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Dark Carnival Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 20) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Moats
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A carnival has arrived in Las Vegas and is now the center of 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

  • File Size: 273 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Magic 1 Productions; 20 edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OGX5SE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Carnival is the Darkest Jim Richards Book Yet January 22, 2012
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I truly believe in order to get the most out of this series, it is important to read all of the Jim Richards books, in order. While each book certainly stands on its own merits, there is a lot of history with these characters that help flesh out the nuances of each story.

While I have enjoyed each and every Jim and Penny story, this ended up being one of my faves simply because the plot was a little more twisted and the setting a little darker. Mac and Buck do undercover at a carnival to find two missing boys and end up discovering a whole lot more evil than they expected. And, once again, wiseguy Angelo uses his mob connections to help stop the bad guys. Since I love the character of Buck, I was happy to see him in a little meatier role in this book. Of course, all of the characters in this series are well defined and interesting in their own right, but Buck just happens to be one of my early faves.

The only thing I did not like about Dark Carnival is that it meant I was at the of the series - for now, anyway! Hopefully another Jim and Penny book is in the works.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Read This Book First...or Ever February 29, 2012
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If you've never read a Jim Richards murder series book, don't read this one first. The author apparently assumes that everyone has read all 19 of the others and gives next to no background about anyone. And as for ongoing characterization -- I predict that you'll finish the book not really caring about anyone in it because not one of these characters speaks in much more than a bunch of off-hand quips, no matter what the subject. It's as if the author has gotten a bit bored with the series after writing so many other books in it, and is now sleepwalking through the entire process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smoke and Mirrors and Lots of Flashing Lights..... January 22, 2015
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Remember when, as a kid, the carnival rolled into town....
It took a day or so for them to set up, and as the carnies did
that the PR people would be out and about, promoting the shows.
Carnivals have always had, a spooky aura about them, and many
times rightfully so.
This is one of those times.
2 boys, that went down to watch the set ups, have gone missing, at
almost the same time, a rash of jewelry stores are robbed.
Jim Richards is hired to find the 2 young boys, and he has 2 of his
co-workers, go undercover and work as carnies.
We get a glimpse of what it is like to work a carnival, and all of the things
that go on behind the scenes, that we could only wonder about.
The story has many twists, and, what you see, is not what it is, situations.
You will never look at a carnival, the same way again.
And yes, carnies are very strange, and many times dangerous people.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good , Light , easy reading January 4, 2013
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Typical Bob Moats mystery. Easy to read, quick, great airplane book,. Not an award winner, but fills that niche for something quick & easy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read April 9, 2012
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Well written short mystery series. I have read each of Moats' ebooks. The Story lines are interesting enough to get a reader to move on to the next book..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carnival May 19, 2014
By Brenda
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Again again not let down. Enjoyed the story but very glad it turned out good. Kinda makes you think about carnivals!!!!
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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 lives. Moats became one of the causalities of unemployment 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 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, mustached 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.

Jim and his crime fighters, continue in the other books, traveling to Las Vegas twice, back to Detroit and out to New York to solve murders involving dominatrix; mistresses; Bridezillas; magic and strip clubs.

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