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Classmate Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Moats
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New edits of this book as of May 3, 2012.

Someone is murdering women from the class of '67 and it's up to Jim Richards, who has reluctantly just turned sixty, to stop him. Jim's life is in the dumps and then late one might he receives an email from a childhood sweetheart he hasn't seen in over 40 years, pleading for help but he doesn't get to her in time, she's been murdered. A killer is now stalking and killing his former female classmates for unknown reasons and Jim, along with his only friend Buck, a big, mustachioed biker, go off to track down the killer before he can get to one former classmate, Penny Wickens, a TV talk show host who Jim has just fallen for while protecting her. The killer is also murdering the women right out from under police protection, driving homicide detective Will Trapper crazy, and he slowly depends on Jim to help. There's humor, suspense, wild chases across suburban Detroit with cops, classic cars and motorcycle clubs; murder, mayhem, and a good amount of romance.

"We all talk a great game about writing, but when you see how hard a guy like Bob is working to make it happen...it's...Wow! Also, I just finished Classmate Murders--well done! Rockin' good fun!" - John Locke, Best-selling Author of Donovan Creed series, "Lethal People", "Lethal Experiment", "Saving Rachel" and "Now & Then".

"Bob Moats' Classmate Murders is an excellent blend of Elmore Leonard and Philip Marlowe sensibilities, ...and damn if it isn't some great detective writing." - M. Jones, author.

"Just started Bob Moats' "The Classmate Murders" WOW. That's all I've got to say. The man can write :-)... Cristyn West - author "Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware"

"I must say the author weaves a wicked story plus his humor is a hoot! I recommend reading "THE CLASSMATE MURDERS", but you might catch yourself looking behind you all of the time. - Doug Hardin Author of "HIDDEN AND IMMINENT DANGERS"

"Your books have been a joy to read. They keep me interested until the last page is turned. Keep up the good Work!" B. Scharmann, Rochester Hills, Michigan.

"I over slept this morn Bob. After I started reading "Classmate Murders" I couldn't put it down, lol. I loved it! Keep writing!" - ODella Wilson, Writer, Blogger.

"Just finished Classmate Murders! I thought it was great! Love the characters! Off to buy the next one : )" - Janine AKA Soylady, business owner, Things that Make Scents, New Jersey.

"Moats does the job. Well written. A good read!" - "Cut to the Chase Reviews" by Joanne Chase.

"This book was a real page-turner as I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next." - Lou Riddell blog review

"The good news is that this is just the beginning, there are more Jim Richards crime novels to be had, and I will be buying them, no doubt about it." - Flint Books Examiner - Patrick Pillars

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All Jim Richards Book titles: Classmate Murders; Vegas Showgirl Murders; Dominatrix Murders; Mistress Murders; Bridezilla Murders; Magic Murders; Strip Club Murders; Made-for-TV Murders; Mystery Cruise Murders; Talk Show Murders; Sin City Murders; Black Widow Murders; Vegas Vigilante Murders; Area 51 Murders; Mortuary Murders and Hypnotic Murders.

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About the Author

Detroit area resident, Bob Moats, has been writing short stories and plays for as long as he can remember. He has lost most of his original stories, typed or handwritten, in the numerous moves he has made from his hometown of Fraser, Michigan to Northern Michigan, to Las Vegas and back to Fraser, where he now lives. Moats became one of the causalities of unemployment in 2009, and had time on his hands to finally pursue a life long dream of writing a full blown crime novel. Thus was born the first book, "Classmate Murders". What followed was a series of books starting with "The Classmate Murders" which introduces the main character, Jim Richards, who has to admit he has become a senior citizen, reluctantly. Richards, one day, receives an email from a childhood sweetheart asking for his help, but by the time he reaches her, she has been murdered. His life turns around and he is pulled into numerous murders of women from his high school who he hasn't seen in forty years. Along with a friend of his, Buck, a big, mustached biker, they go off to track down the killer before he can get to one former classmate, Penny Wickens, a TV talk show host who Jim has just fallen for while protecting her. The killer is also murdering the women right out from under police protection, driving homicide detective Will Trapper crazy, and he slowly depends on Jim to help. There's humor, suspense, wild chases across suburban Detroit with cops, classic cars and motorcycle clubs; murder, mayhem, a good amount of romance and a twist ending.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996063412
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Magic1 Productions; Book One edition (1 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002D48NBO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,914 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the series 30 Dec 2012
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I bought this as it was free and thoroughy enjoyed it, Jim turns into a completly different person than you first think. The relationship between all characters is believable and fun. By the time i was half way through this book i had already downloaded the next 3. The characters are fun and believable and their stories progress thrugh the series. If you want a good read this is a fab book. Well done Mr Moats and keep writing pls
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it - almost a 'Saw' theme 25 Mar 2013
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I wasn't sure how I would find this book from the initial description. Reading through gripped me from the start and the ideology being similar to the Saw series kept me reading through to the end. Twist at the end made this an unmissable read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classmate murders 26 Mar 2013
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Not a bad read. A little bit predictable in places but in others a bit of suspense to make you carry on reading
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Story 9 Dec 2013
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I must have read about ¾ of this book before giving up.

It is too predictable and I completely lost interests. The story is unbelievable and all the characters weak.

It starts well but in the end you are not really interested in the outcome.

To believe that a 60 year old man, with a pot belly, living at home with his parents, can find that a very attractive female television personality finds him the best thing since sliced bread it something that we all would wish would happen to us but is so unlikely it is farcical. The descriptions of this events are ridiculous.

Don't bother too read it.

Also to believe that this person can solve a murder with the help of a buddy, who is also such an unbelievable character, is stretching the imagination too far.

As usual the police are idiots and are totally unable to solve the murder despite the evidence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay 27 Jan 2014
By Zabs
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I'm baffled by the amount of four and five star reviews this has got. The book isn't terrible, but it's really nothing to shout about either. It's average at best, and that's taking into consideration the fact that it is free.

I felt the story was profoundly unrealistic on a number of levels. The main characters are all supposed to be in their 60's, the but the way the book is written and the way the characters act you would be forgiven for mistaking them as a bunch of starry-eyed teenagers. Jim Richards is unemployed, lives with his (what I assume must be ancient) parents and spends most of his time alone on the internet or conversing with his one friend. I'd say only his stated love for crime novels is any indication that he's remotely competent at investigating anything.

Yet after what is literally only a few days, he's informally heading a multiple murder investigation with more skill than the entire police force, while having rampant sex with an old classmate he runs into along the way. Said old classmate just happens to be a kinky, beautiful TV star and the entirety of her relationship with Jim is based on a crush from 40 years prior. Of all the characters, she's the most terribly written, making innuendos and sexual remarks left right and centre for no good reason.

Furthermore, the novel appeared to be setting up a twist, or at least I was expecting one to arise out of denial that it would be so predictable, but it did not come. There are a couple of mild surprises to be had, but ultimately things play out as you come to expect. Like his love interest, I felt the story's main villain was also poorly written.

The more I read the book, the more I really couldn't help but feel that the entire story was the author playing out his own fantasies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars amateurish writing, ok plot 4 July 2013
By J. Rowe
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The story was ok - very much third rate tv thriller movie style. It felt like it had been written by a young lad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read 17 Mar 2013
By Miss AL Holloway TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a little different to other crime novels I have read as it is not graphically gory and the characters are a little different, especially the protagonist Jim Richards an unemployed 60 year old who turns out to be pretty good at investigating crime.

The characters have depth and the story has good humour, a nice pace and a good amount of twists and turns. I was very impressed. If you enjoy crime novels but prefer not to read those that include graphic violence and gore, this should be right up your street. I shall certainly be reading more from this series in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classmates Murder 30 Dec 2012
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This is a great book and definitely worth a read. Bob never disappoints with his adventures of Jim and Penny. Don't miss the other books in this series. Join the Bob Moats appreciation society today!
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Published 3 months ago by Mr. C. Brownett
2.0 out of 5 stars Classmate Murders
A bald, beer-bellied hero, apparently irresistible to women, despite being over 60? Hmm...

Incidentally, spellchecker changed "beer-bellied" to "best-selling". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dilys
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!! What are people reading to review this highly?!
This is pretty basic stuff. No twists, no character development, rushed story telling. Had to get to the end as I don't like leaving books unfinished, plus I was secretly hoping it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Grimshh
2.0 out of 5 stars typical B movie stuff
So cheesy and predictable I am even sure a saw a version of this as a b movie years ago.
Published 7 months ago by Jeannette
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading - Not for the hardcore murder/mystery fan
I got this as a freebie to try out my new Kindle. It was fairly enjoyable but I did feel as though it was a first novel or something (not sure if it was his first). Read more
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