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My latest novel, Attention to Death, has been gathering very good reviews from intelligent readers who took notice of the blurb and understood that the two investigators were gay.

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Skunks Dance by St John Karp

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Spivey Spillane’s grandmammy always said there were only two good reasons to kill a man — for cheating on a woman, and for serving drinks to a Yankee. She may have had a hand in winning the Revolutionary War, but even she never met the likes of Alabama Sam. Sam robs a bank under Spillane’s name, casts him in an obscene one-man play wearing only a pink tutu, and starts a betting pool on how many wieners he has. Despite the indignities Spillane suffers, he chases Sam across Gold-Rush-era California because Sam is the only one who knows the location of a hidden fortune buried somewhere in the hills.

Meanwhile in the present, seventeen-year-olds Amanda and Jet have rekindled an old childhood rivalry. Amanda is obsessed with finding the treasure of her infamous ancestor Spivey Spillane. Jet and Amanda’s feud comes to a head over an extended incident involving a broken window, an exploded car, and a charge of sexual assault with a candy Batman. Jet vows that he is going to find to Spillane’s gold before Amanda does, but it doesn’t take them long to realize that someone may have come this way already — someone who wants the past to stay buried.

Inspired by the rickety world of 1960s British-made Westerns, SKUNKS DANCE is a tale of revenge, greed, and men in tutus.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire > General Humor
Series: n.a.
Length: 231 pages
Release date: 2017-01-24



Spivey Spillane – Teaser:

“Deputy, come on in. I was just readin’ Mr. Spillane here the crazy talk.”

“Hells bells! Where were you up to?”

“‘Crazy-ass,'” said the sheriff.


Jet and Amanda – Teaser:

“Oh dear,” said Mrs. Ashwood as she secured the brass attachments onto her bra. “Do you have any more Wolverines?”

The chef coughed wetly into his hands and pulled a candy Batman out of his pants.

“No more Wolverine, but we got too many of these Batmans. Can’t get rid of them for love or money.”

My Opinion

This book comprises two plot lines, told in alternating chapters. One plot line (the times of the gold rush) introduces you to Spivey Spillane, hunting Alabama Sam who is pulling pranks in his name. The other plot line (now) introduces you to Jet and Amanda. Like her ancestor, Spivey Spillane, Amanda wants to find the treasure.

With Somewhere in the Skunks Dance, St John Carp has created a humorous mystery that left me with mixed feelings. I cannot say, that I cared a lot for Spivey’s part of the story, it was too bizarre for my liking; despite that, this plot line had its moments. Jet, Amanda, and Gina’s plot line often was pretty hilarious, sometimes a little bizarre as well. The relevant characters in the present plot line are of sufficient depth, and Jet’s little sister Gina is a gem.

This is a book for you if you like bizarre suspense, two alternating plot lines; and if you like unusual stories.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot Spivey Spillane: ⭐ ⭐ Jet and Amanda ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters Spivey Spillane: ⭐ ⭐ Jet and Amanda ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳


About the author

I am a writer, historian, and ornamental hermit. I enjoy living close to things so I can not go to them, and I spend my time pining for my old age when I can shout at kids to get off my lawn.

I love books that are bizarre and exciting and ridiculous. There’s something so liberating about a book that makes you want to run up to the nearest person and describe the amazing thoughts that have just been put in your head. I love the authors so much who’ve done that for me, and the most I can hope for is to do that for someone else.

If I could travel back in time to any point in history, it would be the 1920s. The first question I’d ask is for directions to the nearest speakeasy.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Skunks Dance? Or – if you did not yet read Skunks Dance – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

10 Statements – St John Karp






3 Quotes – Henry James

Henry James, American writer

April 15, 1843 in 2 Washington Place, New York City, United States

February 28, 1916 in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, England

known for (among others):
The Turn of the Screw, The Portrait of a Lady, What Maisie Knew, Daisy Miller, Washington Square


The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.
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Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
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The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.


Which is your favourite quote by Henry James?  🙂

2017-04-11: Song of the day

Bon Jovi – Hallelujah

Lyrics:  Leonard Cohen
Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did—well, really—what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah



On the way between the hotel and the stadium, three explosions damaged BVB Dortmund’s team bus. One of the core team players was injured and had to be taken to hospital. The match AS Monaco – BVB Dortmund has been cancelled. WHY attack a soccer team?

Peace, dear friends and readers.  ☘


3 Quotes – Adela Florence Nicolson

Adela Florence Nicolson, English poet
Pseudonym:  Laurence Hope

April 9, 1865 in Stoke Bishop, Gloucestershire, England

October 4, 1904 in Madras (today: Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India

known for:
Garden of Karma (1901; in 1902 published in America as India’s Love Lyrics)


Often devotion to virtue arises from sated desire.
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I shall go the way of the open sea, to the lands I knew before you came, and the cool ocean breezes shall blow from me the memory of your name.
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Men should be judged not by their tint of skin, the gods they serve, the vintage they drink, nor by the way they fight, or love, or sin, but by the quality of the thought they think.


Which is your favourite quote by Adela Florence Nicolson?  🙂