Marlow: Papa’s Legacy

Bill Craig has done it again. His latest book, Marlow: Papa’s Legacy, is a fast paced, page turner like all of the other books in the Marlow series:

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A break in at the Hemingway museum leads to a lot of speculation on the coconut telegraph. Nothing appears to have been taken and the only damage is to an old desk that Ernest Hemingway had used. The Key West Police Department writes it off as routine vandalism. Except Katrina Morrow doesn’t think so. Katrina is a Hemingway scholar and suspects that the break in had a specific purpose, so she hires Marlow to look into it. As he begins his investigation, some sinister characters show up and try to scare him off. But Rick Marlow doesn’t scare easily, and as the stakes rise, he becomes more determined to find the truth, even as it leads south to Cuba and a deadly confrontation over what might be a lost Hemingway manuscript


Science Fiction at its best

Nicolas Gilmartin Teranzi

If you are a fan of Science Fiction then I have a couple of books that you will find totally enjoyable: Lost Planets And Rediscovered Science Fiction Manuscripts: Illustrated and A Footnote to History.

The former is an anthology of short stories by such current writers as William R. Burkett, Jr., C.J. Daniels, Bruce Silton, and lesser known works by Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Philip K. Dick, and John W. Campbell. Every one is a winner, highly recommended.

A Footnote to History is by William R. Burkett, Jr., an award winning Science Fiction writer who hit it out of the park with his novel, Sleeping Planet. Footnote is an interesting and absorbing novel about time travel and will have you longing for the next book. And, yes, there will be another.

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A Celebration of Sleuthing: Mystery Writers Key West Fest

A Celebration of Sleuthing: Mystery Writers Key West Fest Set for Mid-August
This is a “must” for all mystery fans!

Register now at
Key West, FL. — World-class mystery writers and acclaimed storytellers will be gathering in Key West to reveal their sleuthing savvy and whodunit know-how during the 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for August 14-16, 2015. And you’re invited to join them.

Sponsored in part by the Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, and the Key West Citizen, this “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed festival offers multiple workshops, presentations and panel events, mingling with authors, consultations with publishing industry experts, and book signings.

Shirrel Rhoades, publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks, is a co-founder of the Fest along with mystery writer Michael Haskins.

Shirrel Rhoades (left) and Michael Haskins are founders of Key West Writers Bloc, producer of the December 7 authors event and book signing at Smokin' Tuna Saloon.

Shirrel Rhoades (left) and Michael Haskins are founders of Key West Writers Bloc, producer of the December 7 authors event and book signing at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.

Shirrel Rhoades and Michael Haskins

Taking place this year at Key West’s luxurious Beachside Marriott, Mystery Writers Key West Fest stars international bestselling suspense-thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, author of the wildly popular”Lincoln Rhyme” book series, the first of which was adapted to the 1999 film “The Bone Collector” starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

au New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham

Jeffery Deaver and Heather Graham

Open to mystery fans, authors, and aspiring authors, Fest guests will learn first-hand how to craft their own tales of crime, murder and mystery from Deaver and other high-profile mystery genre luminaries — including award-winning Florida author James O. Born, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham, and bestselling Chicago crime writer Libby Fischer Hellman. The 90-minute panels also include one on Law Enforcement in the Keys, a popular presentation that provides a bird’s-eye view of what crime is really like in the Florida Keys, led by DEA agent Ken Davis.

The popular sleuth fest also includes a luncheon with Deaver, dinner with O. Born, and the presentation of the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award.

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The Jerry Award and Jeremiah Healy

Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, the Jerry Award salutes the late author’s legacy as a beloved and influential mentor to aspiring writers. The winner receives a unique Jerry statuette, a book publishing contract, and receives free admission and lodging at the Fest. Candidates wishing to compete for the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award are invited to submit the first three pages of a finished, unpublished manuscript no later than June 30, 2015. Finalists will be notified August 1, and will have until August 10 to submit full manuscripts.

Featuring a who’s-who array of award-winning and bestselling mystery and crime fiction authors, this year’s Mystery Writers Key West Fest is sure to be a hit. Registration is only $125 for nearly three days of sleuth-worthy events. Rooms for attendees also are generously discounted, but early bird discounts end July 10.
Don’t delay. Attendance is limited. Register today!

To register, simply visit
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The Snake Handler’s Daughter: Tales of Sex & Intrigue in Amity, Kentucky

Looking for something to read that not only is a breath of fresh air but that will keep you turning the pages, hungry for more? Than you will have to grab a copy of The Snake Handler’s Daughter: Tales of Sex & Intrigue in Amity, Kentucky by P.A. Lassiter.
Martha Mae Browne is the daughter of a snake handling preacher in Amity, Kentucky. More than a bit of the back woods is our girl but also quite delusional. She’s fixated on the new Episcopal priest notwithstanding the fact that she’s half again his age and grossly overweight. As if that’s not enough, he’s gay (but he IS a hunk).
Lassiter brings you into the lives and loves of the people of Amity, Kentucky in a way that will keep you coming back for more. Fortunately, this is the first book in the Tales of Amity, Kentucky series. You can always check for the next book at

Great Summer Reads

Many of you will think it’s too early to hear about wonderful summer reads; books that you take to the beach or the pool and move right along with stressing you at all. But, here in Key West it’s been summer for a few weeks now. Yup, temperatures in the mid-80’s and the wind has picked up.
Here are my picks to make your lounging in the sun that much more enjoyable:

Kidnapped in Key West by Norah Jean Perkins & Susan Haskell. Imagine a picture perfect Key West day, the wedding is all set to start on a lovely beach and then….things go suddenly wrong.

If You’re Ever in Key West…by Jane Dawkins. This delightful modern day romance will have you turning pages trying to figure out the next event in the life of the British woman of a certain age and her younger lover.

The Sad Demise of Henry and Other Key West Musings by Jack Mazur. This book typies the other type of good summer reads; short stories that capture your imagination and make the page fly by.

You can find all these books and more at both for your favorite E-reader or in paperback.

Let me know what you think at
Chuck Newman

Just when you thought the art of the short story was dead!

If you’re a fan of the short story genre, as I am, then you also probably know that it is perhaps the most difficult form in which to write. The ability to fully develop characters, plot, and pacing within a limited number of pages is not shared by all writers.
R.K. Simpson shows us that he is just that, master of the genre, with his debut book, Webley .45 and Other Short Stories. There is real diversity in the short stories that make up this most enjoyable collection.
We hear the confession of a black man who has “passed” as white for much of his life, and we watch a gay man struggle to be honest with his partner, his father, and himself. On the lighter side, there are endings that surprise us and the chronicle of a practical joker. These characters will live on long after you’ve read this wonderful book.
Webley .45 and Other Short Stories is available in eBook and paperback from After you’ve enjoyed this collection, have a look at William R. Burkett’s short story collections: Snowing a Little in Paris (and Other Tales of the Cold War), Mean Grey Old Morning, Newspaper Gypsy, and The Pea-Green Boat (and Other Unsettling Stories).
Literature at its finest.

Let me know what you think at
Chuck Newman

Grab a Seat!

Welcome to this corner table at the Internet café where book lovers and movie buffs and music fans gather to discuss what they are reading, watching, and listening to. This eclectic group of critics shares their observations, evaluations, and reviews for your personal edification and enjoyment. The contents of this blog are the opinions of its individual contributors. You may quote from any of the reviews in whole or part as long as you credit the source.

Philo Gubb, Correspondence School Detective


Philo Gubb,
Correspondence School Detective
by Ellis Parker Butler,
$3.99 ebook; $14.95 paperback

Not only is Mr. Philo Gubb a professional wallpaper hanger, he’s also a graduate of the Rising Sun Detective Agency’s Correspondence School of Detecting. As well as being a book-trained master of disguise, Philo is pretty good at solving crimes. Here are 17 of Philo’s most successful cases, including “The Eagle’s Claw,” “The Un-Burglars,” “The Progressive Murder,” and “The Anonymous Wiggle.” Philo Gubb is a new kind of “deteckative” that you’ll love. “Funny and clever,” says Byron Rupert McCafferty, pop culture guru, Online Critics Corner.

Border Crossing

by Joe Famularo

I just read John Leslie’s BORDER CROSSING and it is a great read. Usually, I’m able to identify with most heros in books I’ve read, but in this one, I felt I WAS Del, its main character. John Leslie draws such a magnificent portrait of him in everyway. I loved Del’s time with Carly, an early girlfriend, his mother Raye, and as the story moves on, his love for Marisa. John writes so plainly and so movingly:”When Marisa smiled, Del felt a ripple of heat go through him”. So did I. You should read this book before it is made into a movie.