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A Book review

Bodies and Beaches
By Don Yarber


Business might be slow for Private Investigator Kip Yardley, but it certainly isn’t dull. From the moment Kip receives a call from a distraught woman to find her brother’s killers, the action and suspense never stop. Bad guys and goons do not like interference from smart alec PIs and Kip narrowly avoids being permanently silenced on several occasions throughout the story.
Through the use of first person writing, the reader feels every blow on the head and jab in the kidneys, the frustration of being hogtied in a dark hole with a dead body ( though at first, Kip thought it was a sack of potatoes!)
This tale is filled with people easy to dislike and fear and we follow Kip on a harrowing journey through the dark side of sunny southern California.
Don Yarber has crafted a wonderful, easy to read story. He draws on his eclectic life experiences to bring color and authenticity to his first PI novel.
Though breezy in style, a fine sense of timing had me on the edge throughout . Justice is finally served but not without a terrifying climatic scene where Kip avoids a horrible death due to quick thinking and the uncorking of a priceless bottle of 100 year old Rothschild wine.
If you like the PI genre, I urge you to read Bodies and Beaches and be introduced to Kip Yardley. Join the confrontations with the crooked sheriff, the ruthless , gun toting gangsters and the beautiful women Kip encounters along the way.



A few weeks ago, it occurred to me, after reading some of Don’s work on Scribeslice, to actually purchase one of his books. I accidently ordered the second Kip Yardley Mystery , so Don kindly sent the first one, “Bodies and Beaches” to me. It is enjoyable reading, smooth and well-crafted.
“Corpses and Canyons” is next. I am sure it will be another good one.


Warren Gates

23rd November 2012


Thanks, Warren, for your generous comments on "Bodies and Beaches". I'm glad you enjoyed it and hope you will find "Corpses and Canyons" equally as satisfying. Thank you for the CD's too. I enjoyed them all and will write a review shortly for my two favorites.


Don Yarber

23rd November 2012


I have started reading "Corpses and Canyons". It doesn't take long for Kip to find himself in some wacky situations! Don, I like few things better than a good book to be engrossed in, especially when I am fighting the temptations to brood darkly about Life. Thanks for helping me during this time.


Warren Gates

23rd November 2012


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