Friday, November 24, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

New issue of Crime Review

We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (, together with a top industry interview. This time
it’s author Chris Ryan in the Countdown hot seat.

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Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK
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This week’s reviews are:

THE SEAGULL by Ann Cleeves, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
DI Vera Stanhope has been persuaded to give a talk to inmates at Warkworth
Prison. At the end she is approached by a prisoner in a wheelchair whom she
recognises. He says he has information that she would be interested in
hearing. Reluctantly she agrees to listen to what he has to say.

SECRETS OF DEATH by Stephen Booth, reviewed by Linda Wilson
The Peak District is home to tourists of all types, but a rash of suicides
is not what it wants to play host to.

BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Texas Ranger Darren Mathews is suspended from duty but makes his own way to
a small East Texas town where a double murder shows signs of being racially

SO SAY THE FALLEN by Stuart Neville, reviewed by John Cleal
DCI Serena Flanagan follows her instincts as she investigates the apparent
suicide of a wealthy disabled man.

SWEET LITTLE LIES by Caz Frear, reviewed by Linda Wilson
DC Cat Kinsella stopped trusting her father at the age of eight, so she’s
certainly not surprised when a connection emerges between him and her
latest murder investigations. It’s as if she’s been waiting her whole life
for this moment.

AN ACT OF SILENCE by Colette McBeth, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
All Gabriel has ever wanted is for his mum to believe him, but now he’s
accused of murder and Linda is unable to help. Meanwhile, a young woman
wants the world to know her terrible story.

DAYS WITHOUT END by Sebastian Barry, reviewed by John Barnbrook
Two young men meet after they sign up for the US Army in the 1850s.
Together they go through the Indian Wars and the Civil War, experiencing
the horrors of battle, imprisonment and loss.

WHEN IT GROWS DARK by Jørn Lier Horst, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Stavern 1983. As Christmas is approaching the young policeman and a father
of baby twins William Wisting becomes engrossed in an old mystery of an
abandoned classic car. He’s determined to uncover 60-year-old secrets.

THE DEVIL WINS by Reed Farrel Coleman, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A storm exposes a body, and the remains of two more killed years ago.
Police Chief Jesse Stone investigates an event nobody in Paradise is keen
to talk about.

NONE SO BLIND by Alis Hawkins, reviewed by John Cleal
The remains of a young woman are found buried beneath tree roots. Harry
Probert-Lloyd, a barrister forced home from London by encroaching
blindness, has been dreading this. He knows whose bones they are and
working with his clerk, John Davies, is determined to expose the guilty

THE NINTH GRAVE by Stefan Ahnhem, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Two countries, two predators, too many victims, and winter is closing in.
Fabian Risk is called on to undertake a secret investigation.

THE INNOCENTS by Ace Atkins, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Quinn Colson returns home and helps out his friend Sheriff Lillie Virgil
investigate when a young girl is found walking down a highway engulfed in

THE ASSET by Shane Kuhn, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Kennedy’s younger sister Belle had been one of the victims of 9/11 and he
never forgot that the last words he spoke to her were in anger. In an
attempt to make amends, he abandons his studies and joins the Transport
Security Administration as an aviation security specialist.

RAVENHILL by John Steele, reviewed by John Cleal
Former UDA tearaway Jackie Shaw, who disappeared during the Troubles,
returns to Belfast after 20 years for his father’s funeral and finds his
past coming back to haunt him.

THE KILLER by Susan Wilkins, reviewed by Kate Balfour
Two women, Kaz Phelps and Nicci Armstrong – one the scion of a notable
family of Essex gangsters, the other retired from the Metropolitan Police
Force on medical grounds – are under threat and must cooperate to survive.

TRIPLE CROWN by Felix Frances, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Something is rotten at the heart of American horse racing, and British
Horse Racing Authority investigator Jeff Hinkley goes undercover to help
his US colleagues.

THE VENETIAN GAME by Philip Gwynne Jones, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Nathan Sutherland is the English Honorary Consul in Venice, a post that
pays nothing but allows him to be of assistance to tourists in trouble. A
rather dull life suddenly becomes exciting when he is offered a
considerable amount of money to look after a small package.

THE ANGEL by Katerina Diamond, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
The body in the burnt-out signal box is just the beginning, but it could be
the end for a lonely young man.

Andrew Hankinson, reviewed by Kim Fleet
An account of the last days of multiple murderer Raoul Moat, told from
inside his mind.

INDIGO DONUT by Patrice Lawrence, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Indigo’s mother was murdered when she was a small child, but the past has a
nasty habit of coming back to haunt her.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from all us Tipples!

We won't be doing a turkey and all the trimmings today as cooking the bird was always something Sandi did every year. I was always in charge of muscling the bird in and out of the oven, handling potatoes, and other things as well as getting the heck out of the way whenever she ordered me to do so. With the way things are here, there just didn't seem any point in my trying to blunder through trying top cook a bird and all. Today she is in tremendous pain and it is clear that she is slowly getting worse. The hospice folks return tomorrow. The focus on today will remain on trying to keep her comfortable and having a quiet day. More important than ever before as everyone involved in her treatment believes this is the last holiday she will be with us. 

In far more pleasant news.....You may have already seen these pictures Scott took back on Tuesday if you are on Facebook with us, but if not, I thought I would share with you the most recent pictures of our grandson. Jacob Ryan came over Tuesday afternoon and brought along his parents, Amy and Karl. Jacob is now ten months old and growing like crazy.

First up is Sandi with Jacob. The little guy really wanted her glasses, so I kept my hands nearby to protect them as well as help her as she is a squirmy worm when you try to hold him. He takes after his dad, Karl, on that. You can also see her new minion buddy in the bed with her thanks to Karl and Amy. Sandi has always been a huge fan of the minions and was very happy to get him.

This picture is of Amy, Jacob's mom and myself sitting in respective recliners. Eventually, Jacob came crawling across the arm rests and into my lap.

One of several times he ended up in my lap. We tried several times to work it where both of us were looking at the camera, but that did not work out too well.

The final picture is of Jacob with his father, Karl. Ignore the mess behind them. With everything going on hospice wise, trying to clean up more stuff has not been a priority.

As things escalate in the wrong direction, I am very thankful that Sandi has been able to be coherent during the recent visits with Jacob and been able to hold him. At the same time, it is also hard as I , and all the rest of us know, how short the time frame is and all that she is going to miss out on in the coming months.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Monday, November 20, 2017

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Clubbed to Death by Ruth Dudley Edwards

At Bouchercon in October I learned that my friend Sarah Byrne and I share a mutual admiration for the satirical mysteries of the incomparable Ruth Dudley Edwards. I re-read one of them upon my return home and found it every bit as good as I remembered it. Clubbed to Death (St. Martin’s Press, 1992) is the 4th title in the Robert Amiss series. Later in the set of 12 books, released between 1982 and 2012, Baroness (Jack) Troutbeck joins him in blithely skewering the English establishment.

A historian, journalist, and prize-winning biographer, Dr. Dudley Edwards won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction for Aftermath: The Omagh Bombings and the Families’ Pursuit of Justice. Her mysteries have been shortlisted by the Crime Writers' Association for the John Creasey Award for the best first novel and twice for the Last Laugh Award for the funniest crime novel of the year.  Murdering Americans won the Last Laugh award at the 2008 CrimeFest in Bristol.

Robert Amiss is a former British civil servant, caught up in the economic roller coaster that was England in the late 1900s, always looking for some kind of revenue-generating employment. This chronic need for work sets him up beautifully to be sent undercover by his police friends into a long-established gentleman’s club to learn why the secretary of the group seems to have committed suicide in a very public, very messy way in full view of several members. That the secretary was attempting to bring order to the outdated and eccentric operations of the club, to the dismay of some of the members, only heightens police suspicions.

Amiss discovers that members of the ffeatherstonehaugh (pronounced Fanshaw) club live about 100 years in the past, consuming gargantuan meals and drinking exquisitely expensive wines while paying a pittance in membership fees. Where is the money coming from? And where is it going? He has begun to quietly sort through the club’s finances and to establish alibis while working as a live-in waiter when another board officer is killed. There is no question about suicide this time, and the police swarm the club looking for answers.

It would be all too easy to overlook the soundly contrived mystery amid the snickers and chortles that erupt as Dudley Edwards’ incisive wit pokes and prods London’s clubs, public schools, the English language, pomposity, and posh accents. I particularly enjoyed the joke about The Economist, Dudley Edwards’ former employer. Yet focusing only on the humor does this well-plotted amateur detective story a great disservice. Mystery readers unfamiliar with the series will find this title a good place to start.

·         Hardcover: 190 pages
·         Publisher: St Martins Press (September 1, 1992)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0312081634
·         ISBN-13: 978-0312081638

Aubrey Hamilton © 2017
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal IT projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Sunday, November 19, 2017


This has been a tough weekend. After perking up a little bit yesterday morning, by early afternoon Sandi was sliding back downhill and that has continued today. She might be worse tonight than at any point since she came home. Hard to tell.

It has suddenly hit me tonight that if you have Sandi's cell phone number, you may not be aware that her phone has been broken for a couple of months and does not work. If you have our old apartment phone number, you may not know that the number has not worked for weeks. So, if you had either number and want the landline phone number here at the house, email me for the number.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

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KRL This Week Update for 11/18/17

In honor of Thanksgiving we are mostly focusing on food mysteries this week in KRL-check out this article about the food mysteries written by Alexander Campion
Also in KRL this week a review & giveaway of "Secrets & Pies" by Jenny Kales, & a fun Thanksgiving guest post by Jenny which includes a recipe
And reviews & giveaways of a Thanksgiving feast of food mysteries-"Asking for Truffle": A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, "Dead and Ganache": A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery by Colette London, "The Secret, Book & Scone Society" by Ellery Adams, "Assault and Buttery": A Popcorn Shop Mystery by Kristi Abbott, "The Great Chili Kill-Off": A Fresh Baked Mystery by Liv Washburn, and "The Quiche and the Dead": A Pie Town Mystery by Kirsten Weiss.
Also a review & giveaway of "Fixing to Die" by Miranda James, Author
We also have a review & giveaway of "Dipped" by Elaine Macko and a fun holiday guest post by Elaine
Also up a review of "The Party Line" by Karen Alkofer. While it is a YA novel, it also is a bit of a spy novel with a different kind of twist
On KRL News & Reviews we have a review & giveaway of "Cold as Ice" by Julie Mulhern and the book involves Thanksgiving!
And a review & giveaway of "Skeletons in the Attic" by Judy Penz Sheluk, along with a fun holiday guest post & recipe from Judy
Happy Thanksgiving

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