Archive for November, 2013

COPP FOR HIRE by Don Pendleton is 275pages in length in paperback form. This is #1 in Joe Copp series.




Joe Copp’s heard all the jokes about his name. He’s heard and seen a lot of things. Things you wouldn’t believe. Things they edit out of the late night news.

Joe walks the hard side. By choice. Joe’s a tough guy. Not mean…tough. Has to be in his line of work. Especially now.

A pretty young thing came to him too late to save her life. Then her roommate. A cruel, ugly death.

Now Joe’s got a case and no client, digging up answers and stepping over corpses–from night-time L.A. to the sex bars of Honolulu–in league with a Chinese vice lord, in love with a beautiful, dangerous woman, in dutch with some sadistic cops and a kinky politician, and in line for a morgue slab of his own.

The hard side. It’s murder.


I enjoyed getting to know Joe Copp.  He is gritty and seems to be in places where he shouldn’t be, but always comes out on top.  There is really no mystery to this, because you know what is going on from the start almost.  However, it is an interesting book and takes you from Los Angeles to Hawaii.

Definitely dated in that it appears to take place in the 60′s or 70′s.  There is some action, but not a lot, so if you are looking for the regular guns and blow-ups from the Executioner series, you would be disappointed.

I am giving this 3.5 out of 5.  I did not have to pick it right back up after I would stop for the day.  It was okay, but not great.  If I find the 2nd one in the series, I would give it another try as I did like Joe Copp, I just didn’t like the case he was on.

NO WIND OF BLAME by Georgette Heyer is 266 pages in paperback form. This is #5 in Inspectors Hannasyde and Hemingway Series.



Tragedy befalls the Carter family following an eventful visit from a Russian prince Alexis Varasashvil and a scandalous blackmail letter. When Wally Carter was killed, the superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway is confronted by a murder that seems impossible — no one was near the murder weapon at the time the shot was fired. Everyone on the scene seems to have a motive, not to mention the wherewithal to commit murder, and alibis that simply don’t hold up.

No one cared that Wally Carter was dead. Pity. But someone had cared enough to shoot him through the chest. Who the devil could it be? The inspector is sorely tried by a wide variety of suspects, including the neglected widow, Ermyntrude Carter, the neighbor who’s in love with her, her resentful daughter, and a patently phony Russian prince preying on the widow’s emotional vulnerability and social aspirations. And then there’s the blackmail plot that may — or may not — be at the heart of the case… The inspector reveals his unnerving talent for solving a fiendish problem.


I enjoyed this book and it was very interesting.  The language was dated and I was amazed at some of the words that were used to describe someone talking.  But when looking them up in the dictionary, I found that it was in most cases the first definition.  I had never read anything like this one before.  I don’t normally read a book out of sequence, but I don’t think this would matter as the story could have been about anyone.  It was almost like a stand alone.

It is classed as romantic suspense, but I felt it was more like a cozy mystery along the lines of Agatha Christie.  There was definitely a lot of drama from the people that were involved.  I had figured out who had committed the crime, just now how it was done.  There were interesting names as well as very interesting and dramatic people.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars as it was a nice change of pace and would probably read more by Ms. Heyer if I can find them.