Zimbell House Publishing, LLC
Release date: January 10, 2017
Reviewed by Ross A. Phelps
Author of Lleyellyn and Two Shots Quick
I was privileged to have the opportunity to review an advance copy of the third volume of the John Fulghum Mysteries, Blue is for Murder. Publication of this latest book in the series is scheduled for January, 2017.
This is a mystery novel in the classic sense with a show down of all the possible murder suspects assembled in one room where the identity of the killer is revealed consistent with the story line, but unexpected nevertheless.
Make no mistake, this is not the retelling of a staid early drawing room confrontation like might take place in the hall of an English manor house or in the smoking car on the Orient Express.
The action here centers around the solution of numerous murders (mostly by sarak, a poison used by nobility in historic Korea), with the victims ranging in age from the yet to be born to at least one centenarian.
Fulghum’s investigation harkens back to the Korean Conflict of the early fifties, and the goings on in and on behalf of North Korea up to Kim Jong-un, its current leader. He deals with local detectives, CIA operatives and South Korean agents. Along the way Fulgham prevails in at least two shoot-outs, avoids an attempted poisoning, goes fishing twice, and succumbs to the wiles of at least two beautiful women. He also manages to enjoy more than his fair share of Jack Daniels whiskey and Marlboro cigarettes.
In fact, the product placements in this novel could be predictive of future cinematographic treatment for the fast paced and tightly wound plot line.
At the end of the book the author includes a glossary of Acronyms and a Reading Group Guide. Missing is an Order Form. More than one reader might want to contact the distillery gift shop in Lynchburg to order black silk pajamas bearing the JD monogram. John Fulghum picked his up somewhere.
Fast paced. Interesting twists. Satisfying conclusion. No loose ends. I liked it.
It was amazing.
Zimbell House Publishing
Reviewed by Sandi Cunningham /Goodreads Giveaway Recipient
This interesting, fictional novel details the Roma resistance fighters from the beginning of the Gypsy Holocaust prior to the Jewish Holocaust and WW II. This extended family of German Roma Gypsies escape to Russia and become trained assassins while continuing to live, love, marry and have children.
Both men and women in the families are sent on many assignments throughout Europe and help to bring more of their family out of Nazi Germany and the prison camps. Their eventual slaughter is planned by the Communist USSR they work for, but they try to escape to the Western Taiga region. Hardship and living off the land, as Gypsies had done for ages, become their lives for years while living in Gypsy Caravan wagons. The culture of the Roma, including fortune-telling, self-sufficiency and family life, depict a different view of one of the hated, considered asocial races during the prewar era.
Throughout one wonders what will become of this growing family and all they love. It is a quick read, a fascinating look at Socialist/Communist life and a group of endearing characters, in spite of their dangerous work as killers and spies.
Reviewed by Kayla Tornello /Goodreads Giveaway Recipient
Reviewed by Chad /Goodreads Giveaway Recipient
I received this book through the goodreads giveaway program. What a great program and I thank all those involved in getting this book into my hands.
Zimbell House Publishing, LLC
Reviewed by Ross A. Phelps (Author of Lleyellyn)
This collection of interrelated noir crime stories is a far cry from the tales of gumshoes tracking figurines made on the island of Malta or delving into backroom deals involving the Los Angeles water supply. No Robert Mitchum, Humphrey Bogart or Jack Nicholson private eyes here.
It’s true, John Fulghum, private investigator, has a dingy upstairs office and enjoys his Marlboros, Jack Daniels, and betting on the ponies. His cases could be ripped from today’s headlines. His clients are old friends from his military past, law enforcement colleagues, clandestine government agents, officers of multinational corporations, members of Congress, and the like. And he gets paid more. A lot more.
Think Matthew McConaughey, perhaps, for the role of Fulghum, ex-special forces, with contacts everywhere.
In these fourteen stories, Fulghum takes on the mob, drug dealers, industrial spies, Muslim terrorists, and other miscreants.
My favorite might be Brown Recluse Bust. Health inspectors and pest control experts have never meant so much to national security.
Farnsworth, a former military officer and current consultant to intelligence agencies and law enforcement, brings an insider’s point of view to his stories. He has added a helpful glossary of acronyms to give the reader special cache to the vernacular of clandestine international intelligence and crime solving.
If you like non-stop action and a hero who has what it takes to tackle today’s enemies, both private and public, this book is for you.
Fortunately for his fans, the author has recently released volume two of the John Fulghum Mysteries. The John Fulghum Mysteries Vol. II is available at Amazon.com.