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.
Crawford had never considered taking his cat to the local folk festival. But when a friend wants The Black for a photo shoot, he obliges. That a snake will be part of the shoot is just the first surprise in store for him and his pets. Snakes, fortune tellers, arsonists, blackmailers . . . this festival will be unlike any other in the history of Jemison County.
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
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.