BOOK REVIEW: Murdock Tackles Taos by Robert Ray

I’m so glad I got a chance to read this book! Robert Ray knows his stuff. Murdock Tackles Taos is the fourth in a series about a retired military man who goes out hiking and runs into trouble. Another hiker is inches from being killed when Murdock knocks her down and she lands on a dead body. Murdock takes some shots and the two hikers manage to get away from the killers and report the body. But instead of feeling safer afterwards, they both realize that they are witnesses to something evil, and they are now targets. This book is filled with action, romance, mystery and adventure.
I would recommend this book to mystery lovers as well as those who enjoy adventure, suspense, action and  romance.  Below you’ll find a synopsis, an excerpt, an author bio, and a way to reach the author and to buy the book. And by leaving a comment, your name will go in the hat for a drawing to win a free copy of the book. Also, below, is a list of other blogs where you can find other articles, reviews and author interviews for Mr. Ray and Murdock Tackles Taos.

Murdock Tackles Taos

by Robert Ray

on Tour July – August 2013

Book Details:

Genre:  Mystery
Published by: Camel Press
Publication Date: June 15, 2013
Number of Pages: 331
ISBN: 978-1-60381-925-1 // 978-1-60381-926-8
Purchase Links:


A dead girl with an arrow sticking out of her back sends Matt Murdock and Helene Steinbeck on a killer-hunt that takes them to Angel Mountain where a cold-blooded steely-eyed killer has hypnotized some rich people into funding a naughty habit involving pretty girls, young women in great shape from the worlds of Art and Professional Sport. The odds are fifty to one that they won’t get out of this mess alive.

Read an excerpt:

She had the day off and she was lonely in Taos so she took her laptop and her sketchpad and sat in the shade at the Hard Wire Café. She was sketching a guy for money because she was broke.He was handsome, with a great tan and a gorgeous smile. When he left her with a twenty she felt even lonelier. She bought a coffee, sweet iced latte, and hung out—was he gone forever or what?An hour passed, then two. She did another sketch—ten bucks, thank you—and then the handsome guy was back.“Come to a party,” he said. “Artists and writers, Colony People. Our kind, okay?”

The guy drove a silver Humvee.

She kicked off her sandals and settled into the comfy seat smiling. The guy had this really great profile.The Humvee climbed up, past the Pueblo, and crossed through a gate into Never-Never Land. Roofs, aspen trees turning, a lawn so green it came from England.

The first person she met gave her a drag. The smoke invaded her brain, curled like a cat. The people were beautiful, some her age, some younger. The food was out of this world.

Smoked meat, soft and succulent. “Have another bite, hon?” What is this meat, anyway?

There was wine, beer, tequila shooters, Scotch whiskey so smooth it raised your hopes for a better world. A world for starving artists like herself.

She danced around the campfire, barefoot. Her feet were tough from pounding New York streets.

A pretty girl, Tammy with a Texas accent and a bouncy blonde ponytail, whipped off her blouse and kept dancing— torchlight on bare tits, sell that sketch, make a killing.

Another girl, another blouse, and another. Blouses tossed like leaves in the wind, until she was the only one left, the only girl not on display. So she said, “What the hell?” and they clapped their hands, chanting, as she flung her blouse away and then….

Author Bio:

Robert J. Ray is a writer/ teacher with six Matt Murdock Mysteries, three volumes of The Weekend Novelist writing series, a tennis story, a thriller about diamonds, a small business textbook that has gone through five editions, and short pieces for magazines. He spent a dozen years teaching college students how to write better. He spent five years teaching tennis, using techniques like Inner Game.

Catch Up With the Author:

Tour Participants

1.    7/01 ~ Guest Post @ Omnimystery
2.    7/09 ~ Showcase @ Hott Books
3.    7/10 ~ Interview @ Read 2 Review
4.    7/15 ~ Review & Giveaway @ SavingFor6.
5.    7/16 ~ Interview @ Writers and Authors
6.    7/16 ~ Review @ Hotchpotch
7.    7/17 ~ Interview & Showcase @ Lauries Thoughts and Reviews
8.    7/18 ~ Review & Giveaway @ I Read a Book Once
9.    7/19 ~ Review & Giveaway @ deal sharing aunt
10.  7/22 ~ Showcase @ CMash Reads
11.  8/01 ~ Showcase @ Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories
12.  8/06 ~ Showcase @ XmasDolly
13.  8/12 ~ Showcase @ Celtic Ladys Reviews
14.  8/13 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Beth Art From the Heart
15.  8/14 ~ Review & Giveaway @ My Cozie Corner
16.  8/15 ~ Review @ bless their hearts mom
17.  8/16 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Marys Cup of Tea
18.  8/21 ~ Showcase @ Teena in Toronto
19.  8/29 ~ Review & Giveaway @ The Self-Taught Cook
20.  8/30 ~ Review & Giveaway @ Ryder Islingtons Blog

Sticking My Toes Back In

It’s been a long while since I posted anything, so I thought I’d stick my toes back in the water and just see what happens. I’m happy to see that the number of followers of this blog has almost doubled even though I haven’t posted anything new in several months.

We have had several tragedies in the last year, which I won’t go into, but things seem to be looking up, and I’m going to try to post once a week, just to test the waters. I’ve read several books lately, so I intend to start with some reviews.

Here is a partial list of upcoming reviews, most of which will include giveaways to a lucky commentor of the review:

July 29th–Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.

August 13th–The Red Queen Dies by Frankie Y. Bailey

August 27th–The Beast by Faye Kellerman

August 29th–Cornerstone b y J.M. LeDuc

August 30th–Murdock Tackles Taos by Robert Ray

And August 9th, I’ll be featuring Ron Chapesiuk, author of Black Ceasar.

I’m honored to have been chosen as a host to most of these authors, and many more, who are launching their newest releases, or reminding us of those books that have been recently released. Most of them are touring, and I’ll have their tour schedules here, so you can increase your chances of giveaways by checking out other blogs on their tours.

I also intend to do some guest posts on other blogs, and will make sure to post that schedule here.

Thanks to all of you who stuck by me, and to all the new followers of and visitors to my blog. I hope to earn your loyalty with some informative articles, some free gifts, and some honest reviews in the coming weeks, and months.