Tuesday, November 20, 2018

MysteryPeople: REVIEW OF IN THE GALWAY SILENCE BY KEN BRUEN

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Lesa's Book Critiques: Harvest of Secrets by Ellen Crosby

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ChicagoSplashMags.Com--- “Bleak Harbor” – In Conversation with Bryan Gruley

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Review: Skies of Ash by Rachel Howzell Hall


“Personal drama handled, my heart found its regular pace, and I shoved the phone back into my bag. I muttered another “thank you,” then jammed up the hill, following a dank river of water and ashes that would end in blood.” (Skies of Ash, Rachel Howzell Hall, Chapter Two, Page 20)

It is almost mid-December and six months after Land of Shadows when Detective Elouise “Lou” Norton is called out to a house fire in Baldwin Hills. There are bodies in what is left of the house ravaged by a horrific fire most likely caused by an arsonist. As it happens, the scene is a short three miles away from her home. While she has directions, she could have just followed the smoke plume over the area.

Much of the house at 6381 Don Mateo Drive is gone. What remains and still barely stands hides the bodies of Juliet Chatman and her kids, Chloe and Cody. All three were found dead. The smoke got to them before the flames worked their way to them. But, there are troubling aspects that indicate Juliet Chatman knew they were in serious danger. One is the fact that while she clearly was holding on to her daughter, Juliet Chatman died while clutching a gun in the other. Then there is the 911 call Juliet made where she said somebody was trying to kill her. The name of that person is not discernable on the tape.

Clearly, person or persons unknown, did kill the mom and her kids. Somebody did it. While law enforcement always starts from the proposition that the spouse did it in this case that initially seems unlikely. Christopher Chatman, a commodities broker, arrived as the fire was blazing and was injured fighting  firefighters in attempt to go into the inferno after his family. His alibi for why he was not home stands up to scrutiny.

If he didn’t do it, then who did? And why are the neighbors being so weird about the Chatmans? Two of the many questions for Detective Norton and her partner Colin Taggert to answer in Skies of Ash.

Often the second book in a series is weaker than the first. That is certainly not remotely the case here. Skies of Ash builds on Land of Shadows and adds further depth to the Norton character as well as most of the other characters.

Like a lot of really good series, this second book continues everything regarding personal relationships while offering a brand new intriguing case to solve. Such is the case here with what is definitely a horrific tragedy in the deaths of two children as well as their mother. Author Rachel Howzell Hall does not focus on the gruesome details of what happens to a body in a fire and instead keeps the focus on the reason why things like this happen.

Skies of Ash is a very good book. Interested potential readers are strongly encouraged to read Land of Shadows as major plot points from the first book carry over here amongst the new case and that investigation. There are a lot of things going on in this second book that tie directly into the first making both books well worth your time and effort. Good stuff and very much recommended.



Skies of Ash
Rachel Howzell Hall
Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
May 2015
ISBN# 978-0-7653-3636-1
Hardback (also available in paperback and digital formats)
336 Pages
$25.99


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

Kevin R.  Tipple © 2018

Monday, November 19, 2018

TheRealStanLee.Com: An Open Letter to Bill Maher from Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment

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Victoria Weisfeld Reviews: ****Countdown to Osaka

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: The Winter Garden Mystery by Carola Dunn


The Winter Garden Mystery by Carola Dunn (St. Martins, 1995) is the second historical mystery featuring the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, who decides to earn her living by writing feature articles about some of England’s old homes, using her social connections to gain access to them. In 1923 this was a radical step for one of her social position but one she felt she had to take after the death of her father during the flu pandemic of 1919 sent the title to a distant cousin. Her brother and her fiancĂ© both died during World War I, leaving Daisy with no close family beyond her mother.

On her second adventure she visits Occles Hall in Cheshire, home of a school acquaintance whose confrontational mother terrifies everyone. Lady Valeria disdains Daisy’s bid for independence and secretly fears her children might choose to follow her to escape their mother’s tight hold. However, she cannot resist the idea of seeing her model home and village featured in the latest issue of Town and Country magazine. So Daisy is allowed to visit but must listen to Lady Valeria’s endless strictures while she takes notes on the hall’s history and photographs its exterior and gardens.

Daisy is in the winter garden, a sheltered corner of the property where flowers bloom even in January, when the body of the housemaid who disappeared two months earlier is discovered. Grace Moss was supposed to have run off with a travelling salesman she’d been seen talking to at the local pub. No one in the village was particularly surprised at the time: her mother did the same thing to escape Grace’s abusive father. But the discovery of her body was a surprise and a shock to everyone, even more so when the autopsy reveals her pregnancy.

Lady Valeria bulldozes the local police into a quick arrest and she is well on her way to railroading an innocent man when Daisy quietly calls Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, whom Daisy met on her first adventure. Fletcher is a widowed policeman well below Daisy’s social status and some ten years her senior, but they have stayed in touch. Fletcher finds a way to insert Scotland Yard into the investigation and promptly destroys the flimsy case against the arrested man while discovering the true culprit.

This is one of my favorite historical series. Dunn touches on the hardships of the post-war years without dwelling on them, giving the books authenticity via sideways looks at the war’s aftermath rather than a full bore spotlight on the misery and social upheaval caused by the loss of an entire generation of young men. The mystery is well written and definitely cozy, not a lot of gore, pleasant characters mostly, and happy endings for nearly everyone. A nice choice for winter reading by the fire with a cup of tea and a cat nearby.


·         Hardcover: 226 pages
·         Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (May 1, 1995)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0312132174
·         ISBN-13: 978-0312132170



Aubrey Hamilton ©2018

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

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Before The Latest Cold Front


The weather here in North Texas this time of year can be quite the roller coaster. We can have cold mornings and afternoons so warm one can be in shorts and t-shirts. Such was the case yesterday afternoon when Scott and I were hanging out in the yard reading.





Friday at Lucky Dog Books--Garland Road


We spent part of Friday morning over at Lucky Dog Books on Garland Road. We have been there about a half dozen times since late last August when we had moved back to the house I grew up so many years ago. My latest purchases adding to the pile I have here to read.

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Lesa's Book Critiques: Elevation by Stephen King

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: A Spell of Murder by Clea Simon

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In Reference To Murder: Mystery Melange for 11/15/18

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KRL This Week Update for 11/17/18


Up in KRL this week reviews and giveaways of a fun group of food and craft mysteries perfect for your holiday reading-"A Crafter Knits a Clue:" A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn, "How to Knit a Murder": Seaside Knitters Society Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum, "Purls and Poison": Black Sheep Knit Mystery by Anne Canadeo, "Forever Fudge!" A Candy-Coated Mystery with Recipes by Nancy J Coco, "In Cold Chocolate": A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, and "The Walking Bread": A Bread Shop Mystery by Winnie Archer Books

Also up this week a review and giveaway of our first Christmas mystery of the season, "Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge" by Laura Levine

And a review and ebook giveaway of "Drop Dead Ornaments" by Lois Winston along with a fun guest post by Lois and a Christmas craft

We also have a Thanksgiving mystery short story by Gail Farrelly

And mystery author Merrilee Robson shares some Thanksgiving stories and a recipe

Up on KRL News & Reviews this week we have a review and giveaway of "Below the Tree Line" by Susan Oleksiw

And a review and ebook giveaway of "Missing by the Sea" by Kathi Daley

Happy reading,

Lorie

The Rap Sheet: Quick Hits Parade

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Saturdays With Kaye: The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson



The reader will be able to detect both personalities in this novel. I believe it should be classified as a techno-thriller. There aren’t any standard thriller passages, except for a brief shooting scene, and most of the tense action consists of meetings between high-level global powers, and frantic computer coding taking place in a secret room.

The story is told in first person, present tense, mostly by President Duncan. It’s not as edgy as most books written that way. That said, however, it’s a great glimpse into what it’s like to work in the White House; surrounded by so many people, it’s hard to keep track of them all at first. The president is spinning a lot of plates. His wife recently died of cancer, he is being afflicted by a rare disease that flares up under stress, and he doesn’t trust his Vice President or the Speaker of the House—both of whom want him gone. Plus, he recently committed a public blunder that may force him out of office.

Outside enemies, forcing the crisis, are unknown expert computer hackers, a mysterious hired assassin, a mole living somewhere among his six most trusted advisors, and the overall threat of “Dark Ages.” That’s the code name for what will happen if the computer virus isn’t stopped. The result will be the failure of every system connected to a computer: water, power, defense, transportation, hospitals, etc., resulting in a return to primitive living, and likely, humans turning to bloody competition in order to attain basic needs.

Once the threat has been issued and the clock begins ticking, President Duncan thinks it best that he comply with the orders from the unknown terrorists, and meet them alone. Hence, he dismisses his bodyguards and goes “missing” without informing anyone but his most trusted and loyal assistants. Or…so he thinks. A long read, but it’s also a fun
one.



Reviewed by Kaye George, Editor of Day of the Dark: Eclipse Stories, for Suspense Magazine

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Very Tough Day

This has been a very tough day......a year ago today Sandi came home her final time just after six in the evening. It was the beginning of hospice ... and the beginning of the end. I did not want her here as I was very afraid of what was coming and not being able to care for her as she needed and deserved. That turned out to be the reality as after about a week they lost pain control and she suffered horribly before lapsing into unconsciousness those last few days. It was hell for her and for us too.

Sandi, on the other hand, did not want to die in the hospital. She desperately wanted to be at home in the quiet here with us. I agreed as that was what she wanted and tehre was no way I could tell her no. In a sense she is still here as her ashes sit in her urn on the bedroom bureau in my room. At some point I will join her and the boys can decide what to do with us.

In the meantime, we grind closer to Thanksgiving. A day we spent more often than not in the hospital since she was first diagnosed on Thanksgiving Day 2011. I still remeber the doctors and how they made a ring around her bed and then slowly broke the news. In a few minutes our future toegther exploded and fragmented in a thousand different ways. I don't rember much about what they said, but I do remeber her swearing that she was not done and that she would beat it. She did everything she could to do so. Sandi fought and made it a lot longer than anyone had ever though possible since that day she was diagnosed. She beat the odds again and again and made it for six years.

I wish she had made a seventh. I wish for so much that can't be......and I miss her so much. Every day is hard....some are worse than others....and then there are days like today when it is so incredibly soul crushingly brutal. It built on last night when I sat in Green Hall at UTD and thought about how often Sandi, pregnant with Scott, sat there waiting for me back in that final semester of 93 and how proud she would be of him now and everything. Before I knew it, I had started crying in front of a dozen or so 20 somethings who had no idea what to do with the blubbering fat man. Today I have managed to keep from crying in public today as we ran errands. But, the water works have poured out here at home several times including as I try to write this post.

How I am going to get through the next two weeks, let alone another Christmas and all, I have no idea. Somehow, I will. But, as I said on Facebook the other day, if I could take a pill and sleep through the next three months and skip all of it, I would. I would swallow that pill in a heartbeat and the side effects be damned.

Reality hurts like hell. Again.....

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FFB Review: When the Killing Starts 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.

When the Killing Starts is the sixth installment in the Reid Bennett series by Ted Wood. Police Chief Reid Bennett was looking forward to his vacation time from Murphy’s Harbour. He is back down in Toronto with his girlfriend Freda and they have plans. At least he thought they did. Instead, an acting gig has come up for her and he isn’t about to get in the way or ask her to turn it down. She is going to be gone for at least a month and he isn’t at all happy about it.

Not only is he not at all happy about her going away, he isn’t sure what their future holds. He isn’t sure about his old job either as he thinks it might be time to move on from being in charge at Murphy’s Harbour. Doing what next is a question as all he knows is police work and serving in the military.

His knowledge of the military service and what it really means is about to come in handy as he will also be spared boredom while Freda is gone. Thanks to the mention of his name by a guy who is a big shot with a private security firm, Bennett is offered a job by a woman named Norma Michaels. Her adult son, Jason, has run off and joined one of those private mercenary outfits.  This one is called “Freedom for Hire.” Mom is sure her son has no clue what he is getting into and for 25k she wants her boy brought home alive and in peace.

Considering the kid is twenty and comes from a wealthy family, Bennett is sure the young Jason does not have a clue. Not that Bennett really wants the job, but the payday is the same as what Freda is going to get from her acting gig and he most definitely wants to pony up his share in the relationship. He also thinks his client is lying, but just isn’t sure about what or how exactly.

Bennett agrees and soon learns that those in charge of Freedom for Hire are bad guys with little in mind but taking money from others. Good thing Bennett has skills for dealing with guys like that as he learned his lessons well while serving in the jungles of Vietnam. The Canadian wilderness might have little to do with the steamy jungles of Vietnam, but men are men anywhere and skills do matter. It also does not hurt to have the police dog, Sam, at his side.

When the Killing Starts is another solidly good installment in the series. Mercenaries are old hat now, but for the time the book was published back in 1989, they were still relatively new in the mainstream consciousness. Little is done to further deepen the Bennett character though at this point one does not really expect that to happen. Deep in the series, When the Killing Starts is just one of those books where you sit back and settle in for the ride.



When the Killing Starts
Ted Wood
Charles Scribner’s Sons
1989
ISBN# 0-684-18331-5
Hardback (also available in paperback and digital formats)
280 Pages



Material supplied by way of an Interlibrary Loan filled by the staff of the Paris Public Library in Paris, Texas, and sent to the good folks of the Dallas Public Library. My sincere and appreciative thanks to all involved.



Kevin R. Tipple ©2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Review: Holy Ghost: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford


The plan was simple and should have saved Wheatfield, Minnesota.  A town of 700 people, Wheatfield was suffering the slow death that many small towns all across America are facing every day. That was until the floating image of the Virgin Mary appeared at a local church. Unlike many such apparitions, this one was recorded by numerous cellphones and shared on social media giving it immediate legitimacy. The tourist industry boomed as word spread and locals cashed in on the bonanza.

Until the shootings started.

The faithful are still coming, but that will change if the shootings continue. And the shooter just might kill somebody. Late spring in Minnesota and Virgil has the case down in Wheatfield, an hour away from his home in Mankato, Minnesota. Virgil knows the sniper is probably some sort of nut case and has had a long history of dealing with nut cases in his career as an agent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

While everyone in town knows Virgil is a cop investigating the sniper case, the sniper is undeterred. Throw in a murder, which may or may not be separate from the sniper shootings, and things just get interesting in a hurry.

Holy Ghost: A Virgil Flowers Novel is a fairly straightforward action novel. The book is mainly about the hunt for the sniper with a couple of interesting minor plot threads thrown in for fun. Like all series, it would have been a good idea to read the earlier books in this series to get all the inside jokes. However, if you have not read the others, Holy Ghost: A Virgil Flowers Novel is a pretty good one to start with if you are new to the series about “that fuc*ing Flowers.”




Holy Ghost: A Virgil Flowers Novel
John Sandford
Thorndike Press (Gale/Cengage)
October 2018
ISBN # 978-1-4328-5520-8
LARGE PRINT Hardback (also available in regular print hardback, audio, and digital formats)
513 Pages
$27.95


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


Kevin R. Tipple ©2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 11/14/18

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Lone Star Lineup Review: Smoked by Michael Bracken

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Guest Post: Reading, Promoting, And More with J. J. Hensley

Please welcome author J. J. Hensley to the blog today. He has a new book out, Record Scratch, which is the second book in his Trevor Galloway Series. The new book picks up a few months after Bolt Action Remedy ended. I have been reading a lot of positive reviews for the new book and that includes this recent review by David Nemeth over at his site, Unlawful Acts.


Reading, Promoting, And More with J. J. Hensley

Trevor Galloway Series #2


            Like most writers, I read. Actually, I read a lot. To be more accurate, I read and listen a lot. I always have one book waiting for me on my bed stand and an audiobook loaded on my cell phone. So, at night I might be reading an old Jonathan Kellerman paperback and during my commute I could be listening to Jennifer Hillier’s Jar of Hearts. I’m pretty much hooked on mysteries and thrillers, so the odds are a soft romance isn’t playing through my headphones when I’m in the gym and I usually don’t have anything dealing with killer robots on my Kindle. Well… I do have a seven-year-old, so there is a Transformers game on there and I hear a lot of explosions coming from the ol’ e-reader. So, I suppose there are actually killer robots on my Kindle.

            Thus far, 2018 has been a great year for mysteries and thrillers. Admittedly, I’m not awesome at keeping up with the latest and greatest and I’ll often ignore the hype surrounding new books, especially those published by one of the Big Five publishers. But several books, both big and small press, hyped and non-hyped, have stuck with me in a positive way over the past few months. I’m just as excited about what’s on my “to be read” list for the remainder of this year and the first part of 2019!

To recap some of my recent adventures in fiction:

            Oh, you just have to read The Force, by Don Winslow. It’s so good.”
            Don Winslow’s latest book is the bomb!”

            Yeah, yeah, yeah. Whatever.

I put this one off for a quite a while. It’s a big press book that gets lots of media attention which means marketing money gets tossed into the ring. If you’re like me and you go through a book every week or two, you learn marking buzz doesn’t always equate to quality. I also wasn’t excited about this book because I’m typically not blown away by police procedurals and I end up picking them apart because of my background in law enforcement. Then, a writer friend of mine whose opinion I trust told me I really need to check it out. Reluctantly, I did. Of course, then I was mad at myself for not reading it sooner. It’s gripping. And I’m completely aware when any author uses the word “gripping” it sounds like a lame attempt at a cool blurb, but that’s the word that comes to mind. The Force was certainly one of the better books I read this year.

            Earlier, I hinted I’m not much of a science fiction guy. Well, if anyone could convert me it’s Tom Sweterlitsch. I liked his first novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow. But, I LOVED The Gone World when I read it a few months ago. It’s got everything I don’t want in a novel. Time travel, futuristic inventions, other worlds—but, THIS… BOOK…IS… AWESOME. I thought about this book long after I turned the last page. In the interest of full disclosure, I know Tom. In fact, Tom helped drive the direction of my novel Record Scratch and I named a character in the book after him. However, if his book was mediocre then I would have plugged something else into this post and that would have been the end of it. Believe me. You’ll want to check out this book.

            An author whose work I’d wanted to read, and finally did, is Joe Clifford. I picked up his novel Lamentation and it didn’t disappoint. I’m already anxious to read more of Joe’s work because I can tell it’s going to have a lot of the elements I like in mysteries. Lamentation had an imperfect protagonist, a slew of shady characters, and there is something authentic about Joe’s work. If you’re a reader who needs a knight in shining armor as the main character, then this book may not be for you. However, if you want something that lends itself more toward gritty reality than fantasy, then give this one a shot.
Trevor Galloway Series #1

My To-Do List:         
My list of books to be read is extensive, but I have some highlights. I’m crazy excited for E.A. Aymar’s The Unrepentant. This book isn’t out until March 2019, but promises to have a dark side and work in a little comedy. I know Aymar, so I would expect nothing less.

            A while back, I read Shannon Kirk’s book Method 15/33 and was blown away. She has a sequel coming out and the English edition doesn’t have a title yet so I’ll just call it Shannon’s Psychotic Sequel. I had gone into Method 15/33 thinking the book was going to be the typical girl gets abducted and either struggles to escape or waits to be rescued type thriller. It was something much, much more devious and it was wonderful. The sequel promises to be unpredictable in all the right ways.

            I’m so far behind on my list and I’m kicking myself because I still haven’t read Silent Hearts by Gwen Florio. I absolutely loved Florio’s Lola Wick’s series, and I know this deviation into a tale of two women caught up in the Afghan War. Florio is a journalist and has spent time in that region and she brings realism to all of her novels. Silent Hearts will be no different.

            In between reading these great books, I’m out promoting my new novel Record Scratch and working feverishly on my next Trevor Galloway mystery, Forgiveness Dies on the Vine. The best part of having a great reading list is it sets the bar high for what an author wants to achieve in one’s own work. With this list, the bar is set pretty damn high.



J. J. Hensley ©2018

J.J. Hensley is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Hensley is the author of the crime novels RESOLVE, MEASURE TWICE, CHALK'S OUTLINE, BOLT ACTION REMEDY, RECORD SCRATCH, and several short stories. He is originally from Huntington, WV and currently resides near Savannah, Georgia. You can learn more about the author and his books by visiting his website http://www.hensley-books.com/