Friday, March 31, 2023

The Hard Word: SHOTGUN BLAST FROM THE PAST: ROBERT B. PARKER'S DOUBLE PLAY

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Lesa's Book Critiques: WINNERS AND WORLD WAR II FICTION

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Shadows Over Baker Street edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Shadows Over Baker Street edited by Michael Reaves...:   Reviewed by Jeanne This wonderful collection of short stories imagines the worlds of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft colliding to del...

Something Is Going To Happen: All the Ways We Have to Reach You (by Janet Hutchings)

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Beneath the Stains of Time: It's a Numbers Game: Q.E.D. vol. 23-24 by Motohiro Katou

Beneath the Stains of Time: It's a Numbers Game: Q.E.D. vol. 23-24 by Motohiro...: The first of two stories from Motohiro Katou 's Q.E.D. vol. 23, "The Liar," begins with Sou Touma arriving in Taiwan to meet...

Happiness Is A Book: FRIDAY’S FORGOTTEN BOOK: THE CAMBRIDGE MURDERS BY DILWYN REES

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Jerry's House of Everything: FORGOTTEN BOOK: THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH

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FFB Review: Time of Death by J. D. Robb

 

Time of Death by J.D. Robb is a novella collection featuring NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Unlike the Three in Death collection that was primarily straight forward, the strange and flat-out weird plays a bigger role in this read.

 

It opens with Eternity in Death. In late April 2060, Tiara Dent bought into his myth of living forever. Now she won’t see 24 as the young beautiful woman is a very dead celebrity. The two puncture wounds on the left side of her throat give some indication to how it happened.

 

Eve Dallas hates stiletto heels. She hates the dressing up to mingle and socialize party nonsense. But, when you are married to Roarke, a very rich man, you do what you have to do. That means being very dressed up and in attendance at the gathering hosted by Maxia Caryle. It was supposed to be a fun evening in Eternity in Death. Certainly not a murder scene. But, it is, and now there is a victim, one very bloody suspect, and many other folks that also have to be ruled considered as killers or witnesses. Now the real party can get started.

 

It is early spring in 2060 and the traditional ferries still sail across the water to the Statue of Liberty. One on those ferries, the Hillary Rodham Clinton, has a very bloody bathroom. No doubt the person that was in that bathroom is dead. Nobody could have survived that massive amount of blood loss. Yet, there is no body.  That person did not just get up and leave. It all means that Lieutenant Eve Dallas has a missing victim, a floating crime scene, and more than a few suspects in Missing in Death.

 

The three novellas in the Time of Death collection are all good ones. They push the boundaries of the strange a little bit, but all three end up being logically solved. As always, there are plenty of twists and turns as the reads move quickly to a resolution.

  


My reading copy came by way of the Libby/OverDrive App and the Dallas Public Library System.

 

Kevin R. Tipple ©2023

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Lesa's Book Critiques: LIBRARY BOOKS

 Lesa's Book Critiques: LIBRARY BOOKS

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Fair and Tender Ladies, Boy Who Talked to Dogs, Dollbaby, Librarian of Burned Books

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Fair and Tender Ladies, Boy Who Talked ...:   Reported by Garry   Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith. “I used to be a scandal myself. Now I am an institution.” Ivy Crow is a fire...

George Kelly: WEDNESDAY’S SHORT STORIES #118: DARK ORIGINS, VOLUME 1

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Bitter Tea and Mystery: Short Story Wednesday: "Birdie" by Lauren Groff

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Jerry's House of Everything: SHORT STORY WEDNESDAY: CLOONATURK

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Short Story Wednesday Review: Guilty Crime Story Magazine: Issue Six, Fall 2022


Guilty Crime Story Magazine: Issue Six, Fall 2022, opens with “Overnights at the Bumblebee Motel” by Michael Grimala.  Gordon has a driven a long way from Ohio to southern Louisiana in search of Hannah. He thinks the Bumblebee Motel might offer a clue or two in his search. He needs to find his sister.

Publisher and Editor Brandon Barrows is next with “One Last Ride.” Foley just wants to park his cab the night and go to bed. Dispatcher Hugh Spenser is a serious annoyance and he is not done with Foley yet. Instead, because the next driver is out sick, Foley has to keep working. He has to go to the airport on a nasty night and pick up a passenger named Thomas Bailey. Foley’s Bed, and his unhappy wife, are going to have to wait.

Steve Liskow’s short story, “Peepin’ and Hiddin’” is next where at least one of the neighbors is a real jerk. Unfortunately, he is teaching his own son the same bad ideas. Wes and Louie have fireworks, cherry bombs to be specific, and are perfectly willing to use them. It is July 1st, a drought is happening, and they have zero concern for others in their condo complex. That is going to change.

Dan Moore knows the kid is up to something in “You Wouldn’t Shoot Me” by Anderson Barnes. He tailed him from the buss and followed him off the bus at a stop in Roxbury. Every step they take sends Dan Moore deeper in a neighborhood he does not know and where it seems everyone is watching him.

He used to be a cop. Now, each evening, he sits in a bar and limits himself to five drinks. He plays an inner game with himself in “Some Sunny Day, Baby” by Joseph S. Walker and tries to figure out if this will be the night he goes for six. That is until a face from long ago, Anson Brancato, shows up and tells him of a problem and Carl Denham. Favors are owed and he owes Carl Denham.

“I’ll Scratch Yours” by Thomas Nicholson is next where our man is on a massage table having his bad shoulder and more worked on by an unseen masseuse. The department is paying and it should help him feel better. It might actually work if she did not talk so much. She has a lot to say.

The author, Mr. James, is meeting with a man known to some as Mr. John Wesley Hardin about an upcoming movie.  It is to be a western and he had some questions as Wyatt Earp, still living out in California, told him to get gone. Lonnie put the two together for his own reasons. Getting Mr. James to show up was just the first step in the plan in “The John Wesley Hardin Rag by Coy Hall.

The issue closes with the nonfiction piece, “The Jeff Davis 8: A True Crime Story” by. N. Fraley. It recounts the discovery of eight women in and around various bodies of water in Jennings, Louisiana. During the period between 2005 and 2009 the bodies of the women were found. All were sex workers who may have been killed by a serial killer. They may have been the victims of rogue police officers. We may never know as this piece explains.

As always, the stories in Guilty Crime Story Magazine: Issue Six, Fall 2022 are not happy reads. Like the tales in previous ones, these are not tales of people drinking tea, cats hanging out, or ones that make one content with the state of the world where one is sure all will work out. Far from it. Darkness, in a variety of ways, is probed in the tales that make up this issue. While this reader had his own favorites, all are solidly good reads.

 


My reading copy was a purchase of the eBook last October by way of funds in my Amazon Associate account. 

 

Kevin R. Tipple © 2023

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Hawaiian Noir: COVER REVEAL: SPLINTERED LOYALTY

 Hawaiian Noir: COVER REVEAL: SPLINTERED LOYALTY

The First Two Pages: “Backstory” by Charles John Harper

 The First Two Pages: “Backstory” by Charles John Harper

Lesa's Book Critiques: MURDER IN POSTSCRIPT BY MARY WINTERS

 Lesa's Book Critiques: MURDER IN POSTSCRIPT BY MARY WINTERS

LINDA K SIENKIEWICZ: WRITING MORALLY GREY CHARACTERS by Charles Salzberg

 LINDA K SIENKIEWICZ: WRITING MORALLY GREY CHARACTERS by Charles Salzberg

Dru's Book Musings New Releases: Coming soon ~ April 2023 Releases

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Beneath the Stains of Time: The Killing of Katie Steelstock (1980) by Michael Gilbert

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Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: 85 Calls for Submissions in April 2023 - Paying markets

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The Hard Word: "THE PERFECT FORM OF NOIR": AN INTERVIEW WITH BLACK IS THE NIGHT EDITOR MAXIM JAKUBOWSKI

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Review: Wayward Son: An Ed Runyon Mystery by Steve Goble

 

Picking up a few months after City Problems and shortly before the Covid outbreak in the United States, Ed Runyon is no longer a Mifflin County Sheriff’s Deputy. He has started Whiskey River Investigations and, as a private investigator, will focus on missing kids.  Missing kid cases are important to him and a major reason why he left New York.

Jimmy Zachman is missing. His parents, Tammy and Bob Zachman meet with Mr. Runyon and are doing everything they can to hold it together. The 15-year-old has been missing around 24 hours and they have no idea why he left. While they claim they have no idea, but Ed Runyon sees a couple of possible reasons right from the start. But, he is not there to discuss religion or politics. He is there to find their missing son.

The search for Jimmy will take him far from Jimmy’s home on Poplar Street in Ambletown, Ohio. It will involve technology, a chess app, and a lot more, in a complex case where nothing is as it seems.

As this the second book in the series that began with City Problems, it would be best to have read that book first. Not only do several of the recurring characters return here, time has passed, and some situations have changed a little bit. Additionally, events of the first book are referenced repeatedly and ultimately play a role here, so read in order. 

Wayward Son: An Ed Runyon Mystery is a good one. Like City Problems, the read is highly recommended.

 


My reading copy came from the Kleberg Rylie Branch of the Dallas Public Library System.


Kevin R. Tipple ©2023

Monday, March 27, 2023

Lesa's Book Critiques: THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN BY LACIE WALDON

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Hollywood Horrors: Murders, Scandals, and Cover-Ups from Tinseltown by Andrea Van Landingham

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Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: 51 Writing Contests in April 2023 - No entry fees

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Bitter Tea and Mystery: A Man and His Cat, Vol. 1-3

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In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday for 3/27/2023

 In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday for 3/27/2023

Markets & Jobs for Writers for 3/27/2023

 Markets & Jobs for Writers for 3/27/2023

Aubrey Nye Hamilton Reviews: Pesticide by Kim Hays


Kim Hays holds U.S. and Swiss dual citizenship and lives in Bern, Switzerland. After a wildly diverse career she turned to writing crime fiction. Pesticide (Seventh Street Books, 2022) is her first book about Inspector Giuliana Linder and her younger colleague Investigator Renzo Donatelli of the Bern police. It was shortlisted for the 2020 Debut Dagger award by the Crime Writers' Association. The second book in the series is scheduled for release in April 2023.

Linder is assigned the difficult task of looking into the death of a member of the public, possibly at the hands of a police officer during a street celebration that turned into a riot. The officer in question reported hitting the young man but not hard enough to cause fatal damage. Her first job is to identify the victim. While he was carrying cash, his identity papers are missing. In the meantime Donatelli is pulled into investigating the clear murder of Fran├žois Schwab, an elderly organic farmer outside Bern who was found in his barn drenched in the pesticide that he loathed. When their separate investigations reveal the two knew each other and that they had business dealings, Linder and her associates begin to believe the deaths are connected.

Linder’s husband Ueli is a journalist who keeps their home going in the face of her grueling work schedule and cares for their two children while fitting in his writing and research as he can. The understandable tensions this arrangement generates are clearly portrayed. Ueli has a dual role in the book, demonstrating the strain a police officer’s work exerts on home and family and carrying the secondary theme of the book, the issue of police brutality, which is examined from both sides. It is an ongoing source of concern within the Linder marriage.

Donatelli is unhappily married but adores his children. He makes no secret of his interest in the older Linder, who is committed to her marriage while finding Donatelli attractive. I am not a fan of crime fiction that is more romance than mystery but this push/pull is realistic and takes a back seat to the criminal search. Anyone who works with other people will recognize the potential for the situation.

This book is a very good procedural; I don’t understand why it has not received more attention, although Kirkus did give it a starred review. The plot is original, the setting is intriguing, and the characters are wonderful. Even the secondary characters are lifelike. The issue of police brutality is shown from both sides in a balanced and compassionate picture. The insight into the Swiss law enforcement system is fascinating. Highly recommended.

 

  

·         Publisher: Seventh Street Books (April 19, 2022)

·         Language: English

·         Paperback: 358 pages

·         ISBN-10: 1645060462

·         ISBN-13: 978-1645060468 

 

Aubrey Nye Hamilton ©2023 

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

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Dru's Book Musings New Releases: Coming Week of March 26, 2023

 Dru's Book Musings New Releases: Coming Week of March 26, 2023 

KRL This Week Update for 3/25/2023

Up on KRL this morning a review and giveaway of an Easter mystery, "Chocolate Bunny Betrayal" by Tonya Kappes https://kingsriverlife.com/03/25/chocolate-bunny-betrayal-by-tonya-kappes/

And a review and giveaway of "Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers" by Jesse Q Sutanto https://kingsriverlife.com/03/25/vera-wongs-unsolicited-advice-for-murderers-by-jesse-q-sutanto/

And a review and giveaway of "A Midsummer Night's Scheme" by Harper Kincaid along with a fun interview with Harper https://kingsriverlife.com/03/25/a-midsummers-night-scheme-by-harper-kincaid/

We also have a review of the latest Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie "The Cases of Mystery Lane" https://kingsriverlife.com/03/25/hallmark-movies-mysteries-the-cases-of-mystery-street/

And a mystery short story by Mary Jo Robertiello https://kingsriverlife.com/03/25/mystery-short-story-hit-and-run/

Up during the week we posted another special midweek guest post, this one by mystery author Michelle Corbier about researching the crimes and methods of murder in her books and about her latest book "Murder in Gemini" https://kingsriverlife.com/03/22/research-your-crimes/

Up on KRL News and Reviews this week we have a review and ebook giveaway of the limited release novella "Mystic Wedding Bell Blues" By Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens <https://www.krlnews.com/2023/03/limited-release-mystic-wedding-bell.htmlhttps://www.krlnews.com/2023/03/limited-release-mystic-wedding-bell.html

And a review and giveaway of "Star Tangled Murder" by Nancy Cohen https://www.krlnews.com/2023/03/star-tangled-murder-by-nancy-j-cohen.html

And a review and giveaway of "Priceless Betrayal" by VictoriaTait https://www.krlnews.com/2023/03/priceless-betrayal-by-victoria-tait.html

FYI KRL will not have an April 1 issue as I will be out of town.

Happy reading,
Lorie

Beneath the Stains of Time: The Hit List: Top 10 Favorite Reprints from Dean Street Press

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Lesa's Book Critiques: Yours Truly by James R. Hagerty

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The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers: 3-24-23

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Death by Smoothie by Laura Levine

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Scott's Take: Ghost Rider Vol 1: Unchained by Benjamin Percy


Ghost Rider Vol 1: Unchained by Benjamin Percy (the author of the current Wolverine series) is the newest Ghost Rider series with Johnny Blaze as the lead. We find Johnny currently living a happy life with his wife and kids in a quiet town. He is suffering from the after effects of a motorcycle accident. He suffered a head injury and is dealing with occasional hallucinations that cause him to see the people around him as monsters. As long-time readers know, his wife and kids are dead so something is clearly wrong.

The first part of the read is about Johnny trying to what is real and what is not. When he does, he then goes across the country fighting against the demons who have made rural America their hunting grounds while being hunted by the FBI.

This is a back-to-basics Ghost Rider volume which establishes how hard the Johnny Blaze life is and why the world needs the Ghost Rider. Since most superheroes are not nomadic, evil can build up in small towns that people don’t care about. In a way, he is Jack Reacher and cleaning up rural America one town at a time.

The art is really good and the monsters are suitable disgusting and horrific. The violent battles are bloody and full gore. There is a ton of death, body horror, and gruesome images. This is not for kids. This is a dark tale with strong horror themes. This series continues with the late April 2023 release of Ghost Rider Vol 2: Shadow Country. There are also two more miniseries that are supposed to be launching out of this series as well. This revitalization of Ghost Rider seems to be doing quite well. It’s nice to have Johnny back as a lead character again. 


My reading copy came via the Hoopla app of the Dallas Public Library System.

 

Scott A. Tipple ©2023

Friday, March 24, 2023

Writer Beware: Alert: Scammers Impersonating Video Streaming Services With Fake Job Offers

 Writer Beware: Alert: Scammers Impersonating Video Streaming Services With Fake Job Offers

Lesa's Book Critiques: WINNERS AND A HISTORICAL MYSTERY GIVEAWAY

 Lesa's Book Critiques: WINNERS AND A HISTORICAL MYSTERY GIVEAWAY

A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: PREORDER A ROMANCE!

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The Hard Word: YOUNG MAN WITH A STAR: A REVIEW OF BLOOD ON THE TRAIL BY TERRENCE MCCAULEY

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Jerry's House of Everything: FORGOTTEN BOOK: A STREAK OF LIGHT

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Happiness Is A Book: FRIDAY’S FORGOTTEN BOOK: CRIME IN CORN-WEATHER BY MARY MEIGS ATWATER

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

In Reference To Murder: Mystery Melange for 3/23/2023

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Something Is Going To Happen: Expecting the (Un)expected (by Janet Hutchings)

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Austin Mystery Writers: In Conversation with John M. Floyd: Short Stories, Long Walks and Words on the Page

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Lesa's Book Critiques: WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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Review: An Evil Heart: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo


An Evil Heart: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo opens just a few days before Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is to be wed to John Tomasetti. Fall has come to the Amish country side Surrounding Painters Mill, Ohio, and the land is pretty as the trees take on their fall colors. Kate’s on the wedding is soon destroyed as she has a case to work. What might have been a simple hit and run is instead a murder. Not just a murder, but a brutal and savage execution.

 

Aden Karn is the victim of being shot twice by a crossbow. A bolt was fired into his abdomen a couple of inches above his navel. Then, with the twenty-year-old man gravely wounded, the shooter manually pushed the bolt through his body and out his back. That freed bolt was retrieved, and then is forced deep into his mouth before being fired again through the back of the throat and back of his head. The person who did this wanted to inflict a lot of pain and terror to kill in such a brutal way.

 

Aden Karn initially seems to have been a great guy. But, nobody’s perfect. As Chief Burkholder and her team work the case, it becomes clear that Karn was hiding a lot of dark things. Plenty of folks had a reason to kill him. Isolating who did it gets increasingly complicated and more difficult in An Evil Heart: A Novel.

 

After the events of The Hidden One took Kate Burkholder away from home, An Evil Heart keeps her local and makes the tale stronger thanks to the inclusion of the usual secondary characters. All the regulars are fully involved in this brutal and violent case. The latest in this long running series as a complicated and detailed read that works on all levels. Well worth your time, it is nice to have Burkholder and the gang back together in the powerfully good, An Evil Heart: A Novel by Linda Castillo.

 


My reading copy came by way of an ARC by way of NetGalley. The currently scheduled release date is July 11th.

 

Kevin R. Tipple ©2023

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Lesa's Book Critiques: ONE UPON A TOME BY OLIVER DARKSHIRE

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Beneath the Stains of Time: Window of Opportunity: "The Riddle of the Brass Band" (1934) by Stuart Palmer

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Her Story A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America by Charlotte S. Waisman and Jill S. Tietjen Who Changed Amer...

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Bitter Tea and Mystery: Short Story Wednesday: More Stories from Alice Munro

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George Kelly: WEDNESDAY’S SHORT STORIES #117: THE WILD ADVENTURES OF CTHULHU By Will Murray

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Jerry's House of Everything: SHORT STORY WEDNESDAY: THE HAUNTED ORGANIST OF HURLY BURLY

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Patti Abbott: "Blue Skies" Erin McGraw

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Short Story Wednesday Review: This Old Star by Wayne D. Dundee


While this no longer seems to be available, I can remind you of the read in case you already have it in your TBR pile thanks to the magnificently massive archive here at Casa Tipple and Home Eatery Library.

 

The concept of duty or responsibility is often a major part of the western world as envisioned by Wayne D. Dundee and that is certainly the case here in This Old Star. For more years than he cares to count Jeb Stander was the sheriff of Flatrock Crossing, Nebraska. He isn’t the sheriff these days, but he still feels a duty to help out when the posse is out chasing Shake Whitley.

 

There was a jail break and bank robbery back in town and several of the good people of Flatrock Crossing joined up with the current sheriff, Ben Tembow, to give chase. Shake Whitley is a crafty devil which is why the law has been chasing him for one thing or another the last dozen years. The posse has been hard at work the last two days and don’t seem to getting anywhere. The weather has been nasty with rain and snow with no sign of the fugitive and the rest of the posse is just waiting for a reason to call it quits. Jeb offers to help and though Ben may not be thrilled with the prospect he isn’t about to publicly say no.

 

What follows is a complex story involving duty and responsibility in This Old Star. Like other very good westerns by this author, along with plenty of action there is an undercurrent about serious issues of the time that are just as valid today. Characters of complexity populate this author’s work where a single action may have multiple meanings. The 2010 Peacemaker Award winning short story recently released in e-book form, This Old Star is another very good one. 

 

Material was picked up to read and review using funds in my Amazon Associate account. 

 

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015, 2023

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

The First Two Pages: “First You Dream, Then You Die” by Donna Moore

 The First Two Pages: “First You Dream, Then You Die” by Donna Moore

Lesa's Book Critiques: SANDIE HERRON, RIP

 Lesa's Book Critiques: SANDIE HERRON, RIP

SleuthSayers: First we had Malice in Dallas. Now, things are Reckless in Texas by Barb Goffman

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Review: Hide: A Detective Harriet Foster Thriller by Tracy Clark

 

Hide: A Detective Harriet Foster Thriller by Tracy Clark is the first book in a new police procedural series. It introduces a wide-ranging cast of characters and establishes a ground floor for what one can expect going forward. The solidly good book revolves around Detective Harriet Foster who has been through quite a lot in the last few months and years.

 

A black woman in a heavily male dominated environment, she brings a lot of baggage to her new posting in Chicago. Others have expectations who she is and those expectations may or may not be accurate.   Word of what happened just a few weeks ago has made it to her new boss and colleagues at CPD’s District One. Her new partner, Jim Lonergan, appears to be your classic old school, non-politically correct cop straight out of Hollywood casting. Like the old rickety desk she is assigned, he is not fixable, so the two clash almost from the second they lay eyes on each other. Things are wrong from almost the get go, but that does not matter as they have a body this Monday morning.

 

It is also going to be a very high-profile case as the body was dumped on the Riverwalk. Part of the nearby legendary, Magnificent Mile, the body has a lot of witnesses. Many of those same witnesses have thoughts about how quickly police responded to the scene as Lonergan and Foster arrive to work the case. The murder and subsequent dumping of the body in a very public place means the pressure is on from all sides to solve the case.

 

It also won’t be the last body with the same signature style.

 

What follows is a complex and very enjoyable read. Marketed as a thriller, it comes across to this reader as a police procedural. Regardless of the marketing label, Foster, as well as nearly everyone in the read, are complex. The focus is on Foster, but the secondary characters get extensive details about themselves as well. None of the characters are simple as even Jim Lonergan is a bit more complex than it first appears.

 

Then there is the complexity of the case as the read shifts to follow other characters besides Harriet Foster. Plenty of action, misdirection, and a hunt for a killer drive Hide: A Detective Harriet Foster Thriller forward at a steady pace. The very good read is well worth your time.


The second book in the series, Fall, is currently scheduled to come out on December 5th.


Make sure you check out Lesa Holstine’s far more detailed review from last December on her site here


 

My paperback reading copy came from the Park Forest Branch of the Dallas Public Library System.

 

Kevin R. Tipple ©2023

Monday, March 20, 2023

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Aubrey Nye Hamilton Reviews: The Red Pole of Macau by Ian Hamilton


Ian Hamilton is a Canadian journalist turned mystery writer. He has published three books in his Uncle Chow Tung series and 15 books about Ava Lee, a Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant who deploys her martial arts skills far more often than most accountants do. Ava Lee first appeared in The Water Rat of Wanchai, which won the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The fourth book about Ava Lee is The Red Pole of Macau (Picador Paper, 2013), which plunges Ava into family drama. Her father has been married three times, has children from each marriage, and maintains a relationship with all three wives while keeping the children apart. The fact that the three families live on different continents helps the separation. Thus Ava has never met her half-brother Michael until her father solicits her assistance in pulling Michael and his business partner out of a real estate deal that has gone sideways. The money they pledged was backed by her father and its loss would cause disruption to the financial equilibrium of all three families, so Ava Lee has a personal stake in the outcome.

She flies to Hong Kong to meet Michael and his partner Simon, then they go to gambling haven Macau to meet the real estate consortium organizers, who react negatively to the request for the return of Michael’s investment. They express their displeasure and show their true colors by kidnapping Simon and demanding a ransom. Ava Lee draws on all of her local resources to locate Simon and retrieve him safely, while tracing the consortium’s finances, which seem to have Triad connections, in order to extract the family’s money with her hacking skills.

Slickly executed and well plotted with relentless action, this story is an absorbing piece of escapism. Ava Lee is too good to be real but she is fun to watch. It reminds me of the Kill Bill films with its focus on Asian themes and martial arts but the violence is not as extreme. The nonchalance with which these people undertake international travel is staggering to me; they globetrot the way I visit a grocery. For fans of crime fiction with strong female leads and of international thrillers.


 

·         Publisher: Picador Paper; Reprint edition (December 31, 2013)

·         Language: English

·         Paperback: 334 pages

·         ISBN-10: 9781250032317

·         ISBN-13: 978-1250032317

 

Aubrey Nye Hamilton ©2023

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

Sunday, March 19, 2023

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KRL This Week Update For 3/18/2023

Up on KRL this morning a review and giveaway of "Good Dog, Bad Cop" by David Rosenfelt https://kingsriverlife.com/03/18/good-dog-bad-cop-by-david-rosenfelt/ 

And a review and giveaway of "Standing Dead" by Margaret Mizushima along with an interesting guest post by Margaret about a dog's sense of smell https://kingsriverlife.com/03/18/standing-dead-by-margaret-mizushima/

 

We also have reviews and ebook giveaways of the first 3 On Pointe Mysteries by Lori Robbins along with an interesting interview with Lori https://kingsriverlife.com/03/18/on-point-mysteries-by-lori-robbins/

 

And the latest Queer Mystery Coming Attractions from Matt Lubbers-Moore https://kingsriverlife.com/03/18/queer-mystery-coming-attractions-april-2023/

 

Up during the week we posted another special midweek guest post, this one by mystery author and comedian Ian Moore about writing his comedic mystery "Death and Croissants" and about location in mysteries https://kingsriverlife.com/03/15/around-the-world-in-80-detectives/

 

Up on KRL News and Reviews this week we have a review and giveaway of "Wolf Bog" by Leslie Wheeler https://www.krlnews.com/2023/03/wolf-bog-by-leslie-wheeler.html

 

And a review and ebook giveaway of "Fishing Badge Murder" by Leslie Langtry, published by Gemma Halliday https://www.krlnews.com/2023/03/limited-release-fishing-badge-murder.html


Happy reading,
Lorie

Scott's Take: Nightwing Vol 2: Get Grayson by Tom Taylor


Nightwing Vol 2: Get Grayson by Tom Taylor is technically the third volume because there is an unnumbered volume that collects the Fear State tie ins along with some other miscellaneous other stories. I reviewed the first volume,  Nightwing Vol 1: Leaping Into The Light, but not the Fear State tie ins. This volume collects 4 issues of Nightwing and one issue of Superman. The same crossover that is in Superman: Son of Kal-el Volume 2 that I reviewed previously is reprinted here again in its entirety.

 

In Nightwing Vol 2: Get Grayson, Blockbuster puts out a hit on Dick Grayson, Nightwing, because Dick Grayson publicly said he was going to use his money to help the people of the city have a better life. For scum like Blockbuster, he needs people to suffer for him to make money. Grayson’s plan simply can’t happen. So, he puts a hit on Dick Grayson. Luckily, Batgirl discovers the problem, and alerts Nightwing as well as the entire team of Titans. This result in Nightwing teaming up with various heroes, Raven, the Flash (Wally), and others, throughout this tale as he resolves his assassin problem.

 

While the assassins are a major threat for Nightwing, as soon as his friends show up, the read becomes more comedic in nature. While several of these trained killers are the world’s best assassins, facing off with people with actual superhero powers and not just skills, is beyond their capabilities. Such as the genius who decides to headbutt Superman. Then there are the folks who decide to shoot ordinary guns at The Flash. These brilliant folks shoot at him even though they are aware that The Flash has super speed.

 

The art is excellent and Nightwing Vol 2: Get Grayson is a fun volume even if it is a rather short one. I am looking forward to the third volume when they do finally release it. There is also a new series that will tie into that third volume by this author which will see the Titans being the premier superhero team in the DC Universe as the Justice League has disbanded after various deaths and resurrections. Can Nightwing and friends step up to the plate as Earth’s defenders?


 

My reading copy came from the North Oak Cliff Branch of the Dallas Public Library System.

 

Scott A. Tipple ©2023