Ann Z

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  • He Needed Killing on Nov. 09, 2012

    Thoroughly enjoyed meeting James Crawford and his pals - looking forward to reading more of his adventures!
  • He Needed Killing Too 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!
  • She Needed Killing on Sep. 30, 2013

    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!
  • The Deacon Needed Killing on March 15, 2014

    Road trip! Crawford hits the road and takes us with him. Although he leaves Tan and The Black at home, he takes along his knack for solving murders. We get to meet engaging characters in a new locale. The book is tightly plotted but also filled with the rich descriptions and humorous insights into life in a small southern town that we've come to expect of Mr. Fitts. This is a great addition to the series!
  • Who Needed Killing? on Jan. 12, 2015

    Crawford returns to his old stompin' grounds in this book and we get to explore another part of Shelbyville while catching up with favorite characters from the earlier books. The twist in this mystery is that Crawford has to detect who, if anyone, has been killed before he can determine the how and why. An intriguing plot combined with Crawford's dry wit and insightful point of view make this book a welcome addition to the series.