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May 3, 2013 Newsletter
 
 
PARIS BOOK EXPO - KILLER NASHVILLE'S AUTHORS AROUND THE WORLD

Great news continues from Killer Nashville's participation at the Paris Book Fair in Killer Nashville's Authors Around the World Tour.
From March 20-25, 2013, Killer Nashville authors who signed up were featured at the Paris Book Fair in Porte de Versailles (downtown) Paris.
Congrats to the following authors and their books:
 
Founded in 1927 by Albert Pigasse, Editions du Masque is the only French publishing house devoted exclusively to thrillers and suspense books. They were the first publisher of Agatha Christie in France.  And they’re looking at our authors (above)!


Congratulations!

to Ashley of
Oromocto, New Brunswick, Canada

for winning a copy of 

Courting Murder 

during the May 2013
Goodreads Book Giveaway
  


Courting Murder  
by Bill Hopkins


Previous Goodreads Book
Giveaway Winner of 

Courting Murder  

Michael of Tuscaloosa, AL
(April 2013)




COURTING MURDER
2012

Praise from Readers

You think you know "who done it," the plot twists and you're back to wondering how the book will end. Courting Murder has lots of interesting characters, a fast pace, and plenty of humor. All you need is a comfortable chair, an afternoon to kill, and you'll be courting a great read.

Bill Hopkins creates a marvelous cast of whacky characters in "Courting Murder," a book I couldn't put down. I fell in love with Rosswell, the Judge, and can hardly wait to read his further adventures.

Hopkins brings all his characters to life as the mystery deepens. The clues lead the reader from one possibility to the next, from one crime scene to yet another, culminating in a convoluted tale of small-town Missouri relationships.

"I finally got to read Bill Hopkins' book, Courting Murder. I took it on vacation with me and literally could not put it down. Started and finished today and couldn't even put it down long enough to fish, and I'm on the coast! Bill, you are really a terrific writer. I was hoping I'd like it but it was phenomenal! You blew my mind. Can't wait for the next one. You have some really quotable stuff in there. I especially liked the part about not even liking antonyms. Loved the people, especially that the Mensan is a rat."

“This book is engaging from the first page.  It's populated by a variety of colorful characters that would be fun to meet! There are plot twists that keep you guessing until the very end, and the story keeps moving. Intelligent and a lot of fun, it's hard to put down as you keep guessing ‘whodunit.’ Can't wait till the next one, so I can see all my zany new ‘friends’ again.” 
  
    
MOVING INTO FOREVER
   Poems from a Lifetime
                                                                                  
 
When Judge Rosswell Carew makes the gruesome discovery of two corpses on a river bank in the Missouri Ozarks, he's plunged into a storm of deadly secrets that threaten both him and his fiancee, Tina Parkmore. Unsatisfied with the way the authorities are conducting the investigation, Rosswell, who's always nurtured a secret desire to be a detective, teams up with an ex-con, Ollie Groton, to solve the case before the killer can murder again. Rosswell uncovers a maze of crimes so tangled that he must fight his way to a solution or die trying.

Author Reviews

 

“Bill Hopkins' debut mystery Courting Murder introduces characters who are truly characters--in the most entertaining sense of the word. Even the judge turns every stereotype you may have about judges on its head.” ~ Chris Roerden, author of Agatha winner Don’t Murder Your Mystery


“Here comes the Judge—he’s
stubborn, cranky, a bit sarcastic and completely charming. Bill Hopkins nails the voice! This is a big-time mystery in a small town—and you’ll fall in love with the place. Courting Murder  is guilty—of being terrific.  ~ Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity winner, author of  The Other Woman

“Bill Hopkins' insider knowledge of life behind the bench shines through in this debut mystery. His unexpected hero takes readers on a twisting ride full of snappy dialogue, murder, and mayhem.” ~ Jess Lourey, author of the Lefty-nominated "Murder-by-Month Mysteries"

Courting Murder is a promising series debut by judge-turned-novelist Bill Hopkins. Lively characters, a crafty plot, and an off-the-beaten track setting in Missouri make for a good read.” ~ Deborah Sharp, author of the ''Mace Bauer Mysteries.”

“The Verdict is in: Courting Murder is a winner! In his entertaining debut mystery, Bill Hopkins transports us to Bollinger County, Missouri, where Judge Rosswell Carew and a cast of colorful characters track down missing bodies, drug dealers, and murderers using their wits and a few extra-large dollops of homespun charm. A fun read!”
~
Alan Orloff, Agatha Award-nominated author of Diamonds for the Dead and the Last Laff Mystery Series

The author is a retired lawyer and associate circuit judge from Marble Hill, Bollinger County, Missouri. In this book, he successfully presents the flavor of Southeast Missouri in a humorous murder mystery where the main character is a judge turned detective who happened upon two murder victims in a state park, where he went to hunt for mushrooms.  How is that for a beginning?  Although suffering from a serious disease, he overcomes his health problems in pursuit of the killer.  The local sheriff admonishes him to stay out of the investigation, but of course he does not. Rosswell Carew, the judge, enlists the aid of an informant he sometimes jailed on minor charges, but whom he uses to keep abreast of the goings on in town, as he is bright and possessed of a fount of knowledge. We become involved in the judge's love life and enveloped with the local flavor of a small town where people congregate in the local café where kaefee-klotchers avidly discuss the hot topic murders.  Hopkins uses lots of humor in his character development with down-home dialogue making a charming chronicle.  He brings into the tale of all things, an annual infestation of hundreds of bikers to further confound and confuse the murder investigation." ~ Judge Arthur Litz, "Books in Brief" - Saint Louis Bar Journal/Spring 2013

“When a ruthless killer is on the loose, one can't idle and wait for someone else to find the answers. "Courting Murder" is a mystery from Bill Hopkins, a judge who uses his vast legal experience to tell the story of Judge Rosswell Carew, who finds two bodies disposed of on a river bank. Turning to unusual sources for answers, the Judge seeks to help the case along lest more lives be unjustly taken. "Courting Murder" is a riveting read that will prove hard to put down, recommended.”~ The Mystery/Suspense Shelf: midwestbookreview.com


“Novelist Bill Hopkins has retired as a lawyer and judge in Marble Hill, a town of 1,500 about 25 miles west of Cape Girardeau, in southeastern Missouri. But Hopkins keeps busy at the keyboard — and in “Courting Murder,” the starring role goes to Rosswell Carew, who just happens to be a judge who hears cases in Marble Hill.

The judge comes across two murder victims in a state park outside of town. The judge can’t resist the temptation to play detective. He teams up with a clever ne’er-do-well named Ollie Groton to sidestep the Bollinger County sheriff.

Hopkins spins a complicated plot that may leave some readers scratching their heads. But he also brightens his pages with splashes of local color. Take this colorful bit of dialogue, spoken in the local diner:

‘I never been outside the state of Missouri, except for the time I went to Piggott, Arkansas, back in ’95.’

Ollie said, ‘Why’d you go to Piggott?’

‘I wanted to find out why they named their town Piggott.’

‘Why did they?’ Rosswell said.

‘Never did find out. I got into a poker game with the sheriff, the moonshiner, the chief of police, the judge, the Baptist preacher, and the undertaker, who was also the biggest pimp in town. Did a lot of business in the back of his hearse. Anyway, lost my car and all my money. They drove me to the state line and kicked me from the Natural State into the Show-Me State. I was drunk. Hitched a ride to Poplar Bluff and rode the Greyhound back home. I figured I done good. Went down there in a two thousand dollar car and came back in a two hundred thousand dollar bus.’

The publisher, Southeast Missouri State University Press, deserves a salute for putting out a story that on many pages portrays southeastern Missouri in a less than flattering light.” ~ Harry Levins of Manchester retired in 2007 as senior writer of the Post-Dispatch. In the 1950s, in grade school and high school in Rutland, Vt., he survived the Sisters of St. Joseph.





Visit Courting Murder at ask.David.com.

Drawing on his love for the written word, retired judge Bill Hopkins shares his collection of poetry in Moving Into Forever. Hopkins takes a wry and humorous look at love, people, and the world in general, offering an incredible mixture of new and old, real and surreal. This collection of more than 130 poems is suffused with the rich imagery of nature, the rawness of emotion, and the intricacies of life. From such topics as "Love and Other Curlicues" to "People and Other Odd Things", Hopkins digs deep into the fabric of our existence. His dry, keen wit serves as the perfect foil for some of the more serious aspects we all experience in our daily lives. Bursting with human emotion, Moving Into Forever is a delightful, perceptive journey into our world, certain to captivate you for years to come.

Reviews

I highly recommend "Moving Into Forever" to anyone who admires language, poetry, and people who use it well. Our trips to Marble Hill, Missouri, Bill Hopkin's hometown--are always fun and rich with people, but now they hold memories written down for us all, by a poet who is definitely our own. ~ Mitch Jayne, author, musician, and one of the "Darling Boys" from Andy Griffith's Mayberry.


I've never liked poetry, except for Kipling's 'If'. Man, was I surprised. I found myself reading some of the poem's to my wife and then we'd laugh together. Some of the poems are humorous - some are poignant - all are good reads and telling. Writing is hard work. Letting others read your work is very personal. Thanks for letting us into your world, Bill. ~ Stan Crader, author of The Bridge

 
                               



KILLERFIND  
by
Sharon Woods Hopkins 
takes 1st Place for 
Best Novel of the Year from the Missiouri Writer's Guild 
at their annual conference.

Click here for all winners

Missouri Writer's Guild website
 
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