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I recently learned that during December, one of my readers purchased all of my mysteries and read them in a single month. Hopefully, she has since added my Decision Time self-help guide and Overcoming anthology to her library. It reminds me of my own effort about twenty-five years ago, when I read all of Agatha Christie’s mysteries and short stories in a single year. It’s fun to randomly pick a novel from a mystery author and then, if you like it, read all of his or her other offerings. My mysteries feature common settings and characters that appear throughout my Lord’s Prayer and Imp Mysteries. Each volume stands on its own, but you’ll find familiar people and places in the next novel you read.

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Posted by on February 10, 2016 in Resources

 

Impostor

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My current project emerged from a genealogy effort several months back. This third volume in the Imp Mystery Series is called “Impostor”. When I studied my family tree, I discovered a branch I hadn’t seen before. It was in England, and I found that one of the children was born and died on the same date. I don’t know whether he didn’t survive birth, or if he lived for only a few hours. This discovery made an impact on me, and it’s now the focus of my new book-in-progress. The girlfriend of one of my characters decides to do a family tree for his side of their pending merged family. She discovers that his great-grandfather had the same name, birthplace, and birth date as a stillborn baby. Who was this IMPOSTOR? Naturally, they have to find out more about him…

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2016 in Resources

 

Impulses – An Arthur Blake Mystery Novel

Impulses is the second volume in my Imp Mysteries series. (Each volume title begins with Imp. Volume 1 in the series was Implications.) Although these mysteries use some of the same characters and settings as my earlier Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, the Imp mysteries are not tied to a single theme. They are loosely connected stand-alone novels, some of which may stray a bit from the mystery genre.

Impulses presents a story that has many facets, or impulses, to it. Arthur Blake moves from initial boredom caused by a dearth of cases to an array of situations requiring simultaneous investigation. We focus on a small-town rehabilitation home where four female patients have died over the course of a year and also look at the apparent suicide of a pastor who had visited all of those women shortly before they died. Additional casework involves the disappearance of two people from a college town, the arrival of a mysterious shipment at Arthur’s father’s antiques shop, and examination of a woman who is experiencing flashes of memories from a deceased man. This latter evaluation leads Arthur and all of us readers to consider the possibility of life after death, in the context of university studies that have documented convincing instances of prior life memories.

The story also includes the introduction of a pair of younger investigators who assist in this volume’s cases but are likely to have their own adventures in future novels. Enjoy all of our Impulses and the characters who participate in them.

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Posted by on October 7, 2015 in Resources

 

MWSA Selects “Deliver Us from Evil”

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One of my books made the MWSA Summer Reading List…

Summer 2015 Bob Doerr’s MWSA Recommended Reading List – Summer 2015
The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) is an organization of over one thousand writers, poets, and artists drawn together by a common bond of military service. One purpose of our Society is to review the written works of our members. From our recent book reviews, and from a list of old favorites, we’ve selected the following as our 2015 Summer Recommended Reading List:

Charentin, 1918 by David Andrew Westwood
Edge of Valor by John J. Gobbell

Deliver Us From Evil: The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Vol V by Richard Davidson

Murder in the Slaughterhouse by Tom Crowley
I Flew with Heroes by Thomas R. Waldron
Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist by Debra L. Winegarten
Surrender September 2, 1945 by Suzanne Simon Dietz & James L. Starnes Jr.
Wait Until Sunset: Memories of a Distant Conflict by Robert E. Burtt
Warfilms: An Overview of Motion Pictures Within Military Record Groups by Philip W. Stewart
Evil Deeds by Joseph Badal
Silent Invaders: Combat Gliders of the Second World War by Gary A. Best
Secret Assault by Don Helin
African American Warrant Officers…In Service to Our Country by Farrell J. Chiles
The Dare by Linda Swink
Hellbound by Chester D. Campbell
Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green
Damned Yankee by Carolyn Schriber
Emmerspitz, 1938 by David Andrew Westwood
The Asian Imperative by Kenneth Andrus

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Resources

 

Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Review of Implications

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MWSA Review

Author Richard Davidson weaves an intricate mystery in his new book, Implications. The clues in this story are like pieces of dew on a spider’s web that his protagonist Pastor Arthur Blake has to find and pull together. I enjoyed how the author drew in history from the 1920’s and even Al Capone into Blake’s investigation of his present day arson. Lost diamonds, bootlegging, mob murders, infidelity, revenge, all have to fit together just right, so Blake can solve the case he has been assigned, the arson of a local church. If you enjoy mysteries this is a great read. With a truly likable protagonist, complex plots, and a lot of suspects to weed through. A fun read.

Reviewed by: Bob Doerr (2015)

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Book Reviews and Interviews, Historical Fiction, Mystery, prohibition

 

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Mystery Writer’s Toolbox Program

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On Thursday, January 8, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon at the Winnetka Community House, Winnetka, Illinois, Richard Davidson will present at Off-Campus Writers’ Workshop (OCWW):

“The Mystery Writer’s Toolbox”

Dick’s workshop will cover a wide variety of formatting and storytelling aids designed to simplify the construction of a mystery novel and enhance its impact on the reader, with specific clues about the way to approach the development of a new mystery, comparing his techniques with those of several other writers. If time permits there may be a brainstorming exercise for mystery development.

Richard Davidson is the author of the self-help guidebook: DECISION TIME! Better Decisions for a Better Life. He has written the five novels that comprise the Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series: Lead Us Not into Temptation, Give Us this Day our Daily Bread, Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Thy Will Be Done, and Deliver Us from Evil. He has edited an anthology, Overcoming: An Anthology by the Writers of OCWW, and he has had pieces included in the last two annual anthologies published by the Military Writers Society of America. His latest novel, Implications, continues to chronicle the exploits of Arthur Blake and the investigative associates who aided him in the earlier mystery series. It is the first volume in a new series, The Imp Mysteries.

Dick will accept manuscripts for critique, but will comment on them in writing, to the author, because the body of material to be covered in his main program is large. Please follow the submission guidelines on the website: ocww.bizland.com. Dick will not have time available for in-session discussions of manuscripts during the workshop.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2015 in Resources

 

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The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series

Here’s the full Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series:

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Lead Us Not into Temptation (The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Volume I), 

VBW Publishing, Inc.

ISBN 978-1-60264-407-6 (paperback) 

ISBN 978-1-4581-7381-2 (Smashwords Edition eBook) 

ASIN B0052MGI6Q (Kindle Edition eBook) 

Arthur Blake, former NASA engineer turned minister, receives an emergency appointment to be pastor of the United Methodist Church in Parkville, a distant suburb of Chicago, following the bizarre sudden death of the church’s unusual former pastor. Pastor Blake’s attempts to unravel the mystery that shrouds his predecessor become involved with tracking the child of a possibly bigamous soldier in World War II England, art and jewelry treasures plundered by the Nazis and their sympathizers, and the eventual results of childhood sibling conflicts in combined families. Arthur’s allies in his investigation include Parkville Police Chief Bobby Andrews, County Medical Examiner Irma Custis, and the married team of Penny and Joe Gonzalez who work for a clandestine government agency. During the course of Lead Us Not into Temptation, the reader discovers how seemingly minor historical events lead to major present-day dislocations in church, village, and family relationships.

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Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread (The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Volume II – Second Edition)

RADMAR Publishing Group

ISBN 978-0-9829160-5-6 (paperback)

ISBN 978-1-4580-6717-3 (Smashwords Edition eBook)

ASIN B0052MQI66 (Kindle Edition eBook)

Arthur Blake, Pastor of Parkville United Methodist Church, has to deal with the aftereffects of a traumatic communion incident. He works to assist the authorities in investigating the cause while doing his best to convince members of his congregation that it is safe to return to church. Working with the police and federal agencies, he discovers that the terror of the initial event is minor compared with the potential chaotic impact of future disasters being planned by the perpetrator. The investigation is interwoven with several relationship situations that affect the final outcome.

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Forgive Us Our Trespasses (The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Volume III)

RADMAR Publishing Group

ISBN 978-0-9829160-1-8 (paperback)

ISBN 978-1-4657-3739-7 (Smashwords Edition eBook)

ASIN B005SULQ6Y (Kindle Edition eBook)

Arthur Blake, Pastor of Parkville United Methodist Church, tries to assist his father to resolve his trauma after learning that his best friend, recently killed in a car accident, may have been an imposter with a heinous background. The investigation reveals that the presumed accident was but one link in a chain of murders. Blake works to determine the true identity of his father’s friend, while also discovering the man’s past activities and affiliations. Arthur works to solve the murders in conjunction with his colleagues at ABC Consultants. He also draws on assistance from associates at a covert government agency with which he has worked before. The coordinated effort to solve the puzzle examines incidents that span the period between World War II and the present in order to defuse the personal, national, and international dangers resulting from them.

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Thy Will Be Done (The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Volume IV)

RADMAR Publishing

ISBN 978-0-9829160-2-5 (paperback)

ISBN 978-1-3013-4293-8 (Smashwords Edition eBook)

ASIN B009JU6EZM (Kindle Edition eBook)

The sudden death of a young woman attending Parkville United Methodist Church infuriates her brother and leads to congregational outrage over his outburst and subsequent murder. The investigation of that slaying by Pastor Arthur Blake and his associates leads to revelations of a previously undetected criminal organization operating in the area. Unraveling the mystery and scope of this group entangles Arthur and his associated investigators in a web of conspiracies extending from Illinois to both U.S. coasts and through Mexico to Guatemala.

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Deliver Us from Evil (The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, Volume V)

RADMAR Publishing

ISBN 978-0-9829160-3-2 (paperback)

ASIN: B00EBDUXFY (Kindle Edition eBook)

Arthur and Irma’s wedding day has finally arrived, but an unexpected interruption leads to their need to investigate a possible murder committed by someone close to them. With the aid of friends and federal agents Penny and Joe Gonzalez, they follow a series of clues, crisscrossing the United States to learn more about the murder, related subsequent events, and the significance of a rare object brought home by a veteran of the Iraq War. A second murder close to Pastor Arthur Blake’s church involves them in a new investigation, assisting Parkville Police Chief Bobby Andrews. Are these murders and the tracking of that strange object connected? Will marriage deteriorate or improve the relationship between Arthur and Irma? Character flaws in many relationships color the outcome.

By the time you finish reading The Lord’s Prayer Mystery Series, you’ll know the predicted location of a real ancient treasure. Hopefully you will have also had many hours of reading enjoyment.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Historical Fiction, Mystery

 

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