He Needed Killing Too

He Needed Killing Too

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by Bill Fitts
     
 

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Book 2 in the Needed Killing series. Dr. Philip Douglas was often described as a man who “needed killing.” When someone takes the description literally and puts a bullet through his head, the provost calls in James Crawford. As Crawford tackles his second case as a private eye, he also wrangles with the business side of becoming a licensed detective.

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Book 2 in the Needed Killing series. Dr. Philip Douglas was often described as a man who “needed killing.” When someone takes the description literally and puts a bullet through his head, the provost calls in James Crawford. As Crawford tackles his second case as a private eye, he also wrangles with the business side of becoming a licensed detective.

"I've been thinking about getting business cards." My good friend and the head of the Shelbyville homicide unit stared at me.

"Business cards?! You need to take this seriously, Crawford. You remember that what you are doing can be dangerous, don't you? Enforcing traffic laws can get a cop killed! How much more dangerous is a known murderer?"

The suspects include three authors Dr. Douglas recently angered. Was one of them angry enough to kill? Crawford will need all his wits about him to unravel the tangled threads of this case.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045030847
Publisher:
Bill Fitts
Publication date:
10/18/2012
Series:
Needed Killing , #2
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
112,526
File size:
632 KB

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Meet the Author

The Needed Killing Series: Cozy Mysteries with a Southern Flair

I don’t believe it matters how long it takes you to find your calling--as long as you find it eventually. I certainly took the long way around to becoming a writer.

The path I took--part-time jobs from the seventh grade through college, Merit Scholarship winner, Presidential Scholar, Princeton University dropout, communications technician in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Princeton University graduate, group insurance salesman, underwriter, account executive, management accountant, tax accountant, software installer, systems administrator, computer help desk employee, Unix support provider, webserver administrator, online learning systems administrator, and tornado survivor--made me a different writer than I would have been had I skipped any of the stops along the way. With the possible exception of the tornado, I’m glad to have experienced them all. The tornado did make one thing clear. If I wanted to write, I’d better get to it. In September 2011, with my wife’s encouragement, collaboration, and editorial support, that’s what I did.

Fortunately, all that time I wasn’t writing, I was reading—I started out with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, moved on to Perry Mason, Nero Wolfe, Sherlock Holmes, and later added to my reading list such authors as Dorothy Sayers, Dick Francis, and Robert B. Parker. They and many other writers helped shape my understanding of how to construct a mystery and fueled my love of a good whodunit. Authors outside the genre, notably Robert A. Heinlein and J. R. R. Tolkien, kindled my imagination as a young reader and engendered in me a love of reading that continues to this day. I thank them all for the many wonderful hours I have spent in cloud-cuckoo-land, from the English countryside to the streets of Boston to the far reaches of outer space.

Since the tornado of April 27, 2011, my wife and I have published five murder mysteries—the first five books in the Needed Killing Series. There are lots more of them to come--I’ll never run out of people who need killing. Plus, I’ve got books in another genre waiting to be written.

Having taken a long and winding road to this calling, my wife and I are having great fun writing books. Try one of them and see if you don’t have fun too.

If you enjoy the Needed Killing Series, please consider leaving a review at the website where you purchased the book.

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He Needed Killing Too 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Needed Killing Series lives up to the promise of the first book (He Needed Killing). I am already in love with Crawford and his magnificent cat, The Black. I eagerly await the next book by Mr. Fitts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed "He Needed Killing Too" which I bought immediately after I finished the first book ("He Needed Killing Too"). The books are fun and easy to read. They remind of books written by two of my favorite authors Lawrence Sanders and Stuart Woods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first. Can't wait for book three. I hope there will be a 3rd!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bill Fitts' second book is even book is even better than his first.  HE NEEDED KILLING TOO is more polished, better paced, and more satisfying in its conclusion.   His hero James Crawford is still learning his new trade, still enough of an amateur to vex his friend the cop but enough of a tech wizard to be able to unlock clues the police can't decipher. Unlike Nero Wolf, he does his own cooking; some  of his recipes are worth a try.  I look forward to the future exploits of this likeable nerd detective.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author needs to take a course in proper writing technique and hire an experienced editor! Too plodding and boring to even finish. Will archive it in hopes of a desperately needed rewrite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I could have gotten my P.I. license and business cards before he figured out who the murderer was. It was pretty evident. The first (free) book was so much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I start a book, I always TRY to finish it. Ait was hard to do with this one. Not enough real detecting to keep my intrest. Too much rehashing about the university. The book was O K , and some may really like it, thats why I gave it a 3. I dont want to say I didnt like it, but it really wasnt my kind of crime solving book, but to an extent I enjoyed parts of it. It was kind of refreshing to read something different, if a little to long.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Liked it. Sometimes a bit much info but overall ok. 508 Nook pages. DW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the first two books in this series. I enjoyed them both. However, the first one often had lengthly descriptions about preparing meals. This one is more succinct which is an improvement. It's longer but easier and faster to read without too many wasted scenes. I may have liked the actual mystery better in the first book. In both it is fairly easy for the reader to solve the mystery.
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Z-Reader More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first!  I enjoyed the first book in the Needed Killing series and was delighted to discover the second.  We continue to get to know Crawford and his friends as he sets out to investigate another murder. Solving this mystery requires Crawford to spend more time interviewing suspects than sitting at his computer, but his tech skills are still helpful.  This is a "cozy" mystery with realistic, likable characters and a strong sense of place.  I recommend it!
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I enjoyed the story and the charcters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a fun and easy read. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story.a nice story line .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good as his first one and you need to read it if you havnt