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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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Palm Beach Nasty

Palm Beach Nasty (Murder Mystery)
By Tom Turner
The Permanent Press
ISBN #978-1579623845
Price $29.00
304 Pages
Rating 4-Stars

“A Good Way To Pass A Few Hours.”

Palm Beach doesn’t see capital crime very often, and suddenly two murders are discovered, and homicide detectives Charlie Crawford and Mort Ott, both transplants from big cities, are concerned the homicides may be connected – but by different people. The lead suspect is a billionaire with lots of power and pull in Palm Beach.

The story and plot were good, but I had a lot of problems with the characters. Characterization was typical of new writers, but not seasoned authors. There was nothing unique. They just didn’t seem real, and made it look too easy taking down a billionaire – or even getting close to him. You can tell the author had fun writing the story, and I read it to the end, but I was glad when it concluded. It was a quick read, however, and a good way to pass a few hours relaxed with a mystery. The only real action was a couple cops getting into a fight in a bar, until a final chase scene to catch a couple hit men.

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Stories

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