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The Original Alibi, a Matt Kile Mystery [Kindle Edition]

David Bishop
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Eleven years ago General Whittaker, long retired, former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bought an alibi for his grandson who had been arrested for the murder of his fiancée, Ileana Corrigan, and the general’s unborn great grandson. The charges were soon dropped and the grandson released. General Whittaker is now dying and he can no longer restrain his doubts. The question that has haunted him all these years must be answered. Did his money save his innocent grandson or cheat justice?

The general hires Matt Kile to thaw this cold case. The solution of the crime is complicated by the passage of years and an excess of suspects, including the general’s grandson, the general’s promiscuous adult daughter, and even the general himself. All had means, motive, and opportunity. The Original Alibi is a big story told on a small stage, intimately portrayed primarily among the members of the Whittaker family and those who serve them. Of the secrets and strategies that fester inside an outwardly functional and famous family.

Matt Kile is a former homicide detective, and pardoned ex-con who, like several real-life former cops, has gone on to achieve success as a writer of mystery fiction. Matt’s efforts are aided by a colorful cast of Damon Runyonesque characters. Chief among them is Axel, Matt’s former cellmate whose parole, after more than thirty years in prison, had been advanced by Matt’s promise of a job. He is also helped by Hillie, a young inexperienced streetwalker Axel takes under his wing. Then there’s Bruno Grunsky, a former mob wheelman, and retired spinster Clara Birnbaum who makes pies in return for Axel’s favors. This mixed bag of characters add flavoring to the story, while each, in their own way, help Matt Kile determine the guilt or innocence of General Whittaker’s grandson.

Product Details

  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938135504
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (July 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MOP6MI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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It all started when I read Who Murdered Garson Talmadge and fell in love with Matt Kile. Then, I went on to The Third Coincidence and The Blackmail Club. It was goodbye Matt, welcome Jack McCall. I was hoping Matt would forgive me. He did, but he reappeared in my life again in The Original Alibi. I now remember why I had fallen for him the first time. He still talks directly to me, and I respond.

The Original Alibi is yet another wonderful book by David Bishop, in the style of Agatha Christie. Once again, we have a super plot and the introduction of another lovable character, Axel. All this, mixed with a screwball family, makes for a delightful as well as suspenseful reading.

I can't get enough of David Bishop's writing. Read him and get hooked too.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic enjoyment July 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you like your whiskey neat, your dames busty, your case cold and your investigator saddled with a shady'll throw back the latest installment of David Bishop's Matt Kile mystery and find it goes down smooth and tasty. Colorful characters and layered plot make this a classic waiting to happen.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Alibi August 21, 2012
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I have just found David Bishop and his works. I decided to try one title and was hooked from the first page. His characters are full of life and "real". I have now read all six of Mr. Bishop's mysteries and just waiting for the next ones to come out. If you're a mystery fan and like series, Matt Kile is great. However, Mattie Richards, Jack McCall and Ryan Testler in his other books are just as good. I can't pick a favorite, I just hope he writes fast! Enjoy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Closed Room July 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you enjoy a 'closed room' murder mystery ala Agatha Christie, you'll really enjoy David Bishop's new book. He presents interesting characters, a complex plot, and a chance for you to unravel the mystery before he does. I would have enjoyed more action and tearing around the countryside as Bishop did in his very enjoyable book, The Woman, but otherwise have no complaints. Well Done.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Alibi by David Bishop December 6, 2012
By Donna
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This book will pull you in the story after reading the first few pages. Great read, easy to follow,and good characters. Another plus is that Matt Kile is back again.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The original alibi April 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
These books were written for men obviously. Very Mickey spillane and very sexist.
Can not honestly say I enjoyed all that, but plotting was pretty good.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thud, then meh. September 30, 2013
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Interesting (in an ironic sort of way) that the protagonist is a successful crime novelist, and well may he be, but based on the evidence of this book, the author isn't. The English language is treated decently here, but the diction and rhetoric are somewhat clunky and out of sorts - a mix (a not very tasty mix) of English drawing-room and American hard-boiled detective. Almost schizophrenic.

The plot becomes increasingly complex, but almost as if the author wasn't quite sure what was going on. And talk about clichés. There is old, rich, sick guy, a butler, a chauffeur, dissolute grandson, nympho daughter, biker thug - who administers the obligatory beating - ex-wife who cares, gruff but caring police detective, blah, blah. The resolution is rather pedestrian, almost too obvious to be true - sort of a shaggy dog tale - and it arrives most unexpectedly as if the author just got tired of writing any more about his cardboard cut-out cast.

In sum, I waded through it expecting more and ended up with less. Go ahead but there's nothing all that interesting or compelling to see here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good buildup but ending fell flat May 27, 2013
By mw
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Liked the writing style and enjoyed the characters but the ending felt rather abrupt, did not feel the conclusion was flushed out very well. Predicted the outcome, but was hoping to learn more information as to the motive, reasoning seemed flimsy. Story had good potential.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Troubled hero is easy to like
Matt Kile is upfront about the mistakes he made and the trouble it has caused his professional and personal life, but comes across as a prett good guy, anyways. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Author
I found this to be a fantastic book. It takes alot to keep my attention when reading any book, but this novel kept my attention from beginning to end. Read more
Published 1 day ago by YUSSEL
4.0 out of 5 stars Noirish, Old-School Detective Story
Matt Kile is a throwback to tough-guy detectives of the 40s and 50s. His brother, Daryl, was a pretty good pitcher for the Astros. His other brother, Daryl, was a bum. Read more
Published 5 days ago by DolphinBlue
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good mystery
The story was all right, but the book was too long and could have been tied up much sooner. However, I did not solve it until close to the end.
Published 14 days ago by KTD
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Thriller!
I was not sure what I could expect after reading two Maddie Richards books when I picked this book up with a male central character! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Uma I. Van Roosenbeek
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
l love this book you keep turning the pages to see what will happen next it deserve five stars in my books it definitely holds your attention
Published 17 days ago by gleetha
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting all the way to the end
I like mysteries that keep you guessing to the very end, this one did that.i liked the way he handle the end.
Published 18 days ago by jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic Whodunit from a Master Mystery Writer!
Another great Matt Kile Mystery from David Bishop. This time Matt is hired by a retired Army General to see if his son really did kill his fiancee 11 years ago. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Dave the Geek
5.0 out of 5 stars A Giggle Out Loud, Keep You Guessing Book
I love a book that keeps me guessing, but also makes me giggle or laugh out loud, and this book does all of that. This was my first from this author and now I search for another.
Published 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnum PI meet Matt Kile
What a good story! Kept me guessing to the very end and then "boom!" there's the murderer. I didn't know this was the 2nd Matt Kile book. This one could easily stand alone. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Essel C.
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More About the Author

David Bishop stuck his author nose under the edge of the mystery tent with his first novel in October 2011. Since then his mysteries have maintained a constant presence on Amazon Best Selling Lists in multiple categories of mystery novels. He has also been listed numerous times among the 100 best selling authors of mysteries, including appearances among the top 10.

He writes several series characters:

MATT KILE MYSTERIES (in the order of release): Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, The Original Alibi, Money & Murder, and his newest release (Feb 1, 2014) Find My Little Sister.
MADDIE RICHARDS MYSTERIES (in order of release): The Beholder, and Death of a Bankster.
JACK McCALL MYSTERIES (in order of release): The Third Coincidence, and The Blackmail Club.
The stories within these series are independent, not continuing. They can be read in any order.

Some personal comments from David:

I was born in Washington, D.C. From there my life likely mirrored that of a lot of my readers. We moved around. I got some education. Played some sports, and got some more education. Prior to becoming a novelist, I worked as a financial analyst determining the value of companies. But let's talk about my current and final career, writing mystery novels.

As a writer, I conjure up occurrences designed to quickly bring the story to a roiling boil. Along the way, I invent people. Victims and villains and heroes are needed, as well as a supporting cast. I make these people fun and interesting so you will welcome them and introduce them to your friends. Primary characters need habits and tics and talents, the qualities that bring them to life and make you love them or hate them. You'll want to see them humiliated or hunted down, be sucessful or seduced.

My mysteries offer you the opportunity to be challenged to find the villain from among the suspects. Clues as large as a log or as tiny as a bump thereon are salted throughout the stories. There are distractions in the form of false clues, called red herrings, which point to someone other than the real villain.

Take a journey with me. Laugh. Hold your breath. Cheer. Boo. The characters are rich and the plots are grabbers. I promise that you'll be glad you came along. Some people don't like golf or chocolate or even a hearty laugh. But I'll bet you like some of those things and I'll bet you'll like my mysteries. Yours very truly, David Bishop

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