New Release of Volume 2 in the Gideon Detective Series

James takes an age old skill of his as a Professional Genealogist and puts it to work in the last Chapter of the Gideon Detective Series. This is Volume 2 just in time for the Christmas Holidays.

The author understands that it can get confusing sometimes. One would have to search their own family history to understand. Who was the Aunt, or who was the Uncle and who had children and who didn’t. All the confusion on putting the pieces of the puzzle together for the McElroy Family comes to a great climatic ending to the series in this novel.

The author, as he always does, likes to put a twist on his ending novel in a series… and what a twist it is!!! Indeed. Many of the characters in the first novel are portrayed in this one.

There was only one case out of hundreds of cold cases that Vincent James Gideon never wholly solved, Rosenthall. (Read about in Book 1 of the Gideon Detective Series.)

Watching her take a sip, it took the assassin every urge not to swat the glass away, but he knew it was the only way to save his life. He stared at the beautiful woman and wondered how long it would take to go into effect. He questioned how much time it would be before she became dizzy and forgot where she was.

Everything seemed to switch into slow motion. For a moment, the killer doubted himself and wondered if, in fact, he poisoned the wrong glass? Guilt began to creep into his gut. It took all his strength to withhold the tears that started to glisten in his eyes. Why?

She began to cough and cough. The wine glass fell to the side, and her body collapsed to the floor. The assassin wasted no time. With an ivory handled dagger, he stuck the Ace of Spades across the point of the blade and pierced her in the chest. From the many trunks in the hallway packed for a long journey, he placed her body inside the largest one available.

Then, he called on a deaf-mute to carry the trunk to an unknown destination. But, the blundering detectives assigned to the case get all the facts twisted, and the wrong man has been accused, one known as Billy Bob Tanner, Gideon’s son.

Vincent James Gideon, the famed detective who went into retirement eight years earlier tried to avoid the case when the Black Rock Cove Police Department requested his services. He recommended his sidekick of many years, Bridget Flynn to take it over. One thing after another happened to where he was forced out of retirement. Then, he was blamed for the murder of not just the woman, but a reputable pharmacist downtown on Pacific Avenue.

This is Volume 2 in Book 6 of the final chapter in this long-running detective series. For more details and to follow Sidney St. James’ blog, visit the author’s page at www.sidneystjames.com or follow the author on Instagram at Sidneyst.james.


Release date for James’ next novel is October 12, 2018 from BeeBop Publishing Group. Vincent Gideon, a famed detective who got his first real start in the private eye business in Rosenthall, Book 1 in the series brings to a close his long running career in The Case of the Ace of Spades.

There was only one case out of hundreds of cold cases that Vincent James Gideon never wholly solved, Rosenthall. (Read about in Book 1 of the Gideon Detective Series.)

Watching her take a sip, it took the assassin every urge not to swat the glass away, but he knew it was the only way to save his life. He stared at the beautiful woman and wondered how long it would take to go into effect. He questioned how much time it would be before she became dizzy and forgot where she was.

Everything seemed to switch into slow motion. For a moment, the killer doubted himself and wondered if, in fact, he poisoned the wrong glass? Guilt began to creep into his gut. It took all his strength to withhold the tears that started to glisten in his eyes. Why?

She began to cough and cough. The wine glass fell to the side, and her body collapsed to the floor. The assassin wasted no time. With an ivory handled dagger, he stuck the Ace of Spades across the point of the blade and pierced her in the chest. From the many trunks in the hallway packed for a long journey, he placed her body inside the largest one available.

Then, he called on a deaf-mute to carry the trunk to an unknown destination. But, the blundering detectives assigned to the case get all the facts twisted, and the wrong man has been accused.

Vincent James Gideon, the famed detective who went into retirement eight years earlier tried to avoid the case when the Black Rock Cove Police Department requested his services. One thing after another happened to where he was forced out of retirement. Then, he was blamed for the murder of not just the woman, but a reputable pharmacist downtown on Pacific Avenue.

This is Volume 1 in Book 4 of the final chapter in this long-running detective series. Volume 2 and Book 5 is due to be released in December 2018. For more details and to follow Sidney St. James’ blog, visit the author’s page at http://www.sidneystjames.com.

 


Beginning October 8, 2018 Sidney St. James will be offering his novel, Sam Bass – A Dead Man’s Hand with Aces and Eights, free on Kindle at Amazon.com. Please be kind enough to come back after reading and leave a review. This is the first novel in the Texas Outlaw Series offered by this prolific author. Oh, and yes, if you share this post on social media, it would be greatly appreciated.

Sam Bass and His Horse Marines, The Robin Hood of Texas

After a month of moving to Georgetown, Texas, I took a ride south on IH-35 from Georgetown to Austin. I couldn’t help but notice a large green and white highway sign that said Sam Bass Road. I became interested where this road went and exited and followed it to where another road sign came into sight, A. W. Grimes Boulevard.

I am not sure why, but I needed to find out who these people were just like I did when I wrote a story about The Rose of Bray’s Bayou – The Runaway Scrape in Texas and discovered Three-Legged Willie’s statue on the town square in Georgetown.

Sam Bass and his gang held up two stagecoaches while in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1877. Sam had a fling with Calamity Jane and sat in the same chair Wild Bill Hickok sat in before being shot in a poker game holding a Dead Man’s Hand.

In the fall of 1877, Sam Bass and his friends robbed the eastbound Union Pacific passenger train and came away with over $60,000 in twenty-dollar gold pieces. After a successful robbery, they split up into pairs and went in all directions. Some were caught. Bass was an excellent Transformist (See novel, The Transformist by St. James) and disguised himself as a poor farmer and made his way back to Denton County, Texas with his share of the gold.

In the springtime of 1878, Sam and his gang robbed four trains within twenty miles of Dallas. Word was sent to Governor Hubbard that something needed to be done. The bandits became the object of a spirited chase across North Texas by reward-seeking citizens and a unique company of Texas Rangers headed by Junius Peak.

Follow the life story of Sam Bass from his childhood days to his last days in Round Rock, Texas on July 21, 1878. Even though this notorious outlaw spent less than a week in this small community, his short visit put the town on world atlases and had a major street named after him. It wasn’t, but a few years ago the community got together and called a boulevard after Deputy A. W. Grimes, the man Sam Bass was accused of killing in 1878. Unlike John Wesley Hardin, he had no notches on his gun handle and once joked about selling his revolver for money.

In death, the Texas Outlaw’s legend grew, helped out by a song entitled, “The Ballad of Sam Bass.” The fame of this outlaw spread as far as England in the 1800’s. There is even a wax statue in Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London. In 1964 Frontier Days Celebration was started. In the 1990’s Sidney Struss and the KOOL99 Oldies Road Show would perform for KOOL99 Radio to highlight the event’s entertainment.

Reviews from an Earlier Reviewer, Milton O’Dell:

What a captivating and visual ride following colorful characters through a reenactment of historical acts of crime, escape and capture. This exciting and adventurous journey was a great introduction to me to a fascinating part of Texas history which I had only heard reference growing up. I never realized that Sam Bass’s repeated successful train, stagecoach and bank robberies threatened the reputation of Texas in the eyes of the nation. The facts behind the delay in his capture as well as impetus to resolve touched on commercial, political and social realities that are applicable today. They paint the complex and grey reality that we live in and not the simplistic black and white good guys and bad guys world that doesn’t really exist. Like Sam Bass, I imagine there are more than a few criminals that started out on the very straight and narrow, were cheated by others in some abuse of position or situation, and then turned to crime. The story was easy to follow being complimented with detailed experiences of many real people and historical accounts. The images of the scenes and events form easily and made it less a read and more a journey. It was so easy to immerse into the story when the crap-detectors aren’t firing because of fictitious characters or their actions don’t make sense.

Historical figures in novel: Jack McCall, Wild Bill Hickok, Deadwood, South Dakota, Calamity Jane, Martha Cannary, Joel Collins, Samuel Bass, Henry Underwood, Steeldust, Sheriff Eagan, Sarah Lacey, Kate Leroy, Frank Corley, Maggie MacDonald, Jack Davis, James Berry, Tom Nixon, Bill Heffridge, Jim Murphy, Sheriff Brousaard, Frank Blockey Jackson, Tooney Waits, Tom Gerrin, Billy Everheart, Bob Welch, Elizabethtown, Marshall George Smith, Arkansas Johnson, Charlie Carter, Sawnie Robertson, John Laws John Wesley Hardin, Waco, John Jones, Colonel Richard Hubbard, T. J. Jackson, Judge DuVal, Texas Rangers, Scott Mayes, Judge Jim Hogg, Round Rock, Texas, Brushy Creek, Dick Ware, Chris Connor, George Harrell, Mary Matson, Reverend J. W. Ledbetter, Walter Johnson, Tom Spotswood, Seaborn Barnes, Nubbins Colt, Sheriff George Drennan, Thomas Gerren, Albert Herndon, Sam Pipes, Billy Collins, Will Scott, George Noble, Governor Richard Hubbard, Lieutenant Junius Peak, Frank Finley, James Curry, John Lovejoy, John McKeen, Julius Alvord, Albert Grimes, Judge Jesse Grimes, Captain Lee Hill, Kopperal’s Store, Highsmith’s Livery Stable. Texas Outlaw. Outlaws. Cowboys. Texas History. Historical Fiction. Creative Historical Nonfiction. Thriller. Suspense.

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Hello Everyone.

In preparation for my book signing tour for 2019, it is important that your reviews are added to Amazon on any books you purchased or downloaded through a weekend promotion for free. By the end of the year, these reviews will be used to determine which books I will take on tour. Your going to Amazon.com and clicking on any book you purchased will allow you to “Write a Review.” Your favorable reviews are appreciated. Furthermore, the more reviews received, the better chances for reaching the Finals in the UK Storybook Telling Competition in 2019!

If you need help in remembering which books you may have purchased to go and leave a review, please see the following list. Their links are included to help you get back to that book for leaving a review. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!  Leave as long of a review or as short. Also, if you receive this post in social media, please share with your friends. Thank you!!! Sidney St. James (www.sidneystjames.com.)

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  • James, Sidney St. Vincent Gideon and the Case of the Ace of Spades. Book 4 in the Gideon Detective Series. A Novel. BeeBop Publishing Group. November 2018. 400+ Pages. ASIN: . ISBN-10  . ISBN-13  . Available in Kindle and Paperback. In the Top 1% of Crime Fiction – Murder on Amazon.com. To be released December 1, 2018.

 

  • James, Sidney St. Vincent Gideon and the Case of the Ace of Spades. Book 5 and Final Chapter in the Gideon Detective Series. A Novel. BeeBop Publishing Group. November 2018. 400+ Pages. ASIN: . ISBN-10  . ISBN-13  . Available in Kindle and Paperback. In the Top 1% of Crime Fiction – Murder on Amazon.com. To be released December 1, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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Black Rock Cove on the coastline of Oregon has a unique and sinister charm. By day, it is a quaint fishing village and charming resort for summer visitors, but by night…well, that’s a different story. The murder of Oliver Bateman was purely the strangest of all murders. After the gunshot, and falling dead in the courtyard, bullet holes were missing from his body. Three deep knife wounds, however, covered his chest.

Even stranger, Elizabeth Knight, daughter of famed Nobel Prize winner William Knight, discovered in her locked bedroom on the brink of death after hysterical screaming and two gunshots fired, was alone…no assassin present. As the life fluid of Lizzie Knight drained out of her in its garish red, her skin had begun to take on the pallor of a corpse. The only problem is there was no one in the room when her father finally knocked the door off its frame.

Find the motive of the assassin, and you locate the criminal. Nevertheless, several people have reasons, which may have led them to the deed. Which one did it? Why did the murderer leave a bloody cow bone in the room? Why was there only one bullet found in the chamber after witnesses heard two shots and two were expended in the golden 22 caliber revolver found in the room? Also, most of all how, was the crime committed in a sealed room? How did the assassin escape?

“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive…A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” – Tilly Slaton, Author of Unleashed Desire

What an outstanding way for the first novel of James’ three-part murder trilogy to begin? Who was killed? That’s what the readers want to know and why was he or she killed? How did the assassin escape? These questions run through the readers’ minds as one of the most hideous crimes ever, was committed on the estate of two-time Nobel Prize winning physicist, William Knight. The mystery continues as a diabolical scheme to frame an innocent man is set in motion.

Wait! Did the wrong person lose their life? What will that do? Create more questions? Result in more murders? Will there be other murders? Who’s the mastermind behind them? These questions become the catalyst for a sequence of events that will rivet the readers to their seats. This is a must read before reading the Ace of Spades to be released in November, 2018, the Final Chapter in the Gideon Detective Series.

This first novel debuts Vincent Gideon, a young detective making a name for himself solving cold cases. A best-selling author, Abigail Guerin, who adds a twist of romance, assists him. They must solve the case before the mystery man catches the six o’clock train departing Black Rock Cove. However, no other than the Great Shane Murdock comes to town. He is Gideon’s mentor and has solved more cold cases in America than anyone else. Some have called him in headline news, the Sherlock Holmes of America. He is a household name from his successful endeavors at solving crimes the local authorities can’t.

This murder mystery trilogy descends into a quagmire filled with intrigue and death.

Black Rock Cove, the setting in James’ thriller series, The Storm Lord Trilogy, is still his canvas in his Gideon Detective Series. James unveils a labyrinth of evil constructed by people at the highest levels of power. More secrets are revealed. Is the Bête Maléfique des Bois, the beast, responsible for so many deaths? More people continue to lose their lives. You don’t know who can be trusted. Martin DuBois? Terrence McGyver? Chris Darnay? Mother Althena? Could Gideon be the mastermind of the crimes?

“ROSENTHALL – Bête Maléfique des Bois” is a page-turner that will keep readers riveted as they try to put the pieces of an enigmatic puzzle together. Some of the same characters return from the Storm Lord Trilogy Series. Angelica Knight, the award-winning author, and Drew Johnson, a journalist for the Black Rock Cove Headlight, are some of the same characters returning. In this debut novel, James has created a new collage of characters who will cause you to hold your breath hoping to find the killer or killers before more murders occur.

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