Book Review: Pea Body

Author/Blogger Denise Fleischer reviews PEA BODY: A Rollin RV Mystery, by Ellen Behrens

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Book Review – Pea Body

By Ellen Behrens

A Rollin RV Mystery

Trade paperback

289 pages

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While bird watching at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on the outer banks of North Carolina, Betty and Walt Rollin make a gruesome discovery: they find a body of a young woman. After being questioned by a volunteer wildlife specialist and two officers from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, they realize they know the woman. She recently gave them a kiteboarding lesson.

Soon after they are involved in a road rage incident because they are driving their RV slowly. When they turn off the road into a restaurant parking lot, they continue to be harassed by the truck driver. He barely lets them out of their vehicle. On top of that, he files a report against them. The fulltime RVers learn from Sargent Murphy that witnesses observed the whole thing…

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Let’s Go to the Movies*

Mystery Writer/Blogger Margot Kinberg Invites You to the Movies!

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Going to the cinema has been a deeply ingrained part of many cultures for a very long time. I’ll bet you have memories of going to the cinema as a child. Or of going there on a date – and not actually watching much of the film. Perhaps you still go. There’s no doubt that the advent of the internet, streaming films, and other technology has changed people’s cinema habits dramatically. But the cinema’s still a part of our lives.

It’s little wonder, then, that it’s also woven into crime fiction. For instance, there are dozens of crime novels where a suspect claims to have been at the cinema. And, there are sometimes important scenes – even murders – that take place there.

For example, in Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, Hercule Poirot works with Chief Inspector Japp and local police detectives to solve a series of murders that…

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The Fictionary Finish Your Novel Contest

Author/Blogger Kristina Stanley Presents:
The Fictionary Finish Your Novel Contest

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You know me. I can’t resist sharing my Fictionary news with my writer friends. Today, I’m super excited to announce The Fictionary Finish Your Novel Contest.

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Tome Tender Book Blog features the Mac McClellan Mystery Series! https://tometender.blogspot.com/

Dianne Bylo of Tome Tender Book Blog Features the Mac McClellan Mystery Series!

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Friday, January 5, 2018
Attention: Mystery Lovers! Armchair Sleuths! Tome Tender Uncovers Great Reading Picks! Settle in and discover the Mac McClellan Mystery Series by E. Michael Helms – Set in the Panhandle of Florida.

The New Year is here, it’s time to find some GREAT New Reading!

Meet Mac McClellan

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by E. Michael Helms

Series: Mac McClellan Mystery, Book One
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
ISBN: 1616148675
Genre: Adult Mystery
Number of Pages: 210
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

“The first cast of the day turned my dream vacation into a nightmare. . . .”

After twenty-four years in the U.S. Marines, recently retired Mac McClellan is happy to be a civilian again. He is enjoying a leisurely fishing vacation in the Florida panhandle when he hooks a badly decomposed body.
Then, when a bag of rare marijuana is discovered stashed…

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BEACHED Launches Today!

Micki Browning’s new mystery, BEACHED, launches today!!!

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There is no greater honor for a writer than to have readers who come back for more, and I am thrilled to announce Beached, the second Mer Cavallo Mystery, is available today!

Grab your book and dive into a new adventure with Mer, the crew of the Aquarius Dive Shop, and assorted miscreants of Key Largo.

When you come up for air, you can see what I’ve been up to this week as I hop around the Internet doing my best to spread the good news!

“BEACHED is a non-stop mystery thrill ride…” These words from The Big Thrill — the magazine for the International Thrill Writers started my year off with a bang!

I discuss short story writing (and my most embarrassing typo) at “Cozy in Miami.” I talk villainy at “The Writing Train.” I offer insight into what I hoped to accomplish in the opening…

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In Memory of Sue Grafton: 1940-2017

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The literary world has lost a wonderful and talented writer. Sue Grafton, author of the “Alphabet” series featuring feisty P.I. Kinsey Millhone, passed away December 28 surrounded by family. The below is taken from the NBC News website:

Grafton began her “alphabet series” in 1982 with “A is for Alibi.” Her most recent book, “Y is for Yesterday,” was published in August.

“Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name,” her daughter wrote. “Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.”

Humphrey said Grafton had been struggling to find an idea for “Z” while undergoing treatment and losing weight.

“Nothing’s been written,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “There is no Z.”

He added with a laugh, “Nobody in this family will ever use the letter Z again.”

Fans can take heart that she lives on through the body of her work. Rest in peace, Sue Grafton.

Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helms

Darque Dreamer reviews DEADLY SPIRITS —

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The Book:

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Book Author:E. Michael Helms

Page Count: 266

Publishing Date: January 15th, 2017

Publisher: Camel Press

Date Read: December 12th, 2017

Synopsis: When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts—no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit.
Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch. Reads as a stand alone.


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Writing Tip: Spotlight (Elmore Leonard)

KaylaAnn Spotlights Elmore Leonard —

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“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and the rhythm of the narrative.” – Elmore Leonard

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Elmore Leonard, the author of this quote, is an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. His career boomed in the 1950s with his Westerns and continued to grow as he branched out into crime fiction and suspense thrillers. His most well-known pieces are “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight,” “Hombre,” “3:10 to Yuma,” and “Justified.” Known and commended by critics for his strong dialogue and interesting use of grammar, Leonard never let the mechanics of writing get in his way.

Although Leonard had his degrees in writing and philosophy, his focus on writing was never restricted by composition 101. However, that does not mean that he simply…

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But the Sailors Threw Him Overboard*

From Mystery Writer/Blogger Margot Kinberg —-

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Most killers don’t want to be caught. So, they do whatever they can to hide the evidence. And that means they often have to do something about the body of the person they’ve killed. After all, with today’s technology, bodies often contain evidence that points to the murderer.

One way to deal with this, if you’re a killer (fictional only, of course!) is to commit the murder on board a boat or ship, so the victim, or at least the victim’s body, can go overboard. Of course, a lot of things have to fall into place for that sort of plan to work. But when it does, the murderer has a solid chance to get away with the crime. So, it’s little wonder that we see this in a lot of crime fiction. Here are just a few examples; I know you’ll think of more than I could.

In Patricia…

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Hold On To A Moment

A beautiful reflection from author Miri Elm —-

A Short Conversation

I hold on to a moment, far longer than I should I know. I hold on to a day, or an hour, where you made the world stop, where we were young and beautiful and in love, where we were untouched by our own shortcomings.

If only for a moment. We were untouched by dissatisfaction, or promises, or priorities. Untouched by all the things we should have done. I hold on to the moment where we were brand new, and there was snow in your hair and you waited for me near the twinkly lights and said my eyes could see right through you.

Being with you is like watching water boil with your hand in the pot, waiting to get burned. Still you envelop me when I try to resist, because you know that if you get close I will breathe you in and my skin will remember and…

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