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Book Review: The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler

This review follows hot on the heels of a recent post of mine about detectives, pulp fiction and authenticity. The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler My rating: 3 of 5 stars Overall, I liked it. It was worth reading if only for Chandler’s essay of the same title of this collection of short […] The post Book Review: The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Pulp Fiction, Detectives and Authenticity: Open to Submissions

The legendary crime fiction writer, Raymond Chandler. wrote in his 1950 essay, The Simple Art of Murder: “Fiction in any form has always intended to be realistic.” For me, pulp fiction, detectives and authenticity go hand in hand. You may now breathe a sigh of relief now you know I am referring to detective or […] The post Pulp Fiction, Detectives and Authenticity: Open to Submissions appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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May 2020 Book of the Month Review

I woke up to a nice surprise this morning after checking my emails. The Readfreely May 2020 Book of the Month review was one of them. It was my book Mercy: Book One in the Detective Matt Deal Thriller series, so as I read their review and keeping my fingers crossed it would be a […] The post May 2020 Book of the Month Review appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Book Review: Walt’s Fault – A Walt Asher Short Thriller by Andrew Allan

My review below and look out soon for an author interview with Andrew Allan right here. Walt’s Fault: A Walt Asher Short Thriller by Andrew Allan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Enjoyable read in a genre I love. I particularly liked the author’s writing style – short, simple sentences in the crime noir school […] The post Book Review: Walt’s Fault – A Walt Asher Short Thriller by Andrew Allan appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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True Crime Investigators UK Launches Podcast

Many people are fascinated by true crime and a great number of podcasts in this area have been launched over the past few years. True Crime Investigators UK has just launched and it’s a podcast with a difference. How so? John and Sally who present the podcast and interview for the show were both police […] The post True Crime Investigators UK Launches Podcast appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Series of Quarantine Tales From Across the World #5

The fifth, and most probably last, in the series of quarantine tales from across the world. They include a tale from Israel and my own take on this abnormal time. First, the story from Jan L in Israel: We had no supermarket panics, since because of the political situation in the Middle East all the […] The post Series of Quarantine Tales From Across the World #5 appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Series of Pandemic Quarantine Tales From Across the World #4

Part four of the series of pandemic quarantine tales from across the world. This time it is the turn of two of my best fans, a lovely husband and wife team, who are voracious readers. They tell their stories in their own words. Tina C UK Where to start really lol. I’m still currently working. […] The post Series of Pandemic Quarantine Tales From Across the World #4 appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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COVID-19 STORIES: A Guest Post by Kelly Artieri

This guest post by Kelly Artieri is the third in the series of author guest posts about the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly is another good friend of mine though we have never met, but she did submit four stories to the multi-author anthology of murder mystery short stories, Death Among Us, which I compiled and co-edited. […] The post COVID-19 STORIES: A Guest Post by Kelly Artieri appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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COVID-19 STORIES: A Guest Post From Author Greg Alldredge

COVID-19 STORIES Once more, I’m delighted an author who I have collaborated with agreed to submit a guest post in the series of  COVID-19 stories. This time it’s Greg Alldredge who, with his wife, Connie, is stranded in Chennai, India. Over to you, Greg – Stephen Bentley Currently, we are in Chennai, India, our round […] The post COVID-19 STORIES: A Guest Post From Author Greg Alldredge appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Book Review: If It Bleeds by Stephen King

If It Bleeds by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars I must confess it’s some time since I read any Stephen King. I read a friend’s review of this book and thought ‘yes.’ I was put off by the extraordinary (and ridiculous) price of the Kindle but serendipity came to the rescue – […] The post Book Review: If It Bleeds by Stephen King appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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COVID-19 Stories: Guest Post by Author Linda Lee Kane

COVID-19 STORIES I am so pleased Linda L. Kane accepted my invitation to submit a guest post about her own thoughts on the pandemic crisis. Here is Linda’s contribution to COVID-19 stories – Stephen Bentley Instead of the nightly news being filled with fighting and war we are discovering that we are truly one world, all […] The post COVID-19 Stories: Guest Post by Author Linda Lee Kane appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Series of Pandemic Quarantine Tales From Across the World #3

Another story in the series of pandemic quarantine tales from across the world. This is the third in the series following on from here and here. This is from Tabitha B who lives somewhere in the United States. She too responded to my mailing list request for quarantine stories. Tabitha B US I don’t have […] The post Series of Pandemic Quarantine Tales From Across the World #3 appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Series of Pandemic Quarantine Tales From Across the World #2

This may end up being a series of pandemic quarantine tales from across the world, You may recall I recently wrote about the pandemic and one person’s experiences in the United Kingdom. That was a result of many of my mailing list subscribers responding to my question about quarantine stories they may have. This is […] The post Series of Pandemic Quarantine Tales From Across the World #2 appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Amazon Helps Out UK Indie Bookstores to the Tune of 1/4 Million

Amazon helps out indie bookstores is not a sentence most sane people expect to read, but it’s true. The Guardian newspaper says in their article: Amazon, the internet retail giant vilified for years as public enemy No 1 to booksellers, has been revealed as the surprise mystery benefactor that donated £250,000 to help UK bookshops […] The post Amazon Helps Out UK Indie Bookstores to the Tune of 1/4 Million appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Please Vote For My Book

One simple request. It will take two minutes so please vote for my book in the Read Freely Book of the Month Spot. Mercy: A Detective Matt Deal Thriller has been shortlisted as one of five out of fifty books to be selected as Book of the Month on the Read Freely website. This is […] The post Please Vote For My Book appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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The New Pandemic Abnormal Normal

Engagement with my mailing list is something I do strive for. I don’t think of it [the list] as merely names and numbers. These are real people. Real lives, real problems especially during these times of the new pandemic abnormal normal. Some are fans, many have read my books. It follows they know more about […] The post The New Pandemic Abnormal Normal appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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How Not to Win Friends Nor Gain Readers

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There are many ways to gain readers. After all without them, we writers would have no audience. This is one example of how not to win friends nor gain readers. I was flabbergasted to receive the email below from an American romance writer. Naturally, I have redacted details that would identify her. Suffice to say, […] The post How Not to Win Friends Nor Gain Readers appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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FREE REVIEW PROMO CODES FOR MY LATEST AUDIOBOOK

free review promo codes for my latest audiobook
There are a number of free review promo codes for my latest audiobook release, Mercy, a Detective Matt Deal Thriller. I stress they are only free if you intend to review the book. That’s why Audible issues the codes to rights holders like me. I have also joined up with StoryOrigin to offer promo codes […] The post FREE REVIEW PROMO CODES FOR MY LATEST AUDIOBOOK appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Authors Give Back Book Sale

authors give back book sale
The Authors Give Back book sale is live now on Smashwords. Some books are free and others discounted for a limited time only. For one month only, thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers will offer readers exclusive discounts on their ebooks. This sale is the direct result of several Smashwords authors requesting that Smashwords run […] The post Authors Give Back Book Sale appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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AND THE WINNERS ARE … #RAFFLECOPTER #GIVEAWAY

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And the winners are … DRUM ROLL … Nancy P of Florida, United States of America who wins the hardcover edition. Lexi Paige of Texas, United States of America who wins a paperback edition. Nancy and Lexi were chosen at random from the entries in my Rafflecopter giveaway. The first prize was a spanking brand […] The post AND THE WINNERS ARE … #RAFFLECOPTER #GIVEAWAY appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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