January) aOlive Garden, 4240 Belt Line, Addison, TX, 75001. Meeting time is 10:00 AM – Noon, followed by lunch.
There is a $10 fee (cash only – please bring fives or ones) for the program and drinks-only attendees. The fee is reduced to $5.00 (cash only) for those staying for lunch. All who attend are encouraged to remain and break bread(sticks) with your fellow writers.

Gumshoe Review Update

Gumshoe Review May 2016 now Online at


Senior Editor: Gayle Surrette

Original Fiction:
Five the Hard Way, Case 2 -- The Stock Taking Assignment by David Boop

US Book Reviews:
The Art of War by Stephen Coonts
Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure by Nancy Atherton
City of the Lost (Casey Duncan) by Kelley Armstrong
The Coldest Blood (Philip Dryden) by Jim Kelly
The Eloquence of the Dead by Conor Brady
A Finely Knit Murder (Seaside Knitters) by Sally Goldenbaum
Hollow Crib by BJ Bourg
Jerk, A Jihad And A Virus by Gary Jones
Murder at Lambswool Farm (Seaside Knitters) by Sally Goldenbaum
The Singer from Memphis (Athenian Mystery) by Gary Corby
A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne) by Darcie Wilde
The Winter Garden Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple) by Carola Dunn

-- Gayle Surrette
Brandywine, MD 20613
Email: davinci@amperzen.com
Blog: http://amperzen.com/blog

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Guest Post: “A Holiday By Any Other Name” by Camille Minichino

Please welcome author Camille Minichino today to the blog. She has a few thoughts on Cinco de Mayo and the new book, Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries.


“A Holiday By Any Other Name” by Camille Minichino

Thanks to Lois Winston for her work in setting up a tour for our joint project, Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries, and to Kevin Tipple for the chance to meet his readers on Cinco de Mayo, a special holiday. One reason it's special: it earned me my first one-star review. I'll explain.

First, I never met a holiday or celebration I didn't like. Birthdays, anniversaries, Saints' Days, Countries' Days—I love them all. When I taught physics in college, my students and I gathered in the lounge every Friday to celebrate the birthday of a scientist or mathematician. Enrico Fermi on September 29, 1901; Marie Curie on November 7, 1867; the patent for the Sundback zipper on March 20, 1917.

I may be the only person you know who begs a friend for a ticket to her son's high school graduation, even though I met him only once as we passed in her driveway. I love pomp. I love circumstance.

I grew up just outside of Boston, where Patriot's Day (April 19) was as big a holiday as the Fourth of July, and Bunker Hill Day (June 17) overshadowed Labor Day.

I cheered for my father every year as he marched in the Sons of Italy band on the Feast of San Gennaro. Technically on September 19, but in reality the feast went on for about two weeks at the end of September, because there was no end to the number of sausages or cannoli one could consume in honor of the fourteenth century Neapolitan martyr. The odor of fried zeppoli would last another two weeks.

One of the biggest fusses erupted on Columbus Day (October 12) with the city's largest parade taking over the news. It was a while before I realized that the rest of the country hardly takes notice of the anniversaries of Paul Revere's ride or our loss to the British at the Battle of Bunker Hill. It took even longer for me to accept that some parts of the country didn't even believe in Columbus's achievement.

I was nearly forty when I first ventured out of the EST zone and traveled to California, where among the parking meter holidays for October was Indigenous Peoples Day!

I'll join in on celebrations of any kind, however, and so I was ready to embrace some of the new-to-me holidays like Cesar Chavez Day (March 31) and the Feast of Junipero Serra (July 1). Admissions Day had me confused at first— was the whole state celebrating the arrival of freshmen to various campuses? Some kind soul eventually explained to me that September 9 was the day California had been admitted to the union.

"How can you not know that?" a native asked me.

"You're right, I should know," I responded, struggling to gain back my dignity. "After all, Massachusetts was on the Admitting Committee."

In other words: give me a break.

Back to Cinco de Mayo. There was a time when I celebrated May 5 only as the birthday of Peter Cooper Hewitt, inventor of the mercury vapor lamp, precursor to fluorescent lighting.

My ignorance caught up with me when my first book, The Hydrogen Murder, was released. In it, my protagonist, a Boston native like me, refers to Cinco de Mayo as Mexican Independence Day.

Shoot me now. I received a flurry of attacks. Just like a gringo, they all said.

It turns out (in case you're also a short-sighted East Coaster) that the real Mexican Independence Day is September 16. Cinco de Mayo celebrates a short-lived victory over the French, and apparently is a big deal only in the US.

But count on me to join in on your favorite holiday celebration. Especially if there's cake involved, I'll be there. Just give me a few minutes and an Internet connection so I can bone up on the correct details.

The Hydrogen Murder is one of the ten books featured in Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteries, a collection of full-length mysteries featuring murder and assorted mayhem by ten critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors. Each novel in the set is the first book in an established multi-book series—a total of over 3,000 pages of reading pleasure for lovers of amateur sleuth, caper, and cozy mysteries, with a combined total of over 1700 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4 stars. Titles include:

Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, an Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery by Lois Winston—Working mom Anastasia is clueless about her husband’s gambling addiction until he permanently cashes in his chips and her comfortable middle-class life craps out. He leaves her with staggering debt, his communist mother, and a loan shark demanding $50,000. Then she’s accused of murder…

Murder Among Neighbors, a Kate Austen Suburban Mystery by Jonnie Jacobs — When Kate Austen’s socialite neighbor, Pepper Livingston, is murdered, Kate becomes involved in a sea of steamy secrets that bring her face to face with shocking truths—and handsome detective Michael Stone.

Skeleton in a Dead Space, a Kelly O’Connell Mystery by Judy Alter—Real estate isn’t a dangerous profession until Kelly O’Connell stumbles over a skeleton and runs into serial killers and cold-blooded murderers in a home being renovated in Fort Worth. Kelly barges through life trying to keep from angering her policeman boyfriend Mike and protect her two young daughters.

In for a Penny, a Cleopatra Jones Mystery by Maggie Toussaint—Accountant Cleo faces an unwanted hazard when her golf ball lands on a dead banker. The cops think her BFF shot him, so Cleo sets out to prove them wrong. She ventures into the dating world, wrangles her teens, adopts the victim’s dog, and tries to rein in her mom…until the killer puts a target on Cleo’s back.

The Hydrogen Murder, a Periodic Table Mystery by Camille Minichino—A retired physicist returns to her hometown of Revere, Massachusetts and moves into an apartment above her friends' funeral home. When she signs on to help the Police Department with a science-related homicide, she doesn't realize she may have hundreds of cases ahead of her.

Retirement Can Be Murder, A Baby Boomer Mystery by Susan Santangelo—Carol Andrews dreads her husband Jim’s upcoming retirement more than a root canal without Novocain. She can’t imagine anything worse than having an at-home husband with time on his hands and nothing to fill it—until Jim is suspected of murdering his retirement coach.

Dead Air, A Talk Radio Mystery by Mary Kennedy—Psychologist Maggie Walsh moves from NY to Florida to become the host of WYME's On the Couch with Maggie Walsh. When her guest, New Age prophet Guru Sanjay Gingii, turns up dead, her new roommate Lark becomes the prime suspect. Maggie must prove Lark innocent while dealing with a killer who needs more than just therapy.

A Dead Red Cadillac, A Dead Red Mystery by RP Dahlke—When her vintage Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask aero-ag pilot Lalla Bains why an elderly widowed piano teacher is found strapped in the driver’s seat. Lalla confronts suspects, informants, cross-dressers, drug-running crop dusters, and a crazy Chihuahua on her quest to find the killer.

Murder is a Family Business, an Alvarez Family Murder Mystery by Heather Haven—Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez, has her work cut out for her when the man is murdered on her watch. Of all the nerve.

Murder, Honey, a Carol Sabala Mystery by Vinnie Hansen—When the head chef collapses into baker Carol Sabala’s cookie dough, she is thrust into her first murder investigation. Suspects abound at Archibald’s, the swanky Santa Cruz restaurant where Carol works. The head chef cut a swath of people who wanted him dead from ex-lovers to bitter rivals to greedy relatives.



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Camille Minichino ©20156

Bio: Camille Minichino is a retired physicist turned writer. When her first book, Nuclear Waste Management Abstracts, was not a bestseller, she turned to mystery fiction. She has written more than 20 novels and many articles and short stories. Find her at www.minichino.com.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Biopsy Done

Much of today was spent at the hospital as they did a needle biopsy of the large tumor in Sandi's back and groin. She is in some pain, but the meds are helping so she is home and as comfortable as she can be right now. I did not go into detail  about this before today because we were scared enough. I did not want to scare everyone with what could have happened today. Now that it is over, I can talk about it.

Her tumor is about the size of a baseball and has tentacles and stuff hanging off it in different directions. It is located just off the left side of her spinal column, at the base there and runs from the front of her body to the back--just below the surface of her skin-- if you count in the tentacles. While we knew going in that this would be very dangerous to try to needle biopsy because the thing is wrapped in arteries, blood vessels, and nerves it was far worse than thought.

It is nestled between two small pieces of bone and was much more wrapped up in arteries and things than expected. They had to thread the needle into her back, slide up the back side of the bone and then drop over the top of the bone and down before the other piece of bone. They had to do this while sliding around nerves that control bodily function, range of movement, and a lots of other things. They had to do that without also damaging numerous arteries that crisscross the thing along with blood vessels and stuff that is part of the urinary tract. While he knew going in it was a bad deal, I think if he had known going in what he figured out when he was in there, he never would have tried this today. The man was absolutely exhausted when I met with him after they moved her back to recovery.

It took far longer than expected, hours longer in fact, but they were finally able to get four samples. Pathology personnel was brought in to assist in the middle of the procedure and was able to confirm that at least one of the samples was definitely a piece of the tumor. Once they determined that they  got out as quick as possible. I think there were concerns about how long everything had taken and the need to take what they had and get out while the getting was good. I think they were relived to have gotten one confirmed sample and are hoping the others will turn out to be viable as well.

So, they have four samples and know for sure after testing in the operating room that one of the four has what they were going after. It most likely will be early next week before the pathology report comes back and we know which kind of cancer this thing is. That will determine the treatment plan.

The specialist confirmed what we had been told last week---there is absolutely no way possible to remove this particular tumor. Even if they could get it out of her, the risk of irreversible damage to bodily functions and other issues is off the charts. It appears that it will be a chemo and/or radiation situation if a separate treatment plan for this thing has to be developed. We won't know that for sure until the report comes in early next week.

At this point the plan is to have lab work, doctor visit, and chemo next Wednesday as planned.

Bullet Points: Pre-Mother’s Day Edition (The Rap Sheet)

 Bullet Points: Pre-Mother’s Day Edition (The Rap Sheet)

YET ANOTHER SMALL PRESS IS UP TO DODGY DOINGS (McLeod's Ginger Nuts Of Horror)

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Goodbye to ThugLit (ThomasPluck.com)

Goodbye to ThugLit (ThomasPluck.com)

Prolonged Parker: Slow Burn by Ace Atkins (CriminalElement.com)

Prolonged Parker: Slow Burn by Ace Atkins (CriminalElement.com)

The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog: Short Story Month: "The Heir Hunt" by Jacqueline S...

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FREE Book Alert: "THE SEVENTH TAKING: A Mountain Mystery" by BJ Bourg

Author BJ Bourg has announced that, in honor of Mother's Day and all mothers everywhere, he has made THE SEVENTH TAKING: A Mountain Mystery free for the week.


Amazon Synopsis:

"THE SEVENTH TAKING is the chilling tale of a young man’s journey through harsh mountain country in his search for the girl he loves, and the two friends who dare to brave the dangerous elements—both human and natural—to support a friend.

When Joy Vincent disappears in the Blue Summit Mountains of Tennessee while vacationing with her family, park rangers begin an intensive search for the Louisiana high school junior. Seven weeks later, the search is abandoned and authorities conclude that Joy voluntarily ran away because of a fight with her father.

Unwilling to believe it, Abraham Wilson makes the long drive to the mountains and sets off on a journey that will change his life--and the lives of his friends, Brett Lester and Charlie Rickman--forever. Will they discover the secret behind Joy's disappearance, or will they meet with the same fate?

(NOTE: Originally published on April 5, 2015 by Amber Quill Press, LLC)"

A Panoramic Image From Mars Curiosity

A Panoramic Image From Mars Curiosity

Monday, May 02, 2016

Interrogation—Christian Lee (Centum Press)

Interrogation—Christian Lee (Centum Press)

Little Big Crimes: Shrink Rap, by Craig Faustus Buck

Little Big Crimes: Shrink Rap, by Craig Faustus Buck: "Shrink Rap," by Craig Faustus Buck, in Pulp Modern, 10, 2016. One thing that has always bugged me (trust me, there are others...

100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors (BookRiot.Com)

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TEXAS BOOK LOVER: MONDAY ROUNDUP: Texas Literary Calendar May 2 - 8

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Monday With Kaye: "Wicked Lies" by Lisa Jackson (Reviewed by Kaye George)

Kaye George starts us off on this first Monday in May with another Thriller Monday. Instead of being manic, read a book. 


Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson

This suspense thriller, written by sisters Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush, is the fourth in their series dealing with The Colony. Called Siren Song by the Oregon locals, or sometimes just 'the cult,' The Colony is a fortified compound where a group of half-sisters live under the strict rule of Catherine, their aunt. Some of the sisters have escaped into the real world.


Among them is Laura Adderly. She's gone through nursing school and married a doctor. She would be a success story, except that she's divorced from Byron, the doctor, and has just found out that she's pregnant by her ex as a result of a last minute reconciliation attempt. She's also finding out that her demented half-brother, Justice Turnbull, who wants to kill all the sisters, is now able to smell her. It seems he can easily detect the presence of pregnant relatives. Laura had immediately grown attached to the small life inside her and is determined to defend herself and her baby against the monster that Justice has grown to be.


Laura is armed with something more than her determination. All the sisters have been born with different 'gifts' and Laura has two. When Justice's thoughts invade her mind, she can put up a mental wall and block him out. The converse of that is that she can send her thoughts into his mind. Her second gift occurs sporadically, but has been a  help in her nursing career. Sometimes she can touch a person and diagnose medical disorders, even predict fatal conditions and death.


Justice is incarcerated from brutal murders that happened twenty years ago, but his ego-maniac, know-it-all psychiatrist is tricked by the wily killer and allows Justice to escape prison after severely wounding him and a guard. Now Justice is free to rampage through the Deception Bay area, killing as he goes, and threatening to annihilate every relative, every sisssterrrr, as he hisses into Laura's mind. A disgraced reporter, Harrison Frost, bent on redeeming himself by getting the story on Justice, through Laura, gets more involved with her than he intends. This excellent tale will keep you reading on the very edge of your seat. Be prepared for some late nights since it's over five hundred pages long.




Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of Choke, for Suspense Magazine

Sunday, May 01, 2016

My English Teachers Must Have Hated Me As No Offer Was Ever Made


Male Teen’s Parents Sue Over Son’s 9-HOUR THREESOME SEX TRAUMA With English Teachers

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Review: "Murder On Wheels: Eleven Tales Of Crime On The Move" Editor Ramona DeFelice Long

Murder On Wheels: Eleven Tales Of Crime On The Move features short stories where various wheeled modes of transportation past and present serve as a key part of each tale. The tales come from six authors known as the “Austin Mystery Writers” as well as two award winning authors outside the group, Earl Staggs and Reavis Z. Wortham. Edited by Ramona DeFelice Long, the short stories that follow a brief introduction by Kaye George feature a lot of variety in style and complexity.

The stranger in town has quite the effect on people. While the men see him as trouble, that same quality is a serious attraction for the fairer sex. That is especially for Rosemary, a fifteen year old looking for a way out of her small town life. Whether or not Campbell Reed is the answer to her dreams is the question in “A Nice Set Of Wheels” by Kathy Waller.

Running moonshine has gone on for decades in the bottom lands of northeast Texas. In “Family Business” by Reavis Z. Wortham illegal liquor has paid the bills as well as caused a lot of problems and heartache. It is the business of the Caissen family and comes with a cost.

Fourteen year old stowaway Tim Brooks thought he would hide on the merchant ship until it arrived in port in Charleston. He picked the vessel Rota Fortunae to hide aboard and that was a serious mistake in this tale of the same name by V. P. Chandler. There is a secret in her hold and one that can’t be explained easily. Out of all the tales in the book this one of adventure, and the mystical was my personal favorite.

It is just after World War II in Hollywood as “Mome Rath, My Sweet” by Gale Albright begins. Private Investigator Grimm has a major problem as Joey Dormouse is dead and Grimm is being blamed.  He should have known the woman billing herself as “Miss Wonderland” who claimed she wanted nothing more than her sister found would be nothing but trouble. After all, Mome Rath is the biggest gangster on the west coast and more famous in all the wrong ways than Al Capone.

The route from Knoxville to D. C. is usually simple enough. The bus is one of those jumbo buses that have two levels. People take the ride, look at the scenery, and have fun. A difficult passenger can change things in “The Wheels On The Bus Go Round And Round” by Kaye George.

As the rest of the family has repeatedly pointed out, Mary should have never married her Italian husband, Marco. Her family is Irish and there are cultural issues. Then there is his behavior and his insistence on joining the family business in “Buon Viaggio” by Laura Oles.

Faye and her husband, Fred, are at opposite sides in their marriage. He loves riding his bicycles and is all about fitness. He now even wants to go vegan. Faye understands they have grown older and would prefer they stay home together and be cool and comfortable in their house. In “Aporkalypse Now” by Gale Albright the situation is definitely not a bicycle built for two.

Family stress also takes a major role in “Have A Nice Trip” also by Kaye George. Prissy has a difficult, to say the least, mother-in-law named Abigail. While Prissy’s husband, Trey, is aware and agrees they should go on their long delayed honey moon, one wonders if he truly understands Prissy’s needs.

There is an old adage about how one should write what one knows. Early Staggs knows all about driving school buses. One hopes he does not truly know about dead men on school buses. In his story “Dead Man On A School Bus” being Police Chief in the suburb of Southlake was supposed to an easy gig after thirty years of hard work on the police force over in Fort Worth. The chief has seen a lot of dead bodies, but the one found early this morning on a school bus is a new experience.

It is not a good thing when one walks into the kitchen and finds elderly Mom stirring in ground glass in the lemon meringue pie filling. Something has to be done to make sure Mom does not get thrown into prison in “Hell On Wheels” by Kathy Walker. The family has to have a plan and that means they have to work together.

Billy Ray Bryant always has one thing going wrong or another and needs a favor from Red Clark. Such is the case in “Red’s White F-150 Blues” by Scott Montgomery. Billy needs to hide his truck in Red’s garage to keep it away from the local repo man, Jerry Coonts. Red has been married long enough to know that the coming argument with his wife Britney over hiding the truck will be shorter if the dead is already done before she gets home.

A two page biography of each author brings the book to a close.

Slipping back and forth in time and set in various locations in Texas and elsewhere the eleven tales in this book are all good ones. Some are more adventure orientated than straight mystery and at least a couple are very noir like in their situations. Murder On Wheels: Eleven Tales Of Crime On The Move is a solidly good anthology from eight talented authors and one that is well worth your time. 


Murder On Wheels: Eleven Tales Of Crime On The Move
Editor Ramona DeFelice Long
Wildside Press LLC
April 2015
ISBN# 978-1-4794-0554-1
Paperback (also available in eBook format)
152 Pages
$12.99


Material supplied by the publisher some time ago in exchange for my objective review.



Kevin R. Tipple ©2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Booktrope Closing

Team publishing startup Booktrope to shut down, citing revenue shortfall (GeekWire)

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KRL This Week Update

Up this morning in KRL a recipe for your Mother's Day dinner from the mystery "A Catered Mother's Day" by Isis Crawford, along with a chance to win a copy of the book http://kingsriverlife.com/04/30/a-catered-mothers-day-by-isis-crawford-2/

Also up a review & giveaway of "Reading Up a Storm" by Eva Gates aka Vicki Delaney along with an interview with Vicki http://kingsriverlife.com/04/30/reading-up-a-storm-by-eva-gates/

And reviews & giveaways of 3 more April mysteries from Penguin authors-"Crime and Poetry" by Amanda Flower, "Murder She Wrote: Design for Murder" by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain and Renee Paley-Bain, and "Needle and Dread": A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery by Elizabeth Lynn Casey http://kingsriverlife.com/04/30/even-more-april-penguin-mysteries/

We also have the May mystery Coming Attractions by Sunny Frazier along with a giveaway of books by Linda Reilly and Sherry Harris http://kingsriverlife.com/04/30/may-coming-attractions-a-garden-of-reading-delights-edition/

And we have a review & giveaway of "Double Knot" by Gretchen Archer http://kingsriverlife.com/04/30/double-knot-by-gretchen-archer/

We also have a never before published mystery short story by Paul Lees-Haley

For those who enjoy fantasy with their mystery,  a review & giveaway of "Grave Visions" by Kalayna Price http://kingsriverlife.com/04/30/grave-visions-by-kalayna-price/

Over on KRL Lite, a review & giveaway of "Mrs. Odboddy, Hometown Patriot" by Elaine Faber http://kingsriverlife.blogspot.com/2016/04/mrs-odboddy-hometown-patriot-by-elaine.html

Happy reading,
Lorie

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