Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review: Geronimo Must Die by J. R. Lindermuth

There is unrest on the San Carlos Indian Reservation in Arizona in the late 1800s as some are agitating for the Indians to unite and leave. There are rumors that those chiefs who oppose leaving will be killed. That includes Geronimo who was just shot as Geronimo Must Die by J. R. Lindermuth begins.

Mickey Free, whose mixed race ancestry is uncertain and was raised among the White Mountain Apaches, does not think the shooting at Geronimo was faked, though others, including his superiors, certainly do. Serving as a scout for the U.S. Army, Mickey moves about the reservation quietly drifting through the camps of the various groups while listening to what is being said. It is a dangerous practice at the best of times, and far more dangerous now as some actively work against peace.

Before long, Mickey Free has a contact among those in the rebellion and begins to work at the edges of the conspiracy against Geronimo and others. As he slowly works his way closer to the discovering the elusive identity of the person behind the conspiracy, he increasingly puts his own life at stake. Having saved Geronimo twice before, the third time may not be the charm for either one of them.

Along with the mystery at work in Geronimo must die, there is plenty about the history and political situation for the Indians on the reservations. While San Carlos is the location, these same issues existed elsewhere throughout the country. This social commentary, often delivered from Mickey’s perspective, serves to enhance the mystery.

Geronimo Must Die is a solidly good western from J. R. Lindermuth. As in other books from this author, while the genre is primarily western, there is a strong mystery element that runs throughout the work. Complex and nuanced this western has fully developed characters, a complicated mystery, a hint of romance, and plenty of history that brings the book alive for the reader. Geronimo Must Die is another very good read from author J. R. Lindermuth and well worth your time. 

Geronimo Must Die
J. R. Lindermuth
Sundown Press
March 2017
ISBN# 978-1544076515
eBook (also available in paperback)
104 Pages

Material supplied by the author quite some time ago in exchange for my objective review.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sandi Update 8/21/17

Having talked to her a couple of times today I was already aware that by noon she had learn that the planned port removal surgery was not happening today as she was not on their schedule. As we had discussed, that might have been a good thing as that would mean she would be on heavy antibiotics for another day to deal with the bacterial blood infection before they again opened her up to do something. It also had become clear that they had to do yet another multi unit blood and platelet transfusion.

When we got home from UTD tonight, less than an hour ago, Scott called her and then after a few minutes I was on the phone with her. Upon further review of the x-rays, it turns out she did break her right rib. It is apparently a hairline fracture and the rib did not displace so it should heal without any intervention. At this time, they do not see any breaks anywhere else.

The plan for tomorrow is for the port to come out. At this point, we do not know when. She has been told that she is probably getting more blood and platelets tomorrow and they will do that by way of fresh needle inserts through each hand. Obviously, when they do that, it pretty much is going to shut down her ability to crochet as it will hurt far too much. Of course, if they do this tomorrow after the port surgery, she will be so heavily pain medicated that she won't be able to crochet or do anything anyway.

"It is what it is" has been her mantra the last few days and that hasn't changed tonight. The fight goes on.

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Music Tells All by E. R. Punshon

One of my great finds this year has been the prolific Golden Age author Ernest Robertson Punshon (1872-1956). Writing as E. R. Punshon, he released 35 books featuring Bobby Owen, an Oxford-educated policeman who worked his way up through the Scotland Yard ranks. He wrote another five featuring Sergeant Bell, a plodding, lugubrious London detective who nevertheless always reached a satisfactory conclusion in his cases. Still another 20 books were stand-alone mysteries.  Dorothy L. Sayers regarded Punshon’s work highly, saying that “all his books have that elusive something which makes them count as literature, so that we do not gulp them furiously down to get to the murderer lurking at the bottom, but roll them slowly and deliciously upon the tongue like old wine.” While I don’t like them quite that much, I enjoy reading Punshon, sometimes more for his portrayal of England during the first half of the 20th century than for his plots, which are not always as solid as one could hope.  

In Music Tells All, published by Victor Gollancz in 1948, Bobby Owen and Sergeant Bell, promoted now to Inspector, team up on a case that moves back and forth between a village and London. The story starts with Bobby and his wife Olive who need a place to live. She asks to see a home at a comfortable distance from his job at Scotland Yard. Expecting a crowd of competing seekers, they rush out only to find a quiet village with a house that seems perfect. The landlord names a rental fee far less than what he could get in this time of extreme scarcity and they jump at the lease. They soon learn that an odd neighbor is given to playing her piano tempestuously at all hours. Everyone in the village gives her a wide berth, except for their landlord who seems to be simultaneously fascinated and repulsed.

Bobby is distracted by a jewelry heist in London which involves a wild car chase through the city streets. One of the rings from the robbery is found in the village where Bobby just moved and the body of a stranger shows up in a nearly dismantled bomb shelter, bringing in Inspector Bell. The obvious suspect is a chauffeur who disappeared about the same time but several of the neighbors warrant closer inspection. Bobby doesn’t understand how his new village is tied to the robbery but can see that it is. Poor Olive is constantly searching for food for the two of them.

There aren’t enough clues to suggest the actual culprit and the motivation behind the crimes so the ending requires too much explanation, but all in all this is a good story, describing as it does life in post-war England and the citizenry determined to make do and get by.

The Kindle edition features a new introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

  • File Size: 1185 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Dean Street Press (July 22, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2016 
  • ASIN: B01IYDCH28

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The End of Porch Time

Yesterday morning, Scott and I turned in all the keys to the old apartment. Doing so ended a thirty year plus run of living at the complex that we had moved into in late June of 1987. It was a very strange moment to turn those keys in and realize that it really was over. In many aspects, it is a relief to be out of there.

Before we went to the office, I went out on the back porch over looking the creek for one final look. Sitting out on that porch while reading and writing was one of my favorite activities. But, it wasn't just that. It was also sitting out there on the many, many nights that I could not sleep and was losing my mind over what we were going through here. A few times over the last several years, I sat out there cloaked in darkness and cried over Sandi. That porch helped me cope with so much.

Scott went up the stairs and took this final picture of me out there.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

KRL This Week Update for 8/19/17

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of "Death of a Bachelorette" by Laura Levine Mysteries http://kingsriverlife.com/08/19/death-of-a-bachelorette-by-laura-levine/

Also a review & giveaway of "Lions, and Tigers, and Murder, Oh My" by Denise Swanson http://kingsriverlife.com/08/19/lions-and-tigers-and-murder-oh-my-by-denise-swanson/

And a review & giveaway of "Camp Carter" by Kathi Daley along with a fun camping post by Kathi http://kingsriverlife.com/08/19/camp-carter-by-kathi-daley/

We also have a review and giveaway of "Hollywood Homicide" by Kellye Garrett along with an interesting interview with Kellye about her book and her background in TV http://kingsriverlife.com/08/19/hollywood-homicide-by-kellye-garrett/

And a review & giveaway of "All Signs Point to Murder" by Connie Di Marco along with an interesting chat between Connie & Sunny Frazier about astrology & their books http://kingsriverlife.com/08/19/all-signs-point-to-murder-by-connie-di-marco/

And an article about Ann Cleeves series featuring DI Jimmy Perez

We also have a mystery short story by Michael Bracken http://kingsriverlife.com/08/19/the-great-train-robbery-mystery-short-story/

For those who also enjoy fantasy, on KRL Lite today a review & giveaway of "Moonbreaker" by Simon R Green http://kingsriverlife.blogspot.com/2017/08/moonbreaker-secret-histories-series-by.html

And if you enjoy a little fantasy with your mystery, on KRL News & Reviews we have a review & giveaway of "Blood Kissed" by Keri Arthur http://www.krlnews.com/2017/08/blood-kissed-lizzie-grace-novel-by-keri.html
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Sandi Update 8/19/17

We are now safely home after seeing Sandi at the hospital. She remains on the catheter with the heart telemetry doing its thing and is still off of oxygen. Her mood is pretty good even with the news she was given this morning.
Picture by Scott

They currently plan to remove the port on Monday as it no longer matters if the tests come back saying the port is clean. Even if it is still okay, it will not stay that way. The only question is when it will be come infected. There is no choice at all so it will come out to protect her. They also, as I suspected, can't put anything into her port wise until she is clearly infection free.

That means she will have new iv lines put into her hands and arms each and every single time they have to put something into her. She is not happy, but also understands very well that she does not have any choices right now.

All in all, she is amazingly upbeat about everything and looks pretty good. She has eaten a bit more today, so far, than she has been and that is a good sign. She also has had at least some shrinkage of the sinus tumor as her ears have opened up a little bit. She can actual hear you when you talk to her and she can now hear the television. Being able to participate in the world has helped her tremendously. 

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New Issue of Crime Review

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THE LATE SHOW by Michael Connelly, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Detective Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, starting cases
then handing them on as each new day rolls around. But now there are two
investigations that she wants to stay part of. Unfortunately, her bosses
don’t see things the same way.

THE KILLER ON THE WALL by Emma Kavanagh, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

The three villagers leaning up against Hadrian’s wall could have been
asleep, but even from a distance, 15-year-old Isla Bell knew they were dead.

THE EXILED by Kati Heikkapelto, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

Finnish police officer Anna Fekete returns to her home town in the former
Yugoslavia for a well-deserved summer holiday. But when her handbag and
passport are stolen, she realises that there are other deep-rooted reasons
why the Romany thief chose to target her.

KITTY PECK AND THE DAUGHTER OF SORROW, by Kate Griffin, reviewed by John

Kitty Peck has inherited Paradise, her grandmother’s sprawling criminal
empire in the Thames docklands. But the past casts a long shadow and she
must face a criminal cabal intent on her humiliation and destruction.

HUNTING THE HANGMAN by Howard Linskey, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

A few thousand soldiers from the defeated Czech army made their way to
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Czechoslovakia to undertake a special mission from which they are unlikely
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THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan, reviewed by Chris Roberts

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SHERLOCK HOMES AND THE NINE-DRAGON SIGIL by Tim Symonds, reviewed by Chris

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Taylor Dawson comes to Baltimore to work as an intern equine therapist, but
also to find her father, from whom she has been hidden by her mother since

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Commissario Brunetti is under strain at work and is sent away for a rest,
but then an old man he’s made friends with goes missing.

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to change the past and affect the present.

THE SHIMMERING ROAD by Hester Young, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Charlie Cates’ mother and sister have been murdered, leaving a legacy she
cannot ignore.

THE IRREGULAR by HB Lyle, reviewed by John Cleal

When a friend is murdered, Wiggins, once leader of Holmes’ Baker Street
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THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Alexandra Burt, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Dahlia came home to uncover the truth about her childhood, but wasn’t
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WHERE SHE WENT by BE Jones, reviewed by Linda Wilson

TV journalist Melanie Black wakes up in bed next to a man she doesn’t know.
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THREE DROPS OF BLOOD AND A CLOUD OF COCAINE by Quentin Mouron, reviewed by
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THE WOMEN OF BAKER STREET by Michelle Birkby, reviewed by John Cleal

Holmes’ landlady, Mrs Hudson, is in hospital, and thinks she sees a murder,
but cannot be sure. Dr Watson’s wife Mary investigates a number of missing
young boys. Gradually the two inquiries are drawn together and their lives
are put in danger.

PILL CITY by Kevin Deutsch, reviewed by Chris Roberts

The true story of two tech-savvy Baltimore 18-year-olds who created a dark
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THE DEATH HOUSE by Sarah Pinborough, reviewed by Linda Wilson

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CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber, reviewed by John Barnbrook

>From a young age, Scarlett has longed to go to Caraval, a magical event run
by the famous Master Legend. Scarlett wants her and her sister to escape
from her cruel father. Eventually she gets her wish but things do not
happen as she expects.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Just Talked To Sandi

Just talked to her for a little while and she says that she had a blood transfusion earlier today and is awaiting platelets tonight. That is way different than what I understood earlier today. None of the therapy folks showed up so she did not do any of that either that she thought was planned.

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Sandi Update --8/18/17

Scott and I just got home from seeing Sandi at the hospital. She is doing a little better as she is off oxygen support and breathing on her own. She was awake and more with it than the past several days as well. She still has the catheter in her and still is being monitored for any possible heart issue. She has been fever free so far today.

The x-rays came back with no sign of a break. She does have a dark area on her right ribcage indicating that she has a bruise. They do not believe that the bruise extends inward to her lung nor does it appear that her heart is bruised. All that is very good news. It also means that I did not make things worse for her trying to get her up off the floor. The bruise is causing her significant pain, but there is no sign that I did anything to make that worse or cause any other injury.

We also now know for sure that the shower I helped her take after the fall was not responsible for her fever and everything else since then. I was very worried I had not done something correctly with her port in trying to cover it from the water and had caused what she is going through now.

The tests have come back and she does have a major bacterial blood infection. It is worse than the last one. We don't know if this is the staph infection that was not completely defeated and came back with a vengeance or something new. There is a very good chance that not only has the infection spread to her major organs (which they believe they can stop and clear) it has also spread to her tri-fusion port. If that has happened --they are running tests for that--there is going to be a major problem as the port would have to be removed. It also would seem that such a situation would preclude trying to put another one into her until the infection was completely cleared.

While they run tests and try to decide what to do about that, they are running massive amounts of various antibiotics into her along with saline fluids and platelets. She probably is going to have a blood transfusion of multiple units over the weekend. They also hope to get her out of the bed at some point this afternoon and have her walk a little bit with the therapists.

So, at this point, clearly there are things to worry about, but I feel a little better about her situation. Seeing her awake and oriented was a major relief. She has clearly been through a lot since Tuesday evening, but I think she is doing a little bit better.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sandi This Evening--8/17/17

Nothing really new to report since this morning other than multiple rehab therapists have been in to talk to her--usually by waking her up first and then rushing through what they have to say while she is not awake enough to comprehend---and then leave her a bit confused as to their plans. Apparently, one of them went so far as to complain to one of her nurses about Sandi as he rushed off to leave for the day, so that nurse took it upon herself to come in and chew out Sandi without knowing the facts. Needless to say that did not go over well.

This summer there have been no end of problems at Medical City Dallas. Why--we don't know. They do seem overwhelmed with patients and short staffed so that may be part of it.

It seems their main focus right now--despite the fact she is still hooked up to all sorts of monitoring and pumping machines, running high fevers, and all the rest of it---is the  idea of sending her to rehab for an unspecified period of time  as soon as possible. While they are justifiably concerned about her falls and preventing them, we both are far more focused on what the infection is and how to get that damn thing cleared up.

And speaking of falls, I also fell here earlier this afternoon while in the garage. It was a spectacular one witnessed by no one. Nothing broken, but I am very sore. Hopefully, with five falls here between the two of us (I now have the lead 3-2) the HOUSE GODS are appeased and no more falls will be required. If more are required, I think we should have warning like they always did on Star Trek with the fight music so we would know what was coming ahead of time.

Sandi This Morning-- 8/17/17

Talked to her for a little while and she hurts and is not a happy camper. As expected, they put in the catheter and have done the x-rays of her chest and right side rib cage. She is also on some oxygen support though she does not think she needs it. She does. They also added heart monitoring equipment overnight due to her erratic heart rate. She does not want that either, but having seen her erratic heart rate happening yesterday for most of the day, I am very glad they did that. Antibiotics of various types continued overnight and are underway this morning. She continues to have a significant fever, but not quite as high as it was several times yesterday.

So, things are under control as best as they can be right now. She does not want us coming up there as she says that all she is doing is sleeping. She is also worried about me and what I went through the last couple of days. So, for now, I have agreed that we willl stay home and do some things here as we can.

Will update as I know more.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sandi Hospitalized

After a full day at Texas Oncology where they worked on her and did a lot, Sandi was hospitalized this evening. There are multiple issues at work and numerous tests are being done. All we really know at this point is that she has a very high fever, something infectious is doing very bad things, and there is a strong possibility she broke ribs on her right side when she fell here yesterday evening. So, it has been a bad day.