He Needed Killing

Rated 4.67/5 based on 12 reviews
Book 1 in the Needed Killing series. When several employees get ill from tainted potato salad and one actually dies, the university issues condolences and goes on with business as usual. But another death cannot be ignored, and university retiree James Crawford is thrust into the role of private eye. Murder, he finds, begets murder. Can he expose the killer before someone else is killed? More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781301311330
About Bill Fitts

Bill Fitts was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, graduated from Princeton University, and has made his living as a sailor, salesman, underwriter, account executive, accountant, systems administrator, information specialist, and, currently, professional writer. Bill has lived in Alabama, Florida, the Panama Canal Zone, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Georgia. He and his wife now live in Vero Beach, Florida, with their two cats, Hawk and Amos. Bill is the author of the Needed Killing Series, cozy mysteries with a southern flair, and the young adult fantasy series Song of Narne, epic adventures in a magical world. He credits the EF4 tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, for giving him the impetus to retire from the University of Alabama and start writing professionally, and his wife for giving him the support, encouragement, and editorial assistance necessary to be successful at his new profession.

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Review by: MSmithMarston on April 24, 2014 :
I have just finished Book 1, He Needed Killing. A delightful read! So much to love! The characters are people we've known and loved - Rufus, Crawford, Bobby - and those loved not so much - Sean, Veronica. And poor, poor Albert. I love the weaving of technology through the story and its role in the solution and in the reveal as they say on home improvement shows. Fitts clearly has an insider's perspective on the lovelier parts of the historical South as he deftly refreshes the reality with updated experiences across all categories - gender, age, race, social station, and more. Great read!
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Review by: janice morris on Aug. 26, 2013 :
Good read easy to get into characters real.
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Review by: Miss Mary on Aug. 02, 2013 :
Love the writers' easy style and wit. This free book did the trick, I am hooked and buying the other two in the series. If there are any slow spots, as one reviewer writes, it is to give our brains time to digest what is coming at us so fast!
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Review by: Angela Arroliga on March 03, 2013 : (no rating)
Very well crafted...looking forward to more from this author
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Review by: Strayer on Dec. 21, 2012 :
I started reading this and got tired. I had to stop reading it and didn't want to. Ford is great and will carry the series well. I will look for the second book and buy it. Thank you so much for writing this. I love all the homey stuff and you do tech explanations so well. I have nothing negative to say about this book.
I flunked review 101. Or, I was sick the day they taught it.
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Review by: Beverly schneider on Dec. 20, 2012 :
Thoroughly enjoyable book, good plot and great characters (including the cat and dog).
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Review by: Audrey Driscoll on Nov. 25, 2012 :
He Needed Killing is billed as a "cozy mystery," and it's all of that. Retired university tech guy James Crawford has a delightfully relaxed, friendly narrative voice. Having spent some years on university campuses (in Canada)I could relate to the personality types and situations he describes. (In fact I've sometimes wondered why there aren't more murders in academia, given the intense animosities created by the "collegial system").
My main problem with this book is that it's very slow in spots. I don't object to slow books, but there were extensive sections here that seemed to have little relevance to the story -- detailed descriptions of Crawford cooking meals, for example, and a charming essay on barbecues. The denouement, when it comes, is perfectly satisfying. It turns our that our sleuth's grey cells were working out the mystery while he was cooking, socializing with his cat and dog and doing other everyday activities. Looking back I can see a number of details from these scenes that turn out to be clues later on, but all I could think of in these ruminative sections was "When is something going to happen here?"
The prose style is clean and straightforward, the voice and setting engaging, but the story bogs down too often. If I could give 3.5 stars I would, but since that's not possible I have to settle on 3.
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Review by: Anne G on Nov. 17, 2012 :
The first book in the Needed Killing Series is a delight. The narrator and amateur sleuth, one Crawford by name, along with his pets, Tan (a dog) and The Black (a cat), are a wonderful addition to the cozy mystery tradition. 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.
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Review by: Dianne Gowanlock on Nov. 11, 2012 :
A good read. I, being female, could of done without some of the 'guy' stuff, but I enjoyed how Crawford the main character reasoned his way to solving the crimes. His 'little grey cells' were being used even when the reader might think he was just floundering around.
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Review by: Ann Z on Nov. 09, 2012 :
Thoroughly enjoyed meeting James Crawford and his pals - looking forward to reading more of his adventures!
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Review by: Marilyn Staffo on Oct. 25, 2012 :
Loved this book!! Detective James F. Crawford reminds me of great detectives found in Anne George or Robert Parker mysteries!
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Review by: Mike Evans on Oct. 20, 2012 :
Great book, thanks. I just bought the next one. Now I know two people with a dog called Tan, even though one of them is fictional.
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Review by: A. Smith on Oct. 18, 2012 :
really good book you are a fantastic writer! hoping to read more! keep up the amazing work!
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