He Needed Killing Too

He Needed Killing Too

by Bill Fitts


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He Needed Killing Too by Bill Fitts

When James F. Crawford retired from the university he didn’t expect to become a private investigator. But Provost Rufus George wanted Crawford to investigate a suspicious death--and he wouldn’t take no for an answer. Turns out, Crawford has a knack for solving crimes. With his dog and cat as the perfect sounding board, he talks through the specifics of each case--posing questions to Tan and The Black and answering them himself. If you like your mysteries with a side of humor, give the Needed Killing Series a try.

The director of the University Press was often characterized as a man who needed killing. The Press’s authors and employees certainly wouldn’t disagree--even Peter the Gray, the office cat, detested him. So when someone puts a bullet through Philip Douglas’s head, Crawford has plenty of suspects to consider when he is once again thrust into the role of detective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988389335
Publisher: Borgo Publishing
Publication date: 02/14/2013
Series: Needed Killing Series , #2
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

I used to say that I grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, when, in truth, I only started growing older there. After nineteen years I left to go to college and, for the most part, spent the next twenty years aging somewhere else-New Jersey, Florida, Panama Canal Zone, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Then I returned to Tuscaloosa and continued the maturation process for another twenty-six years. In 2015 my wife and I moved to Vero Beach, Florida, where I hope to continue growing older for a good long time.

The locations I've lived in have had more influence on my mystery novels than on the fantasy series. The town of Shelbyville is based in large part on Tuscaloosa with some wrinkles from other locations thrown in to keep things interesting-and keep the inhabitants guessing. That's not to say that the places I've been aren't reflected in the fantasies-but most of the geography of Narne is imaginary.

While growing older, I've tried my hand at a number of jobs-newspaper collator, darkroom technician, farmhand, factory worker, sailor, salesman, underwriter, account executive, accountant, systems administrator, information specialist--and professional writer. As an author I find that those earlier experiences contribute to what happens in my novels-again more in the not-as-fictional mysteries than in the fantasies. There's just not enough magic in the real world.

Interestingly, the event that crystalized my decision to start writing full-time is one that I haven't used in any of my novels. The tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, destroying an eighth of the town-including the back half of my house-hasn't made it into any of my novels. Shelbyville and Narne have both been spared.

On the other hand, the support, encouragement, and editorial assistance my wife provides have been part of every novel since the beginning.

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.
For more information about my writing, visit my website www.billfittsauthor.com.

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He Needed Killing Too 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 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 11 months ago
I enjoyed this story for the most part. It grated my nerves when the author screwed up the Roman numeral system - eight is NOT XII her got the whole paragraph wrong. His copy editors failed him and, yes, small details irritate me! But, otherwise, a good story for a rainy day.
ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
Just couldn't get into this book. Loved the first one. That's why I bought the sequel. Wanted to like it. Read 70 pages, and nothing happened. About 515 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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