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About the Author



Don Yarber was born in Harrisburg, IL where he lived until age 16.  He found his way to Detroit and graduated from Mackenzie High School in 1954.  The streets of Detroit taught Don some valuable life lessons.  He survived hard work, seductive older women, street gangs, gambling, crazy car driving, and the wild side of life. After a hitch in the Navy aboard the U.S.S Helena (CA75), he attended El Camino College in California where he studied Journalism.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419693034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419693038
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,180,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don Yarber creates a likable protagonist in detective Kip Yardley. This is not a studious intellectual cozy or hard boiled thriller; Yardley's adventures belong on Saturday night television, populated by cliffhanger commercial breaks, groans of hard luck empathy, and a general feeling of feel-good entertainment that makes you forget to watch for clues and just enjoy the ride. The clues are there - Yarber engages in no twist-ending theatrics or efforts to be more clever than the reader - I just didn't feel much like beating Kip the solution. He's working so doggone hard to get there! At this point, I've read one other Kip Yardley mystery, Death and Deep Waters, and enjoyed it immensely as well. I'm looking forward to more my Yarber as the mysteries roll out!
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A friend in need is a friend indeed! Help a friend. Get wrecked, thumped, shot, and left for dead. Kip agrees to help out a friend. Bearing in mind that no good deed goes unpunished, he finds trouble with bad guys, badder girls, and a sweet ride named Jenny, all who keep you glued to the pages as Kip tries to make sense out of who did what to whom and for what reason. The action just keeps coming and Kip keeps taking a licking, but like the proverbial watch, he keeps on ticking.

This second book in the Kip Yardley series builds on the first. Fast paced, easy to read, with no moral lessons to get in the way of a well told story. If you are looking for pure entertainment, these books fill the bill.
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I'm sorry about only one thing after reading this mystery by Don Yarber and it's that I didn't start reading Yarber's books sooner. I have to hand it to the guy, he knows how to pen a good mystery novel. It appears Yarber got a late start in life in getting his novels to print and that is truly a shame, because he has a wonderful talent for story telling. There's no doubt in my mind that had he started earlier, his name would be right up there with other big name authors. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading them all.
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I am writing this review for my Grandma because she doesn't know anything about computers or writing a review. She loved the book. She said she couldn't put it down and my Grams is not much of a reader now because her eyes are bad. I know that I am looking forward to reading all of them as soon as I can get a little extra money. And I read a comment where someone said all the positive reviews were written by family or whatever. I am related to Don and I can assure you that the reviews are not written by all family and friends. GREAT JOB Uncle Don. I look forward to reading your books. Keep up the great work.
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This book is a fast paced. action packed, easy read book. Reminds me of the old TV show, Dragnet. with Joe Friday; except this takes place in the west.. Great book for reading while waiting for an appointment, or those other times that you enjoy reading but don't have a lot of time.
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Corpses and Canyons was an exciting page turner by Don Yarber. Rarely, do I have the time to sit down and read a book from cover to cover in one evening. This book was the second in the “Kip Yardley Mystery” series. I was a bit nervous about reading a second book in a series, because I had not read the first, but as soon as I had started to read it, it did not matter. Kip Yardley, P.I., is a likable character, helping out an old friend Jeremy, as they try to solve the murder of Jeremy’s friend. The book has lots of plot twists and turns, much like driving through a canyon road, and I enjoyed the unpredictability of the story up until the very end. The characters were interesting, and you never knew who to trust. It had all of the makings of a good mystery.
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The story itself was alright. I am sure that some people said there were twists and turns but truthfully the story was so poorly developed that it was hard to tell. There were a lot of grammatical errors that took away from the experience.
And finally in trying to paint a vivid picture the author forgot that he has to have some idea of what the picture looks like before he paints it. One great example is his description of the road from Flagstaff, Arizona to Phoenix. He describes it as a road that will put you to sleep. I don't know if he has ever driven that stretch but it definitely will not put you to sleep. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful for one thing. For another the extreme curves will keep you on your toes for the greatest part of the drive.
The book was okay but no where near the ratings that others gave it.
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I read Don's first novel,"Bodies and Beaches" and was hooked on Kip Yardley. His second novel, "Corpses and Canyons", I read on a 3 hour airline trip and it delivered an equally enthralling story. Kip is the epitomy of the "gumshoes" we used to know, smart but with a knack for getting in trouble. Fortunately, Don is able to extricate Kip from those sticky situations with what I suspect are some of the authors own hard-learned life-lessons. Great work! I look forward to the third book of this series.
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