Dark Carnival Murders

Dark Carnival Murders

by Bob Moats


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"Something Wicked This Way Comes" by the author Ray Bradbury was brought to mind by Jim Richards as a carnival has arrived in Las Vegas and is now the center of his attention for possible criminal activities. Children are starting to vanish and there's a number of jewelry store thefts involving most mysterious circumstances and expensive goods. Jim is asked by the parents of two missing boys to find them. The only clue he has is the handbill announcing the arrival of "Jacob S. Dark's Traveling Carnival and Wonder Show". To help, Buck and Mac go undercover in the carnival. Who is the mysterious Mr. Dark? Did he jump from the pages of Bradbury's book to claim souls in Vegas or is he evil of another form. Jim must hold on to his soul as he enters the world of the dark carnival. On the side, Angelo uses his mob connections to help find out who the mysterious Lucius Cole is and what his real connection is to the carnival people. All things are not as they seem in this twentieth novel featuring the senior citizen sleuth, Jim Richards along with Penny and his crime fighting friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990313854
Publisher: Magic 1 Productions
Publication date: 04/12/2014
Series: Jim Richards Murder Novels , #20
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Detroit area resident, Bob Moats, has been writing short stories and plays for as long as he can remember. He has lost most of his original stories, typed or handwritten, in the numerous moves he has made from his hometown of Fraser, Michigan to Northern Michigan, to Las Vegas and back to Fraser, where he now Resides. He also wrote the short fantasy novella "Crystal Prison of Kyr" and is a published playwright with his three act comedy "Happily Ever After".

Moats became one of the causalities of unemployment early in 2009, and had time on his hands to finally pursue a life long dream of writing a full blown crime novel. Thus was born the first book, "Classmate Murders".

What followed was a series of 20 books starting with "The Classmate Murders" which introduces the main character, Jim Richards, who has to admit he has become a senior citizen, reluctantly. Richards, one day, receives an email from a childhood sweetheart asking for his help, but by the time he reaches her, she has been murdered. His life turns around and he is pulled into numerous murders of women from his high school who he hasn't seen in forty years. Along with a friend of his, Buck, a big, mustachioed biker, they go off to track down the killer before he can get to one former classmate, Penny Wickens, a TV talk show host who Jim has just fallen for while protecting her. The killer is also murdering the women right out from under police protection, driving homicide detective Will Trapper crazy, and he slowly depends on Jim to help. There's humor, suspense, wild chases across suburban Detroit with cops, classic cars and motorcycle clubs; murder, mayhem, a good amount of romance and a twist ending.

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Dark Carnival Murders 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and fast reading. So far the best book I've read on my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short silly and good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked how it kept me on my toes and I lkke how the characters in this book were witty and intellegent.
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RVKat More than 1 year ago
I will read each of his books...I really enjoy his writing and the stories. It's easy and relaxing reading for me when we head out in the RV....the books are long enough to keep me entertained for hours!!!
Ang44 More than 1 year ago
I have read several books by this author and haven't been let down yet. Good story lines, easy to read, holds your attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book got me hooked sience the begining of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Witty and fast paced. Very enjoyable!
franm More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much! It is well written with strong , well developed charectors and strong story line. I hope you will enjy this as much as I.
cinchase More than 1 year ago
A quick and easy mystery to read. Enjoyable. The main detective has a good sense of humor. I would read more from thes author.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
This was enjoyable. One of the best edited in his series. Only found 2 typo type errors. The sentence structure and use of grammar was greatly improved. Usually, his books are riddled with typos, misspelled words, misused words and improperly structured sentences which continuously stop the flow of the read. Once again, Bob should do a little more research on items before he puts them in print. For instance, a pregnant woman would not be told that it's OK to drink alcohol in moderate amounts because it's still early in the term of her pregnancy. This was an easy to follow plot with little or no surprise factor but I find the characters likeable and want to see how everything ends. Hopefully, the improved editing demonstrated in this book will continue in the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the suspense and funny at times.
lfree4 More than 1 year ago
I started with the first book Classmate Murders and didn't stop until I had read the entire series. I love the books. Funny, exciting, mysterious, you just never know wh did it! I love the humor good clean reading that keeps you on the edge, and you learn to like all the main characters. Will read them again and again.
PATinPNS More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great read. Probably won't go into the classics section of the library, but it is well worth the time to pick it up and get involved with Mr. R and his group of characters as he closes in on the horrid life of Mr. Dark and his misfit clan of villains. As I read I became more and more involved as I'm sure anyone who enjoys a good who done it and who will get it next! Again, get it and enjoy a little time at the fair!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was pretty good, but not as good as the earlier books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book!! At some points it was more for adults (like adult humor) but other than that it was definitally worth readig was very intence d makes you want to read more finished it in oe day
SpyderRyder More than 1 year ago
This is a continuing saga of the Sr. citizen slouth Jim Richards. I did enjoy this book and hope Bob keeps writing about Jim and his cronies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspense. Funny. Great ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing like Something Wicked This Way Comes. Don't understand why the comparison to it. Nothing fantasy about i Basic predictable crime drama. Easy quick read, just ok.
ann55 More than 1 year ago
I loved this series of books, I have read and loved all 20.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story line, but needed a good editor. The characters would have been more interesting if they had been fleshed out a bit more. Short (but not very snappy) sentence structure made the book seem like a wanna be Dragnet. It missed the mark.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(KL) Entertaining read about human trafficing of young boys and women. Keep you interested to the very end.