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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.
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 11 months after purchase)
on March 22, 2013 :
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 22 days after purchase)
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 40 days after purchase)
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 36 days after purchase)
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 31 days after purchase)