Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Web Writer Spotlight: New York Judge Says Embedded Tweets Violate Copyrights by Alexis Davis

The Web Writer Spotlight: New York Judge Says Embedded Tweets Violate Copyrights by Alexis Davis  

Gravetapping: "Brothers" by Ed Gorman and Richard Chizmar

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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KRL This Week Update for 2/17/18

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of "Fifth Night" by Kathi Daley

And a review & giveaway of "Clairvoyant and Present Danger" by Lena Gregory, along with an interesting with Lena

Also a review & giveaway of "Baker's Deadly Dozen" by Livia J Washburn

And a review & giveaway of "Death Below the Stairs" by Jennifer Ashley

We also have a review & giveaway of "Class Reunions Are Murder" by Libby Klein

And a review and giveaway "Better Dead" by Pamela Kopfler

We also have a mystery short story by Gary R. Hoffman

And up on KRL News & Reviews today a review & giveaway of "An Eye for an Eye" by Caroline Fardig and a bit from Caroline about what it's like switching back and forth between cozies and suspense

And a review & giveaway of "Aria to Death" by Nupur Tustin
Happy reading,

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Jacob's First Visit

Pouring rain here....which fits my mood. It was 11 weeks ago yesterday....I miss her so much. The picture below came up today on the --on this day--deal over on Facebook. It was a year ago today that our grandson, Jacob Ryan Tipple, came for his first visit.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Crime Watch: Review: TEQUILA BLUE

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FFB Review: PATTERN FOR PANIC by Richard S. Prather (Reviewed by Barry Ergang)

Barry’s review previously appeared on FFB on October 26, 2007 back when the blog was relatively new and nobody knew I existed. It seemed fitting to run the review again today.  Make sure you check out the list over at Todd Mason's blog as you make your weekend plans. Whether you are reading to relax or as research in order to get away with the crime, there are plenty of good books suggested to you each week.

PATTERN FOR PANIC (Fawcett, 1954) by Richard S. Prather

Prather's thirteenth novel, and the twelfth in the Shell Scott series, Pattern for Panic was first published in 1954 and "specially revised by the author" in 1961. The latter is the version I just reread for the first time in roughly forty years—a nostalgic revisit to the work of a writer I've long enjoyed, and who passed away on February 16, 2007.

 L.A. private eye Shell Scott is summoned to Mexico by his old friend Amador Montalba with the promise of a high-paying job of considerable urgency. The much younger, somewhat round-heeled wife of prominent General Lopez is being blackmailed, the blackmailer having obtained an incriminating film of one of her trysts he's threatened to make known to her husband. General Lopez is well-known in the U.S. as well as Mexico for his anti-Communist efforts.

Not long after Scott arrives, he meets Dr. Jerrold Buffington, his lovely daughter Susan (better known as Buff), and their beautiful friend Monique Durand. Dr. Buffington is in Mexico to address a meeting of the International Legion for Peace.

Buffington is a research scientist seeking an anti-polio vaccine more effective than Salk's, his wife having died from the disease despite three injections of the Salk formula. One of his experiments resulted in a deadly serum which, if it fell into the wrong hands, could become a potent biochemical weapon. A pacifist, Buffington destroyed the serum and all of his notes pertaining to it to prevent anyone from obtaining it.

Scott's pleasant evening of drinks and dinner with Buffington and the ladies is abruptly curtailed when a man unknown to any of them offers to buy Buff a drink. She declines, he persists, and Scott tells him to go away. This doesn't sit well with the man, and he invites Scott outside to settle it. The two get into a brawl, and suddenly the police appear, pummel Scott, and drag him off to jail—but not before he knocks out the front teeth of Captain of Police Emilio who, as you might imagine, is a man who holds a grudge.

Amador, however, prevails on Señora Lopez to bail out Scott. This she does, and Scott soon after begins his quest to recover the incriminating film before General Lopez has a chance to see it. This requires him to gain entry to a fancy whorehouse where the screening will take place, and to snatch the film off the projector in the presence of the general and his associates without being identified.

The mission accomplished, Scott delivers the film to Señora Lopez. He's concerned about the welfare of Dr. Buffington, his daughter, and Monique, but has trouble resisting the allure of the seductive señora. His resistance returns tenfold when General Lopez comes home unexpectedly early.

Matters quickly become more complicated when Scott can't locate either Dr. Buffington or his daughter, and it soon becomes obvious they've been kidnapped by Communists led by the mysterious, rather fabled Culebra. His motive is equally obvious. Dr. Buffington may have destroyed the notes for the unintentional biochemical weapon, but he knows how to reproduce it.

Scott sets out to save them, encountering a multiplicity of surprises, obstacles, and a dose of the nightmare chemical. Along the way, he realizes the situation concerning General Lopez and the one concerning the Buffingtons have converged.

A thriller rather than a whodunit—though Prather has written more than a few of the latter—Pattern for Panic reflects the prevalent anti-Communist attitude common to many a mystery writer of the 1950s (think Mickey Spillane in One Lonely Night). The Communist villains were portrayed as not only cunning, crafty, and conspiratorial, but also as slavering sadists. The pacifistic Dr. Buffington is portrayed as idealistically naïve. Scott, unsurprisingly, is virulent in his hatred for Communism.

It's not a vintage Shell Scott novel on the order of, say, Strip for Murder or Dance With the Dead, but Pattern for Panic contains a few moments of the racy, sometimes wacky, humor the series is famous for, along with a rapid-fire pace and plenty of action. I had completely forgotten the storyline, so my nostalgic visit was akin to reading the book for the first time. Taken on its own terms, it was an entertaining (re)read.

For more on the Golden Age of Detection as well as this novel which features a rather interesting cover, be sure to follow the link


Barry Ergang © 2007, 2018

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

New issue of Crime Review

We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (, together with a top industry interview. This time
it’s author LC Tyler in the Countdown hot seat:

We’re on Twitter at:
Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK
Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer
Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia

This week’s reviews are:

LINE OF FIRE by Andy McNab, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Nick Stone is operating on home soil for a change. He has to find a woman,
snatch her and deliver her to the shadowy operator he knows as the Owl.

INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Nel Abbot has gone where all the troublesome women have, for hundreds of
years – into the water. But what drove her and a teenage girl to take their
lives in a place where witches were drowned?

3 MINUTES by Roslund and Hellstrom, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Former government agent Piet Hoffman is on the run from his old life in
Sweden. Now he tries to survive as an infiltrator of the Colombian mafia on
which he also informs for the Americans. Then things get terribly

THE CUBAN AFFAIR by Nelson DeMille, reviewed by John Cleal
Afghan combat veteran Daniel ‘Mac’ MacCormick, now a charter boat captain,
refuses a fishing trip to Cuba, but reconsiders when offered a small
fortune and sets sail on his most dangerous cruise.

BURIED LIES by Kristina Ohlsson, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Stockholm lawyer Martin Benner is visited by the brother of a woman accused
of five murders, now dead, insisting that the case against her was flawed.

MY NAME IS NOBODY by Matthew Richardson, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Solomon Vine, a highly rated MI6 officer, is suspended when a prisoner whom
he is interrogating is shot. However, his suspension proves useful when the
Head of Station in Istanbul is abducted and an unofficial investigation is

THE DEATHWATCH JOURNAL (audionbook) by Ian Rankin, reviewed by Linda Wilson
A man awaits death in Edinburgh’s Saughton Prison, but the guard who is
tasked with keeping the death watch with him is not convinced of his guilt.

RUSTY PUPPY by Joe R Lansdale, reviewed by John Cleal
Hap and Leonard investigate the murder of a young black man and uncover the
dirty underbelly of a town.

THE LAKE by Lotte and Søren Hammer, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
The remains of a young woman, tied to a stone, are discovered in a lake in
the Danish countryside. After fruitless investigation by the local police,
the case finds its way to the Copenhagen Homicide Department.

DEAD IN THE DARK by Stephen Booth, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Ten years ago, Reece Bower’s wife went missing and he was in the frame for
murder. Now he’s the one the police are looking for and it’s his new wife
who wants him found.

THE MOUNTAIN by Luca D’Andrea, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Surviving the crash that he believes was his fault is just the start of
Jeremiah Salenger’s nightmares.

GOING DOWN SLOW by John Harvey, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Seven short stories featuring the creations of John Harvey, including
private eye Jack Kiley and detective Charlie Resnick.

MARKED TO DIE by Sarah Hawkswood, reviewed by John Cleal
A mysterious archer leaves a string of corpses in his wake as he leads
attacks on the salt road from (Droit)Wich. When a local lord falls victim,
the Sheriff of Worcester dispatches Hugh Bradecote and Serjeant Catchpoll
to put a stop to the attacks.

THE PRIME OF MS DOLLY GREENE by EV Harte, reviewed by Anthea Hawdon
A missing woman, a body in the river and dangerous dealings next door.
Dolly Greene, tarot reader, must use her people skills and sixth sense to
make sense of the puzzle.

THE END OF THE WEB by George Sims, reviewed by John Cleal
When a philandering, middle-aged antiques dealer is found dead next to the
body of a beautiful younger girl, his widow asks ex-detective Ed Buchanan,
a family friend, to investigate.

BLED DRY by Abdelilah Hamdouchi, reviewed by Chris Roberts
When a young Casablanca couple are found butchered, detective Hanash is
under pressure to get quick results, if only to protect himself.

DEADLY ALIBI by Leigh Russell, reviewed by Kate Balfour
An apparently inoffensive woman is murdered and DI Geraldine Steel’s
colleagues all believe that they have found the murderer. Then the person
giving him a strong alibi is also found murdered. Geraldine’s instincts
tell her that they have got the wrong man.

THE BOOK OF DUST by Philip Pullman, reviewed by John Barnbrook
Life is pleasant and uneventful for Malcolm Polstead until, by chance, he
becomes embroiled in a power struggle between the competing worlds of
religion, politics and academic study. He also becomes inextricably linked
to a baby called Lyra.

WALDEN OF BERMONDSEY by Peter Murphy, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Resident judge Charlie Walden relates several tales featuring life in
Bermondsey Crown Court, both in the courtroom and behind the scenes.

A SKINFUL OF SHADOWS by Frances Hardinge, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Twelve-year-old Makepeace is caught up in both a civil war and a war for
possession of her own mind, and finds friends and allies in the most
unlikely places.

Best wishes


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Review: Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue One Edited by John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe

Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue One opens with a note from editors John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe stating that their magazine will focus on mystery short stories. In addition to publishing the occasional classic piece from decades ago, they will publish quality mystery stories regardless of the niche the story fits in the genre. In short, this is a magazine designed to appeal to all mystery readers. That goal is easily met in the first issue.

“Getting away” by Alan Orloff starts the issue off. Eddie “Light Touch” Elkins needs a new identity and he now has one thanks to his new passport. The forgery looks perfect. Good thing the guy at Lloyd Birnbaum Travel knew who to hook him up with so that he could make a clean getaway. For the guy at the travel agency, having a side business is important, as the internet has pretty much killed the travel industry. Why use a travel agent when you can make all the arrangements yourself?

Back in the day kids were respectful when they walked through the neighborhood. Those days are long gone in “Fairy Tales” by Art Taylor. In the here and now, William Washington is fed up and getting closer and closer to taking back his neighborhood.  

At 92 Uncle Eb tends to tell the same several stories over and over including the one about he meet Aunt Flo. It is part of his routine at the Choctaw Nursing Home. So too is the Wednesday visit with his nephew, the sheriff of Lamar County. This Wednesday he is running a bit behind due to a murder. He has a tale for his uncle and his Aunt in “Eb and Flo” by Josh Pachter.

Her cat, Sammy, is missing as the “Crazy Cat lady” by Barb Goffman begins. The horror and suspense author, Zephyr, is sure somebody has been in the house. Zephyr is a bit spooked, but as she looks around she begins to think her worry was for nothing as Sammy is fine though he does not seem pleased. He might have a good reason.

She is looking forward to seeing Benedict again. The rendezvous is set for thirty minutes from now. Her only obstacle is how to get away from her husband so she can do what she yearns to do in “A Pie To Die For” by Meg Opperman.

Albert Poe loves introducing new attractions to visitors at the world famous wax museum. The latest unveiling in 1888 goes spectacularly wrong in “Murder At Madame Tussauds” by Dan Andriacco. The new figure was supposed to be a wax impression of Ormond Struthers known to one and all as the “Grosvenor Square Ghoul” with wax impressions of some of the heads he had severed. The latest addition looks all too real because it is. Time to contact Scotland Yard. They will need help and that is where the ‘Count of Conjuring” and his assistant will step in whether they are wanted or not.

Katie Harrison is in big trouble as “Rooster Creek” by John M. Floyd begins. As long as she can balance on the chair with that rope around her neck and up into the tree she will be okay. How she got to this position in the month since she stepped of the stagecoach in Perdition is the focus of this highly entertaining western tale.

Her name is Marilyn Baker. She is a bank teller at First American Union. She is unforgettable in “Don’t Bank On It” by Jack Halliday. Good thing he is a private investigator.

Every town has that notorious motel where business is done in hourly increments.   In “Dixie Quickies” by Michael Bracken, the Dixie Motel located on the outskirts of Chicken Junction is one such place. The twelve rooms are the site of quite few romantic encounters. The most recent encounter did not result in a happy ending for one guy as he is very much dead in his room. His death and the repercussions of that are going to become a bigger and bigger problem in this steadily expanding tale.

Kaye George is up next with her tale, “Flight To The Flirty Flamingo.” In this case, the main setting is not a motel, but a strip club known as “The Flirty Flamingo.” Fin runs the place and treats the talent right and makes sure the customers do too. Jodie Vive is in trouble and on the run for good reason. Whether Fin can help with a problem that big is the real question.

“The Italian Tile Mystery” by James Holliday was originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in September 1961 and is republished as the next story in this first issue of Black Cat Mystery Magazine. It is a drab wintery day with the rain coming down in Positano. The dampness penetrates everything in the village on the cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea. That penetrating dampness invades the guests of Savoia Hotel. Several of the guests are huddled in their sweaters before the fire while being intrigued by a certain table and the tiles across its top. The table was created by Lemuel v. Bishop. He was an American who lived in Italy most of his life. During those last months as he battled illness he lived at the hotel and created the table. The table holds a secret that several guests, including two mystery authors, are determined to figure out.

“Beside A Flowering Wall” by Fletcher Flora comes next. This short story was originally published in April 1968 in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Ruth has a sterile stale life of regimen. She lives this certain way in order to hold things together. That is until Pat Brady calls and intrudes into her life once again.

“The ABC’s Of Murder” by Josh Pachter winds up the first issue. Every letter of the alphabet has its own special mystery related designation in this poem dedicated to all things murder and crime related.

Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue One is a broad spectrum mystery magazine filled with good stories. Built off of classic tales as well as modern ones, the reads here all meet the editors stated intention of ignoring niches and being open to all types of tales. This is a magazine designed to appeal to a broad swath of mystery readers and does so with ease. Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue One is also a good one.

Black Cat Mystery Magazine: Issue One
Editors John Gregory Betancourt and Carla Coupe
Wildside Press
September 2017
eBook (also available in print)
152 Pages

Material was purchased to read and review back in December 2017 by way of funds in my Amazon Associate account.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Only days left to win books by Charles Todd, Kathi Daley, Sheila Connolly & MANY more from KRL

Only days left to win a copy of "The Valentine Mystery" by Kathi Daley

And to win copies of 5 food mysteries & one wedding mystery for your Valentine's Day reading-"Biscuits and Slashed Browns" by Maddie Day, "Curses, Boiled Again!" by Shari Randall, "Murder Borrowed, Murder Blue" by Stephanie Blackmoore, "Scone Cold Killer" by Lena Gregory (the giveaway for this one only is EBOOK), "Survival of the Fritters" by Ginger Bolton, and "Dial M for Mousse" by Laura Bradford

Also to win a copy of "Another One Bites the Crust" by Ellie Alexander, & while there check out a Valentine's Day Food Guest post and recipe by Ellie

And to win a copy of "Say No Moor" by Maddy Hunter & while there check out a fun Valentine's Day travel guest post by Maddy

And to win a copy of "Many a Twist" by Sheila Connolly & while there check out an interesting interview with Sheila

And on KRL News & Reviews, only days left to win a copy of "The Masque of the Red Dress" by Ellen Byerrum

And to win a copy of "The Gate Keeper" by Charles Todd
Happy Valentine's Day!

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Review: The Hairy Potter And Other Al Quinn Mystery Stories by Russ Hall

The Hairy Potter And Other Al Quinn Mystery Stories opens with the signature tale, “The Hairy Potter.” Retired Detective Al Quinn, his brother Maury, and their girlfriends, Fergie and Bonnie, are out in the dark Texas night on a reconnaissance mission. They are trying to sneak onto a property undetected to swipe some possible evidence from a dumpster outside a barn near a certain house. Hopefully, the pottery shards they have recovered will prove their theory.

With Fergie behind the wheel, the driving should be fairly safe and Maury and Bonnie are in the back seat not paying attention to anything but each other. That is until a minivan nearly takes them out in “It’s Raining Money.” The near crash gets everyone to notice the fact there are numerous hundred dollar bills scattered along the rural roadside. Whether it came from the reckless minivan is yet to be determined.

Brethel was right when he said his niece, Verlina, was clearly “The Reluctant Bride.” She obviously does not want to be there the church. The rest of her family also appears to they would much rather not be there including the patriarch, Skeld Hanson. Like the bride, Al Quinn knows the groom, Joey Canfield, as well and thinks that the kid is a decent sort. Something seems to be up with the sudden marriage deal, but the obvious possibilities are easily ruled out.

Maury is sure there is a certain cheater at work in the county’s half marathon for seniors as he has won the past three years in a row. Maury beat him all the time when they were kids decades ago and plans to do it again in “Not To The Swiftest.” Maury wants to do it all on his own and prove Mark Shiner is cheating, but it won’t be long before Al and the others are also involved.

When Al retired, he planned to spend a lot of time out fishing from his boat on the waters of Lake Travis. Life has not, for the most part, has not worked out that way. Al is finally on his boat as “The Last First Time” begins. He zooms around Windy Point and then shuts the boat down so that he can drift into the wide cove where he had been fishing the day before. Thanks to the ongoing drought across all of central Texas, the water line has dropped a little lower and he can easily see the lip of the rusty metal barrel in the lake. He’s surer now that he needs to call his old boss, Sheriff Clayton, and get some help out there to him on Lake Travis. After all, bones in a barrel that was dumped however long ago into the lake is going to be a problem since most likely those bones are human in origin.

Maury got roped into performing some sort of magic deal at the local community theater. The talent show is intended to be a charity fundraiser. Because Maury is involved, he got Bonnie into the deal as part of the act in “Magical Me.” Al is going to be forced to not only watch the rehearsal, but the actual live event.

“Gone Fishing” find Al back on the water though he is not alone as he would prefer. Instead, he is out in the boat with Fergie. It isn’t long before he realizes she is out there only because she wants to talk. The daughter of her best friend is a bind and Fergie wants Al’s help. So much for a relaxing day of fishing.

The day is heating right on up as it does in Texas as “The Troll under The Bridge” begins. Al is working in solitude on his boat while his dog, Tanner, sleeps out on the dock. They are alone until Fergie comes down to the path escorting a stranger. Roy Coddles is his name and wants Al’s help as he claims to have been threatened. Or at least someone in his family has been threatened as an unknown person or persons sent him a message stating that within five days a family member will be dead. Somebody is upset with him and possibly for good reason.

Fergie and Al are out on the lake fishing when Sheriff Clayton calls Al. He needs the retired detective’s help with a problem as somebody is stealing dogs from their owners. The dog owners are upset, it is an election year, the current crop of detectives can’t figure it out, and Sherriff Clayton desperately needs Al’s help. Al has some ideas how to investigate the situation even if he isn’t thrilled with his latest unpaid project in “Dog Ninja.”

Al’s brother, Maury, got around a lot back in the day with many different women. While he is faithful to Bonnie and has been for quite some time, his past is a touchy issue. One of those past situations may have created a son. In “Tomorrow Becomes Your Yesterday” he attempts to answer that question and a few others with Al’s help.

It is early fall in “The Mole People” and Al, Maury, and Al’s dog, tanner are walking through the woods on the edge of Al’s property. That is until they notice something strange going in next door. On its own, what they saw doesn’t mean much. But, other things are going on in the woods and Fergie has noticed.

Maury and Bonnie were supposed to get married, but that plan is in real jeopardy as “The Angry Bride” begins. She left in a fit of rage and hasn’t come back. A phone call from an old girlfriend, who may be a bit crazy, started the issue and things are going downhill.

Al also has girlfriend trouble in the following tale, “A Special Kind Of Hell.” Al woke up to find Tanner making strange sounds and Fergie and her stuff gone. She’s gone and he has no idea why. He needs to find her and find out why she suddenly left.

Using the characters from the novels that began with To Hell And Gone In Texas  author Russ Hall has created an entertaining collection of mystery short stories. Plenty of action, humor, and cases that often border the strange can be found in these thirteen tales. Present too are all the characters that readers know and love. For those new to the books, these short stories are a great introduction. For those of us already familiar with the full length novels, The Hairy Potter And Other Al Quinn Mystery Stories is a tasty treat as we await the next Al Quinn novel.

The Hairy Potter And Other Al Quinn Mystery Stories
Russ Hall
Renegade Rhino Press
May 2017
eBook (also available in print)
250 Pages

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

Kevin R. Tipple ©2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Bill Crider Has Passed

We knew this was coming.....and it has horribly happened. Bill's brother, Cox Robert Crider, has posted the below message to FB. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cox, Angela Crider Neary, and the entire family.

"My brother, Bill Crider, passed away this evening at 6:52 PM CST, Monday February 12, 2018. It was a peaceful end to a strong body and intellectual mind. Services pending and will be announced later."

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The February 10 2018 issue of RTE is out and includes fifteen new reviews as well as a new interview:                   

 G.M. Malliet in the 'Sixty seconds with . . .' interview hot seat:                    

A DANGEROUS CROSSING    Ausma Zehanat Khan    Reviewed by Barbara Fister

LULLABY ROAD    James Anderson    Reviewed by Yvonne Klein

HAVANA LIBRE    Roberto Arellano     Reviewed by Lourdes Venard

FORCE OF NATURE    Jane Harper    Reviewed by Barbara Fister

THE BOOK WORM    Mitch Silver        Reviewed by Anne Corey

MOOD INDIGO                                Ed Ifcovic    Reviewed by Susan Hoover

CUT YOU DOWN    Sam Wiebe    Reviewed by Susan Hoover

FALSE WITNESS    Andrew Grant    Reviewed by Cathy Downs

DOMINIC    Mark Pryor    Reviewed by Sharon Mensing

DAUGHTER    Sara Blaedel    Reviewed by Caryn St Clair

 PRIVATE PLACE     Alan Bradley    Reviewed by Yvonne Klein

DEATH IN THE STARS     Frances Brody    Reviewed by Meredith Frazier

HILL        Sujata Massey    Reviewed by Caryn St Clair

THE BASKERVILLES     Vicki Delany    Reviewed by Rebecca Nesvet   

DEROS    John R. Vanek    Reviewed by Diana Borse

We post more than 900 new reviews a year -- all of them are archived on the site -- as well as a new interview with a top author every issue.

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Sign Off by Patricia McLinn

Sign Off by Patricia McLinn (Craig Place Books, 2015) is the first mystery in her Caught Dead in Wyoming series. Elizabeth Danniher (E.M.) was a successful television journalist until her marriage to a network executive fell apart. In sheer spite, he arranges for her to work out the remainder of her contract in a small town in Wyoming where she is allowed two segments a week on the consumer protection beat. She rents a ramshackle house that includes a ghostly figure in her back yard that might be a very thin dog. She sets food and water out every day that disappears, even though she doesn’t see the animal that consumes them. 

Going through the motions as she tries to come to terms with her changed life, she is pulled accidentally into the inquiry surrounding the disappearance of a roundly disliked sheriff’s deputy. The deputy disappeared six months previously but nothing much seems to have been done to locate him. The County Prosecutor and the County Sheriff are derisive of her attempts and discourage them at every opportunity, but she decides to continue to ask questions in order to keep her investigative skills sharp. The station sports anchor decides he wants in on the action and the two make a good team, using his local knowledge and contacts and using her professional journalistic expertise. While no evidence of the deputy’s death has been found, everyone assumes that he is dead and the rancher whose wife the deputy filched is responsible. E.M. finds this assumption of guilt premature, especially since the deputy seemed to have given a lot of people cause to wish him ill.

The staff of KWMT-TV in Sherman, Wyoming, is unfriendly and suspicious but the news anchor is downright hostile. The various ways he manages to upstage E.M. and make her look bad show the author is well acquainted with newsroom backstabbing. The station manager is under the news anchor’s thumb so he is able to make E.M.’s office life miserable.

The description of Wyoming, the land and its people, is wonderful, and E.M. is vividly depicted, floundering personally and professionally after a devastating divorce.  Her interactions with her tight-knit family underline her exile far away from everyone she knows and loves. Well-paced and written, unfortunately the plot has holes; it is not clear to me how the resolution was reached, as satisfying as it was. A pleasant read on the cozy end of the spectrum.  Review is based on the Kindle version.

·         File Size: 4150 KB
·         Print Length: 234 pages
·         Publisher: Craig Place Books (July 2, 2015)
·         Publication Date: July 2, 2015
·         ASIN: B010W3GM9W

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