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Classmate Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"We all talk a great game about writing, but when you see how hard a guy like Bob is working to make it happen...it's...Wow! Also, I just finished Classmate Murders--well done! Rockin' good fun!" - John Locke, Best-selling Author of Donovan Creed series, "Lethal People", "Lethal Experiment", "Saving Rachel" and "Now & Then".

"Bob Moats' Classmate Murders is an excellent blend of Elmore Leonard and Philip Marlowe sensibilities, ...and damn if it isn't some great detective writing." - M. Jones, author.

"Just started Bob Moats' "The Classmate Murders" WOW. That's all I've got to say. The man can write :-)... Cristyn West - author "Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware"

"I must say the author weaves a wicked story plus his humor is a hoot! I recommend reading "THE CLASSMATE MURDERS", but you might catch yourself looking behind you all of the time. - Doug Hardin Author of "HIDDEN AND IMMINENT DANGERS"

"Moats does the job. Well written. A good read!" - "Cut to the Chase Reviews" by Joanne Chase.

"This book was a real page-turner as I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next." - Lou Riddell blog review

"The good news is that this is just the beginning, there are more Jim Richards crime novels to be had, and I will be buying them, no doubt about it." - Flint Books Examiner - Patrick Pillars

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Someone is murdering women from the class of '67 and it's up to Jim Richards, who has reluctantly just turned sixty, to stop him. Jim's life is in the dumps and then late one might he receives an email from a childhood sweetheart he hasn't seen in over 40 years, pleading for help but he doesn't get to her in time, she's been murdered. A killer is now stalking and killing his former female classmates for unknown reasons and Jim, along with his only friend Buck, a big, mustachioed biker, 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 rekindled a childhood crush with. 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, and a good amount of romance.

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  • File Size: 865 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Magic1 Productions; Book One edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002D48NBO
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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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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By VariantlyVal on March 8, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. Jim Richards is a recently unemployed security guard, living with his parents and has just turned 60. While he wishes his life had afforded better opportunities, it is convenient living there so he can help his Mother with his ailing Father.

One night Jim receives an e-mail from an old high school friend asking for him to call, that she needs his help. When he picks up the phone and calls, he is greeted on the other end by a police officer informing him his friend had been murdered. Jim is stunned by this revelation and wonders what is going on?

He contacts his long time cohort, Buck who convinces him he needs to look into things. As things progress and Jim and Buck are still befuddled, another classmate is murdered! What is going on?? Who is targeting Jim's classmates and why? Jim finally figures out the pattern of the killings and he and Buck go out of their way to protect the people they think are listed for murder.

It turns out this is no ordinary murderer, but a very brave and cunning one, who will even make their kills with the police present. How can Jim and Buck protect anyone from such a brutal killer??

I really enjoyed reading The Classmate Murders. I love the senior citizen hero, Jim Richards and also like to see our love lives will not end after 40. I even snuck this book to work with me to read at lunchtime. One of my favorite things about the book, is that the character's seemed so real to me, as if you could run into any of them on the streets and enjoy meeting them. A great combination of murder, thrills, romance and excitement. I highly recommend reading The Classmate Murders by Bob Moats.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By michele tater on February 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Book Title: The Classmate Murders
Author: Bob Moats
Publisher: Magic1 Production
ASIN: B002D48NBO
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Coach Tater Review

Middle age is when your old classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald they don't recognize you. ~Bennett Cerf

Jim Richards a sixty year old who lives with his parents and recently has lost his job as a security guard for a car dealership. He is an avid reader of reading and watching anything related to mystery; books, movies and television series. The book "The Classmate Murders" follows this older in body than mind, gentleman who leads a simple and somewhat boring life until he receives a disturbing e-mail from a high school classmate. She was actually an ex-girlfriend of his who was now afraid that someone wanted to take her life. Unfortunately, he receives that message too late and she is found dead with the message that there will be more murders to come. With his good friend Buck, Jim decides to use his learned investigation skills, no matter how limited, to try to solve the mystery before others are found dead. With team works so well together that the police seem to be one step behind them. Jim becomes an important part of the case, even with small matter he knows a little too much about the woman involved. He comes the conclusion that the women being threatened are cheerleaders from his high school. Who would want these women dead after forty years later and why.

I must admit I didn't think that a story about a senior citizen wanna-be private investigator was going to be so entertaining, but was I wrong. This book proves that even an old dog can have a sharp mind to look at details and figure out leads to solve a difficult case.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Boni J. Rychener on November 25, 2010
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Classmate Murders

'The Classmate Murders' by Bob Moats is one of my favorite detective novels about senior citizen sleuth Jim Richardson's first adventure with murder as he tries to figure out why his classmates are being murdered one by one. The first of this series of novels follows Jim's realization that he is a detective at heart and it is where we are first introduced to all of Jim's friends (Buck) and family including his love Pennie whom he saves from a horrible demise.
It was with this novel that I was completely hooked on the story of Jim and Pennie and their many adventures catching murderers. When I finish one I am always on the edge of my seat waiting for Bob Moat's next story in the series.
Bob Moat's can tell a great story and his books are always easy to read. So pick up your copy today of this excellent detective story (at a great price too!) and get hooked on Jim's adventures.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on November 22, 2011
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I just finished reading Classmate Murders and because I'm originally from the Detroit area, I enjoyed the local color. However, was there no editor for this book? The spelling, syntax, and grammar for this book was appalling. A Middle School child would have a better understanding of the English language. If someone is smart enough to write and publish a book, one would think that the author would also understand that the manuscript needed to be proofread before publishing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Forester on August 24, 2013
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Odd little book but very readable., Af first I did not think I would like this book but as I read on I really began to like it.
It is different but the characters are interesting and it is well written,. I recommend it as a fun quick read. It is not a deep book but the plot is good. I have the sample of the sequel downloaded and intend to read it also.
If you are looking for a fun, easy read this would be a book for you.
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