When James F. Crawford retired from the university he didn't expect to become a private investigator. But Provost Rufus George wanted Crawford to investigate a suspicious death--and he wouldn't take no for an answer. Turns out, Crawford has a knack for solving crimes. With his dog and cat as the perfect sounding board, he talks through the specifics of each case--posing questions to Tan and The Black and answering them himself. If you like your mysteries with a side of humor, give the Needed Killing Series a try.
Asked to help an old lady get her family home back from greedy developers, Crawford reluctantly agrees. Mrs. McGillicuddy is thrilled. "I can't tell you how excited I was when Frank told me I'd get to meet a real detective. I just love murder mysteries." When Ms. Mac convinces Crawford to pretend to solve a mystery, he finds himself caught up in the most perplexing case of his career.
“The Needed Killing Series has a pleasing premise. In each novel . . . the murder victim is obnoxious and widely disliked. This not only makes the reader feel better about the death, it also swells the number of suspects.” --APR, Don Noble's Book Reviews, October 21, 2013
"I am absolutely delighted to have found this series by Bill Fitts and hope [it] continues for many books to come!" --C. Bragg (Amazon)
"I love all of the Needed Killing books. They are fresh and funny!" --Cheryl D. (Amazon)
"Fitts's writing is great for readers who appreciate language, as well as the particulars of settings and characters." --Claudia S. (Amazon)
"I absolutely love [Bill Fitts's] books. I look forward to the next book. Keep 'em coming!" --Janeo (Amazon)
About Bill Fitts
I used to say that I grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, when, in truth, I only started growing older there. After nineteen years I left to go to college and, for the most part, spent the next twenty years aging somewhere else-New Jersey, Florida, Panama Canal Zone, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Then I returned to Tuscaloosa and continued the maturation process for another twenty-six years. In 2015 my wife and I moved to Vero Beach, Florida, where I hope to continue growing older for a good long time.
The locations I've lived in have had more influence on my mystery novels than on the fantasy series. The town of Shelbyville is based in large part on Tuscaloosa with some wrinkles from other locations thrown in to keep things interesting-and keep the inhabitants guessing. That's not to say that the places I've been aren't reflected in the fantasies-but most of the geography of Narne is imaginary. While growing older, I've tried my hand at a number of jobs-newspaper collator, darkroom technician, farmhand, factory worker, sailor, salesman, underwriter, account executive, accountant, systems administrator, information specialist--and professional writer. As an author I find that those earlier experiences contribute to what happens in my novels-again more in the not-as-fictional mysteries than in the fantasies. There's just not enough magic in the real world.
Interestingly, the event that crystalized my decision to start writing full-time is one that I haven't used in any of my novels. The tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, destroying an eighth of the town-including the back half of my house-hasn't made it into any of my novels. Shelbyville and Narne have both been spared. On the other hand, the support, encouragement, and editorial assistance my wife provides have been part of every novel since the beginning. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.