Seeing Red: From the Case Files of Detective James T. Kirkland by Terry Odell

Seeing Red: From the Case Files of Detective James T. Kirkland

byTerry Odell

Kobo ebook | December 3, 2014

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2015 Silver Falchion Award: Best Short Story Collection

Three short works featuring Florida Homicide Detective James T. Kirkland who has to put up with a Star Trek loving Medical Examiner, an ex-wife, and a cousin who overreacts to just about everything. Sometimes murder happens when and where you least expect it.


"He's dead, Jim." Homicide Detective James T. Kirkland dreads the Star-Trek loving medical examiner's joy in stating the obvious. This time, the victim was wearing a red shirt, and when what looked like a death from natural causes turns into a homicide, Kirkland is called upon to solve the crime, red shirt and all.


Red's Heat

"There's a body buried in my yard." Detective James T. Kirkland braves the hot, sweltering heat of a Florida summer to debunk his cousin's claim before both of them are set up for ridicule in the Sheriff's Office. But when the body isn't really a body, Kirkland accepts being the butt of department jokes—until things take an unexpected turn.


Red Flagged

"Call me when you've got a dead body." Favorite words of an over-worked detective trying to get some shut-eye. But when his ex-wife calls and says her friend is missing, all thoughts of sleep evaporate as James T. Kirkland rushes to help solve the mysterious disappearance.

            Red Flagged first appeared in Deception, a Mystery Anthology published by Highland Press, 2011.

Title:Seeing Red: From the Case Files of Detective James T. KirklandFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 3, 2014Publisher:Terry OdellLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful trio of murder mysteries This is a great collection featuring Homicide Detective James T. Kirkland, who works with an ME named McCoy. McCoy can't resist calling himself Bones. And whenever he can he tells Kirkland "He's dead, Jim." So it makes perfect sense that the victim in the first story dies wearing a red shirt. Fortunately, Jim is as good a detective as James T. Kirk was a Captain, so he solves all three murders in short order. I highly recommend this collection and can only hope Terry Odell will be writing more stories with these characters.
Date published: 2014-12-16