[Tribute Books Blog Tour&Review] The Big Show Stopper: A Pinky and The Bear Mystery by Ken Dalton

Posted 18 February, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

About the Book:
Brady Blackstone, America’s richest and favorite concert performer, dies in a tragic accident while Bear and Flo, along with thousands of northern Nevada’s music lovers, look on in horror. However, before Bear can maneuver Flo back to their apartment to complete her birthday celebration, they stumble across a clue that makes them question if Brady’s death was an accident.

In The Big Show Stopper, Pinky, a sleazy but successful defense attorney, and Bear, a street-wise ex bartender, mix madness with mayhem as you meet Brady’s less than grieving widow-a trigger-happy Carson City Cop named Ice Conner-travel in first-class luxury with Pinky as he follows a questionable lead to an exotic location and suffer with Flo in Bear’s old pick up while they drive to another of America’s armpit locations where they discover Brady Blackstone’s killer.

About the Author:
Ken Dalton was born in 1938. In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus found Ken. At the end of World War II, Ken’s family moved to Cheyenne, Wyomingfor a year where he learned how to live through snow blizzards, avoid walking through the large pile of coal in the basement, and how to survive life as an Army Officer’s brat on a base called Fort Warren.

By the age of sixteen, after eleven years of operations, therapy, and braces, Ken’s luck changed dramatically when he met the girl of his dreams at a party. A few years later they married, produced three wonderful children, and settled into a happy life in Southern California.

In 1966, Ken, who worked as a technician for Pacific Bell, and his family left Southern California for the green hills of Sonoma County where they bought a home in Sebastopol surrounded with apple trees. A few years later, Ken and Arlene built a new home on three and a half acres. They raised cows, pigs, and learned how to build outstanding fences. While their children grew, they hosted two exchange students, Eva Reimers from Sweden, and Tanja Wuttke fromGermany, both of whom are still loved members of the Dalton clan. Also during those years, Ken was promoted to management at Pacific Bell. He eventually ended up responsible for all the central offices, sixty-three, in an area that covered five counties.

In 1977, Ken, Arlene, Bob Wiltermood, and his wife Norma, designed, built, and operated a 2000 case winery named Pommeraie Vineyards. They produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. However, after Bob died, the winery was sold. Ken and Arlene moved to a hilltop in Healdsburg.

With the winery gone, and time on their hands, Ken and Arlene started to perform with the Camp Rose Players. Twenty years and forty productions later, both are still acting and singing.

Life was good. All Ken had to do was learn some lines and bow when the audience applauded.

Then, ten years ago, in a moment of madness, Ken started to write. His first article was published in Golf Illustrated in August 1996. More golf articles followed in national and regional magazines including Golf Magazine and Fairways and Greens.

After a two-year stint on the County Grand Jury, Ken felt the need to begin his first novel.

Now, after a decade of struggle to learn the craft of writing, Ken has become the publishing world’s latest overnight sensation.

My Review:
I really love a good mystery, and while there is some language, this one fell into that good mystery category. I was instantly captured by Dalton’s characters and the laugh-out-loud antics that Pinky-the DA and Bear-the off the street PI go through. The perfect blend of laughs and mystery make up this great read!

I really enjoyed getting to know these characters. Pinky and Bear were first introduced in Dalton’s The Bloody Birthright, though, sadly, I haven’t read that one yet. These two really come together and work to pull the pieces of crime together. I would think that I had figured out the who-dun-it’s and then bam! Dalton throws it up in the air and I’d have to follow Pinky and Bear all over again to try and guess the suspect again. It was so fun trying to solve the show stopping crime!

If you love a good mystery that will keep the page turning and the laughs rolling, grab a copy of Dalton’s 4 star novel, The Big Show Stopper. Dalton’s talent can be seen immediately and will hook you till the finish. I can’t wait to go back and read The Bloody Birthright and am looking forward to the release of a new Pinky and The Bear Mystery!

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