Blue is for Murder (John Fulghum Mysteries, Vol. III)


By E. W. Farnsworth

Private Investigator John Fulghum knows it is more than his good fortune that brings this beautiful, intelligent Korean woman to his seedy second-story office above Joe’s Malt Shop.  Executive assistant and unlikely wife of a wealthy Boston centenarian, a Korean War hero, and now a murder victim, Kim Su Baek spins Fulghum an  incredible tale with  roots in the ancient Korean royal family.  Yet Fulghum believes her incredible tale and accepts the case to prove her innocent of murder.

To solve this case and exonerate his client, the Jack Daniels-loving gumshoe’s investigation must balance relationships among his Pulitzer-Prize winning girlfriend/reporter, Sylvia Blackwood; his friends-Boston Homicide Officer, Nigel Pounce, and CIA Agent, Ken Salamander;  and his client, as they become drawn into a deadly labyrinth designed by both sides of the conflict on the Korean peninsula.

The plot finally focuses on a plethora of suspects at the deceased man’s estate in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  The murky intrigue of this case causes a nail-biting succession of horrific deaths, culminating in attempts on the very lives of all our major characters.
Who will survive and who is guilty?

E. W. Farnsworth, creator of the John Fulghum Mysteries series, a noir detective collection of short stories,  presents Blue Is for Murder, John Fulghum Mysteries, Vol. III,  his first full-blown John Fulghum novel.  His fans, clamoring for more John Fulghum, are thrilled to know that two more novels are coming soon.

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1 review for Blue is for Murder (John Fulghum Mysteries, Vol. III)

  1. Zimbell House Publishing, LLC

    by E. W. Farnsworth
    Zimbell House Publishing, LLC
    Release date: January 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

    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 centurion.

    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 whiles 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.

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