Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lesa's Book Critiques: Sandie's Corner - No Sunscreen for the Dead by Tim Dorsey

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Dumplin’ vs Dumplin’

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Do Some Damage: The Widows, by Jess Montgomery

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Beneath the Stains of Time: Balbane, the Conjurer Detective: "The Twisted Bull...

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In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday 1/14/19

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TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar January 14...

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: The Girl at the Deep End of the Lake by Sam Lee Jackson


Finding a new mystery or thriller that I like is a great way to start the new year. How have I not heard of these books before? The Girl at the Deep End of the Lake by Sam Lee Jackson (Piping Rock Publications, 2016) is an exciting start in a series featuring Jackson and Blackhawk, two former covert operations agents who moved to unsuspecting Phoenix, Arizona. Jackson sustained permanent injuries in his last fire fight and is now living quietly on a boat, occupying his time with fishing, swimming, and reading. He’s awakened one night by a couple of thugs who are dumping a plastic-wrapped girl in his lake. Jackson has a wide streak of the rescuer in his psyche, and he immediately dives in and drags her out with the help of another lake-side resident.

The girl tells Jackson a story full of holes but sufficient for him to understand she’s associated with one of the local gangs and that she is in danger, even if she doesn’t realize how much. When she disappears the next day, Jackson goes looking for her and the story takes off.

Fast-moving and full of fresh, interesting characters, not the least of which is Jackson himself. (Although, really, the author couldn’t think of a different name?) He has re-invented himself, it’s clear, as one of the law enforcement officials he encounters points out that there is no paperwork or history on him preceding the purchase of his houseboat. He’s quixotic and not particularly observant of laws if they are inconvenient. His problem-solving approach combines the loyalty and ruthlessness of Joe Pike with the wit and affability of Spenser. Also presented for our consideration are a Catholic priest who runs an underfunded women’s shelter in the worst part of the city, a South American consul searching for his granddaughter, a singer in a local night club who wants to fix Jackson up with her best friend, and gangbangers aplenty. There are enough bar-room brawls and shootouts to satisfy the bloodlust of any reader, as well as the obligatory romance.

I enjoyed this book so much I am afraid to pick up the next in the series for fear it won’t be as good as this one. Highly recommended.



·         Paperback: 332 pages
·         Publisher: Piping Rock Publications (August 5, 2016)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0999852620
·         ISBN-13: 978-0999852620
·         Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches



Aubrey Hamilton ©2018
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Gumshoe Review January 2019 issue online


Gumshoe Review January 2019 now Online @

Editorial License:
Just the Facts - January 2019 by Gayle Surrette

Columns:
US Books
News
Conventions

Short Fiction Reviews:
Deadly Engagement (Mapleton Mystery #6) by Terry Odell

US Book Reviews:
The Big Book of Female Detectives edited by Otto Penzler
Bleak Harbor by Bryan Gruley
First, Kill the Lawyers (Holland Taylor) by David Housewright
A Study in Treason (Daughter of Sherlock Holmes) by Leonard Goldberg
The Vanishing Season (Ellery Hathaway) by Joanna Schaffhausen
-- 
Gayle Surrette
Brandywine, MD 20613

FINAL HOURS to Vote for FAVORITE REVIEW SITE


Again this year, Kevin’s Corner, is up for consideration as Favorite Review Site. As always, we are up against many sites most of which have teams of reviewers and are active in many genres across multiple forms of media. Currently, this blog is in third place behind two mega sites that do positive reviews only and provide various other services. If you think we are worthy of your vote, please go cast your vote today. Remember, you have to respond to the confirmation email for your vote to count.

On behalf of Barry Ergang, Jeanne of the BPL, Kaye George, and the numerous guests that have visited the blog during 2018, and myself, thank you for your support.


Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Steven Cooper Mysteries: The Psychic and the Cop

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Lesa's Book Critiques: The Widows by Jess Montgomery

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Crime Watch: Review: RUN YOU DOWN by Julia Dahl

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Playoff Run Ends in LA

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Bitter Tea and Mystery: True Detective: Max Allan Collins

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Beneath the Stains of Time: Death on the Waterfront (1941) by Robert Archer

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In Reference To Murder: Mystery Melange for 1/10/19

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The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 1/10/19

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CAN WE GET A DO-OVER? HARPER'S BAZAAR REMOVES PREDATORY RIGHTS LANGUAGE FOR ITS 2019 SHORT STORY COMPETITION

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Crime Review Update


Happy new year!



We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk), together with a top industry interview. This timeit’s Nancy Bilyeau in the Countdown hot seat:



We’re on Twitter at:

Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK

Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer

Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia



This week’s reviews are:



BATTLE SIGHT ZERO by Gerald Seymour, reviewed by John Cleal

Muslim extremists plan to smuggle assault rifles into Britain for a series of deadly attacks.



DARK SACRED NIGHT by Michael Connelly, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Detectives Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch work together to reopen a cold case in the hope of finally bringing the killer of a teenage runaway to justice.



PARIS IN THE DARK by Robert Olen Butler, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

An American journalist is in Paris when a bomb goes off and sets out to find the culprit.



HEAD HUNTERS by Chris Ryan, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Danny Black has been sent to Afghanistan on a mission to hunt and kill the Taliban, but soon finds that he’s the one being hunted – for a war crime he didn’t commit.



THE LIES WE TELL by Kristina Ohlsson, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

Successful Swedish-American lawyer Martin Benner must prove the innocence of dead woman Sara Texas, accused of a string of murders in the US, while looking for her missing son Mio. At the same time he finds himself framed for crimes he didn’t commit.



BEAU DEATH by Peter Lovesey, reviewed by John Cleal

The demolition of a terraced cottage lands Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond with the coldest of cold cases when a skeleton in 18th century clothes is exposed.



HOME GROWN HERO by Khurrum Rahman, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Javid Qasim helped to foil a terrorist attack but neither MI5, who compelled his assistance, nor the terrorists are prepared to leave him alone.



FALL DOWN DEAD by Stephen Booth, reviewed by Linda Wilson

When a woman falls to her death in the fog on the bleak moorland of Kinder Scout, DI Ben Cooper is faced with the age-old question – did she fall or was she pushed.


THE GRAVEDIGGERS’ BREAD by Frédéric Dard, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

A man finds a wallet belonging to an attractive blonde woman who had made a telephone call from a kiosk shortly before he did. It contains her photograph and 8,000 francs, and he decides to look for her in order to return the wallet.



COLD DEATH by Quentin Bates, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

Officer Gunnhildur Gísladóttir’s new task is to protect an enigmatic guest of the Iceland’s controversial Minister of Justice. Ali Osman is either a saviour of war zones’ refugees or a manipulative arms dealer.



BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD by Jessica Fellowes, reviewed by John Cleal

A treasure hunt at the 18th birthday party of Pamela Mitford ends in tragedy when a guest falls to his death from a church tower. The police identify a maid as the killer, but Louisa Cannon, chaperone to the Mitford girls, sets out to clear her.



THE BOUNCER by David Gordon, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Joe Brody is a strip club bouncer with a Harvard education and a military career about which no records exist. Against her best instincts, FBI agent Donna Zamora finds him very attractive.



IN STRANGERS’S HOUSES by Elizabeth Mundy, reviewed by Linda Wilson

When Lena Szarka’s best friend goes missing, she has problems getting anyone to take notice, so she decides to combine her day job as a cleaner with some sleuthing to find out what’s happened to Timea.



THE LIZARD STRATEGY by Valerio Varesi, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan

An old man with dementia goes missing, a telephone ringtone can be heard from a lonely river valley and the council is in chaos. Commissario Soneri has to make sense of all these events.



THE ALADDIN TRIAL by Abi Silver, reviewed by Chris Roberts

A woman hospitalised for a minor operation is found dead after a fall from the 11th floor. An immigrant cleaner is accused, and defended by Burton and Lamb.



THE CITY OF LIES by Michael Russell, reviewed by John Cleal

Garda Special Branch Inspector Stefan Gillespie, investigating the IRA murder of a Garda, a pitched battle between racecourse gangs and the partly burnt bodies of a family of five, is called off for a sensitive mission to Berlin, but soon discovers all the incidents are connected and that his own life is in danger.



THREE LITTLE LIES by Laura Marshall, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Her best friend has gone missing, but Ellen is the only person taking her disappearance seriously.



JESS CASTLE AND THE EYEBALLS OF DEATH by MB Vincent, reviewed by John Cleal

Jess Castle PhD, historian and failed lecturer, returns to her home town of Castle Kidbury and becomes involved in a series of gory murders.



THE ASH DOLL by James Hazel, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Lawyer Charlie Priest has a high-profile case which he looks like losing when his star witness fails to show in court, and subsequently turns up dead.



ROSIE LOVES JACK by Mel Darbon, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Rosie loves Jack, but her father wants to keep them apart, especially when Jack is sent away to a special home in Brighton. But Rosie isn’t prepared to give up on her boyfriend, even when he stops contacting her.



Best wishes


Sharon

KRL This Week Update for 1/12/19


Up in KRL this morning our Best Books of 2018 list where each reviewer shares their favorite 5-10 books they reviewed in 2018 

And our reviewer Kathleen Costa shares here favorite authors, and TV shows she reviewed in 2018 

We also have reviews and giveaways of another great group of mysteries-"The Name of the Rosé": A Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery By Christine E. Blum, "Slay in Character": A Cat Latimer Mystery by Lynn Cahoon, "Hooks Can Be Deceiving": A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman, "Botched 4 Murder": A Sophie Kimball Mysteries by J.C. Eaton, "A Moment in Crime": A Santa Fe Revival Mystery by Amanda Allen, "Downright Dead": A B&B Spirits Mystery by Pamela Kopfler - Author 

And a review and ebook giveaway of "Tandem Demise" by Duffy Brown and a fun guest post by her about her love of books 

And a review and giveaway of "Back Stabbers" by Julie Mulhern published by Henery Press 

We also have a mystery short story by Guy Belleranti

Up on KRL News and Reviews this week we have a review and giveaway of the audio version of "Bombshell" by Pamela Fagan Hutchins narrated by Chanté McCormick, Audiobook 

And a review and giveaway of a signed copy of "The Pot Thief Who Studies Edward Abbey" by J. Michael Orenduff

Happy reading,
Lorie 

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Salinger, Truman, Way of All Flesh, Edu...

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Friday, January 11, 2019

ER Visit

For those who are not on Facebook and did not know about it... Scott woke up yesterday morning with severe pain behind his navel. No fever, no throwing up, no nausea...just this really bad pain he had never felt before. After I did some internet poking around, it became very clear that something bad could be happening. Got him in to our doc who said it might be appendicitis and to go to ER. We did and it took the day to do blood work, ultrasound, and then a CT with contrast. After they pushed on it big time he hurt for the next couple of hours way worse and then it stopped hurting. They prescribed a pain killer to deal with any lingering pain issues.  Everything came back as being fine so they do not really know what happened.

They don't think his appendix is an issue. Though, if it is going bad and very early in the process, they say a CT would not catch it. Because the pain moved up above the belly button and to the right, they seem to think it could have been his gallbladder, though that looks fine near as they can tell. They really don't know. So, they sent us home with lots of instructions about following up and what to do if the pain comes back depending on where it is.

Very glad he seems to be okay, but worried as to what the hell happened.

Glad to get out of there....the hospital is full of patients so folks are stacked the  Presbyterian  Hospital  waiting  room and many of them have the flu or something with little ones throwing up. God knows what we got exposed to during the day there yesterday.

Today I spent considerable time with followup people from the hospital as well as the doctor's office who called to see how he was and if we needed anything. The doctor's nurse was new to me and wonderful. The pain killer is safe for him to take while on her other meds so she reassured me on that and some other things regarding what had gone on yesterday. While talking to her the topic of Sandi came up and I broke down. She spent extra time with me talking about Sandi and my loss and all. She is going to check back with me in a week or so once Scott's school needs are figured out as the only way he can get there is with me driving. Once we know what he is looking at beyond the assigned class days when he has to be there, the nurse and I are going to see about me getting into some sort of grief counseling. After a year of trying to deal with missing her and working hard to stay sober, things just are not getting better and after the stress of trying to cope yesterday it is clear that I have to get some help. 

What form that will take I don't know. I am not one who is into sitting in some sort of group and talking about things. Which is why, among other reasons, AA never worked for me. What would work now, I don't know. But, things have to change. 

FFB Review: THE MYSTERY OF THE INVISIBLE THIEF (1950) by Enid Blyton Reviewed by Barry Ergang

Make sure you check out the full list of reading suggestions on Patti Abbott’s blog.

THE MYSTERY OF THE INVISIBLE THIEF (1950) by Enid Blyton

Reviewed by Barry Ergang


I first learned of this title and the series of which it’s a part from a post on TomCat’s excellent “Beneath the Stains of Time” blog. Between the ages of 7 and 10 or 11, I had read my share of books from the Hardy Boys’ series before graduating to adult authors including Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Erle Stanley Gardner, but had yet to encounter an impossible crime mystery, let alone one fairly-clued and aimed at juvenile readers. TomCat’s post rendered it an imperative that I check out this one, and I was fortunate to find an epub version to download. (More about that later.)

This entry in the phenomenally prolific British author Enid Blyton’s series starring the so-called “Five Find-Outers” opens when the children so named are depicted as yearning for a mystery to solve during their summer vacation from school, having solved several in their English village of Peterswood during previous school holidays with, I inferred from references to their prior cases and a Wikipedia entry, the approval of the district’s Inspector Jenks as well as the disapproval of local constable Mr. Goon, the latter being one whom the children frequently embarrass by outwitting. (<--I’d like to think Henry James and William Faulkner would approve of that sentence.)

Inspector Jenks is in the neighborhood because his goddaughter Hilary is participating in in gymkhana at local Petters Field. When it turns out that Hilary’s home has been robbed, the Five are frustrated because they aren’t immediately invited by Jenks to investigate. They eventually do so uninvited, of course, and learn that although the housekeeper was present during the theft and in a position to see whence the thief departed, she saw nothing of the sort.

Two more thefts ensue before the Five, whose names I’m not going to list here—see the Wikipedia entry if you’re curious about them—will solve the case and its seeming impossibilities to the satisfaction of local authorities.

I have little doubt experienced mystery readers will solve the whodunit and howdunit elements as easily as I did. Ms. Blyton did not engage in the kind of brilliant misdirection you find in John Dickson Carr, Agatha Christie, and other Golden Age giants. I thought the book got off to a slow start, but once the children began their investigations, it moved along nicely and proved to be a pleasant, if not exactly dazzling (for an adult), entertainment.

The downside to the epub version is that whoever converted the book to the digital format decided that original publication information is unnecessary: no title or copyright pages, only a cover and then the story itself. The same person also decided that except for periods, commas, and question marks, other punctuation is unnecessary: e.g., there are no quotation marks around dialogues, and no apostrophes in contractions. I saw an Amazon review complaining about the same problems in the Kindle edition, so it’s a reasonable to assume that the digital version was created by the same person in multiple formats. This was all very annoying, as you can imagine, but I had relatively little difficulty getting through the book in spite of it. But if you prefer actual books and are a mystery-reading kid at heart, search out the hardback or paperback edition.



© 2019 Barry Ergang

As regular readers of this blog know, some of Derringer-winner Barry Ergang’s work is available at Amazon and Smashwords. His free e-book Criminalities includes the essay “Impossible Pleasures,” about impossible crime fiction.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Review: Trail Of Echoes: A Detective Elouise Norton Novel by Rachel Howzell Hall


Trail of Echoes is third in the series that began with Land of Shadows and opens in the middle of March as the rains repeatedly pound the Los Angeles area. Free from her marriage to Greg by court decree and yet not free from his allure or many other ghosts physical and otherwise, Detective Norton’s plans for a normal lunch crash and burn. Such is the life when you are homicide detective for the LAPD and a body has been found.

Thirteen year old Chanita Lords has been found in a bag in Bonner Park. A beautiful park surrounded by homes owned by wealthy African Americans, it also is the site for the body of Chanita Lords. A teen that came from the same housing project that Detective Norton called home all those years ago. The young teen is one of several in the local area that have gone missing in recent weeks Who killed her, why, and is her case linked to the other recent missing  girls are just some of many questions to be answered in Trail of Echoes.

As in the previous books in this series, the personal plays a major role in this police procedural. That is true whether one considers Detective Norton’s relationship with her Mom, her relationships with female friends, her relationships with her police family, and others. Each novel builds on those relationships as they evolve and change over time while also giving Detective Norton a major case to solve. The result is a very complicated police procedural in each installment and an overall very complicated series that must be read in order.

Like the earlier books in the series Trail Of Echoes is very good and well worth your time. 

The series, in order, and my reviews:
Land of Shadows (November 8, 2018)
Skies of Ash (November 20, 2018)
Trail of Echoes (You are here)
City of Saviors (currently reading)



Trail Of Echoes: A Detective Elouise Norton Novel
Rachel Howzell Hall
http://www.rachelhowzell.com
Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
http://www.tor-forge.com
May 2016
ISBN# 978-0-7653-8117-0
Hardback (also available in paperback and digital formats)
320 Pages
$25.99

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


Kevin R.  Tipple © 2018

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Only days left to win books from KRL


Only days left to win a signed copy of "NC-17" Maizie Albright Star Detective #3 by Larissa Reinhart

And to win a copy of "A Scandal in Scarlet" A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany, and while there check out a fun tea related guest post by Vicki

Also to win a copy of "Killalot" by Cindy Brown published by Henery Press

And to win a copy of "The Skeleton Makes a Friend" by Leigh Perry

On KRL News and Reviews, only days left to win a copy of "Messenger Bags and Murder" by Dorothy Howell

And to win a copy of "The Last Note" by Zaida Alfaro

Happy reading,
Lorie

Lesa's Book Critiques: Book Love by Debbie Tung

Lesa's Book Critiques: Book Love by Debbie Tung

Review: That Old Scoundrel Death: A Dan Rhodes Mystery by Bill Crider

This is a case where reading the book and writing the review is more than a bit difficult. I considered Bill Crider a good friend though we never met. Years ago when my world rocked with news of Sandi’s cancer diagnosis, Bill was one of several people who reached out to me to provide support. His wife, Judy, was fighting the same fight against one of the two types of non hodgkins lymphoma Sandi had. 
As the months passed we traded tips, advice, and more as our spouses fought with everything they had. Sandi and I cried at the news Judy passed. Then, more than a few months later, Sandi left. Bill kept telling me afterwards one could survive the worst thing possible. He had and served as an inspiration. Especially in those darkest early days when everything was blur and tears. It wasn’t long after Sandi passed that Bill passed after his own fight against prostate cancer. 
My hope is that somewhere Bill and Judy are hanging out with Sandi talking about books and how odd Sandi’s husband is. I also hope that Angela Crider can find a way to pick up this series and keep it going. I have quietly suggested a couple of ideas to her so who knows? I remain very good at suggesting ideas for others to pursue in a book…


It isn’t a good thing to come across a man with a gun. Especially when the man with the gun is tweaking on meth. It is a hot August day in Blacklin County, Texas and while Rhodes is sweating because of the heat and having a gun pointed at him; the meth head is sweating and shaking because of the meth.

Some sort of road rage incident just happened before Rhodes came by in his patrol car. When all was said and done, the meth head decided to put a real scare in the other driver to teach him one heck of a lesson. Then Sheriff Rhodes went and showed up making things very complicated in the mind of the meth head known to one and all as Kenny Lambert. He has a history with local law enforcement going back a few years so Rhodes knows the man is not terribly bright on a good day. This is not a good day.

Rhodes also knows he screwed up by not figuring out what was going on fast enough and getting backup headed to them. He is on his own and things do not look good. That is until Kenny Lambert gets distracted by the victim. His action allows Sheriff Rhodes to get the gun and arrest Kenny.

All things considered, the victim is relatively okay and introduces himself as Carl Stinson.  He plans on going home and cleaning himself up. He promises to come by the jail later and do the paperwork to bring charges against Kenny. Charges that Kenny will get along with the ones Sheriff Rhodes plans to bring because of having a gun pointed at him.

While it is not exactly normal procedure to let a victim go home and change before coming by the jail later to do the paperwork, Carl Stinson did promise to come by and should be in town for a while as he said he had plans to go look at the old school building nearby in Thurston. Some of the locals are pushing hard to finally bring the old building down before it comes down and maybe kills somebody in the process. The place is not very safe. Stinson says he is in town to see it as his grandmother went to school there. With another promise to appear at the jail, Sheriff Rhodes agrees and Cal Stinson drives off.

Sheriff Rhodes will come to regret that decision.

He is never seen alive again. Instead, he is soon found very much dead in the old school building. His name was not Cal Stinson either. Who he was and why he was shot in the back of the head are just two of the questions that Sheriff Dan Rhodes must answer in that That Old Scoundrel Death: A Dan Rhodes Mystery.

As one would expect, this is billed as the final installment of the great series. The book features all the usual characters that readers have enjoyed for so long. At work, as has been the case for many years now, is a primary mystery, a couple of secondary ones, a dash of humor, plenty of Texas wisdom and scenery, and the occasional Dr Pepper with the real sugar reference. Stir all that together under the able touch of author Bill Crider and you have another very good read. If That Old Scoundrel Death: A Dan Rhodes Mystery is to be the final installment of the series, it ends well and in a very good place. One can’t ask for more than that. 




That Old Scoundrel Death: A Dan Rhodes Mystery
Bill Crider
http://www.billcrider.com
Minotaur Books (Thomas Dunne Books)
http://www.thomasdunnebooks.com/
February 19, 2019
ISBN #978-1250165633
Hardback
288 Pages
$27.99


My very special thanks to Angela Crider Neary who provided an ARC of her Dad’s final book.


Kevin R. Tipple ©2019