He Needed Killing

He Needed Killing

by Bill Fitts

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The Needed Killing Series: When James F. Crawford retired from the university he didn’t expect to become a private investigator. But Provost Rufus George wanted Crawford to investigate a suspicious death--and he wouldn’t take no for an answer. Turns out, Crawford has a knack for solving crimes. With his dog and cat as the perfect sounding board, he talks through the specifics of each case--posing questions to Tan and The Black and answering them himself. If you like your mysteries with a side of humor, give the Needed Killing Series a try.

Book 1: I was standing in a dead man’s apartment staring at the severed end of a rope hanging from one of the exposed beams overhead. What was I doing here? Last week I was just a university employee who had taken early retirement. Now a man was dead and I was in the thick of it. People were counting on me to figure out what had happened—and why. What kind of retirement was this?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045030823
Publisher: Bill Fitts
Publication date: 10/18/2012
Series: Needed Killing , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 109,136
File size: 484 KB

About the Author

I used to say that I grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, when, in truth, I only started growing older there. After nineteen years I left to go to college and, for the most part, spent the next twenty years aging somewhere else—New Jersey, Florida, Panama Canal Zone, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Then I returned to Tuscaloosa and continued the maturation process for another twenty-six years. In 2015 my wife and I moved to Vero Beach, Florida, where I hope to continue growing older for a good long time. The locations I’ve lived in have had more influence on my mystery novels (the Needed Killing Series) than on the fantasies (Song of Narne). The town of Shelbyville in the NKS is based in large part on Tuscaloosa with some wrinkles from other locations thrown in to keep things interesting—and keep the inhabitants guessing. That’s not to say that the places I’ve been aren’t reflected in the fantasies—but most of the geography of Narne is imaginary While growing older, I’ve tried my hand at a number of jobs—newspaper collator, darkroom technician, farmhand, factory worker, sailor, salesman, underwriter, account executive, accountant, systems administrator, information specialist--and professional writer. As an author I find that those earlier experiences contribute to what happens in my novels—again more in the not-as-fictional mysteries than in the fantasies. There’s just not enough magic in the real world Interestingly, the event that crystallized my decision to start writing full-time is one that I haven’t used in any of my novels. The tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, destroying an eighth of the town—including the back half of my house—hasn’t made it into any of my novels. Shelbyville and Narne have both been spared. On the other hand, the support, encouragement, and editorial assistance my wife provides have been part of every novel since the beginning. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them. For more information about my writing, visit my website billfittsauthor.com.

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He Needed Killing 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
reata More than 1 year ago
I just finished "He Needed Killing." I loved it. I know that isn't a very good review of the book so I'll try to do better. . . . This book is Southern in the best sense of the word. I haven't heard some of the language from the book since my Grandmother "passed." The book may seem to start slow, but the beauty is, that without realizing it, you are captured and can't wait to turn the page. It has been a while since I've heard great southern expressions presented in a way that lack sarcasm and show appreciation for true southern linguists. Attention to detail and the simplistic depth to detail is jaw dropping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was wonderful to read a mystery-crime story without all the blood and gore. The main character was fun to get to know. He was a regular man who eats at home.....a nice change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad to have a new author in the tradition of Robert Parker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun book with well-drawn characters (both human and pet). If you like Robert B. Parker's Spenser mysteries, you'll almost certainly like the Needed Killing Series. Crawford, narrator and amateur sleuth, is charming and witty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! Detective James F. Crawford reminds me of great detectives found in Anne George or Robert Parker mysteries!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I figure I owe you a review. I loved the writing style, the characters and the plot. I couldn't get past the extras. I stopped reading when you went into detail about how he cleaned his gas grillwith the stone thing, took meat out to thaw (no wait, he meant to but forgot), what went into the rib sauce. Way too much. Please keep writing. I like your style, we don't need to know EVERYTHING though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book needs killing. Incrdibly boring. Couldnt get past pg 71 it was so boring. Dont waste time with this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished reading "He Needed Killing" and immediately bought the second in the series ("He Needed Killing Too"). I really enjoyed them both. They are fun and easy to read. They remind me of books by my two favorite authors, Lawrence Sanders and Stuart Woods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read love the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An unexpected murderer is found at the end
Xanxbpx2 More than 1 year ago
There is no superhero, no nuclear destruction, just a very fine read. You believe the characters and the settings are real. The story moves along, you LIKE the main character, and you want more. Since there is at least one more in the series, that's ok also. Just read it- you will be glad you did.
cmgtegmom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I love a mystery that gives you clues throughout and when you get to the end you go "OF Course!" Why didn't I see that all along! Loved James F. Crawford and his animal pals
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the storyline and the characters were good, there was way too much trivial detail. The character makes spaghetti for dinner, and we have pages of nuking the frozen sauce, testing it, renuking it, taking out the double boiler, warmign the sauch in the top, cooking the spaghetti in the bottom, blah blah blah. I just wanted it to stop!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.  Great characters, great story.  Looking forward to the second book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish this book. I made it halfway through, to the excrutiatingly detailed description of preparing a spaghetti dinner, when I threw up my hands in surrender. Halfway through and the murder mystery was JUST starting. The author has potential; the writing flows smoothly, but the author needs to learn which elements are important to support the story and which are not. Cut out about 50% of this book and it might be worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read both books and look forward to the next in the series. It is refreshing to read a mystery with out all of the blood. I am from the south so I could really relate to places, food, and southern language references.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read set in a small college town. The detective is a recently retired college employee. The victim is his former boss, a bully who as anyone from the South will know, just needed killing. A fun read and a good start to a new series. I look forward to other books in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our hero, Crawford, is a delight; the kind of guy you wish was your neighbor.  The storyline kept me hooked, and Fitts does a wonderful job of painting his daily life.  Love the details--they made me KNOW him and how his mind works.  Can't wait to read the second!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To much time spent writing aboout what the main character had for dinner
Z-Reader More than 1 year ago
What a great first book!  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet James Crawford.  Apparently Mr. Fitts took the adage "Write what you know" to heart.  The book has a strong sense of character and place. It reminds me of books by Dick Francis - I always enjoyed getting to know his protagonists and the worlds they lived in.   I only know the world of British racing through those books; however, having lived in a university town, I can vouch that Mr. Fitts has captured that experience with insight and humor.  Looking forward to more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a mystery fan for a long time. My only comment is, so does this one (need killing, that is)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this story. It went into too much daily discription to suit me. Somewhat boring but I kept reading to see "who did it" and it was pretty much expected. I don't recommend this book unless you want to read some "fluff".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow moving - is taking me a long time to read it as I had difficulty getting interested in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kinda boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my cup oftea