Wednesday, July 01, 2015

BookEnds Literary Agency: An Agent's Thoughts on a Publisher's Restructuring...

BookEnds Literary Agency: An Agent's Thoughts on a Publisher's Restructuring...: It's no longer news that there have been some dramatic changes at Berkley/NAL , changes that aren't necessarily a complete surprise,...

New Books by MWA Members – July 2015

New Books by MWA Members – July 2015

Today in MYSTERY HISTORY: 7/1/2005 Lopresti's Such A Killing Crime published...

Today in MYSTERY HISTORY: 7/1/2005 Lopresti's Such A Killing Crime published...: July 1, 2005.  Robert Lopresti's novel of murder during the folk music revival in Greenwich Village, 1963, is published.

Reminder: Dallas MWA meeting this Saturday, 7/4/15

Panel Discussion:

"Everything You Wanted to Know about Writing and Publishing But Were Afraid to Ask"

In honor of the Fourth of July, the "Gang of Four" will take their seats in the spotlight to answer any and all questions about writing, publishing, marketing, and the Meaning of Life (spoiler alert: 42). All questions about all areas of writing and more will be discussed and explained by leveraging the panelist's years of experience fighting the battle. Successes and scars highlighted equally.

Bring your questions, bring your answers, and bring your appetite because the give and take with associated arguments may 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

Note: because of fire safety laws, all the fireworks will be verbal rather than thermal.


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
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3 AM.....

It is 3 am ..... they need to invent a pill that makes your brain stayed turned off when you have to go to the bathroom. That way you could go back to sleep after your business was done. Way better than the way things are now where I start thinking and can't get back to sleep.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chemo Again Delayed

Not surprisingly after what Sandi has been through the last 48 hours they made the determination to hold off on the chemo. They took a very large amount of blood out of her to do blood cultures. The worry now is the strong possibility that she has contracted some sort of blood infection on top of everything else. The hope is that the fever and other issues are just related to the persistent viral croup and not another infection.

Since they are closed Friday for the upcoming holiday we go back Thursday and see where things stand. In the meantime, monitor all her symptoms and let them know immediately if anything seems to be getting worse.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sandi Tonight

Sandi has had a very rough time of it the last two days. Her fever and chills are back with a vengeance. This is on top of the congestion, coughing, etc she has been dealing with the viral croup deal. Tonight she has full body aches as well and says that she feels like it is the flu. 

The doctor had planned to start chemo tomorrow morning and to do that she would be admitted to the hospital. Considering how weak and sick she has been the last couple of days I expect they will be admitting her to the hospital to treat this instead of the cancer. There is no question in my mind that things are going backwards and that Sandi is definitely way worse than she has been in recent days.

Gravity Lawsuit: Why I am giving up (Tess Gerritsen Blog)

Gravity Lawsuit: Why I am giving up (Tess Gerritsen Blog)

June 20 RTE Update

The June 27, 2015  issue of RTE is out and includes fifteen new reviews as well as a new interview:


Rita Mae Brown in the 'Sixty seconds with . . .' interview hot seat:

Reviews this week:

DISCLAIMER    Renée Knight        Reviewed by Yvonne Klein       
Catherine Ravenscroft idly opens a book she finds on her bedside table only to discover that it purports to be about her and a secret she has kept for twenty years.

THE FIXER    Joseph Finder    Reviewed by Anne Corey       
When down on his luck, journalist Rick Hoffman moves back to his rundown childhood home, where he discovers a hidden fortune and narrowly escapes death more than once as his search for its origin leads him into an underworld of crime and murder.

CAFÉ EUROPA    Ed Ifkovic    Reviewed by Christine Zibas       
Set during the prelude to World War I, Budapest is a hot bed of activity when writer Edna Ferber arrives. While there, she falls in love with the city, but two murders bring her heartache.

THE HARVEST MAN    Alex Grecian    Reviewed by Meredith Frazier   
Fourth in the series featuring Walter Day, Dr. Kingsley, and the new Murder Squad of Scotland Yard, THE HARVEST MAN once again sees London under threat by Jack the Ripper, but now, two more serial killers have joined Saucy Jack's ranks.

THE LAST BOOKANEER    Matthew Pearl    Reviewed by Ben Neal   
Literary thieves attempts to steal his final novel from an ailing Robert Louis Stevenson.

SIX AND A HALF DEADLY SINS Colin Cotterill    Reviewed by Barbara Fister
Someone has sent Dr. Siri an attractive woven skirt from the north of Laos, but the finger bone sewn into its hem points toward trouble.

INNOCENCE    Heda Margolius Kovály   Reviewed by Yvonne Klein            
In Soviet-controlled Prague, the police investigation into a murder of a small boy leads to revelations about the spying, informing, and secret lives of the employees of a cinema

THE ONLY WORDS THAT ARE WORTH REMEMBERING   Jeffrey Rotter   Reviewed by PJ Coldren                               
Rowan Van Zandt tells the story of his family and how they become part of a bizarre plan to put a rocket into space.

THE UNCANNY READER    Majorie Sandor (ed.)    Reviewed by Rebecca Nesvet   
A time-spanning, global anthology of 'uncanny' fiction, certain to captivate seasoned and new readers of this 'viral strain' of literature.

FOREST OF FORTUNE    Jim Ruland    Reviewed by Meredith Frazier   
Drug-addict, alcoholic copywriter Pemberton, epileptic Alice, and gambler Lupita try their luck at overcoming grim pasts and creating better lives at the haunted Thunderclap Casino.

BITTER CREEK    Peter Bowen    Reviewed by PJ Coldren       
Gabriel DuPre and friends try to find the site of a long ago massacre, and the reasons behind it.

THE RELUCTANT MATADOR    Mark Pryor     Reviewed by Sharon Mensing   
Marston travels to Spain to locate a friend's daughter and finds himself in the midst of a human trafficking ring.

EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES (Audio)     Lisa Scottoline    Reviewed by Lourdes Venard   
In the midst of a divorce, Dr. Eric Parrish finds his week spiraling out of control as he's besieged by problems, the biggest being the target of a sociopath out to ruin him.

TAIL GAIT    Rita Mae Brown    Reviewed by Caryn St Clair       
A University of Virginia history professor is found dead on the golf course.  The solution to his murder reaches far back in Virginia history.

THE CORPSE WITH THE SAPPHIRE EYES    Cathy Ace   Reviewed by Diana Borse
Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson arrive at Castle Llwyd in Wales for a dream-come-true romantic wedding but all plans are thrown out in the face of an accidental death that quickly reveals itself as a murder and a horrific storm that traps everyone involved in the castle for days.

We post more than 900 new reviews a year -- all of them are archived on the site -- as well as a new interview with a top author every issue.

Yvonne Klein

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs. (The Practicing Writer)

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs. (The Practicing Writer)

Bookish events in Texas for the week of June 29 - July 5, 2015 (Texas Book Lover Blog)

Bookish events in Texas for the week of June 29 - July 5, 2015 (Texas Book Lover Blog)

Monday With Kaye: "The Life I Left Behind” by Colette McBeth (Reviewed by Kaye George)

Okay, so you have decided you don’t want to read a series for awhile. Kaye George has you covered this week with her review of The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth. Published last February by Minotaur Books it is currently available in hardback, audio, and e-book formats with a paperback version hitting the shelves in January.

“The Life I Left Behind” by Colette McBeth

Very chilling stand-alone thriller! There are two main characters who very nearly meet the same fate. One was left for dead after being strangled, the second was successfully killed by the same hand.

The problem is, David, the man who was imprisoned for the first, unsuccessful, attack was probably not the guy who did it, in spite of the fact that, just after David is released after serving his nine year term, the second victim, Eve, dies. Eve appears in the novel as a ghost, but doesn’t interact with anyone except the reader. She’s a ghost who can’t comfort anyone and who exists in pain. She never thought this was what being dead would be like and she’s not quite certain why she’s hanging around.

Melody, the first victim, who didn’t die nine years ago, has nevertheless, not actually recovered. She is putting on the bravest face she can for her fiancé, Sam, and their friends, but she’s still suffering from the attack. She’s become obsessive about many things, which makes the sterile house she lives in with Sam neat and tidy. She’s also become a great cook. But this is all because she can’t bear to go outside alone any more and has to keep busy to keep from looking inside herself.

Eve was killed because she had figured out who really attacked Melody. She’s standing by, agonizing over whether or not Melody can figure it out in time to prevent the killer from coming back and finishing the job. You’ll be on the edge of your seat with this one.

Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of Eine Kleine Murder, for Suspense Magazine.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

KRL This Week Update

Up this morning in KRL a review & giveaway of "As Night Falls" by Jenny Milchman​ as well as info on her book event in August at Mysterious Galaxy​ in San Diego

Also up reviews & giveaways of 5 more fun mysteries from Penguin & Kensington-"Bodice of Evidence" by Nancy J Parra, "Bushel Full of Murder" by Paige Shelton, "Fat Cat Spreads Out" by Janet Cantrell, "Scam Chowder" by Mary Corrigan and "Death By Coffee" by Alex Erickson

We also have the latest mystery Coming Attractions from Sunny Frazier​ along with a giveaway of books by Krista Davis​, Morgan St James​ and Velda Brotherton

And we have a never before published mystery short story by Michael Guillebeau

And a review & giveaway of "All Dressed Up and No Place to Haunt" by Rose Pressey​

We also have a review & giveaway of "Farmed and Dangerous" by Edith M. Maxwell​ along with a guest post from Edith about organic farming

For those who also enjoy fantasy, we have a review & giveaway of "The Nothing" by Kerry Schafter

And over on KRL Lite a review & giveaway of "Violent Departures" by FM Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith​

Happy reading,

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SleuthSayers: Fee or Free?

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Crime Watch: Review: DON'T LOSE HER by Jonathon King

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Crime Watch: How to write a bestseller and not get rich

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‘HELLO’ FROM AMAZON – Big Brother style review censorship ( writerchristophfischer ~ Just another site)

‘HELLO’ FROM AMAZON – Big Brother style review censorship ( writerchristophfischer ~ Just another site)

Karma Is A Strange Thing (Libby Fischer Hellman)

Karma Is A Strange Thing (Libby Fischer Hellman)

Lateness of the Day

When you are getting about four hours of sleep every night and have been awake again today since 5 am, it really is amazing how late in the day 9 am seems. At least it was not quite as bad as yesterday when I woke up at 4:10 am again dreaming we were being evicted for non payment of rent.

A reality we face in a few days and one we could do without.

Review: "MURDER ON WHEELS (2015)" edited by Ramona DeFelice Long (Reviewed by Barry Ergang)

Barry is usually doing reviews for FFB, but today he takes a break from that to review the new MURDER ON WHEELS anthology. This book is also in my tbr pile which has suddenly gotten bigger in recent days due to a flood of books.

MURDER ON WHEELS (2015) edited by Ramona DeFelice Long

Reviewed by Barry Ergang

A product of the Austin Mystery Writers group, along with two invited guest authors, this is an anthology of, as stated on the cover, “11 tales of crime on the move.”

The collection’s genesis is explained in an introduction by Kaye George, after which its engine starts (or should I say revs?) with “A Nice Set of Wheels,” by Kathy Waller. Young Rosemary, the story’s narrator, having been raised in an agrarian region by her Aunt Violet and over-protective store owner Uncle Harry, sees drifter Campbell Reed as a savior. Reed hopes to find enough work locally to buy a car to take him to California.    But when Wanda Patterson is murdered, the question arises as to whether Reed is savior or slayer.   

We learn from the narrator of  Reavis Z. Wortham’s “Family Business” about the history of generations of Lamar County’s Caissen family and how they went from basic farming to illegally distilling whiskey and later growing marijuana, and how a violent feud developed with their Red River County opposition.

The title of the next story, “Rota Fortunae,” means “wheel of fate.” It’s also the name of the ship bound from England to America that fourteen-year-old Tim has stowed away on. Unfortunately for Tim and the rest of the crew, Captain John Claymore makes Jack London’s Wolf Larsen look like a philanthropist by comparison. The particular wheel in V.P. Chandler’s absorbing story is quite unusual, and I won’t say anything more about it to avoid spoiling the surprise. My only quibbles concern what appears to be inadequate proofreading. We’re told in the opening sentence that Tim’s last name is Brooks, but Tim tells Claymore his surname is Preston. Later on, someone whose English is generally impeccable, relating events that happened in the past, says, “I thought the storm has returned….” Further along in the same paragraph he says “the wheel spinned” instead of spun. (Italics mine.)

Hired by the shapely green-eyed redhead to find her missing sister, Alice Wonderland, Hollywood P.I. Jake Grimm suspects that criminal mastermind Mome Rath has kidnapped her. But his investigation plunges him down a rabbit hole to a world of murder, deceit, and slithy toves. Framed for the murder of Joey Dormouse, can he acquit himself and find innocent, convent-raised Alice, or will Mome Rath outgrabe him? Gale Albright delivers a jabberwock of a hardboiled tale that gyres and gimbles in “Mome Rath, My Sweet.”

What should be a routine run from Knoxville to Washington, DC as “The Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round” turns into the ride from Hell when one particular passenger’s unjustly rude and insulting behavior toward his fellow riders turns the atmosphere uncomfortable for them and, ultimately, fatal for him. Points she raises in the introduction make it obvious that this story by Kaye George was the impetus for this anthology. My only quibble with it is that the murder is solved a little too quickly and easily. 

The Murphy family is less than enchanted that their youngest daughter and sibling, Mary, has married Marco Campisi in Laura Oles’s “Buon Viaggio.” Marco is arrogant and rude toward the Murphys, feigns affection while revealing indifference toward his bride, and apparently intends to blackmail the family into letting him join the “family business” they restrict to blood members only. The Murphys own a successful pub, but also have this other “business” they hold sacred and which, by implication only, is criminal. We’re never told its actual nature. I hate having to cavil, but my inner editor has a problem with awkward and redundant sentences: “The conversation stopped as Marco returned to the kitchen, his plate showing most of the pasta remaining on his plate”; sentences which are missing words: “Kathleen retrieved a beer from inside door of the fridge and handed it to him”; and sentences which are grammatically incorrect: “Taking note of the patrons nearby, he leaned in, closing the space between he and Marco.”

Pork chop-loving Faye Lawton’s retired husband has become obsessed with bicycling, physical fitness, and healthy foods, and Faye gradually convinces herself there’s something sinister behind it all. When she meets one of the members of Fred’s cycling group, a blue-eyed blonde with a deep tan and “a nice tight butt,” and then learns Fred has been looking at condominiums, she decides it’s time for an “Aporkalypse Now” in a darkly comic tale by Gale Albright, making her second appearance in the collection. Have I yet another quibble? Yes, but only a minor one. Does Fred want to sell the house he and Faye have lived in since they were married, as Faye fears, or has he another reason for checking out condos? We aren’t told.     

Kaye George makes a second appearance with a story about Prissy and Trey, a couple married for nearly a year who have had to postpone their honeymoon, and Abigail, Trey’s possessive and interfering mother. Their work schedules finally in sync, Prissy and Trey hope to “Have a Nice Trip” to a Virgin Islands belated honeymoon. The only obstacle is the ever-demanding Mother Abigail, who will resort to subterfuge, if necessary, to keep her beloved son close to home. What’s to be done about Mother?

When his friend Lynn Ryan, who oversees the local school bus system, wakens Southlake’s police chief with the news that there’s a “Dead Man on a School Bus,” the former Fort Worth, Texas detective has to investigate the first homicide—and a pretty grisly one—the suburb has seen in ten years. The manner of the victim’s death is identical to one he’d seen two years earlier. When Lynn describes someone who has been seen around the parking lot for the past few days, the chief has a lead he wishes he didn’t have in a potent tale from Earl Staggs which is less whodunit than whydunit.

She used to be “Hell on Wheels,” but when Bonnie Lu Urquhart begins to show signs of dementia, some of which could land her in prison, her daughter Marva Lu calls a conference with her brothers Frank and Lonnie and sister Bonita, and suggests that it’s time to “put Mama out of her misery.” They balk at the idea until she reminds them of the money they’ll inherit while sparing Mama the indignities of full-blown dementia and, possibly, incarceration for the remainder of her life. She devises a scheme that involves the local magistrate, Judge Vardaman, who has always been sweet on Mama. Does everything proceed as planned in the entertaining black comedy Kathy Waller provides in her second appearance? Do I really have to ask savvy readers of crime fiction that question?

The anthology concludes with “Red’s White F-150 Blues” by Scott Montgomery, in which narrator Red Clark is asked by an old friend of dubious character, one Billy Ray Bryant, if he’ll garage as a favor Billy Ray’s F-150 truck for a couple of weeks. Knowing his wife Britney will disapprove, Red nevertheless agrees. Britney’s disapproval intensifies until she and Red see a news story which suggests that Billy Ray was involved in a bank robbery and murder and that they’re harboring a getaway vehicle. Then Britney has an idea of her own which propels Red into the presence of Tinker, who strongly identifies with Conan the Barbarian. Have fun reading this one, but with the caveat that it contains raunchy language which might offend some readers.

Although a few stories display, to my mind, a kind of hastiness, a rush to finish them prematurely when further development might have been in order, overall—my quibbles notwithstanding— the collection is a diverting read.

E-book provided by the publisher in return for my objective review.

© 2015 Barry Ergang

You can read Barry Ergang’s take on Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” here. Some of his other work can be found at Smashwords and Amazon.

Friday, June 26, 2015

BOOK BEAT BABES: Why the eReader Platform Matters

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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Lesa's latest Contest--- Terrific Giveaway - Give me an H

I have a terrific giveaway this week - copies of Carolyn Hart's Don't Go Home and Anne Hillerman's Rock with Wings. Details on my blog, Entries from the U.S. only, please.

Lesa Holstine  

Chemo Delayed Again

Sandi remains way too sick for chemo so it has now been delayed till at least Tuesday. Today in the doctor's office she was running two degrees of fever and having other issues. Her blood work was okay though her kidneys are not cooperating very well again.

Because of the vomiting occurring each evening they have stopped one of the drugs that is designed to be helpful for her lungs. She is to drink plenty of fluids, rest and do nothing, so that hopefully things will finally start getting better.  As always, if she gets worse over the weekend we are to use the emergency contact deal.

We try all this again on Tuesday.

RIP Patrick Macnee (Welcome To Hell Blog by Glenn Walker)

RIP Patrick Macnee (Welcome To Hell Blog by Glenn Walker)

Friday Finds for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

Friday Finds for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

FFB Review: "BURN" by Jonathan Lyons

Friday means a lot of things including Friday’s Forgotten Books. I believe Patti will be doing the FFB links today at her blog. If not, I will fix this sometime later today when I am home as Sandi has an appointment down at Texas Oncology at Medical City Dallas Hospital. I have no idea when I will be home as Sandi was supposed to start chemo today and most likely will not as she remains very ill.

I first told you about BURN by Jonathan Lyons back in 2001. I told you again in a FFB post back in March of 2011. I am telling you again to read this book. Below is the original review written the first time around. Despite my hope for a sequel first expressed in this review in 2001 there has not been one near as I can tell.

Jonathan Lyons has crafted an intriguing mystery set on our world in a not too distant future. He has taken current events and extrapolated a logical futuristic setting from them while adding multi-dimensional characters. At the same time, he asks fundamental technology driven questions such as when does something totally technology based, achieve human status with feelings, emotions, and the like?

In this future world, giant corporations run the country. The effects of global warming have come to pass, raising the world's sea levels and destroying major cities. Permanent fogs of smog have rolled in causing a perpetual acidic rain. The well to do have managed to flee to where the sun still shines, artificial islands created in places like the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. Corporations caused it all to happen as they bought off the politicians and set themselves up to run everything. The biggest corporation around is Expedite, which among other things, is the corporate sponsor of Old New York's police force. The suits make the decisions about what gets investigated not the cops.

Cage used to be a cop and was a pretty good one. He annoyed the powers that be, by investigating the death of Joseph Fuhlber, an Expedite computer scientist. The doctor's partner was also killed and both were classified as suicide. Both deaths were clearly murder and when Cage wouldn't leave it alone, he was booted from the force, nearly destroying his life. Cage is surviving, financially and emotionally, but just barely.

Janice Gild, who wants her brother's death investigated, contacts him. The cops aren't doing anything to speak of and the dead brother has links back to Expedite. The man was incinerated in his own condo while in bed and amazingly, the rest of the condo did not burn. While vaguely interested and in need of money, Cage does not want to run afoul of Expedite again. He grudgingly agrees while at the same time warning her, that he won't fight Expedite if they don't want it investigated.

Soon, he discovers that the crime scene has been tampered with and Janice Gild's brother was only one of several to strangely die by incineration. If it wasn't spontaneous human combustion, a rare event, then what is happening? Bodies begin to pile up and Cage slowly figures out that the only help may come from the missing android domestic Jennifer Four. But, Jennifer Four is not what she once was and has developed her own agenda and Cage may be interference to be removed.

This debut novel (available in a variety of formats) is very good with plenty of action and multi-dimensional characters. Jonathan Lyons deftly mixes in back ground information and social commentary without sliding into preaching. He adds some downright funny parts, which I won't spoil by revealing. This is a very good book and I eagerly await Mr. Lyon's next project which this reviewer hopes just might be a sequel to this effort. Enjoy!


Jonathan Lyons
Donham Books
August, 2000
ISBN# 978-1583454428
Hardback (e-book available)
207 Pages

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

Kevin R. Tipple © 2001, 2011, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

That Wild Man Gary Cartwright: The mad, mad, mad life of a Texas wordsmith (The Austin Chronicle)

That Wild Man Gary Cartwright: The mad, mad, mad life of a Texas wordsmith (The Austin Chronicle)

Almond Press Short Story Competition: Writing for "Exposure" (Writer Beware)

Almond Press Short Story Competition: Writing for "Exposure" (Writer Beware)

Celebrating Gunsmoke’s 60th Anniversary: “Mannon” by Edward A. Grainger (Criminal Element)

Celebrating Gunsmoke’s 60th Anniversary: “Mannon” by Edward A. Grainger  (Criminal Element)

Google is listening to you, Israeli tech-blogger reveals (The Times Of Isreal)

Review: "The Guns Of Vedauwoo (Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles Series Book Six) by Wayne D. Dundee

Having delivered prisoner Luther Hyatt back to Cheyenne, U. S. Deputy Marshal Cash Laramie is looking forward to some time off. After putting up with the foul piece of human garbage known as Luther Hyatt for three very long days on the trail, Cash has plans for a bath, food and booze, and quite possibly some time with Lenora Wilkes. Unfortunately, Chief Marshal Devon Penn has other plans for Cash.

Chief Penn is very concerned about a possible Indian uprising based on a movement, some would call it a religion, in the area. While that idea is a bit vague, it is clear there was a recent prison break down at Castle Rock Prison located south of Denver. One of the escapees is a guy named Vilo Creed known as “Creed the Breed.” He might be headed towards “Vedauwoo Rocks” also known as “Skull Rocks” to some. He also might have gotten ahold of 100 Springfield Model 1873 carbines that were stolen several years ago.

Creed is half Indian as he is Lakota Sioux and has familial connection to Kicking Bear who is trying to spark the uprising. If Creed has the guns and gets them to Kicking Bear the chances of an uprising of some sort rise dramatically. Chief Penn knows Cash knows the Vedauwoo better than most since he spent some of his time as a child moving around the Vedauwoo. He wants Cash to get there and stop Creed by any means. Recovering the guns would be a nice bonus, but the main mission is to get Creed before he can get anything going in the area. Once again Cash is being sent to deal with a major problem without any backup. It is not the first time and won’t be the last.

Like many of the books in this western series, there is a mystery at the heart of the tale. Such is the case here in a tale that works on multiple levels. Richness of detail, characters with multiple motivations and agendas, and plenty of action make this another very good read in a compelling series. Billed as the sixth book of the Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles Series this could easily be read first if you are not familiar with this series.

The Guns Of Vedauwoo (Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles Series Book Six)
Wayne D. Dundee
Beat To A Pulp
September 2012
E-book (print also available)
142 Pages      

I picked this up quite some time using funds in my Amazon Associate account in order to read and review it.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015