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He Needed Killing
     

He Needed Killing

3.7 75
by Bill Fitts
 

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Book 1 in the Needed Killing series. When several employees get ill from tainted potato salad and one actually dies, the university issues the customary condolences and goes right on with business as usual.

When the son of a prominent Shelbyville family demands an investigation into suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of his friend and lover, the

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Book 1 in the Needed Killing series. When several employees get ill from tainted potato salad and one actually dies, the university issues the customary condolences and goes right on with business as usual.

When the son of a prominent Shelbyville family demands an investigation into suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of his friend and lover, the university is forced to pay attention. Action must be taken, and the university provost knows just the man for the job.

Recent university retiree James Crawford isn’t sure he’s qualified to investigate a suspicious death, but he finds it impossible to turn down the provost’s request. Thrust into the role of private eye, Crawford finds that murder begets murder, and he is soon on the trail of a ruthless killer. Can Crawford expose the murderer before someone else is killed?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045030823
Publisher:
Bill Fitts
Publication date:
10/18/2012
Series:
Needed Killing , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
174,667
File size:
569 KB

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Meet the Author

Bill Fitts was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, graduated from Princeton University, and has made his living as a sailor, salesman, underwriter, account executive, accountant, systems administrator, information specialist, and, currently, professional writer. Bill has lived in Alabama, Florida, the Panama Canal Zone, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Georgia. He and his wife now live in Vero Beach, Florida, with their two cats, Hawk and Amos. Bill is the author of the Needed Killing Series, cozy mysteries with a southern flair, and the young adult fantasy series Song of Narne, epic adventures in a magical world. He credits the EF4 tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, for giving him the impetus to retire from the University of Alabama and start writing professionally, and his wife for giving him the support, encouragement, and editorial assistance necessary to be successful at his new profession.

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He Needed Killing 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
reata More than 1 year ago
I just finished "He Needed Killing." I loved it. I know that isn't a very good review of the book so I'll try to do better. . . . This book is Southern in the best sense of the word. I haven't heard some of the language from the book since my Grandmother "passed." The book may seem to start slow, but the beauty is, that without realizing it, you are captured and can't wait to turn the page. It has been a while since I've heard great southern expressions presented in a way that lack sarcasm and show appreciation for true southern linguists. Attention to detail and the simplistic depth to detail is jaw dropping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was wonderful to read a mystery-crime story without all the blood and gore. The main character was fun to get to know. He was a regular man who eats at home.....a nice change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad to have a new author in the tradition of Robert Parker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun book with well-drawn characters (both human and pet). If you like Robert B. Parker's Spenser mysteries, you'll almost certainly like the Needed Killing Series. Crawford, narrator and amateur sleuth, is charming and witty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! Detective James F. Crawford reminds me of great detectives found in Anne George or Robert Parker mysteries!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I figure I owe you a review. I loved the writing style, the characters and the plot. I couldn't get past the extras. I stopped reading when you went into detail about how he cleaned his gas grillwith the stone thing, took meat out to thaw (no wait, he meant to but forgot), what went into the rib sauce. Way too much. Please keep writing. I like your style, we don't need to know EVERYTHING though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book needs killing. Incrdibly boring. Couldnt get past pg 71 it was so boring. Dont waste time with this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished reading "He Needed Killing" and immediately bought the second in the series ("He Needed Killing Too"). I really enjoyed them both. They are fun and easy to read. They remind me of books by my two favorite authors, Lawrence Sanders and Stuart Woods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read love the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An unexpected murderer is found at the end
Xanxbpx2 More than 1 year ago
There is no superhero, no nuclear destruction, just a very fine read. You believe the characters and the settings are real. The story moves along, you LIKE the main character, and you want more. Since there is at least one more in the series, that's ok also. Just read it- you will be glad you did.
cmgtegmom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I love a mystery that gives you clues throughout and when you get to the end you go "OF Course!" Why didn't I see that all along! Loved James F. Crawford and his animal pals
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the storyline and the characters were good, there was way too much trivial detail. The character makes spaghetti for dinner, and we have pages of nuking the frozen sauce, testing it, renuking it, taking out the double boiler, warmign the sauch in the top, cooking the spaghetti in the bottom, blah blah blah. I just wanted it to stop!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.  Great characters, great story.  Looking forward to the second book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish this book. I made it halfway through, to the excrutiatingly detailed description of preparing a spaghetti dinner, when I threw up my hands in surrender. Halfway through and the murder mystery was JUST starting. The author has potential; the writing flows smoothly, but the author needs to learn which elements are important to support the story and which are not. Cut out about 50% of this book and it might be worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read both books and look forward to the next in the series. It is refreshing to read a mystery with out all of the blood. I am from the south so I could really relate to places, food, and southern language references.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our hero, Crawford, is a delight; the kind of guy you wish was your neighbor.  The storyline kept me hooked, and Fitts does a wonderful job of painting his daily life.  Love the details--they made me KNOW him and how his mind works.  Can't wait to read the second!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To much time spent writing aboout what the main character had for dinner
Z-Reader More than 1 year ago
What a great first book!  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet James Crawford.  Apparently Mr. Fitts took the adage "Write what you know" to heart.  The book has a strong sense of character and place. It reminds me of books by Dick Francis - I always enjoyed getting to know his protagonists and the worlds they lived in.   I only know the world of British racing through those books; however, having lived in a university town, I can vouch that Mr. Fitts has captured that experience with insight and humor.  Looking forward to more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a mystery fan for a long time. My only comment is, so does this one (need killing, that is)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this story. It went into too much daily discription to suit me. Somewhat boring but I kept reading to see "who did it" and it was pretty much expected. I don't recommend this book unless you want to read some "fluff".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow moving - is taking me a long time to read it as I had difficulty getting interested in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kinda boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my cup oftea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago