Detroit area resident, Bob Moats, has been writing short stories and plays for as long as he can remember. He has lost most of his original stories, typed or handwritten, in the numerous moves he has made from his hometown of Fraser, Michigan to Northern Michigan, to Las Vegas and back to Fraser, where he now lives. Moats became one of the causalities of unemployment a year ago, and had time on his hands to finally pursue a life long dream of writing a full blown crime novel. Thus was born the first book, "Classmate Murders".What followed was a series of seven books starting with "The Classmate Murders" which introduces the main character, Jim Richards, who has to admit he has become a senior citizen, reluctantly. Richards, one day, receives an email from a childhood sweetheart asking for his help, but by the time he reaches her, she has been murdered. His life turns around and he is pulled into numerous murders of women from his high school who he hasn't seen in forty years. Along with a friend of his, Buck, a big, mustached biker, they go off to track down the killer before he can get to one former classmate, Penny Wickens, a TV talk show host who Jim has just fallen for while protecting her. The killer is also murdering the women right out from under police protection, driving homicide detective Will Trapper crazy, and he slowly depends on Jim to help. There's humor, suspense, wild chases across suburban Detroit with cops, classic cars and motorcycle clubs; murder, mayhem, a good amount of romance and a twist ending.Jim and his crime fighters, continue in the other books, traveling to Las Vegas twice, back to Detroit and out to New York to solve murders involving dominatrix; mistresses; Bridezillas; magic, strip clubs and more.
Kennel Murdersby Bob Moats
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Late night raids on two dog kennels results in stolen, expensive show dogs and a murder. Jim Richards is asked by one kennel owner to help find the dogs, but Jim is out of commission by a broken leg. He puts Buck on the case and then Penny gets involved with a big dog show at a hotel arena. Two more dogs are stolen at the dog show and Lynn gets involved on the case. Lynn and Penny end up tracking down more dog thefts, could this be a crime wave? Deacon is assigned the murder of the kennel employee and another murder of one of the dog snatchers. Everyone but poor Jim is running around Las Vegas hunting missing dogs now being ransomed. Plenty of fur raising fun in this 29th Jim Richards book.
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So-so. This book was only about 100 pages of actual story. More like a novella than an actual book. Seems like the books are getting shorter and more expensive. I have to admit that I wasn't able to determine the true bad buy. This one was a surprise to me but other than that, the book was rather dull. Once again, we hear about each and every shopping trip that Penny takes and each time the dog Willie is picked up or put in his purse. I like all the characters but the later books just seem to be filled up with repetitive dialogue and actions from earlier books. Maybe enough is enough and the series needs to come to an end.
As usual this book of Bob Moats' murder series was great, but I don't like paying for a book that the first 14 pages are "reviews" followed by "look who is reading my books now"•••by "wants more reading" in Myrtle Beach SC