He Needed Killing Too

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Book 2 in the Needed Killing series. Dr. Douglas was often described as a man who “needed killing.” When someone takes the description literally and puts a bullet through his head, the provost calls in James Crawford. As Crawford tackles his second case as a private eye, he also wrangles with the particulars of becoming a licensed detective, including the burning question of business cards. More

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ISBN: 9781301884650
About Bill Fitts

The Needed Killing Series: Cozy Mysteries with a Southern Flair

I don’t believe it matters how long it takes you to find your calling--as long as you find it eventually. I certainly took the long way around to becoming a writer.

The path I took--part-time jobs from the seventh grade through college, Merit Scholarship winner, Presidential Scholar, Princeton University dropout, communications technician in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Princeton University graduate, group insurance salesman, underwriter, account executive, management accountant, tax accountant, software installer, systems administrator, computer help desk employee, Unix support provider, webserver administrator, online learning systems administrator, and tornado survivor--made me a different writer than I would have been had I skipped any of the stops along the way. With the possible exception of the tornado, I’m glad to have experienced them all. The tornado did make one thing clear. If I wanted to write, I’d better get to it. In September 2011, with my wife’s encouragement, collaboration, and editorial support, that’s what I did.

Fortunately, all that time I wasn’t writing, I was reading—I started out with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, moved on to Perry Mason, Nero Wolfe, Sherlock Holmes, and later added to my reading list such authors as Dorothy Sayers, Dick Francis, and Robert B. Parker. They and many other writers helped shape my understanding of how to construct a mystery and fueled my love of a good whodunit. Authors outside the genre, notably Robert A. Heinlein and J. R. R. Tolkien, kindled my imagination as a young reader and engendered in me a love of reading that continues to this day. I thank them all for the many wonderful hours I have spent in cloud-cuckoo-land, from the English countryside to the streets of Boston to the far reaches of outer space.

Since the tornado of April 27, 2011, my wife and I have published five murder mysteries—the first five books in the Needed Killing Series. There are lots more of them to come--I’ll never run out of people who need killing. Plus, I’ve got books in another genre waiting to be written.

Having taken a long and winding road to this calling, my wife and I are having great fun writing books. Try one of them and see if you don’t have fun too.

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Review by: Ann Z on Sep. 27, 2013 :
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!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Katie Perry on March 22, 2013 : (no rating)
I enjoyed He Need Killing so I also read this second in the series and liked it even better. I particularly enjoyed the setting of the large university campus having spent my career on one! I recommended both these to my book club as anyone who enjoys a good mystery will have a good time reading these!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Margaret Collins on Feb. 18, 2013 :
Great fun and a good read. Love Crawford's relationships with his pets. Warms any dog or cat lovers heart. Looking forward to his next adventure.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Audrey Driscoll on Dec. 31, 2012 :
This is the cleverly titled second novel in the "Needed Killing series by Bill Fitts, featuring James Crawford, a retiree who unexpectedly becomes a private investigator. This time the victim is an unpleasant, rifle-loving fellow who runs the University Press. The story leads readers through the world of academic publishing and the personalities associated with it, some of whom are suspects and one who turns out to be the murderer.
Like the first book, this is a leisurely yet engrossing read. Occasional diversions into topics such as food, football and firearms, along with the intricacies of campus computer networks and relational databases add texture and interest.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Anne G on Nov. 17, 2012 :
The second book about Crawford and his pets does not disappoint. Another murder follows hard on the heels of Crawford's first case and he must exercise all his "little gray cells" to find the killer. Like the first book in the Needed Killing Series, this one is distinguished by witty dialogue and all-round good writing. I eagerly await the next book about Crawford, Tan, and The Black. Set in the Deep South (which is lovingly, though objectively, portrayed), the novel should be well received by fans of Robert B. Parker and Dick Francis.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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