Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Shark in my Mailbox

Last night I went to the mailbox (I go at night as I walk the dog) and found a book inside. I hadn’t ordered a book.

But I got one. From Robert Fate, author of the Baby Shark series.

You gotta admire a guy who’ll send an Internet friend an ARC of his latest book when he knows that person is not a professional reviewer. She’s just a reader who really loves Baby Shark (and for all you men out there, my husband likes the series as much as I do).

This is the fourth in the series. The other titles are:
Baby Shark
Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues
Baby Shark’s High Plains Redemption
And now: Baby Shark’s Jugglers at the Border

Here’s the back cover blurb:
October 1958 -- When Otis Millett’s estranged wife, Dixie Logan aka The Dallas Firecracker, as she was known on the Texas striptease circuit, is murdered, it spurs a manhunt that pairs Kristin and Otis with Lt. Carl Lynch, a straight-arrow homicide detective with the Fort Worth PD.

This blending of by-the-book and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants investigative styles brings Kristin way too close to a ruthless cop-killing gang of bank robbers and their boss, a dreamy maniac who lives with his mother and hears voices.

The question that endangers Kristin’s life and leads to a chase from Fort Worth to New Mexico is where did Dixie hide the bank heist loot?

Hold on tight -- once again bad men learn too late they should have taken Baby Shark seriously.
I’ll post a review of Baby Shark’s Jugglers at the Border when I finish reading it. But to hold you until then (and maybe even entice you to order Fate’s books), here’s a few reviews the Baby Shark series has received -- and these are from reviewers who know a good book when they read one:
“Pool shark-turned-PI Kristin Van Dijk, could give Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer a run for his money in the toughness department.”
-- Publishers Weekly

“Love her or hate her, everyone knows Baby Shark is lethal. A highly diverting series.
-- Kirkus - Starred Review

“For those who love the no-frills, first person, hard-boiled style, this series is a delight.”
-- Elliott Swanson - Booklist
Here’s what I say: Thank you Bob.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, Baby Shark is calling my name.
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  1. Happy reading. :) I get those surprises in the mailbox now & then myself. Free books some author would like me to review. Once in a while a real gem, too.

    The Old Silly From Free Spirit Blog

  2. They do put a smile on your face, don't they? I've read the first three in this series - and had been missing Baby Shark.

  3. Love the titles of your blog posts, Helen. They always get my attention! Happy reading!
    Karen Walker

  4. Hi Karen. It's always fun to have a book that you know is going to be a good read - and it's there waiting for you to pick it up and get started.

  5. Gee, those are great reviews. Good enough to well...kill for. (Grin) I've a feeling this will be an easy and good review for you, but, do you feel in pressure to say something positive in light of the other good ones? Reviewing would be tough for me.

    Best Regards, Galen

  6. Galen, reviewing is tough, I agree. But since I'm not a professional and no one pays me to review, it's easier. I review the books I like and I wouldn't review the ones I don't. I have no desire to hurt a fellow author - and I also think that my not liking a book does not mean that others won't love it. (Was that enough negatives in one sentence? no...not...not...won't)

  7. Wow Helen, nice surprise! Enjoy reading the book. I can't wait to hear what you think of it - sounds like a great series. Happy sigh. More books to put on my virtual bookshelf to check out!

    Nancy, from Just a Thought…

  8. What a nice surprise!
    And don't underestimate the power of your voice in amongst those 'professional' reviews.

    L. Diane Wolfe

  9. He can put a shark in my mailbox any day. :)

  10. Jean, he even autographed it to me! Woo-woo.

  11. One reason for sending a book to you is hope for a little promo. In Robert's case, it's working. I had not heard of this series, but I'm sold by the cover blurb. I'm going to try the Baby Shark series.

    BTW, right after I joined Twitter, I started following Pop Syndicate. And right away, I won a book, just by being there--Marshall Karp's new Lomax & Biggs mystery, Flipping Out. And it's signed. Happy dance!!

  12. Look, Patricia! We're both doing the happy dance.

  13. Thanks for sharing about the shark in your mailbox. That was a good kind of shark to receive!

  14. What a nice surprise, Helen. And guess what, I received one, too. I have been a professional reviewer for a long time, although I don't do a lot of them, so I reviewed his other books.

    BTW, your review holds up next to the pros.

  15. Maryann, I'm covering my ears and singing. Don't tell me the ending!


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