Of Mice and Murderers: Book 1 in The Z-Detective Series

Of Mice and Murderers: Book 1 in The Z-Detective Series

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by John Stockmyer
Meet Big Bob Zapolska (Z for short), an unlicensed private eye whose healthy disregard for legal "technicalities," lands him in the middle of some interesting situations. Z may be a loner. He may be a loser. He may, in fact, be a dangerous pyromaniac. But if someone has cheated you --- if someone is crowding you --- it's good to have the Z-man on your side! Book #1


Meet Big Bob Zapolska (Z for short), an unlicensed private eye whose healthy disregard for legal "technicalities," lands him in the middle of some interesting situations. Z may be a loner. He may be a loser. He may, in fact, be a dangerous pyromaniac. But if someone has cheated you --- if someone is crowding you --- it's good to have the Z-man on your side! Book #1 in the Z-Detective Series.

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John Stockmyer
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Z-Detective Series , #1
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John G. Stockmyer is an individual whose irrepressible creativity has manifested itself in many ways: as a poet, teacher, produced playwright, author, co-owner of an educational materials business, creator of a time-machine simulator, and, more recently, as a podcaster and producer of eBooks. During his career he has received awards for scholarship, numerous teaching awards and, as a writer, was a Thorpe Menn finalist.He is the co-author of three non-fiction books: Unleashing the Right Side of the Brain - The Stephen Greene Press, Life Trek: The Odyssey of Adult Development - Humanics, and Right Brain Romance - Ginn Press. He is also the author of over 25 works of fiction, including the Crime/Hard-Boiled "Z-Detective" Series, and the Science-Fiction/Fantasy "Under The Stairs" Series. He has also written a quirky vampire novel titled, The Gentleman Vampire.John G. Stockmyer is now semi-retired from a 40+ year career as an Ancient/European History Professor at Maple Woods Community College, but still teaches and writes part-time. He currently lives in the Midwest with his wife Connie.

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Of Mice and Murderers - Book 1 in The Z-Detective Series 3.2 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 206 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be honest, had this book not been free, I wouldn't have downloaded it. It was a nice surprise. If you don't like mysteries or detective books, this is NOT the book for you! Although I'm not used to his writing style, it did NOT turn me off. As the book progressed I was so involved with the story that I didn't care about the way it was written - actually enjoyed the style as it fit with the main character as far as the way he though and acted. I wrongly assumed I knew how the story would end, but Stockmyer really pulled the rug out from under my theory and I always love when that happens! I think many will agree - there is Nothing worse than being able to solve the mystery in the first few chapters and actually be correct! I did a search and got both #2 and #3 of the series. I won't claim this is the best ever, but I am glad I gave it a shot!
Cecie Stoltz More than 1 year ago
WAAAAYY too much cussing! Also the fact that he's "cuddling" with a girl that's young enough to be his daughtor. Eww.
cindy hart More than 1 year ago
The story line kept you interested and wanting to figure out 'who done it' I also appreciated that there were not so many characters that you couldn't keep track of everyone. Good book well worth reading if you are a true mystery/detective reader.
Hello-Kitty More than 1 year ago
On my Nook it was 559 pages and after 59 pages I should have switched to another book, but I stayed until the end. I didn't like his writing style, his punctuation, his two word sentences, his one line paragraphs, or his descriptions about things that were soooooooo unimportant. ZZZZZZZZZZZ good night
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, the storyline may be halfway decent, but it is soooo hard to get through all sentence fragments and other grammatical problems. And, no, I am not a grammar snob; and yes, I understand the style is to be interpreted as conversational. But really, how did this thing get published? Did an editor really read this? I will not bother finishing this book - wish I could get a refund.
toadswoman More than 1 year ago
This started a tad slow, but it picked up and was pretty interesting. I liked the character of the PI and am ready to read the next book.
nookerCB More than 1 year ago
I am totally hooked on the "Z" series. Downloaded the 1st one free and then bought the rest. He can really tell a story, all interwoven, but connected in the end. Definite read!
Lee Osterloh More than 1 year ago
"Z" is quite a character. He uses is brain as well as his middle-age brawn to catch the "bad guys." Plot a bit simplistic.
Dawana More than 1 year ago
For a free book, this is a wonderful read. Mr. Stockmeyer shows a lot of promise to be a must read author.
Susan Newberry More than 1 year ago
Thought it would be better, will not read more in the series
Gloria Stere More than 1 year ago
I found it a quick and enjoyable read. I will now buy the next books go continue to enjoy 'Z'.
Michelle Gebhardt More than 1 year ago
figured it out less than half-way through but read to the end. skipped around a bit and ending was disappointing. but if what you are looking for is a lengthy free mystery this one is for you.
Antonia Cashore More than 1 year ago
Good character development and held interest
jmm More than 1 year ago
I can't recall how I found this fantastic author and his books--but I'm so glad that I did!!!  Until recently I lived in the metro Kansas City area, so the settings of the "Z" books are fairly familiar to me. I LOVE Z!!!  After reading this book I immediately purchased all the remaining Z books, as well as the author's other series (The Bandworld Series--first book is also free).  There is also a quirky vampire book "The Gentleman Vampire"--loved it also!!! But the Z books are my favorites!!!  I recommended them to other KC 'ex-pats'--Z is like a breath from home!!! Every book seemed to get better--I am so impressed with Mr. Stockmyer and his writing style, his characters (who I feel as if I know!)--I can't wait for more in the Z series!!! Thanks to the free books introducing me to the series, I have a new favorite author!!!  5 stars all through the series!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lessons learned from this author.... never use one adjective when five or six will do, and make sure your quotation marks, parentheses and commas work on your keyboard, as you will use them many, many times........
Slagle More than 1 year ago
I tried really hard to get into this book but it was impossible. I read the first 125 pages and gave up. I am not a fan of his writing style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in Kansas and visit KC often. I recognized the Nelson Gallery.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's kind of killing me that this guy puts unnecessary quotation marks around so many phrases, rather than just quotes. I'm 1/4 of the way in and the story is okay, but the jury is out on if it's good enough to convince me to be able to finish reading this - and I'm an avid reader who can count on one hand the books I've intentionally not finished
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In addition to smothering with details, sometimes this book reads like something from the Thirties...
rational-reader More than 1 year ago
Memorable protagonist, decent plot, lots of copyedit problems. The protagonist is a private detective with bad knees and friends of questionable value (and questionable morals).  Although Bob Zapolska, the private eye in question, has an immutable set of ethical guidelines, they do not prevent him from achieving his ends through the judicious (or unjudicious) use of fire.  He's a bit vulnerable and a bit obnoxious.  For example, one date with his girlfriend has them rollicking on the waterbed, but the very next date events intervene to deny him the opportunity to have sex, and he immediately questions the value of their relationship.  Or the idea that a character could be bisexual is presented as "warped" and "far, far, out."  Then there's s police detective he comes into contact with who — although he is black — sounds just like a white guy on the phone!  Those obnoxious elements made the character interesting, at least, but also left him stranded in some middle ground between hero and anti-hero. The plot unfolded reasonably well, although some plot devices were rather heavy-handed and Zapolska himself seemed a little fuddle-brained.  Still, not an outrageous story. The real problem is that the author is addicted to quotation marks, commas, ellipses, and exclamation points.  For example: "[...]an almost heart-shaped bottle with chiseled vertical grooves and a narrow 'pinched' neck.  A semi-circular container 'top' lying on its side beside the bottle."  Do we really need "pinched" and "top" set of with quotes?  And that pattern is repeated hundreds of times.  Commas flourish in separating adjectives with no need to be separated, as in "[...]a row of ten, closely-spaced columns[...]"  Again, a few times would not be a problem, but there are hundreds of unnecessary and distracting commas in the text.  Ellipses:  "Very...dead," and "To block away...the smell."  Why?  At least there are only scores of unnecessary ellipses instead of hundreds.  And the extra exclamation points: "The advantage of the chase swings from hunter to hunted!  Here, Lucas Terbrugghen would turn and fight!"  It reads like a Hardy Boys novel.  Overall, a fair story, a potentially interesting protagonist, but marred by so much unnecessary punctuation that I was taken out of the story again and again.
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