Monday, April 23, 2012


In a couple weeks, folks who receive my author newsletter will get a free eBook copy of the brand-new crime comedy TOO GOOD TO BE TRUMAN. Here are the details:

When unemployed crime reporter Harry Truman gets a note from a local mission thanking him for his generous contribution—to the tune of a half million dollars—he's reasonably certain he had nothing to do with it. But then the IRS comes banging on his door, followed quickly by the FBI, and some very nasty men, and soon Truman knows he's got to figure out who stuck him with this halo if he doesn't want to get fitted with prison stripes—or a harp and wings...

FOR READERS WHO LIKE: Gregory Mcdonald (Fletch), Oliver Bleeck (Philip St. Ives series), Donald Westlake (Dortmunder series), Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty), Carl Hiaasen (Nature Girl), and Harlan Coben (Myron Bolitar series)

HOW TO GET THIS BOOK FREE: Sign up for my author newsletter and watch in May for the Spring 2012 issue! There will be a link to a secret page for a download for multiple e-readers—including Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad, Sony Reader, and many more. (And this is on top of the free book you get for signing up in the first place.)

UPDATE: Last day to sign up for the free eBook is May 11! Planning to send out the newsletter shortly after. (Shooting for May 14.) This is a limited offer, so sign up today!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Complete CONTINENTAL OP by Dashiell Hammett

We've moved this whole article—and added new content—over to my detective fiction blog The Thrill of it All at its new home. I've got info about author Dashiell Hammett, the real-life detective experience he brought to the character, and how the series broke new ground for detective fiction. And—oh, yeah—a list of all the books. Go check it out here. (Available July 22, 2013.)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Please Take This Book

I've got some good news and some bad news.

First the good news: I want to give you a free novel! I'm putting the finishing touches on my latest book, which is the start of an all-new crime comedy series. (It's still a secret, which is why the "book cover" to your right is actually blank.)

If you want this novel free—even before it's available for sale!—subscribe to my author email newsletter and watch in May for the Spring 2012 issue. That issue will include a link to a secret web page where I will have posted this brand-new novel in multiple eBook formats. (This bonus book is on top of the free eBook you already get for signing up in the first place!)

Now the bad news: Our audiobook series is on hiatus. Frankly, there've just been too many demands on my time the past few weeks, and something had to give. If I expect to have seven books available for e-readers this summer, I've got to be choosier about my commitments. Audiobook fans, take heart—I do plan to finish the series. If you want to read the story right now, it's available in my free book First Shot: Crime and Mystery Stories.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Spyglass Lane Mysteries: 5 Detectives Who Solve Impossible Crimes

Once again, our "5 For Friday" is a guest post I wrote for Spyglass Lane Mysteries. My mystery Burying the Hatchet, starring grumpy old amateur sleuth Earl Walker, involves an impossible crime—so I offer examples of some other great detectives who've solved locked room mysteries, unbreakable alibis, and other impossible crimes. The list includes cases from Adrian Monk, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Hercule Poirot, and Dr. Gideon Fell—and also shares the title of the Best Locked Room Mystery of All Time. Read it here: Mission Improbable: 5 Detectives Who Solve Impossible Crimes

Related link: Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!

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Spyglass Lane Mysteries: 5 Senior Sleuths
5 TV Stars Who Sang Their Own Theme Song
5 Musical Guests as Themselves in Crime Stories: Mannix, Monk
5 Crime Stories on '60s Sitcoms 
Top 5 Fight Scenes on TV

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Complete Historical Society Murders by Mary Nealy

Complete list of Historical Society Murders cozy mystery series by Mary Nealy (a.k.a. Mary Connealy):

Bury the Lead (formerly Of Mice...and Murder)
Carrie Evans loves the big city, so why has she taken up residence in her dinky hometown? She has visions of success as a big city journalist, instead she’s the editor of the Melnik Bugle, the smallest of small town weeklies. She wants her life back, but the cute guy who’s repairing her decrepit house seems to think Melnik is a best place on earth.

Fright at the Museum (formerly Pride and Pestilence)
Museum curator Bonnie Simpson is attacked then nearly run over, then she finds a dead guy in Melnik’s Historical Museum, which is the closest she’s come to having a visitor to the museum all week. Joe, the guy who attacked her might have been diving on her to save her from the car. And the car might have just been an octogenarian with an accelerator/brake problem. But that still leaves a corpse to explain...

Trial and Terror (formerly The Miceman Cometh)
Just when Melnik looks set for revitalization, Maddie a troublemaking doctoral student comes to town doing research that could ruin everything. When Maddie finds a dead body and is arrested, Tyler Simpson finds out he’s the court-appointed attorney for the most hated woman in town.

Related links:
Free and cheap mysteries for your Kindle
Spyglass Lane Mysteries: 5 Senior Sleuths

More mystery series:
Complete FATHER DOWLING by Ralph McInerny
EARL WALKER Mysteries by Chris Well
Amateur Sleuth PAIGE TURNER (Garden Gate Mysteries)
RUTH BUDGE (Finny's Nose Mysteries) by Dana Mentink
Scents of Murder Mysteries by Lynette Sowell
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

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Monday, April 09, 2012

Another delay

If you missed the post last Friday, we have run into another delay with the audiobook series. I hope to have another episode for next Monday.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Free: Spider-Man and Fantastic Four vs. the evils of drinking

Marvel Comics and The Elks Drug Awareness Program have teamed up for a special comic book and video that helps children understand the dangers of underage drinking. The story, "Hard Choices," which features Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, targets fourth through eighth-graders. The story is created to encourage dialogue between parents, teachers and children by addressing a difficult topic in a fun format.

"Hard Choices" is available free online as both a digital comic and in a clickable video with music.

Of course, Marvel has been doing stuff like this for years: Back in the 1970s, a three-issue arc in Amazing Spider-Man dealt with substance abuse. Created at the request of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, those issues were published without then then-familiar shield "Approved by the Comics Code Authority"—because the CCA ruled against it. (Even though the story was clearly about the dangers of drug abuse.) Does the CCA even exist anymore?

More free comics:
Read the origin of BATMAN free online!
Free comics: Batman: Shadow of Sin Tzu
Free comics: Batman, Shazam, Scooby Doo
Free Comics: Batman, Justice League, Teen Titans, LSH

Friday, April 06, 2012

My apologies

Hey, gang—I need to postpone today's edition of "5 For Friday" and Monday's episode of our audiobook mystery "Don't Fall For That Trick." God willing, we can get things back on track soon!

In the meantime, previous "5s" are here:

Monday, April 02, 2012

Episode Four: "Don't Fall For That Trick" audio mystery

Check out the fourth installment of my serialized audio short mystery "Don't Fall For That Trick," written and performed by me.

This episode: At the urging of wife Darla, Tom Booke visits the home of country legend Trick Henderson—and learns a few things from the man's ex-wife. But what did Darla really expect Tom to find? 

Don't Fall For That Trick Episode Four

Got behind? If you need to catch up on previous episodes, here are links:
Episode One
Episode Two
Episode Three

Or listen to them right here in this handy playlist...

Don't Fall For That Trick: A Booke Cases Mystery

And don't forget that you can read the original story free in the free eBook below First Shot!

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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.