She Needed Killing

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Book 3 in the Needed Killing Series. Newly licensed PI James F. Crawford had never considered taking his cat to the local folk festival. But when a friend wants The Black for a photo shoot, Crawford obliges. That a snake will be part of the shoot is just the first surprise in store for Crawford. Snakes, arson, blackmail . . . this festival will be unlike any other in the history of Jemison County. More

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About Bill Fitts

The Needed Killing Series: Cozy Mysteries with a Southern Flair

Writers do not create their works in a vacuum. Or so I believe. They are influenced, sometimes consciously, often unconsciously, by the world around them—by the people they know, the movies and TV shows they watch, the plays and concerts they attend, and, of course, by the books they read.

From the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew to Perry Mason and Nero Wolfe, I was raised on a steady diet of detective stories. Later, I added to my reading list such authors as Dorothy Sayers, Dick Francis, and Robert B. Parker. They and 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, 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.

I also owe an odd kind of thank you to the tornado that swept across parts of the South, including Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 27, 2011. My wife and I came through the tornado physically unharmed, but our lives were changed forever. Like others who have survived an event of such enormity, we began to assess our needs and wants, our hopes and dreams from the perspective of survivors—with the visceral understanding that life is short and the future uncertain.

As a result, I retired from the University of Alabama in September 2011 and took up writing mysteries. I am having a wonderful time, and I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them. It’s too late for me to keep the day job.

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Review by: Ann Z on Sep. 30, 2013 : star star star star star
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!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Louis Jenks on July 30, 2013 : star star star star star
Just finished "She Needed Killing". Excellent! The best yet, they just keep getting better! But now I am afraid of strange snakes, oh well.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Harlon Smith on July 23, 2013 : star star star star star
Just finished reading this book and it was a great read just like the previous two. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to #4. I like the fact that animals are involved in your books.
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