She Needed Killing [NOOK Book]

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Book 3 in the Needed Killing Series. Newly licensed PI James F. Crawford had never considered taking his cat to the local folk festival. But when a friend wants The Black for a photo shoot, Crawford obliges. That a snake will be part of the shoot is just the first surprise in store for Crawford. Snakes, arson, blackmail . . . this festival will be unlike any other in the history of Jemison County.

"Mr. Crawford." Joyce Fines spoke as the group ...

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Overview

Book 3 in the Needed Killing Series. Newly licensed PI James F. Crawford had never considered taking his cat to the local folk festival. But when a friend wants The Black for a photo shoot, Crawford obliges. That a snake will be part of the shoot is just the first surprise in store for Crawford. Snakes, arson, blackmail . . . this festival will be unlike any other in the history of Jemison County.

"Mr. Crawford." Joyce Fines spoke as the group walked up.
"Dr. Fines. Nice to see you--"
"One of the reasons I agreed to this is that I've met you and between what Rufus has said about you and my own observations, I believe this can work."
Dr. Fines had been a suspect in Philip Douglas's murder and I had questioned her. I hadn't seen her since.
"I'm a member of the board of The Festival and chair of its executive committee, which is empowered to act for the full board. Understand?"
"Would this committee have the authority to hire consultants without prior board approval?"
I saw Ellen and Lenora glance at each other and nod. I hoped nobody thought I was so stupid as not to have seen that coming. Once Chad Harris had made a public accusation of blackmail, the board of The Festival had to investigate.
A hint of a smile appeared on Joyce's face. "A consultant such as a private investigator--yes, we have that authority."
"You do know that I've only investigated murders--up to this point." I said that out of some feeling that full disclosure was necessary.
The smile grew more apparent. "You're supposed to tell me that you've worked on a number of blackmail cases--zero being a number."
"And solved every one I've undertaken to my customer's complete satisfaction.”

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044664890
  • Publisher: Bill Fitts
  • Publication date: 7/17/2013
  • Series: Needed Killing, #3
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 168,428
  • File size: 385 KB

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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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    I think I'm addicted! This is the third book in the Needed Killi

    I think I'm addicted! This is the third book in the Needed Killing series and I hope there will be many more. Having read the first two books, picking up this one felt like settling down with a good friend to catch up on his adventures. This book takes us beyond the university and across the river to the site of an annual folk/arts/crafts/music festival.  Mr. Fitts is just adept at setting the scene for this mystery as he was at depicting university life in a southern town.  As in the earlier books, this one is sprinkled with stories that give more insight into each of the characters and their unique personalities.  Looking forward to book four!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    I just finished "She Needed Killing". It is officially

    I just finished "She Needed Killing". It is officially my favorite in the series. I recommend starting with the 1st book. It lets you get to know the characters, who are so well developed. I feel like I know Crawford and Bobbie.The needed killing series is great value for the money. If you're a southern mystery lover, these books are a must read. 

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