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Updated: 2018-01-17T20:27:05Z

 



A Valentine's Day mystery!

2018-01-14T14:54:56.000Z

Valentine's Day is just around the corner - and so is Marnie's stalker!

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner - and so is Marnie's stalker!

http://tinyurl.com/gnvn4kq

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20th Annual Preditors & Editors / Critters Readers Poll--Best Review Site

2018-01-10T23:57:03.000Z

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Again in this year, Kevin's Corner is listed for consideration in the review site category. If you think we are worthy, we would very much appreciate your vote.

 

The review sites are listed in alphabetical order which means thes blog is about halfway down the review site page.…



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Again in this year, Kevin's Corner is listed for consideration in the review site category. If you think we are worthy, we would very much appreciate your vote.

 

The review sites are listed in alphabetical order which means thes blog is about halfway down the review site page.

http://critters.org/predpoll/reviewsite.shtml

After you vote, you have to follow the directions on the confirmation email to validate your vote. You also have the option of adding a comment for all to see upon confirmation of your vote.

On behalf of  Aubrey, Barry, Earl, Jeanne,  and all the other many people who consistently contribute to the blog and tolerate my madness, we thank you!

 

After reviewing A Few Right-Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill last week, Aubrey Hamilton gets your week started this week with her review of The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham. Check it out at

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2018/0dmu1/aubrey-hamilton-reviews-strange-death.html




Guest Post: Jeanne and Treadmill Books: Book Retreat Mysteries by Ellery Adams.

2018-01-10T23:55:29.000Z

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Wednesday means it is time for Jeanne and her Treadmill Books Review column. This week she considers the Book Retreat Mysteries by Ellery Adams…

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Wednesday means it is time for Jeanne and her Treadmill Books Review column. This week she considers the Book Retreat Mysteries by Ellery Adams

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2018/01/guest-post-jeanne-and-treadmill-books.html




Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton

2018-01-10T23:48:02.000Z

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This week Aubrey Hamilton reviews The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham

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This week Aubrey Hamilton reviews The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham




FFB Review for January 5, 2018

2018-01-05T17:06:45.000Z

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December 2017 was brutal on a personal level in so many ways. One of those ways was the sudden passing of my online friend, Glenn Walker. A prolific writer of short stories and other things including several other blogs, he was known best around here for his…

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December 2017 was brutal on a personal level in so many ways. One of those ways was the sudden passing of my online friend, Glenn Walker. A prolific writer of short stories and other things including several other blogs, he was known best around here for his Welcome To Hell blog. I had been aware that he was having some health problems, but had no idea things were so serious. His obituary can be found here. Please continue to keep his wife, Jennifer, and the family in your thoughts and prayers.  

In honor of Glenn, I have chosen to run again today my 2014 review of Strange World: A Biff Bam Pop Short Story Anthology. The anthology includes his short story, “Live To Write, Write To Live.” The book is one heck of a read and Glenn’s short story is a highlight.


https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2018/01/ffb-review-strange-world-biff-bam-pop.html




Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton

2018-01-04T16:58:55.000Z

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Aubrey Hamilton kicks off 2018 with her review of A Few Right-Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill. …



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Aubrey Hamilton kicks off 2018 with her review of A Few Right-Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2018/01/aubrey-hamilton-reviews-few-right.html




FFB Review for December 29, 2017

2018-01-04T16:56:29.000Z

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FFB this week hosted by Patti Abbott includes my review of TEXAS VIGILANTE by Bill Crider.…

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FFB this week hosted by Patti Abbott includes my review of TEXAS VIGILANTE by Bill Crider.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/12/ffb-review-texas-vigilante-ellie-taine.html




Guest Post: Jeanne and Treadmill Books: Second Chance Cat Mysteries by Sofie Ryan

2018-01-04T16:54:25.000Z

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Jeane of the BPL and her latest Treadmill Books Review column. …



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Jeane of the BPL and her latest Treadmill Books Review column.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/12/guest-post-jeanne-and-treadmill-books_27.html




Mystery Weekly Magazine: December 2017

2018-01-04T16:49:53.000Z

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I review the current issue on my blog at…

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I review the current issue on my blog at https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/12/review-mystery-weekly-magazine-december.html




Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton

2018-01-04T16:47:43.000Z

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Aubrey Hamilton kicked off the blog today with a seasonally appropriate title: Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan. Come on by and read her review! …



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Aubrey Hamilton kicked off the blog today with a seasonally appropriate title: Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan. Come on by and read her review!

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/12/aubrey-hamilton-reviews-murder-for.html




Review: Merrick: A Short Story by Ben Boulden

2017-12-24T16:16:44.000Z

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Almost from the beginning, the planned robbery of the armored stage goes wrong one day in Texas. Nobody was supposed to die. Clarence Tilley, had a good plan, but he didn’t plan for everything in Merrick: A Short Story.

A robbery gang is only as good as its weakest link. The…

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Almost from the beginning, the planned robbery of the armored stage goes wrong one day in Texas. Nobody was supposed to die. Clarence Tilley, had a good plan, but he didn’t plan for everything in Merrick: A Short Story.

A robbery gang is only as good as its weakest link. The point is proven again and again in this fast moving western tale by Ben Boulden. Filled with plenty of action, intrigue and deceit, as well as need for justice, the story recounts how Merrick  does what needs to be done to settle things as best as can be done in the hard scrabble West. Like his novel, Blaze: Red Rock Rampage, the short story, Merrick, is highly recommended. 

 

Merrick: A Short Story 

Ben Boulden

http://www.gravetapping.blogspot.com

.45-70 Press

September  2017

ASIN: B075JN7Y21

eBook

25 Pages

$0.99

 

 

Digital ARC was provided by the author for my use in an objective review.

 

 

 

Kevin R. Tipple ©2017

 




Review: The Western Star by Craig Johnson

2017-12-24T15:38:53.000Z

The Western Star is the latest in the Sheriff Longmire Mystery Series by Craig Johnson. It is a book of two primary storylines--- one of the past decades ago and one of the here and now. A complicated book full of nuance and meaning, it isn’t one easy to review without… The Western Star is the latest in the Sheriff Longmire Mystery Series by Craig Johnson. It is a book of two primary storylines--- one of the past decades ago and one of the here and now. A complicated book full of nuance and meaning, it isn’t one easy to review without revealing key details that would impact the enjoyment of the book.   In the here and now, Sheriff Walt Longmire is back at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy recertifying his weapon status. The academy is also on the way to Cheyenne where he goes every four years to attend a parole hearing. It his duty and a promise he made many years ago to do everything possible to keep a certain inmate locked up.   His deputy, Victoria Moretti, is also recertifying and headed to the hearing with him. Former Absaroka County Sheriff Lucian Connelly is along for the ride. After recertifying they three eventually wind up in a bar hanging out with other law enforcement folks and trading stories. At one point, the topic of The Western Star comes up. A steam-powered locomotive that led a sheriff train each year from 1948 to 1972 and served as a rolling meeting of the Wyoming Sheriff’s Association. Back in 1972, Sheriff Lucian Connelly brought Deputy Walt Longmire, just home from Vietnam, with him. There is a picture of the twenty-four sheriffs and one deputy, Walt Longmire, standing next to the old locomotive and that picture brings up for Walt Longmire some intense memories. That picture and those memories serve as the basis for a powerful flashback secondary storyline that dominates much of the book.   The storylines eventually merge in The Western Star and this thirteenth novel in the series becomes a powerful read. Partly due to the past and partly due to dire warnings of the evils in the present day. The latest in the series is very good. Fans of the television show tempted to read this book need to understand that the books are far different from the television show and must be read in order.   The Western Star is highly recommended and well worth your time.         The Western Star Craig Johnson http://www.craIgjohnson.com Viking (Penguin Random House LLC) http://www.penguin.com September 2017 ISBN# 978-0-525-42695-0 Hardback (also available in audio and eBook formats) 304 Pages $28.00       Material supplied by the good folks of the Dallas Public Library System.       Kevin R. Tipple ©2017  [...]



FFB Review for December 22, 2017

2017-12-24T02:26:39.000Z

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For this final Friday before Christmas it seemed like a good idea to do another Double Take review. Today I am reposting Barry Ergang and my 2015 Double Take review of OUTRAGE AT BLANCO. While it is a western, there is a mystery angle to it. …



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For this final Friday before Christmas it seemed like a good idea to do another Double Take review. Today I am reposting Barry Ergang and my 2015 Double Take review of OUTRAGE AT BLANCO. While it is a western, there is a mystery angle to it.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/12/ffb-double-take-review-outrage-at.html




Guest Post: Jeanne and Treadmill Books: Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries by Beverly Allen.

2017-12-24T02:24:29.000Z

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In case you missed it, Jeanne of the BPL was back on the blog with her post, Jeanne and Treadmill Books: Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries by Beverly Allen. …



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In case you missed it, Jeanne of the BPL was back on the blog with her post, Jeanne and Treadmill Books: Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries by Beverly Allen.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/12/guest-post-jeanne-and-treadmill-books.html




Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton

2017-12-24T02:21:43.000Z

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Aubrey Hamilton reviews REST YOU MERRY by Charlotte MacLeod. …



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Aubrey Hamilton reviews REST YOU MERRY by Charlotte MacLeod.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/12/aubrey-hamilton-reviews-rest-you-merry.html




FFB Review for December 15, 2017

2017-12-24T02:20:16.000Z

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In case you missed it, Barry Ergang and I contributed a FFB Double Take Review on The Blacklin County Files by Bill Crider. The book is five short stories and ties into the overall book series featuring Sheriff Dan Rhodes.  In my intro to the reviews I tried to explain what Bill and his…

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In case you missed it, Barry Ergang and I contributed a FFB Double Take Review on The Blacklin County Files by Bill Crider. The book is five short stories and ties into the overall book series featuring Sheriff Dan Rhodes.  In my intro to the reviews I tried to explain what Bill and his wife Judy meant to us.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/12/ffb-double-take-review-blacklin-county.html




Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton

2017-12-12T02:05:34.000Z

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Aubrey Hamilton reviews DOGSTAR RISING by Parker Bilal. …



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Aubrey Hamilton reviews DOGSTAR RISING by Parker Bilal.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/12/aubrey-hamilton-reviews-dogstar-rising.html




Short Story

2017-12-11T13:29:46.000Z

I have a new short story up. It's a Western, but also a mystery. Have a look: http://www.ropeandwire.com/western-short-story-the-price-of-a-meal-by-j-r-lindermuth.html

I have a new short story up. It's a Western, but also a mystery. Have a look: http://www.ropeandwire.com/western-short-story-the-price-of-a-meal-by-j-r-lindermuth.html




Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton

2017-11-21T01:07:47.000Z

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Today on the blog, Aubrey Hamilton reviews Clubbed to Death by Ruth Dudley Edwards.…

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Today on the blog, Aubrey Hamilton reviews Clubbed to Death by Ruth Dudley Edwards.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/11/aubrey-hamilton-reviews-clubbed-to.html




Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton

2017-11-14T00:17:52.000Z

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After reviewing NEVER PLAY ANOTHER MAN'S GAME by Mike Knowles last Monday, Aubrey Hamilton is back on the blog with another review. This week she is reviewing A DEADLY THAW by Sarah Ward. This is the second book of the series.…

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After reviewing NEVER PLAY ANOTHER MAN'S GAME by Mike Knowles last Monday, Aubrey Hamilton is back on the blog with another review. This week she is reviewing A DEADLY THAW by Sarah Ward. This is the second book of the series.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/11/aubrey-hamilton-reviews-deadly-thaw-by.html




FFB Review for November 10, 2017

2017-11-13T23:58:48.000Z

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Been awhile since I put together anything for Friday's Forgotten Books (hosted by Patti Abbott), but I have something for you. Come on by and take a look at my review of THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY: A SECOND HELPING. …



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Been awhile since I put together anything for Friday's Forgotten Books (hosted by Patti Abbott), but I have something for you. Come on by and take a look at my review of THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY: A SECOND HELPING.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/11/ffb-review-killer-wore-cranberry-second.html




Guest Post: Jeanne and Treadmill Books: Cat About Town (A Cat Café Mystery) by Cate Conte

2017-11-13T23:55:47.000Z

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The most recent post from Jeanne of the Bookblog of the Bristol Library was on was on the Cat About Town (A Cat Café Mystery) by Cate Conte. …



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The most recent post from Jeanne of the Bookblog of the Bristol Library was on was on the Cat About Town (A Cat Café Mystery) by Cate Conte.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/11/guest-post-jeanne-and-treadmill-books.html




Review: The Woman In Blue: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths

2017-11-13T23:32:36.000Z

It is mid-February 2014 as The Woman in Blue: A Ruth Galloway Mystery begins. Cathbad is again house/pet sitting and again things are not going well. The pet in question this time is a black cat by the name of Chesterton. The owner, Justin, made it abundantly clear Chesterton… It is mid-February 2014 as The Woman in Blue: A Ruth Galloway Mystery begins. Cathbad is again house/pet sitting and again things are not going well. The pet in question this time is a black cat by the name of Chesterton. The owner, Justin, made it abundantly clear Chesterton is not to be let out at night. Despite Cathbad’s best efforts, the cat escapes and goes off into the darkness.   The home is a 15th century cottage next to a church and burial grounds. None of that bothers Cathbad as he is a Druid. What bothers him is the feeling he has had ever since he came to St. Simeon’s Cottage, Walsingham of a heavy sense of sadness about everything. He feels it now and with the cat missing that does not help matters.   Cathbad heads out in pursuit of the cat and soon sees a vague shape by one of the tombstones. A woman in white robes and a blue cloak who seems to almost glow in a divine way. She shakes her head at him regards to his offer of help and leaves quickly. In just a few hours, that same woman will be found dead nearby.   DCI Harry Nelson, head of the Serious Crimes Unit, will lead the investigation into the woman’s death. It wasn’t the cold that killed her though she was dressed only in a nightdress, a dressing gown, and slippers. She was strangled, according to police pathologist Christ Stephenson, who has also concluded she has been in the ditch eight to ten hours. It is very possible she is a patient at the nearby “Sanctuary” which is a private hospital that treats well off addicts.   It does not take long to confirm that the dead person was a patient and her name is Chloe Jenkins. She is the first of several deaths that will happen in the area.   A separate storyline is in regards to a series of hate filled letters that have been sent to Ruth’s friend, Hillary. She is an Anglican priest and some people do not want women as priests. The letters are clearly a threat. Are the murderer and the letter writer one and the same? As the murder continues and other events happen, everything seems to be pointing towards Easter Sunday in The Woman In Blue: A Ruth Galloway Mystery.     The eighth book in the series continues to build on character evolution, story arcs, and other elements. The ongoing private lives of all the characters make up a critical part of this very good series. Unlike previous books in the series where archeology was a key element in the read, here it barely makes a passing reference. Region and the role of women in the church is the primary focus and is weaved through the cases as well as the ongoing personal situations that are the backbone of the series. The Woman in Blue: a Ruth Galloway Mystery is another good read in a very good series that must be read in order starting with The Crossing Places.    The books, in order, and my reviews:   The Crossing Places (Reviewed 12/26/15) The Janus Stone (Reviewed 11/18/2016) The House at Sea’s End (Reviewed 12/2/2016) A Room Full of Bones (Reviewed 12/30/2016) A Dying Fall (Reviewed 2/10/2017) The Outcast Dead(Reviewed 4/21/17) The Ghost Fields (Reviewed  7/14/17)       The Woman in Blue: a Ruth Galloway Mystery Ell[...]



Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton

2017-11-06T23:12:15.000Z

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Today on the blog Aubrey Hamilton is back and reviews Never Play Another Man’s Game by Mike Knowles. Come on by and take a look. …



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Today on the blog Aubrey Hamilton is back and reviews Never Play Another Man’s Game by Mike Knowles. Come on by and take a look.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/11/aubrey-hamilton-reviews-never-play.html




Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton

2017-10-31T01:49:39.000Z

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As this is Monday, Aubrey Hamilton is back on the blog with another review. Today she reviews Murder a la Mode by Patricia Moyes. Come on by and see what she thought of the book.…

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As this is Monday, Aubrey Hamilton is back on the blog with another review. Today she reviews Murder a la Mode by Patricia Moyes. Come on by and see what she thought of the book.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/10/aubrey-hamilton-reviews-murder-la-mode.html




Guest Post: Jeanne and Treadmill Books: THE DREAM CLUB MYSTERIES by Mary Kennedy

2017-10-31T01:47:44.000Z

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In case you missed it last Wednesday, Jeanne of the Bookblog of the Bristol Library was on the blog with another in her guest posts on Treadmill Books. She reviewed THE DREAM CLUB MYSTERIES by Mary Kennedy. Come take a look at her review.…

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In case you missed it last Wednesday, Jeanne of the Bookblog of the Bristol Library was on the blog with another in her guest posts on Treadmill Books. She reviewed THE DREAM CLUB MYSTERIES by Mary Kennedy. Come take a look at her review.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/10/guest-post-jeanne-and-treadmill-books.html




Guest Post by Author Earl Staggs

2017-10-31T01:42:16.000Z

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Texas author Earl Staggs came by the blog with another entry in his long running series, “History’s Rich With Mysteries.” This time he considered whether the legendary killer, H. H. Holmes was also Jack The Ripper. If you missed the post, you can read the post and join the conversation at:…

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Texas author Earl Staggs came by the blog with another entry in his long running series, “History’s Rich With Mysteries.” This time he considered whether the legendary killer, H. H. Holmes was also Jack The Ripper. If you missed the post, you can read the post and join the conversation at: https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/10/historys-rich-with-mysteries-h-h-holmes.html




Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton

2017-10-31T01:39:04.000Z

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Aubrey Hamilton reviews Fatal by John Lescroart.…

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Aubrey Hamilton reviews Fatal by John Lescroart.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/10/aubrey-hamilton-reviews-fatal-by-john.html




Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton

2017-10-16T22:00:37.000Z

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It is Monday and that means Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton is back on the blog with another book review. Today she reviews Silent Murders by Mary Miley which is the second book in the Jazz Age historical mysteries.…

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It is Monday and that means Guest Reviewer Aubrey Hamilton is back on the blog with another book review. Today she reviews Silent Murders by Mary Miley which is the second book in the Jazz Age historical mysteries.




FFB Review for October 13, 2017

2017-10-15T22:51:48.000Z

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Earlier this week I reviewed the latest incredible book by Craig Johnson, The Western Star. Memories of a legendary train are a major part of that book. As I was reading, I was reminded of another book of his where memories of a mode of transportation played a major role in the tale.…

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Earlier this week I reviewed the latest incredible book by Craig Johnson, The Western Star. Memories of a legendary train are a major part of that book. As I was reading, I was reminded of another book of his where memories of a mode of transportation played a major role in the tale. For this Friday in October when there has already been snow in the Northern Rockies it seemed appropriate to remind you of Spirit Of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story first reviewed here in late December 2013.

https://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2017/10/ffb-review-spirit-of-steamboat-walt.html