Saturday, August 18, 2018

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Familiar Trouble by Carolyn Haines

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Familiar Trouble by Carolyn Haines: Reviewed by Jeanne Before Carolyn Haines wrote about Sarah Booth Delaney in the “Bones “ series, she wrote about a cat detective...


TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Review: IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN by Andy Davidson: I reviewed In the Valley of the Sun (Skyhorse Publishing) by Andy Davidson for Lone Star Literary Life . This powerful, audacious debut ...

KRL This Week Update for 8/18/18

Up in KRL this morning a review of "The Doctor Blake Mysteries" 

And a review and giveaway of "Against the Claw" by Shari Randall along with an interesting interview with Shari 

Also a review of "Thread Herrings" by Lea Wait with links to preorder it, and a giveaway of an earlier book "Thread the Halls" 

We also have a review and giveaway of "Flower Power Fatality" by Sally Carpenter and a fun guest post by Sally about spies in movies and TV 

And we have a review and giveaway of "Knot My Sister's Keeper" by Mary Marks 

Also up this week an article about Anthony Bourdain's mystery novels 

Up on KRL News & Reviews a review and giveaway of "Shadow Dancing" by Julie Mulhern, published by Henery Press 

And for those who enjoy a little fantasy with their mystery, we have a review of a Harry Dresden short story anthology called "Brief Cases" by Jim Butcher, and a giveaway of the first book Dresden Files book "Storm Front." If the idea of a wizard PI appeals to you don't miss this!

Happy reading,

Saturdays with Kaye: The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

I started reading this while I was in the Atlanta area, by happy coincidence. Will and Iris have been married for just over seven years, but Iris itches only for Will. She considers their relationship still thrilling. Instead of “I love you,” they tell each other, “You are my favorite person on the planet.”

A year ago they bought their dream house in Inman Park, an expensive and historic district in Atlanta, even though the price means it will remain mostly unfurnished for a few years. All goes well and their lives hum along, hers as a counselor at a private school, his as a software engineer—until Will, who is supposed to be on a business trip to Orlando, is reported dead from a plane that crashed on its way to Seattle. Iris goes through the mourning process, starting with denial. That starts to end when she finds that the conference Will was headed for doesn’t exist. Then she learns that he actually bought tickets to both Orlando and Seattle. Anger, the next stage of grief, bubbles to the surface. She redirects it at Liberty Air, the airline whose plane crashed.

Her twin brother Dave moves in to help her through this. Iris, Dave, and their tough dad meet with a representative from the airline, Ann Margaret Myers. When Myers offers Iris a settlement, her anger explodes and she rips up the check.

When she begins to uncover secret after secret that her husband had kept from her, she begins to have trouble mourning him, realizing she didn’t know who he was. As she discovers more about him, her shock increases and the dark past reaches out to snare her.

Reviewed by Kaye George, Author of Death on the Trek, for Suspense Magazine.

Friday, August 17, 2018



Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction from, Analog, and Asimov’s (Locus)

Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction from, Analog, and Asimov’s (Locus)

End of an Era

With the help of my brother who is in town for a visit and his truck (which once was my Dad's), and with another assist by Scott Tipple, the last of what was in storage was cleared out today and brought here to the house. I signed the paperwork vacating the place as my brother and my son loaded up. So ends a twenty year plus storage run at what is now called Life Storage out in Plano at Plano Parkway and Coit. End of an era. Upsetting to a certain extent as the last of Sandi's stuff in storage came here. We always were going to clean it out and end the deal, but it has been so much harder to deal with in the wake of everything that happened. At least, it is now done. The staff was always great with us and the same was true today as I said goodbye as they knew Sandi well and miss her almost as much as I do.

FFB Review: See Also Murder: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery by Larry D. Sweazy

I grant you the obvious concession that a novel published in May of 2015 does not really fit the concept of a “Forgotten Book.” At least, a publication that recent should mean the book is not forgotten. Yet, I don’t think author Larry D. Sweazy gets anywhere near the level of recognition he should. I find that especially true in the latest one, See Also Proof, where Marjorie is dealing with a lot. Much of the read has hit very close to home for me. While the book in itself is excellent, I am having a very hard time reading it as a major theme is smacking me very hard.

So, as my small part of FFB today hosted by Todd Mason over on his Sweet Freedom blog, I thought I would remind you all of my review from June 2015 of See Also Murder. The first book in what has become an incredible series. Like all good series this one needs to be read in order as the characters age and evolve. Jumping in at book three and working your way back simply won’t do.

 I have always felt a deep kinship with Marjorie. I don’t know why. Beyond the decades that would separate us, there is the fact that she is living a farm life in the Dakotas and I have always been a city boy, though I did have my time outdoors in the mountains as a youngster. We have little in common, no matter how you look at it, and yet my bond with a fictional character has reached an even deeper level in the new book. I can’t explain it. What is…is.

Just go get the book and get started.  And, as many others have said over the years in far better ways than I ever will, if you care about somebody, let them know. They can be out of your life in a blink of an eye and leave you broken and alone.

Living on a farm in Stark County, North Dakota in July of 1964 is hard, but it isn’t winter and that helps a little bit. Things are harder for Marjorie Trumaine than most because she is trying to manage it all pretty much by herself. It has been that way since her husband, Hank, had his hunting accident that left him blind and paralyzed. He spends his days, except for a rare trip away from home, lying in their bed unable to care for himself or the farm they both love.

The Knudsens on the next farm over were there for Hank and Marjorie long after everyone else in the small community got on with their lives and forgot about them. Erik, the father, supervised his sons, Peter and Jaeger, while they did chores on the place after they had finished work on their own farm. Lida, their mom and Erik’s wife, brought food for months while Marjorie and Hank slowly adjusted to the catastrophic change in their lives. Over time that help as well as Marjorie’s ongoing job as a freelance indexer has allowed them to survive in their new normal post-accident reality.

The news that Sheriff Hilo Jenkins brings Marjorie this July morning is hard to deal with on any level, but especially now after everything that has happened in recent months. Erik and Lida have been brutally murdered while they slept in their bed. Their sons, Erik and Jaeger, are physically fine as they slept through the murders in their home. Sheriff Jenkins does not believe the boys had anything to do with it though he does intend to question them about the murders. He does believe an amulet found in Erik’s dead hand plays some role in the case.

Marjorie has a reputation, one that she has tried hard to control and stifle, as being the smartest person around. She can’t help using words that many in the area don’t know or understand. Her love of books and knowledge has only increased the last several years as she has built a career of freelance work of writing indexes and meeting deadlines. What began as a source of extra income is now her sole escape from reality as well as the primary source of income  for the family. Sheriff Jenkins wants Marjorie to figure out what the amulet means so that he might figure out who killed Erik and Lida. It is his only real clue and he wants her role in the case kept secret. She reluctantly agrees to help it is the least she can do for the Knudsens – the living and the dead.

What follows is a very complex and highly atmospheric mystery by award winning author Larry D. Sweazy. The North Dakota landscape is a constant character presence in this novel that blends history and lore, a mystery full of twists and turns, and the role of family (by birth and other means) into a read that quickly pulls the reader into a different time and place far from home. Recently published by Seventh Street Books, See Also Murder: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery is a highly addictive read that will keep you reading far past your bedtime. It is very much well worth your time.  

See Also Murder: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery
Larry D. Sweazy
Seventh Street Books
May 2015
ISBN# 978-1-63388-006-1
Paperback (also available in audio and eBook formats)
256 Pages

Material supplied for my use by the good people of the Plano Public Library System.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

BuzzFeed: 17 Jokes You'll Only Get If You Know Greek Mythology

BuzzFeed: 17 Jokes You'll Only Get If You Know Greek Mythology

New issue of Crime Review

We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (, together with a top industry interview. This timeit’s author Dave Shelton in the Countdown hot seat:

We’re on Twitter at:

Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK

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Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia

This week’s reviews are:

SNAP by Belinda Bauer, reviewed by Linda Wilson

DCI John Marvel wants to investigate murders not burglaries, so when a cold case gets on his radar, he’s prepared to break a few rules in pursuit of the truth.

GHOST by James Swallow, reviewed by John Cleal

Marc Dane and his partner, ex-Delta Force sniper Lucy Keyes, must call on all their skills to track down a worldwide series of devastating cyber-attacks.

EXCELLENT INTENTIONS by Richard Hull, reviewed by Chris Roberts

When the disagreeable Henry Cargate is poisoned, an accusation of murder is brought against one of four people in a position to have committed the crime.

THE ICE SWIMMER by Kjell Ola Dahl, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

When a man’s body is discovered in the freeing waters of Oslo harbour, city detectives Gunnarstanda and Stigersand face a very complicated case, leading them into the murky world of political secrets.

WHERE THE WORLD ENDS by Geraldine McCaughrean, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Every year a small group of men and boys visit a wind-swept sea stac to harvest the nesting sea birds, but this year the boat fails to return for them.

PERFECT MATCH by DB Thorne, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Soloman’s sister is in a coma, and he knows this was no accident. But the police don’t believe him. Or don’t want to.

AN ECHO OF MURDER by Anne Perry, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan

A Hungarian man living and working near the Thames, is found brutally murdered. Commander Monk is on the trail of the culprit.

THE RECKONING by James McGee, reviewed by John Cleal

Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood’s investigation of a prostitute’s death leads him into a world of espionage – and dangeR.

BABY BLUE by Pol Koutsakis, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Stratos Gazis’ friend Angelino has taken charge of Emma, a talented blind girl, who is bitter at the murder of the man who protected her. Stratos gets the job of finding the killer.

THE STORY KEEPER by Anna Mazzola, reviewed by John Barnbrook

Audrey Hart leaves London and her unhappy family home to work as a researcher of folk tales with the solitary Miss Buchanan in her fading stately home on Skye. She is drawn into the investigation of several missing girls, whose disappearance is treated with superstitious dread by the locals.

OUR KIND OF CRUELTY by Araminta Hall, reviewed by Nicola Hodges

Mike and Verity have a long-term sexually charged relationship that sometimes involves playing a game called Crave. This game seems to continue after they part, a murder takes place and their lives are catapulted onto a
trajectory of destruction.

ROBERT B PARKER’S LITTLE WHITE LIES by Ace Atkins, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Spenser is on the trail of a conman who doesn’t want to be found.

THE LAST HOUR by Harry Sidebottom, reviewed by John Cleal

Marcus Clodius Ballista, the Romanised Angle princeling, uncovers a plot to assassinate the Emperor Gallenius, but has just 24 hours to warn his friend.

MARKED FOR REVENGE by Emelie Schepp, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius needs to deal with the case of a Thai girl who died on a train while smuggling heroin capsules in her stomach, as well as trying to protect her own old identity. She fears that a notorious
criminal Danilo will uncover her past.

A BRUSH WITH DEATH, by Ali Carter, reviewed by John Cleal

Artist Susie Mahl is a guest at the country seat of the Earl of Greengrass when her host is murdered in the parish churchyard. With the local police baffled, she applies her eye for detail and her natural inquisitiveness to
uncover the killer.

TO DIE IN VIENNA by Kevin Wignall, reviewed by Arnold Tyalor

Ex-secret service operative Freddie Makin has been given the task of watching a computer science teacher and submitting daily reports. Then an attempt is made on Freddie’s life.

THE ANOMALY by Michael Rutger, reviewed by Linda Wilson

A TV film crew are on the hunt for a mysterious cavern in the Grand Canyon that has remained tantalisingly elusive for over a century.

A DATE WITH MYSTER by Julia Chapman, reviewed by John Cleal

Private eye Samson O’Brien and dating agency boss Delilah Metcalfe are reunited in what seems a simple case which uncovers secrets some would far rather stayed buried.

BLUFF by Michael Kardos, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Young magician Natalie Webb is down on her luck and persuaded to use her skills in a bent poker game. However, things don’t go according to plan.

MURDERS.COM by Margaret Duffy, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler

Crime-fighting duo Ingrid Langley and Patrick Gillard are hoping for a quieter life when he takes a desk job. But the discovery of a badly-beaten Met Police cop in a Somerset field puts paid to that.

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