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Dennis Palumbo

by Cynthia Chow



Time had definitely taken its toll on Lisa Campbell, failed actress. Several divorces, drug abuse, and estrangement from her family forced her to return to her hometown of Waterson, Pennsylvania in shame.

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by Jill Amadio


How often have you read an author’s first book in a new series and been disappointed in the second one? After eagerly devouring that debut mystery, you can’t wait to read the next book and the one after that–and the one after that. Discovering and falling in love with an amateur sleuth or a police captain is a satisfying moment for thousands of readers. Bring on Book Two!

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by Cynthia Chow


Maybe Freud had it right. It’s all about the mothers. In Dennis Palumbo’s third mystery featuring Pittsburgh psychologist Daniel Rinaldi, the acerbic but still hopeful PSTD specialist finds himself enlisted in two cases, due to his reputation and featured presence in the media stemming from several recent brutal events. After Wesley Currim confesses to the robbery and murder of the missing businessman, Edward Meachem, Currim agrees to reveal the location of the body only if Rinaldi, the psychologist Currim has seen on television, accompanies them to West Virginia to deal with his “trauma.”

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by Dennis Palumbo



“Do any of you guys believe in ghosts?” Fred asked, nursing his second Jack Daniels on the rocks. He stood at the small wet-bar in a corner of my game room.
“Define your terms,” Mark said. “You mean actual ghosts? Apparitions of the dead that haunt the living? Like Casper. Or Keith Richards?”

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by Dennis Palumbo



It wasn’t my first time in jail. Back in college–many years ago, I’m afraid–I was an overnight guest of the Pittsburgh Police as a result of protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. Well, to be honest, this totally hot girl who sat next to me in Biology did the actual protesting. I just went along to offer moral support and in the vain hopes of getting some action.

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by Dennis Palumbo




Whoever said that conversation should stay away from the topics of religion and politics wouldn’t last ten minutes in a meeting of the Smart Guys Marching Society. Which, it turned out, was fine with Mark.

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by Dennis Palumbo



This is the second story in the Smart Guys mystery series written by Dennis Palumbo, which first appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. There are nine Smart Guys mysteries–watch for more here in KRL in the future.

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by Dennis Palumbo



This is the first story in the Smart Guys series written by Dennis Palumbo, which first appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. There are nine Smart Guys mysteries–watch for more here in KRL in the future. This story is rated PG-13 for some strong language.

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by Dennis Palumbo & Theodore Feit



We have a special treat this week–a special guest post by psychotherapist & mystery author Dennis Palumbo about the portrayal of therapists in film and TV & then a review by Theodore Feit of Dennis’ latest mystery novel, A Fever Dream, & and a chance to win a copy of the book.

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by Dennis Palumbo



Players is a mystery short story by mystery author Dennis Palumbo. This story is PG rated for some language and was originally published in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press), a short story anthology.

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by Marilyn Meredeth & Pat Browning



Marilyn Meredith had the pleasure recently of interviewing mystery author Dennis Palumbo. After the interview is a review of his first mystery novel, Mirror Image, by Pat Browning and details on how to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book.

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