Saturday, April 25, 2015

Review: "The Lawyer: Stay of Execution" by Wayne D. Dundee

Originally seen in the short story, “The Lawyer” published in Protectors: Stories To Benefit Protect and in the Adventures Of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles he returns here in The Lawyer: Stay of Execution. While Edward A. Grainger penned the original story, author Wayne D. Dundee penned
this tale that takes the man known as “The Lawyer” on a new adventure.

As the work opens, the man known as “The Lawyer” aka J. D. Miller is in pursuit of Lou Crenshaw. Unlike what he used to do in the courtroom before a tragedy was unleased upon him and his family, these days the man known as “The Lawyer”  dispenses justice as he sees fit based on his own interpretation and definition of law. Often that is “justice by the gun.” Crenshaw may be one of the men that were involved in the slaughter of Miller’s family. Whether or not the nearby shots at the non-descript broken down farm were fired by Crenshaw is a question that has to be addressed.

What isn’t questionable is that, thanks to the lawyer’s spyglass, he is able to spot three dead horses in the coral at the farm below him. The horses have not been dead that long. More importantly, one of the now dead horses is the same one that Lou Crenshaw had been riding the last few days. The horses aren’t the only things that have been shot. A man and a woman are both down just outside the barn.
As he watches he realizes the woman is alive and very pregnant. She is also clearly trying to help her husband. If Lou Crenshaw was trying to slow down his pursuer he has succeeded wonderfully as the chase will have to wait because these folks urgently need help.

What follows is a typical Wayne D. Dundee western filled with interesting multi-dimensional characters, plenty of action and suspense, and a clear morality at work. This mighty good western is followed by the original short tale “The Lawyer” making the reading experience complete. Hopefully, this is the start of another great series much like the Cash Laramie/Gideon Miles series.



The Lawyer: Stay of Execution
Wayne D. Dundee
Beat To A Pulp
January 2015
ASIN# B00RY8PQQE
E-book
125 Pages
$0.99


Material supplied by Beat To A Pulp in exchange for my objective review.


Kevin R. Tipple

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Medical Update

Sandi's blood work was "okay" so no shot today. If things hold the next round of chemo will start Tuesday after they check her blood again and she sees the doc.

Friday Finds for Writers

FFB Review: "Lake Charles" by Ed Lynskey

This week for Friday’s Forgotten Books I selected LAKE CHARLES by Ed Lynskey. This mighty good book was also subject to one of our “Double Take Book Reviews” a couple of years ago where Barry and I both reviewed the same book. Patti has a lot going on these days, but I think she will have the list later today. If she is not doing it, she will have the information on the designated link gatherer posted.


It is 1979 and Brendan Fishback isn’t doing too well in the game called life. Waking up next to a dead woman can cause huge problems. The fact that she, Ashleigh Sizemore, was the daughter of the wealthy and powerfully connected, Ralph Sizemore is a huge problem. Word is old Ralph is going to be a Senator. The fact that drugs were planted in the room is a huge issue. The fact that Brendan keeps having strange dreams and visions where the dead teenage girl talks to him about her murder is a huge problem.

Despite the odds and the nice frame job against him, Brendan Fishback gets out on bail.  Besides avoiding the shyster slime ball lawyer his mother, Mama Jo, hired for him Brendan plans to go fishing with his brother in law and good friend, Cobb Kuzawa. A quiet couple of days at Lake Charles, a local man-made lake created by the Tennessee Valley Authority, will be as good a break as he can get these days.

Like Brandan, the best days seem to have gone by the lake as it and the surrounding area is in bad shape. If trying to detox from all the pot he has done isn’t enough, the area flat out reeks and is depressing to look at. Back in the day, it used to be a happening place. Not only is nobody apparently around, but there is the stench of rot and decay at the marina area and large sections of the lake are fouled by algae scum. Not only do they have to get the bass boats through that, Brendon has to listen to his sister Edna and Cobb bicker.

Edna invited herself along and that had not been the plan. What been initially planned as a guy trip has mutated into a cranky family outing. Edna and Cobb fight constantly and both of them are driving him nuts. Clearly, Edna should have never married Cobb and certainly she should never have come on the trip. They are driving each other nuts too and before long Edna rockets away on her jet ski towards the dam area leaving the other two behind on the lake in their boats.

And she never comes back.

The search is soon on and leads Brendan and Cobb into a violent confrontation. The first of many confrontations proving that the lake area is not at all deserted like they thought. Brendan wants his sister back, alive and in one piece, and knows too well they can’t get help from the corrupt local police. The trail of the missing Edna leads back and forth across the Lake Charles area and the Tennessee Mountains while Brendan soldiers on getting the answers he seeks. Some of them won’t be pretty.

The front cover has a blurb quote from author Ed Gorman, "Lake Charles is going to scorch your soul . . . I loved it."  That pretty much sums up things very well for this very complicated book where everyone has a dark backstory that gradually comes out. A dark and twisted noir tale that starts with a bang and goes in many different ways by use of dreams and flashbacks and forward literary narrative before bringing the whole thing to a surprising conclusion. 

Simply put, Lake Charles by Ed Lynskey is a mighty good book and one well worth your time.



Lake Charles
Ed Lynskey
Wildside Press LLC
June 2011
ISBN# 978-1-4344-3046-5
Paperback
192 Pages (includes one page of reference sources)
$12.99



Material supplied by the author in exchange for my objective review.



Kevin R. Tipple ©2011, 2013, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Winter Family -- Clifford Jackman

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Tom Savage/Writing In America: I’m Worried

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Review: "Texas On The Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State" by Terry Thompson-Anderson with Photography by Sandy Wilson

Texas On The Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State does exactly what the title suggests in every way possible. Part of that is in the text by Terry Thompson-Anderson. Part of that is by way of the gorgeous photography by Sandy Wilson. The combination works incredibly well from start to finish.

A cookbook that easily doubles as a coffee table book, this massive tome at more than 450 pages features a ton of recipes to take you through every meal every day of the year. Every meal, holiday or otherwise is covered as are snacks and appetizers of all types. The pictures often paired with the detailed recipes tell the tale of the people and the land. Like a lot of cookbook this one does not have anything on fat/salt counts in the recipes or how to adjust any of the recipes based on dietary need.

But, if you are going to eat “Bison Enchiladas with Green Chile Crema, Pickled Red Onion Slaw, and Serrano Pico De Gallo” (pages 282-284) or nearly anything other delectable thing in this cookbook you probably are not really worried about fat or salt intake. You can always finish things up with “San Sabu Texas Pecan Pie” (437-438)  or “Bananas Foster Cream Pie” (page 436-438).

A four page index as well as an eight page recipe index brings this visually stunning book to a close.

Even if you don’t cook or intend to use Texas On The Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State as a cookbook you will want this one for the photographs and history contained within this excellent book. Published by the University of Texas Press at $45 it pretty much works out to a buck a page. It is well worth it.


Texas On The Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State
Terry Thompson-Anderson
Photography by Sandy Wilson
University of Texas Press
October  2014
Hardback
464 Pages
$45.00


Material was picked up to read and review via the good folks of the Haggard Branch of the Plano Public Library System.


Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reservoir Noir: Drowned Towns

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Blood Sweep by Steven F. Havill --Reviewed by Lesa Holstine

Blood Sweep by Steven F. Havill --Reviewed by Lesa Holstine

Review: "A Deadly Affair At Bobtail Ridge: A Samuel Cradock Mystery" by Terry Shames

As A Deadly Affair At Bobtail Ridge opens Samuel Craddock is awakened by a pounding at his door. His neighbor, Jenny Sandstone is on his porch and very upset.  Her mom, Vera Sandstone, apparently has had a stroke and has been rushed to a hospital in nearby Bobtail, Texas. Jenny needs to get to the hospital and wants Samuel to call Truly Bennett to take care of her horses. Despite his aversion to horses, Samuel takes care of them himself and before long he is at the hospital.

Once there he comes upon an obvious confrontation of some sort in the hallway near Vera’s room between Jenny and some guy who has gone so far as grab her arm. Chief of Police Sheriff Samuel Craddock inserts himself in the situation and learns the man is named Wilson Landreau. He is a public defender and Jenny refers to the whole incident as politics. Jenny makes it clear that not only is there nothing to talk about, she does not want Samuel Craddock involved in any way. One wonders how she would characterize Vera’s cryptic warning to Samuel Craddock just a few minutes later about Jenny being in danger.

Good thing he also knows a thing of two about police work while living in this South Texas rural area located in the middle of the triangle formed by Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. He has been Chief of Police for Jarret Creek before and while he did not really want the job again he is very good at it. It does not take long for Craddock to come to the conclusion that Vera may have been right in her warning. Jenny is clearly in a world of trouble on multiple fronts and refusing any and all offers of help. Who is messing with her and why are just two questions that need to be answered as things escalate. How current events link back to an unspoken horror from more than a decade ago drive the majority of this book. 

That is not to say that the various secondary storylines present in earlier books do not continue here. They do which is why this excellent series should absolutely be read in order. Like any real good series, characters grow and evolve, relationship dynamics change, and people age as the books move forward in time. Of course, you could read this fourth installment in the series first, but you really need to go back to the beginning with the award nominated A Killing At Cotton Hill.  



A Deadly Affair At Bobtail Ridge: A Samuel Cradock Mystery
Terry Shames
Seventh Street Books
April 2015
ISBN# 978-1-63388-046-7
Paperback
250 Pages
$15.95


Material requested and received for my use in an objective review via the Amazon Vine program.


Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Kindle Unlimited Payout Ties Record Low $1.33 in March 2015

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Medical Update

Back home and Sandi is doing "okay." Blood work came back relatively stable so they gave her the white blood cell boosting shot. Evaluated a couple of other things that have been bugging her and it would appear progress is being made. In short, it was a mainly positive today.... at least for the short term.

We do it all again Friday.

Assuming she remains relatively stable they are going to try and do another chemo round next week.

Game of Thrones S05 E02: The House of Black and White (very detailed review)

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Review: "Garlic, An Edible Biography: The History, Politics, and Mythology behind the World’s Most Pungent Food with over 100 Recipes" by Robin Cherry

If you ever wanted to know more about garlic the book Garlic, An Edible Biography might be the book for you. As the subtitle makes clear the book is about The History, Politics, and Mythology behind the World’s Most Pungent Food with over 100 Recipes. Written by Robin Cherry, travel writer and historian, the book is split into two sections regarding history and recipes.  

After an introduction from author Robin Cherry on how important and meaningful garlic has been to her, it is on to “Part One: The Story Of Garlic.” The four chapters in this section of over 100 pages explain the history of garlic in food, health, and literature, modern uses, and how to grow your own. Also included in this section are short bios of all the various garlic types which number far more than what you will ever find in your local store or produce market.

“Part Two: Recipes” begins on page 117 with a 4 page recipe list of all the recipes and their corresponding page numbers. That is followed by three pages on how to properly handle garlic before one moves on to “Dips, Sauces and Condiments” on page 125-130.  All of that prepares you for “Bread, Pizza, and Pasta” (pages 141-146), “Beef” (pages 197-202), “Side Dishes” (pages 227-232) and more. Each recipe has an intro that often features a cooking tip or other advice that might include another history lesson, a list of ingredients needed, and instructions that include information on number of servings.

An acknowledgement page, a two page bibliography, an 11 page index, and a one page short author bio bring this 265 page book to a close.

While Garlic, An Edible Biography is interesting it suffers from two significant drawbacks. Surprising it does not contain any pictures of the various garlic types the book covers nor does it contain any pictures of the finished dishes. In addition to the lack of pictures that would have helped break up the bland and very dry text, there is zero nutritional information regarding fat/salt content or other possible dietary restrictions or needs.

Garlic, An Edible Biography is quite the garlic resource. With the noted forgoing limitations, if you want to know quite a lot more about garlic and how to use it, this is a book worthy of your consideration.


Garlic, An Edible Biography: The History, Politics, and Mythology behind the World’s Most Pungent Food with over 100 Recipes
Robin Cherry
Roost Books (Imprint of Shambhala publications, Inc.)
2014
ISBN #978-1-61180-160-6
Paperback (also available in e-book form)
$16.95

Material was picked up to read and review via the good folks of the Haggard Branch of the Plano Public Library System.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Angie's Desk: Anthology Markets

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Bookish events in Texas for the week of April 20 - April 26, 2015

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Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs.

Monday With Kaye: "Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains" by Catriona McPherson

Mondays mean it is time for “Monday With Kaye” and this week Kaye George reviews Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains. Apparently my preferred treatment of burning them out with a flamethrower is not appropriate. Who knew?



Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains by Catriona McPherson

This mystery is amusing in a reserved, Scottish way. It's the fifth in the Dandy Gilver series, published in this country in 2012, but 2009 in Great Britain.

 Dandy, an aristocrat from a bygone age, 1926 according to the back cover text, is actually named Dandelion Dahlia Gilver. Her family inhabits Gilverton, but that place isn't seen in this novel. Instead, she spends her time at another aristocratic mansion, as a lady's maid. She takes an undercover assignment for the mistress of the house, Walburga Balfour, called Lollie. Lollie needs to stop her husband from killing her, as she tells Dandy he's been threatening to do. Lollie is doubting her sanity and needs confirmation, and her life saved.

She tells how her husband, Pip, has been whispering into her ear snatches of a gruesome Robert Browning poem about strangling his mistress. Dandy must embark on this adventure without her good friend, Alec, as she immerses herself in the workings of a place with the incredible number of twelve servants. When Pip himself turns up dead, most of the servants are suspects, along with Lollie and some others.

A flavor of the times is helped along with the character of Harry, the valet and the resident “Red.” Other eddies and whirlpools of relationships lurk under the surface below stairs. But there are upstairs suspects as well, and Dandy faces the potentially fatal problem of maintaining her disguise in front of the servants, any of whom may have murdered their master.



Reviewed by Kaye George, author of Choke for Suspense Magazine
 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New issue of Crime Review

In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we
have 16 reviews, together with Caro Ramsay in the Countdown interview hot
seat:
Crime Review can be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewUK
Linda Wilson can be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewer
Sharon Wheeler can be followed on Twitter: @lartonmedia

This week’s reviews are:
THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Adam Price and his family are living the American dream – until a stranger
walks up to him and shares a secret from wife Corinne’s past. And then she
disappears.

THE SOUL OF DISCRETION by Susan Hill, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
Chief Superintendant Simon Serrailler is selected to go undercover to try
to identify the members of a paedophile ring. His mission begins in a
treatment centre for convicted offenders but takes on a more dangerous line
when his prime target decides to escape.

THE JACKDAW by Luke Delaney, reviewed by Linda Wilson
A masked man abducts a wealthy banker and he gives ordinary people watching
on the internet the choice of whether the victim lives or dies. Naturally,
there’s not much sympathy and the verdict is death, sparking an instant
internet sensation.

THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL by Roberto Costantini, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
A young Arab girl is murdered in Libya and there appears to be no
discernible motive. Thirteen years later an almost identical murder takes
place in Rome. Commissario Michele Balistreri knows that the two crimes are
connected and that a solution to one will lead to a solution of the other.

FORENSICS: THE ANATOMY OF CRIME by Val McDermid, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Crime writer Val McDermid takes a fascinating look behind the scenes at the
world of forensic science and how it has developed over time.

THE CUNNING HOUSE by Richard Marggraf Turley, reviewed by John Cleal
A raid by the Bow Street Runners on a notorious male brothel, an attack on
the Duke of Cumberland at nearby St Jamesí Palace and the alleged suicide
of a valet … What links the three events? Lawyer Wyre must find out.

CLOSE TO HOME by Lisa Jackson, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson
Sarah McAdams returns to her childhood home with the intention of restoring
it to its former glory. Is the house haunted, or is it the over-active
imagination of Sarah’s younger daughter? Then teenage girls start to
disappear from the town.

SOIL by Jamie Kornegay, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A Mississippi man determined to become an agricultural pioneer loses his
bearings and falls foul of a deluded deputy sheriff.

ASHES TO ASHES by Margaret Duffy, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Some dodgy goings-on at a Somerset crematorium bring trouble for
crime-fighting husband and wife Patrick Gillard and Ingrid Langley.

THE PROFESSIONALS by Owen Laukkanen, reviewed by Chris Roberts
When four friends carrying out a kidnap operation run into trouble, agents
Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere are hot on their trail.

A SCREAM IN SOHO by John G Brandon, reviewed by John Cleal
Detective Inspector Patrick McCarthy is preparing for bed in his Soho flat
when he hears a scream. Stumbling through the 1941 blackout, he discovers
clear evidence of a murder – but no body.

THE CONVERT’S SONG by Sebastian Rotella, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Investigator Valentine Pescatore is arrested after a terrorist attack when
police find he received a warning on his phone before the event.

BETRAYED by Anna Smith, reviewed by John Cleal
Investigative reporter Rosie Gilmour senses there is more to the fading
story of a missing barmaid – and finds herself drawn into the brutal and
violent world of Glasgow’s Ulster Volunteer Force.

THE CRIME WRITER’S GUIDE TO POLICE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE by Michael
O’Byrne, reviewed by Linda Wilson
A guide to police practice and procedure for crime writers.

THE MAN FROM BERLIN by Luke McCallin, reviewed by John Cleal
German intelligence officer Gregor Reinhardt, a former Berlin detective, is
assigned to investigate the killing of a German officer and a beautiful
young Croat filmmaker against a background of internal rivalries, partizan
attacks and growing anti-Nazi feeling.

IMMORTAL REMAINS (audiobook) by Rook Hastings, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When four girls from a posh school are killed in a series of seemingly
unrelated accidents, Bethan and her friends believe there’s more to the
deaths than meets the eye.

Best wishes

Sharon

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