Saturday, June 30, 2012

Everybody's a Suspect Mysteries by Cecil Murphey

Neither Psychologist Julie West nor Pastor James Burton fancies themselves detectives—amateur or otherwise—until one after another of their mutual acquaintances are found murdered! Written by by Cecil Murphey:

Everybody Loved Roger Harden
Psychologist Julie West and Pastor James Burton always seem to find themselves at the wrong place and the wrong time-together. They first meet at a dinner party on Palm Island, off the Georgia coast, at the home of a wealthy philanthropist. Both West and Burton thought Everybody Loved Roger Harden. Until they discover he's been murdered...
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Everybody Wanted Room 623
Just as romance develops between the unlikely head-versus-heart duo, the body of a second mutual acquaintance is found, murdered, on the floor of room 623 in the prestigious Cartledge Inn. Would Everybody Want Room 623 if they knew a murder had just occurred there?
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Everybody Called Her a Saint
Then, while on an Antarctic cruise, the warmth of romance turns to ice against the undertow of Burton's deep, dark secrets. Can these Georgia residents-turned-amateur-sleuths set their chilly feelings aside long enough to solve yet another murder of a beloved mutual friend whom Everybody Called a Saint?
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Related links:
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)
Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!

More amateur sleuths:
EARL WALKER MYSTERIES: More Earl, More Formats
Misadventures of Miss Aggie Mysteries by Frances Devine
PAIGE TURNER (Garden Gate Mysteries) by Susan Sleeman
RUTH BUDGE (Finny's Nose Mysteries) by Dana Mentink
Scents of Murder Mysteries by Lynette Sowell
CASEY ALEXANDER by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery
TRISH CUNNINGHAM (Mayhem in Maryland) by Candice Speare Prentice
EMILY GRAY (Mainely Mysteries) by Susan Page Davis and Megan Elaine Davis
BAILEY WALKER by Anita Higman
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Two Sides of Donald Westlake

An assortment of crime writers and collaborators share their thoughts on the legacy of the late Donald Westlake (1933-2008), who pulled off the nifty trick of writing crime fiction that was funny (Dortmunder series) and crime fiction that was dark (Parker series, under the pen name Richard Stark)—and being great at all of it.

"They're a university course in how to write a well-plotted, fast-moving novel," notes Otto Penzler, publisher for Mysterious Press, which has been reissuing Westlake's classic Dormunder crime comedies to eBook.

Related links:
Donald Westlake's posthumous crime novel The Comedy Is Finished (PW)
The Complete DORTMUNDER by Donald Westlake (1970)
The Complete PARKER by Richard Stark (1962)
Donald Westlake: Gone, Not Forgotten
Donald Westlake 1933-2008

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


The first batch of Amazon reviews are in for my crime comedy Too Good to be Truman, and all 13 reviewers gave the book five stars! Click through to read them in their entirety.

"Too Good to be Truman is one of those funny, can't-put-it-down books that will leave you laughing and wondering where it will go next."—jpeterson

"I have found a new author! Too Good To Be Truman captures you with the first couple pages."—M. E. McFadden

"I couldn't stop laughing."—James A. Nichols

"I read this book in less than two days and loved it!"—Becca

"Give Too Good to Be Truman a try. You'll be glad that you did."—Lilibet King

"I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves sharp storytelling, fresh dialogue, and clever plot-twists! You will not be disappointed!"—T. Thompson

"Truman is one funny guy! Can't wait for Truman's next adventure."—Suzette Lutcher

"A lot of humor and twists and turns."—LaTawnia Kintz

"Ridiculously funny."—Paula S.

"Truman is one of those characters that grow on you and before you know it you like him but don't want to admit it."—Jan

"I definitely want to read this author's next book."—Graham L. Shaw

"A rollicking, hilarious adventure that reminded me of my favorite Dave Barry novels, with a little twist of Elmore Leonard."—Paul A. Rose Jr.

"I've already read this through twice, it was that good."—San Salsbury


Too Good to be Truman is crime comedy for fans of Gregory Mcdonald (Fletch), Donald Westlake (Dortmunder series), Oliver Bleeck (Philip St. Ives series), Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty), Carl Hiaasen (Nature Girl), Harlan Coben (Myron Bolitar series), and Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum series).

Reviews for my previous fiction:

"Well's clever dialogue will leave readers in stitches."—Publishers Weekly

"Well serves up brisk dialogue."—Booklist (American Library Association)

"Filled with humor, the plot provides a great deal of food for thought while keeping the reader captivated."—Romantic Times Book Reviews


Monday, June 18, 2012

Old Time Radio: PHILO VANCE "The Poetic Murder Case" (Aug 1948)

Erudite amateur sleuth Philo Vance, created by mystery writer S. S. Van Dine, originally appeared in twelve novels published in the 1920s and 1930s. In his heyday, the metropolitan detective was also portrayed in films (by William Powell and Basil Rathbone, among others) and on the radio. In fact there were three different Philo Vance radio drama series—"The Poetic Murder Case" comes from the third series (1948-50), which starred Jackson Beck as the title detective, and Joan Alexander as his girl Friday, Ellen Deering.

Philo Vance: The Poetic Murder Case Part One

Philo Vance: The Poetic Murder Case Part Two

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Related links:
Complete PHILO VANCE by S.S. Van Dine
The Definitive Philo Vance Radio Log (Digital Deli)
Philo Vance | My old time radio shows (My Old Radio)
Philo Vance – Aristocrat Snob Detective for old time radio listeners (Old Radio
Philo Vance | Old Time Radio (Old Time Radio Catalog)
150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Friday, June 15, 2012

Spyglass Lane Mysteries Twitter Party

Tonight, several of the authors from Spyglass Lane Mysteries are holding a party on Twitter: "Spyglass Lane Mysteries for those who love detective work from the safety of their armchair. We’re the authors behind a great line-up of cozy mysteries that we’d like to share with you tonight! There are tons of fun prizes being given away. Join us for great conversation and loads of giveaways." #SpyglassMysteries

The event takes place June 15 from 6-8:15PM Eastern. More details at the publisher's website.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Old Time Radio: SUSPENSE "The Lodger" (July 1940)

I recently discovered a batch of old time radio dramas on YouTube—which means I can embed them in the blog here for your listening pleasure. One of the premier drama series of the Golden Age of Radio, CBS Radio's Suspense was broadcast from 1942-1962. The pilot episode, created June 1940, was directed by Alfred Hitchcock—who adapted Marie Belloc Lowndes' novel The Lodger, a story the director had filmed in 1926. Here is the radio drama version, in three parts:

Suspense: The Lodger Part One

Suspense: The Lodger Part Two

Suspense: The Lodger Part Three

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Related links:
Chris Well's Thrillercast: "Don't Fall For That Trick"
The sound of murder: Mystery fiction podcasts
All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers On Trains
Sunday movie: SECRET AGENT (1936)
Thrill of it All updates on Facebook

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.