Spring Craft Show

Posted: February 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

In case you missed coming to see me at the Winter Craft Show at Gibraltar Trade Center in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, you can see me in the Spring Craft Show March 17-19. This time I may bring Willy, but it will be Saturday and maybe Sunday. I have to set up my table on Friday for the opening and I don’t know how it will work for him. If all goes well, I’ll bring him. I’ve been getting my books ready and I should have enough for the display. Hope you can make it out to see me if you live close enough, but remind me to take a photo of us. I forgot last time and missed a few people. Here’s a photo of the poster for the show.


Casino Murders

Posted: February 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

Here is the synopsis for the 38th book of the Jim Richards series. The book will be available for sale sometime in the next week.

Jim and Penny have retired from their respective jobs and are getting bored. Penny is even wanting a good murder case right now, much to Jim’s surprise. A trip to the office results in two missing person cases, which they take. Investigating, they find a third missing person and all three are connected to a local casino. After talking to Angelo, they find there is a possible heist going to happen at the casino. They bring in Trapper, Earl, Buck and Detective Greg Warren to help stop the attack and possibly find the missing men. Trapper and Earl go undercover at the casino to watch a two million dollar display that Jim feels will be the target. Penny has applied and received her P.I. license and is now part of the team, but Jim doesn’t want her to get hurt in the heist. Will they stop the robbery and find the missing men?

All in a day’s work for Jim and his crime fighting crew in this 38th book of the series.



Posted: February 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

If you have been following my blog, you’ve probably seen me mention my dog, Willy. I named him after the Yorkie in my series of murder novels about Jim Richards and his wife Penny. My real life Willy is also a Yorkie, but I wanted to find out more about his breed. So after extensively researching internet websites for Yorkies, I have determined that Willy is an Australian breed of Terrier known as a Silky Terrier. He fits every detail from two websites, hair color, texture, his temperament, ears, body, etc, and as I read one detailed description, I could have sworn they were writing about Willy. I did check other Terrier breeds and they have enough differences to rule them out. This picture was just taken, and I should have brushed his fur to make him look pretty. Unfortunately, when I do brush him he will shake it out and look a mess again. So I give up. He’s also hard to photograph, he moves too quickly. I take six blurry photos to get one that looks good. Here’s to my little Silky Terrier. (Actually they all do look alike.)


John Wick 2

Posted: February 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

A few weeks back I wrote about the movie John Wick and how he paralleled my hitman character Dexter Nash. Today I found a special Trailer preview for the new John Wick 2 movie. I’m excited to see it. If you watch the video below, in the first preview, listen to the way they synchronized the gunshots and action to the music. Perfectly blended. This trailer actually has three previews in one, so watch the whole thing. If you aren’t a fan of gun violence or bloodshed, then don’t watch this trailer or go see the movie. Your loss, it’s only fiction. I bought the first video and will buy this movie when it comes out on DVD.


Government at Work

Posted: February 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

A couple examples of our government in action.



Silly Sunday

Posted: February 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

Some laughs before Monday hits.

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Ghost Squad – Kirkus Review

Posted: February 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

This is the review I received from Kirkus for the first Ghost Squad book. It’s not glowing but it’s good. Here’s the review:


A homicide detective in the cold case division gets an edge when the ghost of a cop offers his assistance in Moats’ (Eulogy for Murder, 2016, etc.) lighthearted thriller.

After Detroit detective Russ Baker fails to thwart a ring of murderous thieves, he gets a demotion that puts him down in a basement full of cold case files. He’s all alone down there until he meets Detective Wesley “Wes” Loomis, who’s now a ghost after his corrupt partner shot him dead. Wes says that a man from “the dark place”—which he surmises is somewhere between heaven and hell—has enlisted him to help Russ. He can read minds and converse with other ghosts, which proves to be beneficial for closing old cases (and allowing lingering spirits to move on). Of course, Russ has to keep his new partner a secret because no one else can see or hear him, so he attributes the sudden breaks in unsolved cases to an unnamed source. Russ’ success so impresses his captain that he gives the detective an open case involving four murdered women, the victims of a probable serial killer. Preventing a fifth killing, however, won’t be easy, as Wes inexplicably can’t contact the victims’ spirits. Moats’ short, often jaunty tale has very few scenes of violence or instances of profanity. Humor, however, is in abundance; for example, Russ’ discussions with Wes often seem to others like he’s talking to himself. At other times, Russ worries about Wes’ persistent presence, especially when a woman invites herself to his house. There’s little to the actual mystery, though; pinpointing the guilty party doesn’t take long, and even Russ, as the narrator, acknowledges that Wes does most of the heavy lifting. Also, some descriptions are overly sparse; at one point, for example, the partners drop in on a suspect businessman who’s described only as a man “seated at his large desk.”

Delightful, ghostly interactions help this novel transcend its bare-bones plot. – Kirkus Review