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Getting good help is always a problem whether in the real world at the store or repair shop, or in the fictional world. Kenny Rogan and Big Jim Lawson were supposed to go get a brief case from a …
Getting good help is always a problem whether in the real world at the store or repair shop, or in the fictional world. Kenny Rogan and Big Jim Lawson were supposed to go get a brief case from a …
reviewed Red Venus. March 01
On the very cool cover of  Red Venus by Garnett Elliott there is a small quote from award winning author Bill Crider that reads, “Elliot takes the Cold War into space in this rip roaring planetary …
reviewed Red Venus. March 01
On the very cool cover of  Red Venus by Garnett Elliott there is a small quote from award winning author Bill Crider that reads, “Elliot takes the Cold War into space in this rip roaring planetary …
By Blood Bound: The Smith & Sons Saga
By Blood Bound: The Smith & Sons Saga is a novella in three parts reflecting its publication as a series of short stories in the anthology Fathers: 12 Tales of the American West published by Western …
reviewed Wink Of An Eye. February 07
Wink Of An Eye
Growing up Michael “Gypsy” Moran could not wait to leave the isolated town of Wink in far west Texas. He would not be back now if not for a problem in Vegas that required him to make a very …
reviewed Herbie's Diner. January 24
Herbie's Diner
While Herbie isn’t around these days, the diner with his name is still in business forty miles south of Sacramento, California. It is a good location if you don’t want to work much during …
reviewed JAMES 516. January 24
JAMES 516
For most folks it was a calm Tuesday in Magnolia Parrish in southern Louisiana. For a few others, such as the unlucky folks who worked at the First Gold Bank it has been an hour plus of sheer terror on …
reviewed The Burning Room. January 02
The Burning Room
The end is near for LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. He has less than a year to the end of his career and isn’t sure what the future holds. His latest case in the Open-Unsolved Unit (cold cases) features …
reviewed Raining Willie & Cranked. December 24, 2014
Raining Willie & Cranked
Karla Ercums claimed the pink amethyst ring on her finger was handed down to her by her grandmother. Drug Cop Ray Tabor is sure the ring is stolen though he can’t prove it. Law enforcement can easily …
Deadline: A Virgil Flowers Novel
It begins with missing dogs. The latest victim was Windy Butterfield who had two black labs stolen right out of his kennel. Butterfield knew a guy who knew Virgil and was willing to call him at three …
Early Retirement: A Short Story
It is approaching Christmas in Los Angeles as Early Retirement begins and Edna Brewer is glad the weather has finally cooled off a bit. Warmer weather helps her arthritis, but there should be a little …
reviewed Proof Postive. December 15, 2014
Proof Postive
Ben Kendall was known to be a hoarder. The piles of debris outside his home tended to indicate that. Anyone who looked inside would know it as well, but he allowed very few access. Once he finally made …
Vengeance At Sundown: A Lucas Fume Western
As in these times, just after the Civil War there were men in prison for crimes they did not commit. Lucas Fume is one such man serving time in the Tennessee State Prison. Convicted of the murder of his …
reviewed carnosaur weekend. November 15, 2014
carnosaur weekend
Imagine, if you will, a world where it is possible to go back in time to play golf in relative safety while dinosaurs move around you. That idea is just a small part of the three highly entertaining …
reviewed Morale Was Down. November 15, 2014
Morale Was Down
Morale is always down and the complaining is always up no matter where you work. In this case you work in an office on the 3rd floor. You know things are not better anywhere else because the green pastures …
Further Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles
The latest in the series of excellent westerns is a collection of five previously published tales. Further Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles as written by Edward Grainger contains snapshots …
Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot: A Jesse Stone Novel
Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone only went to the reunion in New York of his old triple-a team to get rid of the past. One play on the diamond ruined his shoulder, ended his prospects of ever playing …
The Girl Who Wanted To Be Shelrock Holmes
As a junior at Harry Whittington high School, Ralph Markley, has enough going on every day without any complications.  Things have enough a tendency to happen to him and he gets blamed a lot.  …
reviewed a werewolf named wayne. September 28, 2014
a werewolf named wayne
Readers who have read A Vampire Named Fred are well aware that Hermie and Al helped Fred and his assistant, Carl, with a couple of issues. While Kermit felt it wasn’t easy being green, being a vampire …
reviewed A Case Of Noir. September 28, 2014
A Case Of Noir
A Case of Noir by Paul D. Brazil takes readers on a dark and twisted road through five chapters. Even though each one is a fairly contained short story, the five chapters link together to form a complex …
reviewed Piano Man. September 28, 2014
Piano Man
Originally published in the excellent anthology, On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir, Bill Crider’s very good and very dark tale “Piano Man” is now available as a short story. …
Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel
Jack Reacher was on the west coast when it happened. A sniper, loose in Paris, took a shot at the President of France. The shot was fired from 1400 yards out by someone on an apartment balcony. Some kind …
The Night Searchers: A Sharon McCone Mystery
It’s March when the husband and wife first meet private detective Sharon McCone in her San Francisco office. Young and seemingly doing okay financially speaking the young couple owns a condo in …
The Lizard's Ardent Uniform & Other Stories: Veridical Dreams Vol. 1.
Based on the dream journals of Kyle J. Knapp, David Cranmer has crafted a book of love dedicated to his nephew with The Lizard’s Ardent Uniform & Other Stories: Veridical Dreams Vol. 1. Using …
reviewed Ruin Falls: A Novel. August 11, 2014
Ruin Falls: A Novel
A vacation can highlight the strain inside a marriage. The simple thing at home in the normal confines becomes a bit more problematic out on the road. Throw in the stress of taking two small children …
The Adventures of Summer McPhee of Ocracoke Island: The Pink Lady
The latest in the series The Adventures of Summer McPhee of Ocracoke Island: The Pink Lady finds Summer happily enjoying what she calls “The Big Break.” It is the summer time and with no …
The Dead Will Tell: A Kate Burkholder Novel
The past is never truly buried. As any mystery reader knows, the past often comes back with a vengeance leaving a trail of bodies and carnage in its wake. Such is the case here in The Dead Will Tell: …
Crochet: The Step-By-Step Guide
Billed as a resource book for crocheters at all levels, Crochet: The Complete Step-By-Step Guide features the basics and over 80 patterns at all skill levels. Visually stunning thanks to the well done …
reviewed The Texas Food Bible. July 31, 2014
The Texas Food Bible
The latest in a long line of cook books from Dean Fearing is another that expresses love for the Lone Star state. The Texas Food Bible: From Legendary Dishes To New Classics is designed to be a one stop …
Half In Love With Artful Death: A Dan Rhodes Mystery
Burt Collins is just one of those difficult folks that Sheriff Dan Rhodes has to deal with on a daily basis. Burt Collins has a very narrow view of the world and Rhodes has to listen to him complain …
The Untreed Detectives
After a short introduction to the book by, publisher J. Alan Hartman, it is on to the twelve short stories. Some are written by names you may recognize. Others by names that are unfamiliar to you. All …
reviewed The Shamus Sampler II. July 22, 2014
The Shamus Sampler II
Editor Jochem Vandersteen crafted a very good read with The Shamus Sampler and does it again with The Shamus Sampler II. The 13 stories in the book are all good ones though they go about things in very …
reviewed Thuglit: Issue 12. July 15, 2014
Thuglit: Issue 12
The latest collection of eight stories edited by Todd Robinson features the noir tales one expects from the Thuglit series. Whether it be fate that puts these characters in bad situations, bad decisions …
Shots Fired: Stories From Joe Pickett Country
When I was a kid growing up in Northeast Dallas my parents always took us camping on the winter breaks as well as during the summers. Not only did we do a bunch of parks and sites here in Texas we spent …
reviewed Field Of Prey. July 10, 2014
Field Of Prey
When a person vanishes and the body never turns up the usual assumption by law enforcement is that the person took off for a better life somewhere else. This is especially true if the missing person …
reviewed What Happens In Reno. July 10, 2014
What Happens In Reno
For Matt Hodges this Tuesday morning finds him in what has become a common place event as What Happens In Reno by Mike Monson opens. Waking up in the car in the parking lot of the old Denny's just …
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