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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Ferguson Murder

The Ferguson Murder (Murder Mystery)
By Wayne Greenough
Devine Destinies
ASIN B009199H52
Price $4.99 (Kindle)
Rating 5-Stars

Someone has killed the biggest collector in town, and now other collectors are losing their collections and dying violently. Thanet Blake is an old fashioned private detective in the mold of Sam Spade and Philip Marlow. When a beautiful woman walks into his small office he thinks it’s someone’s joke, until she tells him she’s the daughter of the murdered collector and wants him to find the killer.

This was an interesting yarn with a lot of throwbacks to the old private eye novels of the 1940s, but in a contemporary setting. Collectors of rare comic books, old music, action figures, and serials and B-Westerns, are being murdered and their collections stolen. The author has fun describing the many different collections, and the odd characters that collect them. One individual collects everything to do with Flash Gordon, and calls himself King Voltan, and even dresses and talks the part. Another has become a living B-Western bad guy, and lives the part. An accident destroyed his face, so he had a plastic surgeon rebuild his features as a B-Western star.  Thankfully, no pulp collector named Tom Johnson was killed. I did figure out who the killer was early on, but there were still a few mysteries I had not figured out.

For fans of old private eye yarns, and even readers of modern mysteries, I think you will find this short novel a lot of fun. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson
Detective Mystery Stories

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