Trick or Treat Murders

Trick or Treat Murders

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by Bob Moats
     
 

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Halloween is approaching fast and Jim Richards is asked by his police friend Deacon to help figure out who is murdering one woman every year for the last fourteen Halloweens. They have given the suspect the name, “Trick-or-Treat Killer” but they have no idea who he is. Jim and Earl Daws go on a mission to track down the facts from the first murder that set up the rest

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Halloween is approaching fast and Jim Richards is asked by his police friend Deacon to help figure out who is murdering one woman every year for the last fourteen Halloweens. They have given the suspect the name, “Trick-or-Treat Killer” but they have no idea who he is. Jim and Earl Daws go on a mission to track down the facts from the first murder that set up the rest of the kills. Could it possibly be a dead boy who came back from the grave to murder his mother and the others? The investigation leads them to the miles of storm flood control tunnels under Las Vegas and the discovery of the homeless people who live there. One homeless man recovers Willy from a man who dog-snatched him from Penny and helps Jim navigate through the tunnels as they search for the killer. Will they find the killer in time to keep one last woman alive this Halloween? This is the 30th book in the series about the senior sleuth, Jim Richards and his crew of crime fighters.

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Review from Susan Houghton:

For a number of women in Las Vegas over the past 14 years, Halloween has been no treat; they have been murdered. One of the murders was caught on tape and inconceivably, it appears one of the dead woman’s son has come back from the grave – literally – to murder one mother every Halloween over the years.

Have no fear, this isn’t a book about a killer Zombie, but rather, just the next adventure for Jim and Penny Richards.

Jim is off his crutches and as usual, murder falls in his lap when Deacon asks for his help to find a killer before this year’s victim can be murdered. Before long, it seems as if everyone in the firm is involved in the case and they all contribute in their own way.

It is not all fun and games, though, as Jim and his crew end up in the tunnels below Las Vegas, where they discover an entire society of homeless people living. And it wouldn't be a Jim Richard’s book if Jim wasn’t helping someone less fortunate and in this case, it’s a homeless man who finds Willie, a toy Yorkie, after he was taken from Penny. This book gives us a look at the human face of homelessness plus a surprise for everyone when they find out who the homeless man is they are helping.

Can Jim and the rest of the gang save Trick or Treat for one woman? You’ll have to read Trick or Treat Murders to find out.

Editorial Reviews

Facebook - Susan Houghton
For a number of women in Las Vegas over the past 14 years, Halloween has been no treat; they have been murdered. One of the murders was caught on tape and inconceivably, it appears one of the dead woman’s son has come back from the grave – literally – to murder one mother every Halloween over the years.

Have no fear, this isn’t a book about a killer Zombie, but rather, just the next adventure for Jim and Penny Richards.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148424802
Publisher:
Magic 1 Productions
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Jim Richards Murder Novels #30 , #30
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
576,358
File size:
417 KB

Meet the Author

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.

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Trick or Treat Murders 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
One of his better books with reagrd to editing. Still a few errors throughout. It started out great and grabbed your interest. Then the book fell short and was more about the everyday lives of the characters than the actual murders. You knew very early on who the killer was. The ending seemed rushed and abrupt. While I like all the characters and enjoyed meeting Fred as a newly introduced member of the Richard's extended family, I wanted more about the mystery itself. It seemed like the murderer, the victims and the murder's motives took a back seat to the every day activities of Jim, Penny and crew. We already know that Penny likes to shop and that she and Jim are always in the shower together or cuddling, but I don't want to keep reading about it over and over again. At least Penny didn't get kidnapped in this book. The series is getting boring and extremely predictable in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bob Moats has written another great book in the Jim Richards saga. The characters have become like family. I highly encourage everyone to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this authors books very much, but some of them are way too short. I read them on my nook and they have big spaces between the paragraphs. The plot in this book is very well written though and I enjoyed it very much.