Friday, July 5, 2013

Glades Heist

The fourth book in Ken McKea’s Jim Dallas series was released July 3:
Jim Dallas wanted to turn the case down. A drinking husband who hasn't come home in a while? Not his cup of tea. Then a sneak attack and the theft of his beloved old truck change his mind. Very quickly his search for a wandering man involves his friend Sam Lyons and leads Jim into a swamp of danger. Before he wades through it, he will have to deal with a new woman in his life, an old robbery, more than a million dollars in missing stolen loot, ravenous alligators . . . and a cold-blooded killer more ruthless than any he's ever faced. Glades Heist is the latest in the series of Florida thrillers featuring the hard-edged, complex Jim Dallas. Don't miss it!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Review: Mutiny!

Review: Mutiny!
from the
What's interesting about the book is that it is set in the past and this leads to you actually learning things. For example, new words like loblolly boy and how ships were designed in the 1680s.

The book sucks you in and keeps you engaged, all I require from a book. In addition the historical setting and the great plot make this book one of my favourites.

I rate this book a full 5 stars for the great plot, engaging characters and the historical context.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Wishing on a Star: The Life of Eddie Carroll

News from the University of North Georgia on Brad Strickland's new book, Wishing on a Star: The Life of Eddie Carroll, a biography of actor Eddie Carroll:
Strickland, a professor of English at the University of North Georgia, began working with Carroll's wife, Carolyn Carroll, after the actor passed away in 2010. Together they researched his life and career, and interviewed numerous friends of Carroll, including Jamie Farr, who played Klinger in M*A*S*H, and Bill Farmer, the voice of Disney's Goofy.

"The process took more than a year, due to the fact that Eddie was a generous, warm, friendly, unpretentious man who had great talent and told wonderful stories," Strickland said. "What Carolyn and I most wanted was to preserve those stories and present an account of Eddie’s philosophy and approach to life, which was always optimistic and always dedicated both to his craft and to his family."

In 2001, while autographing books in Florida, Strickland met a friend of Carroll's who encouraged him to go see a one-man showed titled "Laughter in Bloom," in which Eddie Carroll portrayed old-time radio star Jack Benny. Following a surprise phone call from Carroll acting as Jack Benny, Strickland saw "Laughter in Bloom," and later worked with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance to bring the show to Gainesville.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Eden Feint

The third book in the Jim Dallas series has hit Amazon – and perhaps soon your Kindle, too?
The law had Adam Stowers dead to rights - but they wanted him dead, period. Jim Dallas and Sam Lyons venture into hostile territory when they attempt to prove that Stowers did not murder his wife, despite his conviction and subsequent life sentence. They discover resistance, corruption, and long-forgotten crimes that threaten to overwhelm them.

Before her death, Summer Stowers had dreamed of creating a resort on the Florida coast she would call Eden. She hadn't counted on the deadly serpent in human form who would stop at nothing - not even murder - to prevent her.

Eden Feint is the third book in Ken McKea's involving, suspenseful series of mysteries set in contemporary Florida.

Dallas Times Three

The first three Steve Dallas adventures are now available together in one edition.  Released Oct. 25, readers can now get caught up on the adventures of Jim and Sam in Atlanta Bones, Cuban Dagger, and Eden Feint.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Review: The Ghost Finds A Body

Review: The Ghost Finds A Body
from Reviewing The Evidence
You have to love a book that starts with a description of how romantic it would be for the couple on the moonlit beach, if only the woman wasn't dead. The Ghost Finds A Body is like that throughout -- facetious, funny, and full of reversals.

It's the little details that make The Ghost Finds A Body so delightful. Bradford's love/hate relationship with Ricca, the hotel owner's granddaughter. ("I wanted to throttle the adorable child.") Camo the pet chameleon's dismay when the walls are painted a color he can't change into. Ricca's computer games, full of cigar-chomping, anthropomorphic velociraptors. ("One of those damned velociraptors came shyly out . . . clapped on a straw hat and twirled a cane, and broke into a tap routine to the tune of Way Down Upon the Swanee River. He was pretty good.") The true identity of the reclusive author Rosemary Thyme. The snippets of Bradford's latest bodice-ripper, which head up each chapter.

The Ghost Finds A Body is a charmer of a cozy -- delightfully oddball characters, a solid puzzle, and sparkling prose. This book was the most pleasurable pleasure reading I've done in a long time.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cuban Dagger

Brad Strickland announced via Twitter that the second Jim Dallas adventures – Cuban Dagger – is now available through your Kindle!
Jim Dallas knew that runaway-daughter cases seldom end happily, but the Hamptons were frantic. Their daughter Judy had vanished in Aruba while celebrating her eighteenth birthday...and when Dallas searched for her, the quest led him into unimaginable evil, unforgivable crimes, and unthinkable betrayal.

A missing girl, a deadly professional assassin, and exotic locations spice Cuban Dagger, the new Jim Dallas adventure from Ken McKea.

Friday, August 10, 2012

ShadowShow, Moon Dreams Available Through Gateway

Overseas eBook publisher SF Gateway has released two Brad Strickland titles originally published during the 1980s. ShadowShow (1988) and Moon Dreams (1988) – the first book in the Jeremy Moon trilogy – are now available in European markets. Both are available (and have been for several years) to American audiences through eReads.

They follow on the tail of Strickland’s four contributions to the Johnny Dixon series, released earlier this year.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: Atlanta Bones

Review: Atlanta Bones
from G. K. Hayes
This is good. This is how we learn about our friends in the real world. This is the way it should be in all novels. When Dallas gets into trouble – and he does get into some very serious trouble – we worry about him. And by the time we get to the end of the book, we feel that we really know Jim Dallas. We want him to solve the case because we really like him, as a friend.

That is good writing.

Atlanta Bones has many other examples of good writing. If you’ve ever spent any time in Florida, especially along the gulf coast, you will be able to smell the salt air, feel the sand between your toes, the sweat on your skin, the sometimes oppressive heat as you walk from your car across the parking lot to your favorite restaurant, and the ever-present mosquitoes buzzing and biting each exposed patch of skin.