Sunday, October 21, 2018

Beneath the Stains of Time: The Case of the Platinum Blonde (1944) by Christop...

Beneath the Stains of Time: The Case of the Platinum Blonde (1944) by Christop...: The Case of the Platinum Blonde (1944) is the twenty-eighth entry in the Ludovic Travers series and one of Christopher Bush 's warti...

Lesa's Book Critiques: Hugs from Obama edited by M. Sweeney

Lesa's Book Critiques: Hugs from Obama edited by M. Sweeney

Sunday Movie Review: Black Water


I like action movies. A movie that has Jean-Claude Van Damme is sure to get a look. Even if what they are doing has been done to death. Black sites and escapes from them have all been the action movie rage the last couple of years in between the flood of cartel drug gang violence flicks. BLACK WATER takes the black site deal from the oil tanker or underwater base and puts it on a submarine.  
A skeleton crew of Navy personnel works in one part of the submarine while a CIA team works in the other part doing what they do. Dolph Lungren plays the role of a captured German intelligence dude who is already onboard when Jean-Cluade, in the role of Scott Walker, CIA operative and studly hero, is brought on board to be tortured about missing files.

The interrogation by the CIA team led by a traitor goes wrong—or right if you are Jean-Claude—and he escapes to do his version of Bruce Willis causing trouble in a skyscraper –submarine style. This is a decent action movie as long as you don’t think about it too much. Plenty of violent action, but nothing that is excessive or gory. There is no frontal nudity though there is a very little bit of side nudity of one of the actresses.

We got it by way of Netflix who also provides the synopsis/details below.  For those who wonder, there is no frontal nudity though there is a very little bit of side nudity of one of the actresses.

After he's spirited away to a submarine being used as a secret CIA interrogation site, operative Scott Wheeler learns that he's been framed for treason. But to prove his innocence, he must team up with a fellow prisoner and find a way to escape.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Graveyard Shift-- THE ROOKIE: THE PILOT – A GOOD COP/BAD COP REVIEW

The Graveyard Shift-- THE ROOKIE: THE PILOT – A GOOD COP/BAD COP REVIEW

TPWD: Game Warden Field Notes for 10/18/18

TPWD: Game Warden Field Notes for 10/18/18

CBS NEWS 10--Iowa City: Woman Charged After Detonating Plastic Explosives In Cheating Husband’s Anus

CBS NEWS 10--Iowa City: Woman Charged After Detonating Plastic Explosives In Cheating Husband’s Anus

KRL This Week Update for 10/20/18

Up in KRL this morning a review and giveaway of "A Whisker in Time" by Kathi Daley, a mystery with magical cats perfect for Halloween reading!http://kingsriverlife.com/10/20/a-whisker-in-time-by-kathi-daley/ 

Also up, another magical mystery for your Halloween reading, a review and giveaway of "Samhaim Secrets" by Jennifer David Hessehttp://kingsriverlife.com/10/20/samhain-secrets-by-jennifer-david-hesse/ 

And another mystery perfect for you Halloween reading, "Be Our Ghost" by Kate Kingsbury, along with a fun Halloween guest post by Kate http://kingsriverlife.com/10/20/be-our-ghost-by-kate-kingsbury/ 

Cats and Halloween seem to go together, so up in KRL this morning we have reviews and giveaways of a trio of cat mysteries, which includes some magical cats-"A Catered Cat Wedding": A Mystery with Recipes by Isis Crawford, "Feral Attraction": A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins, and "The Cats Came Back": A Magical Cats Mystery by Sofie Kelly http://kingsriverlife.com/10/20/magical-mystery-cats-for-halloween/ 

We also have a Halloween mystery short story by Guy Belleranti http://kingsriverlife.com/10/20/the-house-of-screams-a-halloween-mystery-short-story/ 


Up on KRL News & Reviews this week we have a review & giveaway of a mystery with a haunted house, another perfect book for your Halloween reading, "The Spirit in Question" by Cynthia Kuhn published by Henery Press https://www.krlnews.com/2018/10/the-spirit-in-question-by-cynthia-kuhn.html 

And a review and giveaway of yet another Halloween mystery, "Penned" by Eileen Brady https://www.krlnews.com/2018/10/penned-by-by-eileen-brady.html 

And if you enjoy fantasy and magic, we have a review of "Magic Triumphs" by Ilona Andrews and a giveaway of the first book in that series "Magic Bites"

Happy reading, 
Lorie

Mystery Fanfare: MYSTERY BYTES: TV, Movies, and other Media

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Lesa's Book Critiques: Midnight Ink

Lesa's Book Critiques: Midnight Ink

Saturdays With Kaye: In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear

In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear


The latest Maisie Dobbs novel begins as Neville Chamberlain declares war with Germany and London starts gearing up with air raid siren tests, allocation of gas masks, and night blackouts. Maisie is hurrying to her friend’s house to hear the anticipated announcement on the radio. War is, of course, unwelcome, as they all remember the last one and everyone has suffered some sort of loss. But, as they remind themselves, they came through it.

A phone call comes for Maisie from an acquaintance who wants to give her some investigation business. The caller, Dr. Francesca Thomas, is calling from inside Maisie’s flat, which she locked when she left.

The business has to do with some happenings during the last war when Great Britain accepted over a quarter of a million Belgian refugees, fleeing from German invasion. Most returned home after the war, but not all. Several thousand stayed, married, took jobs, and some even changed their names. Dr. Thomas herself is Belgian and tells Maisie that one of the former refugees has been murdered, shot in the back of the head. Scotland Yard doesn’t have the personnel to investigate his death and is treating it as a robbery gone wrong. Maisie suspects that Francesca isn’t being completely open with her, especially when another former Belgian is murdered. Maisie must follow the delicate threads from the past that connect the men, hoping her friend Francesca isn’t responsible for some of the death.

Meanwhile children are being evacuated from London in anticipation of the bombing that happened in WWI and some need a place to stay. One girl, brought to the family country estate, has arrived alone and is mute and dark-skinned. No one knows who she is or who her people are. Maisie is drawn to her, maybe dangerously so.

There is much detail here on wartime England and the people who lived through that dark period. History buffs and Maisie fans will love this.


Reviewed by Kaye George, author of Ella and the Ball in Once Upon a Fact, for Suspense Magazine 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Writer Beware: THE CONTINUED DECLINE OF AUTHOR SOLUTIONS

Writer Beware: THE CONTINUED DECLINE OF AUTHOR SOLUTIONS

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray: Reviewed by Christy             It’s been many years since I’ve read the first installment of the Diviner series (five to be e...

Do Some Damage: Dominoes and Houses of Cards Want To Fall

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Unlawful Acts: Know Me From Smoke by Matt Phillips

Unlawful Acts: Know Me From Smoke by Matt Phillips

In Reference To Murder: Mystery Melange for 10/18/18

In  Reference To Murder: Mystery Melange for 10/18/18

Bitter Tea and Mystery: 1944 Club: The Book of the Dead by Elizabeth Daly

Bitter Tea and Mystery: 1944 Club: The Book of the Dead by Elizabeth Daly: I am a long-time fan of the mystery novels of Elizabeth Daly. She wrote 16 books in a series starring Henry Gamadge, an expert in rare bo...

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Pen America Files Lawsuit Against President Donald...

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Pen America Files Lawsuit Against President Donald...: Creative Commons Note: When Donald Trump took the oath of office, he swore to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the...

FFB Review: Fool’s Gold by Ted Wood

Friday means Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott. Make sure you check out the full list over at Patti’s blog.

As happened in Live Bait, Police Chief Reid Bennett and his police dog, Sam, are not in Murphy’s Harbour. Instead they are over in Olympia where the biggest gold strike ever is drawing people from everywhere. That includes a certain geologist who was recently found dead.

Jim Prudhomme is the dead man. Apparently, he was attacked and killed by a bear while Mr. Prudhomme was out doing survey work in an isolated area. Killed by the bear who then gnawed on his hands and head making things a mess and very hard to identify, he was identified by his clothing more than anything.

His wife is a friend of Bennett’s ex-wife, so Bennett came to Olympia on her request to check and see if things are really the way she has been told. A review of the case file complied by the local police chief leaves some questions unanswered. Like why he had no rock samples with him? He had been out there awhile in the hours preceding the suspected time of the attack and yet there were no geology core samples found with the body or at the camp site.  That fact also means that it would be interesting to know about what his helicopter pilot knew about what Mr. Prudhomme was doing in the days and hours before the bear attack. What a local guide who also worked with Prudhomme knew would be helpful as well. Still, it isn’t much to go on and Reid Bennett does not see anything that really strikes him as an obvious indicator that anything happened differently than what is described in the police report.

All in all, while not everything has been tied up neatly, most things are and Bennett and Sam should be headed back home to Murphy’s Harbour. The fact that there hadn’t been a bear mauling in over 30 years probably does not mean anything either. And yet, Reid Bennett soon believes that things just don’t seem right.

Fourth in the series that started with Dead In The Water, Fool’s Gold is another action oriented mystery read. Some additional backstory on Reid Bennett is dispensed to readers as are several reminders of earlier events in this highly entertaining series. That is not the main focus of the book and takes up very little space or time. Much of the book is focused on the mystery of what happened to Mr. Prudhomme and how it relates, if it does, to the ongoing nefarious actions of many of the characters in this complicated tale.

Fool’s Gold is a good one and is strongly recommended as are the previous installments in this engrossing series.




Fool’s Gold
Ted Wood
Charles Scribner’s Sons
1986
ISBN# 0-684-18568-7
Hardback (also available in paperback and digital formats)
233 Pages


Material supplied by the good folks of the Dallas Public Library. 


Kevin R. Tipple ©2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

ToeSix Press: Online Issue 16

ToeSix Press: Online Issue 16

Only days left to win books & more froom KRL

Only days left to win a copy of "The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller" by Cleo Coyle (you can win a signed copy of the book and a Jack is Back Tote bag), and while there you can also check out a fun guest post by Cleo
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/13/the-ghost-and-the-bogus-bestseller-by-cleo-coyle/

And to win a copy of "Depth of Winter" by Craig Johnson
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/13/depth-of-winter-a-longmire-novel-by-craig-johnson/

Also to win a copy of "Haunted Hayride for Murder" by Auralee Wallace
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/13/haunted-hayride-with-murder-by-auralee-wallace/

And to win a copy of "Witch": A Doyle With Mystery by Kirsten Weiss and while there check out a fun interview with Kirsten
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/13/witch-a-doyle-witch-cozy-mystery-by-kirsten-weiss/

Only days left to check out our review of "Crumbled to Pieces" by Catherine Bruns and a enter too win a copy of the first book in the series, "Tastes Like Murder." We also have a fun recipe from the first book
http://kingsriverlife.com/10/13/crumbled-to-pieces-by-catherine-bruns/

And on KRL News & Review only days left to win a copy of another Halloween mystery, "If the Coffin Fits" by Lillian Bell
https://www.krlnews.com/2018/10/if-coffin-fits-lillian-bell.html

And a copy of "Wuthering Kites" by Clover Tate
https://www.krlnews.com/2018/10/wuthering-kites-by-clover-tate.html

Happy reading,
Lorie

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Quindlen, Lyon, Strawser, Life Lessons...

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Do Some Damage: One Sad Farewell and One WTF

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Review: Robert B. Parker's Colorblind: A Jesse Stone Novel by Reed Farrel Coleman


It is fall in Paradise as Robert B. Parker's Colorblind: A Jesse Stone Novel by Reed Farrel Coleman begins. For Police Chief Jesse Stone, it is a time of new beginnings. He is back from alcohol rehab having been gone the last two months. His old house was sold back during the summer and he has moved into a two-bedroom condo.

While there has been quite a change in his personal life, life and crime continues on in Paradise, Massachusetts as does politics.  Biker gangs have been a problem while Chief Stone has been gone. And the latest version of them seems to be of the racist skinhead type. During a recent incident, things were said to the newest member of the police department who is African American and it has caused a little bit of internal strife. That was on top of the mood of some of the local population which had an issue with the hiring.

In the nearby town of Swan Harbor, they have a serious assault victim who may not be alive much longer. The State Chief Homicide investigator, Brian Lundquist, quietly suggested to Police Chief Forster that he ought to have Jesse Stone come over and share his expertise. The woman has been sexually assaulted and horribly beaten and the locals don’t have any detectives, let alone anyone that is equipped to work the case now or when it soon becomes a murder case. That isn’t the only reason Lundquist wanted Jesse Stone involved in the case.

At first, Lundquist didn’t realize the victim was in the same shape as a victim years ago when Jesse firsts started work in Paradise. A veteran of the Swan Harbor police with 20 years plus did, Officer Drake Daniels, and said something to his boss. Now Jesse will be poking around the fringes of the case while Lundquist takes over on the behalf of the state.

Robert B. Parker's Colorblind: A Jesse Stone Novel is the latest in the series and another very good read. Author Reed Farrel Coleman has had a hard task since he took over the series several years back. Breathing new life into the character while staying true to the roots and flavor of Jesse Stone as well as the earlier books is no easy feat. Mr. Coleman has constantly performed the task admirably and does so again with Robert B. Parker's Colorblind: A Jesse Stone Novel



Robert B. Parker's Colorblind: A Jesse Stone Novel
Reed Farrel Coleman
Thorndike Press
September 2018
ISBN# 978-1-4328-5514-7
Large Print Hardback (also available in audio, eBook, and regular print hardback formats)
505 Pages
$37.99



Material supplied by the good folks of the Dallas Public Library System.



Kevin R. Tipple ©2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Unlawful Acts: The Short Con with Eryk Pruitt

Unlawful Acts: The Short Con with Eryk Pruitt

Lesa's Book Critiques: I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

Lesa's Book Critiques: I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

TOUGH: Tough News

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BookRiot: STRAIGHT WHITE MALE WRITERS AND MID-RANGE JUMPERS

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Since She Went Away by David Bell

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Since She Went Away by David Bell: Reviewed by Brenda G. The story begins with the main character Jenna Barton standing in a field with an old barn and numerous ...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Rap Sheet: Say Good Night to Midnight

While there is nothing yet on their homepage, a number of sites are sharing the news that Midnight Ink is closing. With so many places saying the same thing and with some of the directly affected authors also now speaking out, I now feel comfortable with sharing the news here by way of The Rap Sheet. 

The Rap Sheet: Say Good Night to Midnight


Crimespree Magazine: REVIEW OF TOWNIES BY ERYK PRUITT

Crimespree Magazine: REVIEW OF TOWNIES BY ERYK PRUITT

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 10/15/18

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 10/15/18

Unlawful Acts: Incident Report No. 63

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Lesa's Book Critiques: November Road by Lou Berney

Lesa's Book Critiques: November Road by Lou Berney

In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday 10/15/18

In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday 10/15/18

Terrible Minds: Monday Morning FAQ!

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From Dundee's Desk: Noteworthy Reads: BONDS by John A. Curley

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers for 10/15/18

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The Rap Sheet: Let’s Make This Quick

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Mystery Fanfare: HALLOWEEN CRIME FICTION//HALLOWEEN MYSTERIES

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AT&T Outage


If you heard about the fire at the AT&T facility in Richardson, Texas  and the resulting outage, you heard about thousands being affected with the loss of phone, internet, and television services. Scott and I were two of those thousands that were affected and had no access to anything all day.  Service seems to have been restored overnight and we once again exist online.

Review: Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson


When we last saw Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire his beloved daughter, Cady, had been violently abducted among other carnage unleashed by an international hit man who is also head of one of the worst drug cartels in all of Mexico. Now in Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery Sheriff Longmire is on a mission to get her back or die trying. Considering the lack of help or assistance from the U. S. State department, The FBI, and others, it looks more than likely he will die trying. What others see as a suicide mission against a massive force located in an area they completely control with a citadel style headquarters, Sheriff Longmire sees as what a father does for his child who is very much in danger.

November in Mexico is still plenty hot. A six-foot five inch white guy weighing 250 pounds is going to stand out in the part of Mexico he needs to go to rescue Cady. Crossing the border at a legitimate crossing is going to be impossible thanks to the FBI interference. But, though the odds are stacked against him and the resources and help are extremely limited, Sheriff Longmire is going to go and do what needs to be done as Cady is going to come home.

The Northern Mexico desert country is a long way from the mountains of Wyoming. There is no mystery at work as Sheriff Longmire knew who had done it long before the postcard arrived of a picture of the area and the single word “Come” on the back. Instead, Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery is a straight forward revenge tale with Sheriff Longmire in the role of the avenging vigilante who would prefer not to kill anyone if he can and trust those he meets. He night have been better off to listen to those who told him to trust no one and taken a page from John Wick’s violent playbook.

While the mysticism that is always an undercurrent of this series is briefly present here, none of Walt’s companions from back home make more than a token appearance. Readers who expected Henry Standing Bear, Vic, and others to be a part of things here will be disappointed as other than a brief phone conversation here and there, those interesting characters are never a part of things here. Instead, we are given a cast of new characters that are not only eccentric, but so out there one wonders why as they seem caricature like. And, as predictable as the sunrise, readers are treated to a possible romantic interest for Sheriff Longmire in the classic version of --in another time and place there might be something here--- deal. Then there is the fact that the book has Sheriff Longmire, who served in Vietnam, acting more like a young Rambo with feats of agility as opposed to a man of his age. All of that and more pushes at the bounds of the suspension of disbelief for this reader.

All that being said, the book is worth the read because Sheriff Longmire wraps up a few things and sets the stage for dealing with the extensive repercussions for Cady and himself once back home in Wyoming. It is clearly a book that had to be written to bring things back home and would work, with some adaptations, if the long rumored movie ever was made.

Despite its flaws for seasoned readers, Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery is worth reading. This reader will be glad when Sheriff Longmire is back home in Wyoming with mysteries to solve.


Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery
Craig Johnson
Thorndike Press
September 2018
ISBN# 978-1-4328-5379-2
Large Print Hardback (also available in audio, eBook, and regular print hardback formats)
425 Pages
$34.99



Material supplied by the good folks of the Dallas Public Library System.



Kevin R. Tipple ©2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar October 15...

TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar October 15...: Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of October 15-21, 2018:  Special Events: Inkstravagaza Gala: The Writers Life , San Antonio, Oct...

Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: November Road by Lou Berney


November Road by Lou Berney (William Morrow, October 9, 2018) is an astonishingly original piece of noir crime fiction based on the theory that President John Kennedy was killed by members of the Mafia to stop Kennedy’s attempt to curtail their activities. This theory has been tossed around a long time but has never had much to back it up.

Immediately after Kennedy’s death, the syndicate begins to methodically eliminate anyone who was involved, even peripherally. Frank Guidry, a lieutenant in the New Orleans organization who gets by on his charm and ability to convince just about anyone to do just about anything, realizes his minor errand in Dallas a couple of weeks before makes him one of the threads that needs to be cut, and he goes on the run. The only refuge he can think of is the old enemy of the boss who wants him dead so he heads west to Las Vegas.

In the meantime Charlotte Roy in a small town in Oklahoma decides that her dead-end life with an alcoholic husband is intolerable and abruptly packs her small daughters and their dog into the family car and starts out for California to the home of an aunt she hasn’t spoken to in years, desperately looking for a fresh start.

When Frank and Charlotte cross paths, he realizes she and her daughters are just the cover he needs to misdirect his pursuers, who will not be looking for a family of four. He ingratiates himself with Charlotte and tries hard to manipulate her, but as they travel together the tables are turned: the charismatic conman is enchanted by the little girls and he falls in love with Charlotte.

As the hit man on Frank’s trail gets closer, Frank and Charlotte both make irrevocable decisions that lead to the resolution of this powerful but bleak thriller.

I read this propulsive hard-hitting story in one afternoon. I am not the target audience for this book, which is darker than my usual fare. That doesn’t mean I don’t recognize it for the tour de force it is. Not surprisingly, the day after it was released a movie deal was announced. This book has blockbuster written all over it. Richly deserved starred reviews from Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publishers’ Weekly but not for the faint of heart.



·         Hardcover: 320 pages
·         Publisher: William Morrow (October 9, 2018)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0062663844
·         ISBN-13: 978-0062663849


Aubrey Hamilton ©2018

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