Monday, September 01, 2014

My Son's Amazon Store

My son, Karl Tipple, has a store at Amazon where he sells video games, consoles, and other things with part of the sales going to help us with Sandi's ongoing and escalating medical bills for her cancer treatment and other worsening medical issues. For over a week now has had Karl's account locked so that nobody could buy anything because three---yes, three--- customers filed multiple bogus return claims.

So, not only have they damaged the reputation of a business run by a special needs adult, they have cost him hundreds of dollars that would have helped both his business and his mother's medical bills.

Please let Amazon know this was very wrong at 1-866-216-1072 and share this post.

Review: "Alive Into Hell: A Collection Of Crime Stories" by BJ Bourg

If you have read the author’s fiction before you are aware that betrayal is a theme found in many of his works. Such is the case here in Alive Into Hell: A Collection Of Crime  Stories. All twenty stories have been previously published in a variety of platforms both print and electronic. It also happens that all of them are good ones while also very frequently packing a hard punch to the gut.

The book opens with the signature story “Alive Into Hell” where Vanessa Hickman is awakened from a dead sleep. She isn’t sure what woke her up at first. Then she realizes that the voices are back in the baby’s room down the hall. With or without her husband Reggie’s help, she has to go check on four month old Anna as it sounds like there might be a man in the house.

Hubby isn’t much help either as “An Indolent Heart” begins. Instead of sitting in his recliner drinking beer, Tom Becker should be out cutting the grass. Lydia has pretty much had it with him, but can’t leave for reasons that become clear.

An “Anonymous call” got them out there in the surveillance van looking for Baxter Dean. Nothing much was happening and then the night erupted in violence at the point of a gun.

An isolated campsite is the backdrop to “Bear Illegal.” Rebecca Sims heard the noise first and saw something moving around their campsite. Curry is sure that it, whatever it was, had to be something that wasn’t worth worrying about. Rebecca isn’t so sure.

Working out in the barn makes it easy for Edward Brooks to take a cell phone call without his wife Sarah knowing about it in “Backyard.” Bessie Harrington is a special woman to Edward and at least two other people.

Originally published as “Red Declaration” the story “Blood Pursuit” comes next. A homeowner awakes to discover there is a violent intruder in his house.

Kade was supposed to be building a shed. Instead he is digging a hole in the backyard. Jeri is not pleased in “Box of Secrets.”

Lake Pontchartrain is a dangerous place in a storm. Especially if you are in a Boston whaler in “Camp Keller.”

Nelson Devlin has not been acting normal as “Candlestick Justice” begins and Vicky Devlin has questions and mounting suspicions. Whatever he is doing it involves the computer and possibly an old threat.

Sabrina isn’t that thrilled with the idea of being in the Smoky Mountains in “Dead of the Day.” Barry isn’t worried about the possibility of a serial killer in the area and is looking forward to the picnic.

Chief Walton is mad from the get go in “Dear Joe.” He has good reason and Detective Joe Leonard had better get it together. Looks like he is going to need his partner, Detective Dan Pritchard, to help out.

The smell is what he notices first in “Death Notice.” A dead body and quite a lot more is involved here in this complicated tale.

“False Positive” as implied by the title revolves around a blood test and the consequences of the results.

Rosalie Beard has had enough in “Final Divorce” and no matter what Jay says it is over. He has a plan to salvage things and just needs a little more time.

Raising kids is difficult at times and video games can be an issue. Both are at work in “Final Level.”

Otis Redman is having a hard time of it and “Getting His Job Back” might help. At least if he was employed again his wife Claire might cut him some slack.

As if things already were not already this way in a number of stories apparently they are about to be “Getting ugly.” Jimmy and Steve have an issue with Buddy and the rookie, Ruben, does not like how they are going about business.
Gracie is spending the night with Granny as Jenny LeBlanc has work to do in “Happy First.” Being a mom and a cop is hard work, but things are about to change for the better for her as well as her four year old daughter.

40 year old Nelson Walton isn’t happy for good reason. As he explains to his good friend Jerry Stewart, he knows Cindy is cheating on him and just because of “Her Judas Eyes.”

It was another brutal night on two few hours of sleep and the wake up from Mallory at 5:30 in the morning is not what Wyatt needed. The day ahead is going to be a challenge personally and professionally in “Severed Relationship.”

Betrayal is a constant there in the collection of published stories from the mind of BJ Bourg. The betrayal comes in many forms both in terms of the personal as well as the professional relationships these characters have during their short visits with the reader. While it is easy to see the author’s extensive background in law enforcement at work in many of these tales, the twists and turns the tales take are often not so easy at all to see coming. Alive Into Hell: A Collection Of Crime  Stories is a fast and enjoyable read that also gives credence to the idea that being a loner without attachments might be a good thing.

Alive Into Hell: A Collection Of Crime Stories
BJ Bourg
August 6, 2014
104 Pages (estimated)

Material was purchased for my use in an objective review by way of monies in my Amazon Associate account.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2014 - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Euro Crime Update-- New Reviews on Euro Crime: Carol, Chambers, Dicker, Francis, Hodgson, McGrath, Ridpath, Runcie, McCall Smith

As posted elsewhere earlier today.....

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

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

New Reviews:

Michelle Peckham reviews 'Watch Me' by James Carol, the second in his Jefferson Winter series set in the US;

Amanda Gillies reviews Kimberley Chambers' 'Payback', set in London'd East End;

Laura Root reviews Joel Dicker's much talked about 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair' tr. Sam Taylor;

Susan White reviews Felix Francis's 'Refusal' which sees the return of Sid Halley;

Terry Halligan reviews the CWA Historical Dagger winning 'The Devil in the Marshalsea' by Antonia Hodgson;

Michelle also reviews 'The Bone Seeker', the third in M J McGrath's Edie Kiglatuk series set in the Arctic;

Lynn Harvey reviews Michael Ridpath's 'Sea of Stone', the fourth and latest in his Icelandic series featuring Magnus Jonson;

Terry also reviews James Runcie's 'Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil' the third in the series (and soon to be an ITV series)

and I review the audio book of Alexander McCall Smith's 'The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection' read by Adjoa Andoh. 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

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Via Randy Rawls--- SleuthFest 2015

Randy Rawls passes on the following:

SleuthFest 2015 will be held Feb 26 - March 1 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Keynote: JAMES PATTERSON. Florida Guest of Honor: JAMES W. HALL. Sunday Guest of Honor: DAVE BARRY. Forensic Guest of Honor: RIC GILLESPIE. Visit for full information.

The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (FMWA) is proud to announce its first Freddie Award for Writing Excellence. Designed to recognize outstanding unpublished mystery writers and novels, Freddies will be awarded to winning contestants in two categories, HARD-BOILED and TRADITIONAL. 
Submissions will consist of the first 20 pages of an unpublished mystery manuscript. Judges are published authors, and the top five entries in each category will be read by an acquiring editor or agent. Freddie winners will be announced at
Entries may be submitted electronically. Deadline is November 15, 2014. The entry fee is $20 for FMWA members, $25 for Mystery Writers of America (MWA) members, and $30 for non-members.
For further information, or to volunteer as a judge if you are a published mystery author, contact Diane A.S. Stuckart at
Randy Rawls
BEST DEFENSE featuring Beth Bowman, S FL PI
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HOT ROCKS featuring Beth Bowman, South Florida PI
THORNS ON ROSES featuring Tom Jeffries, South Florida PI
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Via Dru's Book Musings--- A Day in the Life of Tina Shaw by Jan Christensen

A Day in the Life of Tina Shaw by Jan Christensen

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Via Righting Crime Fiction: Purpose of Righting Crime Fiction

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The Great Sphinx of Giza and Tapir and Friends Animal Store

Anyone that knows me at all knows I have a very deep and often seriously warped sense of humor. What I think is funny tends to get me in trouble from time to time with those who are so clearly humor challenged. An accompanying problem is some folks take what I come up with very seriously and then get outraged when they are shown to be a little misguided in their belief. Clearly, I need a satire tag like Facebook had to do with The Onion. Both of those deals were often issues at the jobs I worked at over the years and can be a problem with my freelance work.

Sheryl Todd owner and grand poobah of Tapir and Friends Animal Store allows me a little leeway, but she is also aware of the problem of those who don't get the humor or believe everything. When I wrote the piece for the Great Sphinx of Giza she thought a small part of it was a bit problematic. My idea that I could state that scientists have never determined one way or another whether the nose of the sphinx was actually lost in a great battle between an alien robotic creature of huge proportions reminiscent of a Mr. Potatohead and the Sphinx given powers by the alien race of Illumanti in an attempt to save mankind and keep the stargates open might not be as funny as I thought it was.

So, it was lost to the editing room floor. In wake of another recent piece, this time on pufferfish that should be up soon, Sheryl (aka @tapirgal on twitter) suggested that maybe I should start sharing such tidbits here under the moniker "Tapir Outtakes."  Seems like a heck of an idea......

KRL This Week Update-- Carole Nelson Douglas, Penny Warner, Coming Attractions, short story, giveaways & much more in KRL

As posted elsewhere earlier today....

Up this morning in Kings River Life Magazine a review & giveaway of "Cat in a Yellow Spotlight", the latest Midnight Louie mystery from Carole Nelson Douglas

Also up, a review and giveaway of "Death of a Crabby Cook", the first book in a brand new food mystery series by Penny Pike aka Penny Warner along with an interview about the series, and info about Penny's upcoming event at the Fresno chapter of Sisters in Crime

We also have the latest mystery Coming Attractions article by Sunny Frazier. Check out some of the new mysteries coming out in September

And we have reviews & giveaways of 4 more fun mysteries by Penguin authors-"Shear Trouble" by Elizabeth Craig, "Taken In" by Elizabeth Lynn Casey, "Well Read, Then Dead" by Terrie Farley Moran, and "If Catfish Had Nine Lives" by Paige Shelton

Also in this issue a mystery short story by Carole Nelson Douglas

For those who enjoy vampires with their mystery, a review and giveaway of the latest Chicagoland vampires novel by Chloe Neill, "Blood Games"

While not mystery, this one is written by a mystery author,  Carola Dunn shares the heartwarming story of her rescue dog Trillian

And lastly this week, a review of a fun new web series called "Axis of Action" which has touches of mystery with some of it's comedy

 Happy reading,
Lorie Ham

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Lesa Latest Contest-- Casey & Kuhns giveaway

As posted elsewhere earlier today....

This week, I'm giving away copies of Donis Casey's The Wrong Hill to Die On and Eleanor Kuhns' Cradle to Grave. Details on my blog at Entries from the U.S. only, please.

Lesa Holstine 

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Free Book ALERT-- MIND PRISON: A SHORT STORY by Dave Zeltserman

The short story MIND PRISON is currently available for free at Amazon and you should get it as it is good. My review from last November is here if you need more details on why you should get it.

FFB Review: "The Zebra-Striped Hearse" by Ross Macdonald--Reviewed by Patrick Ohl

Patrick Ohl is back this week for Friday Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott. If things are still running as scheduled, this week Evan Lewis will be doing the links later today on his Davey Crockett’s Almanack of Mystery, Adventure, and The Wild West. A blog you should already be reading and enjoying so if you don’t know about it, get with the program. Today Patrick reviews The Zebra-Striped Hearse by Ross Macdonald.

Raymond Chandler is known for creating mean streets on which his detective, Phillip Marlowe, would walk. Ross Macdonald, however, took the hardboiled genre in a new direction by creating Lew Archer, a private detective who was sensitive. The Zebra-Striped Hearse was published in 1962, three years after 1959’s The Galton Case, which was the first book by Ross Macdonald that I read.

Macdonald’s The Zebra-Striped Hearse is an intricately plotted book that keeps twisting and turning long after you think it’s finished. The story revolves around Colonel Blackwell, who consults Lew Archer about his daughter, Harriet. A month ago, she met a man named Burke Damis in Mexico, and now she wants to marry him. But the Colonel, overly protective of his daughter, senses that the young man is as phony as a three-dollar bill, and he hires Archer to look into Damis’ past life in order to uncover just what he is up to and expose him to Harriet.

The resulting plot is a complex one, and Macdonald uses it to tell a powerful story. These aren’t the mean, gangster-infested streets of Raymond Chandler. Rather, Macdonald takes crime and puts it into the neighbourhood, where even that nice old lady who lived down the street might have some connection with the murder in the newspaper headlines. In a way, the story is similar to that of The Galton Case; both novels evoke the loss of a child and the loss of a parent, both of which Ross Macdonald experienced. In both, Lew Archer sometimes seems more like a family therapist than a traditional private eye. Some use this to criticise Macdonald, saying that he wrote the same book over and over again. I can see the point, but from what I’ve seen, Macdonald uses a somewhat similar formula but produces something brilliant both times. The result is highly readable, literate, and there’s a note of genuine passion underscoring the book. That kind of combination is just outstanding.

Incidentally, I was expecting the titular “zebra-striped hearse” to be some crazy metaphor about life and death and stuff, because that’s kind of what I got to expect from the hardboiled, with titles like The Big Sleep or The Long Goodbye… but it’s an actual hearse, and it has actual zebra stripes. It pops up every once in a while as Lew Archer investigates. This alone makes the book worth a read.

Lew Archer is a decent sort in a tragic world, trying to help the victims of violent crime while bringing the guilty party to justice. In The Zebra-Striped Hearse, Macondald’s mystery is fairly clued, with complexity that could match wits with a Golden Ag author any day. But most intriguing of all is the way Macdonald uses the mystery to create a small piece of art that wouldn’t disgrace the pages of a “serious” literary author. The theme of loss and the family struggling to stay together have poignant notes to it that I like very much. I can’t think of something the book does wrong… and that’s always a good sign. Ross Macdonald apparently considered it one of his best books, and it was nominated for “Best Novel” at the 1963 Edgar Awards. It was beaten by Ellis Peters’ Death and the Joyful Woman, which I have yet to read…

To read The Zebra-Striped Hearse, I relied largely on an audio recording I’ve taken a great fancy to. It is complete and unabridged, but read by a full cast, with Harris Yulin as Lew Archer. The musical scores are well-placed, and the sound effects (like someone knocking at the door or the ocean being heard in the distance) really enhanced the reading experience for me. If you get a chance to listen to this recording, I highly recommend it.

Patrick Ohl ©2014
Make sure to read more of Patrick’s excellent work here on the blog as well as his website At The Scene Of The Crime.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Foot Saga Continues

Later this morning I go back for an already scheduled appointment regarding the left foot. This is the same foot that I dropped one of Sandi's oxygen cylinders on a couple of weeks ago causing pain, swelling, bruising, etc. This is the left foot which has had burning and pain in it for going on four years plus now as part of the pain in the left leg and hip, etc.  This is also the leg that will buckle on me and cause me to fall and all the rest of it.

So, I knew going in this could take awhile. But, this is starting to worry me quite a bit. It is only slightly better. Up until Monday or so if anything it was worse. The bruising and swelling finally seem to have gone away for the most part, but the new pain is still in there pretty good. Overall the pain level is pretty close to what it was when it happened and that worries me.

Anyway, we shall see what the doc says. I expect another two weeks in the surgical shoe at least. That certainly won't help my mobility issues at all.

UPDATE---Back home and the doc says it is healing. He manipulated my foot a bit and prodded it and while it hurt it was not to the level it was a couple of weeks ago. I'm a slow healer and I know it. At least two more weeks with the shoe as I am to keep doing what I have been doing.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crime Review Update-- New issue of Crime Review

As posted elsewhere....

In our new edition of Crime Review ( this week we
have sixteen reviews (http://), together with David Marks 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:

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
It is the fifth wedding anniversary of Nick and Amy Dunne but they are not
to spend it together because Amy disappears. The police believe that her
husband is responsible, though he denies it and they can’t prove it.

TOP SECRET TWENTY ONE by Janet Evanovich, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Stephanie Plum falls foul of Russian gangsters as she helps the enigmatic
Ranger track down whoever is targeting him

YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME by Robert Wilson, reviewed by John Cleal
The headstrong teenage daughter of freelance kidnap expert Charlie Boxer
and his DI former wife disappears only hours after running away to Madrid.
At the same time the young son of a Russian businessman is kidnapped in
London. Is there a link between the two events?

SPRING TIDE by Cilla and Rolf Borjlind, reviewed by Tracy Johnson
On Nordkoster beach in 1987, a young boy, hidden in the dunes, is sole
witness as three men bury a heavily pregnant woman up to her neck in sand
as the tide rolls in. Twenty four years later, a young police student is
investigating cold cases and selects the still-unsolved beach crime for her
final assignment.

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, reviewed by John Cleal
Reykjavik lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by a deeply unpleasant and
manipulative child sex offender with a view to overturning the conviction
of a fellow inmate in his secure unit. Her investigations are hampered by
lies, half-truths and cover-ups.

SHREDDER by Niall Leonard, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Finn McGuire is caught in the middle of a gang war that’s getting nastier
by the minute and is in danger from both sides.

ARTEFACTS OF THE DEAD by Tony Black, reviewed by John Cleal
Critically injured DI Bob Valentine is recalled from convalescence to
investigate two horrifying murders. His investigations are hampered by an
anxious by-the-book divisional commander and a series of ‘visions’ that
leave him doubting his own sanity.

THE INTERCEPT by Dick Wolf, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Six people foil the hijacking of a plane and become instant celebrities,
but New York police investigator Jeremy Fisk is convinced that there is
more to the attempted hijacking than meets the eye.

THE DOG KILLER OF UTICA by Frank Lentriccia, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Eliot Conte’s dubious PI past comes back to haunt him after a series of
violent assaults on close personal friends, and their dogs.

THE CASE OF THE DEADLY BUTTER CHICKEN by Tarquin Hall, reviewed by Sylvia
When the father of a top Pakistani cricketer is poisoned at a post-match
dinner in Delhi, the clues appear to point Most Private Investigator Vish
Puri towards an international illegal betting syndicate, but is there a
more personal motive behind the killing?

THE VALHALLA PROPHECY by Andy McDermott, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Archaeologist Nina Wilde and ex-SAS husband Eddie Chase are in a race
against time with the bad guys to find Valhalla, the legendary Hall of the

CON LAW by Mark Gimenez, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Law professor John Bookman visits an old student who is alarmed that his
client’s fracking operations are causing serious environmental damage.

BLACK CHALK by Christopher J Yates, reviewed by John Cleal
Six new Oxford students form an instant friendship. At the Freshers’ Fair
they sign up with the mysterious Games Society and The Game – an elaborate
mixture of luck and consequences emerges. Early penalties are trivial but
become more humiliating as they are played out against a background of
changing relationships which inevitably lead to tragedy.

THE CINDERELLA KILLER by Simon Brett, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Struggling actor Charles Paris finds himself investigating a dead body
under a pier and the disappearance of a dancer amidst shambolic rehearsals
for a panto

THE BROKEN PLACES by Ace Atkins, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Sheriff Colson is unhappy with his sister’s liaison with an ex-convict, but
things snowball when prison escapees come his way looking for money they
think is owing.

SHELTER (audiobook) by Harlan Coben, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When a girl at Mickey Bolitar’s school goes missing, he teams up with an
unlikely group of friends to track her down.

Best wishes


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Senior News Newspaper Book Review Column--August 2014

For my monthly newspaper book review column in the Senior News Newspaper, I usually make sure to choose one fiction and one nonfiction book in the hopes of interesting more readers. This month I went with The Splintered Paddle by Texas resident Mark Troy (highly recommend this book and anything else has done) and When Your life Is Touched By Cancer: Practical Advice and Insights for Patients, Professionals and Those Who Care by Bob Riter. As anyone who has read the blog knows, cancer continues to dominate our lives over everything else. Longer reviews of both books are available here on the blog. Included below are the relevant book covers for my August 2014 column…  

The Splintered Paddle
Mark Troy
Five Star Publishing (division of Cengage)
ISBN# 978-1-4328-2859-2
304 Pages

Private Investigator Ava Rome has no idea in the beginning that she is being hunted. She has no idea at all a man from her distant past is in the islands watching her every move. Fantasizing over and over again what he is going to do to her once he finally gets her alone. His name is Norman Traxler and he is coming for her--- after he eliminates whatever she cares about a chess piece at a time.

That situation is just a small part of what is going on in this complicated mystery featuring multiple story lines. Written by Texas author Mark Troy who spent a number of years in Hawaii before moving to Texas, this complex read features four separate and distinct story lines that gradually interweave as readers are slowly filled in on Ava's often difficult past.  A Second place winner at the 2012 Claymore Awards at Killer Nashville, The Splintered Paddle: An Ava Rome Mystery is one of those rare books that pulls you deep inside a world far from home right from the beginning. It isn't all sundrenched beaches, cool waters, and happy days in paradise. Ava, also seen in the very good novella The Rules, knows something about the dark undercurrents at work in the 50th state in the union and is more than ready to protect the defenseless.

When Your life Is Touched By Cancer: Practical Advice and Insights for Patients, Professionals and Those Who Care
Bob Riter
Hunter House Publishing
ISBN# 978-0-89793-679-8
145 Pages

Around here we know something about cancer and its impact. More than we ever wanted to know. So does Bob Riter, cancer survivor. He is also the executive director of Cancer Resource center of the Finger Lakes in Ithaca, New York. The nine chapters of this book are made up of various columns he wrote for the Ithaca Journal newspaper about his cancer as well as cancer in general. He wrote about, not only his experience, but the various cancer questions he has heard from patients or their loved ones over the years. The short chapters are designed to be read here and there as the mood or need strikes.

All I can say is When Your life Is Touched By Cancer: Practical Advice and Insights for Patients, Professionals and Those Who Care by Bob Riter is an incredible book. I hope and pray you will never need it, but if you ever do, it’s good to know it is out there and can help ease everything just a little bit.

Kevin R Tipple ©2014
Author of Mind Slices and contributor to the Carpathian Shadows, Volume II Anthology