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Frank Tuttle lives and writes in the perpetually humid wilderness of North Mississippi. Frank tried to be a proper Southern author and write about pickups and hound dogs, but trolls and magic kept creeping into his stories, so Frank is a fantasy author. Although hounds do make occasional appearances in his fiction.

Most of the books you'll see here are part of the Markhat series, which features a hard-boiled, wise-cracking detective in a world where magic works. Here are the titles, and the order I suggest for readers:

* The Cadaver Client
* The Mister Trophy
* Dead Man's Rain
* NOTE: All the above are included in the print anthology 'The Markhat Files.'
* Hold the Dark
* The Banshee's Walk
* The Broken Bell
* Brown River Queen
* The Five Faces (available June 2014)

I also have a Young Adult series!

* Saving the Sammi (novella)
* All the Paths of Shadow (novel)
* All the Turns of Light (available soon)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Rising Author Coming Into His Own 30 May 2010
By April Follies - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hooked by Frank Tuttle's "Markhat" stories from the first novella (Dead Man's Rain). Aptly described as a mix of Sam Spade and Sam Vimes, the titular character Markhat staked out a street-corner at the crossing between Old Pulp and Urban Fantasy. This is great stuff for aficionados of P.N. Elrod, Jim Butcher, The Great Terry Pratchett, etc.

With Hold the Dark, though, Tuttle raises the bar. Tuttle has been finding his own unique "voice" in the Markhat novellas, and it comes through here. From "funny with a twist of noir", he's opened up into language that simultaneously makes you laugh at the twists of phrase and, increasingly, engages you in the plot at a deeper level.

Tuttle is also starting to dvelop Markhat's character, fleshing out his history, connections, and storyline. Reflecting this, the world that surrounds Markhat has become more complex, detailed, and vivid (down to the flies and the stink). All of this makes for a dark chocolate sort of reading candy - sweet mixed with bitter, and not a little addictive.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Terrific! 28 Feb. 2010
By Lynn McNamee - Published on Amazon.com
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Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

This is the best Markhat "story" I have read so far. I put "story" in quotes because, although it's that way in the title, this is actually a novel.

The plot was original with a gritty, noir setting. The fantasy world of Markhat was enthralling. Mr. Tuttle really knows how to draw the reader into a different world by showing the way things are, instead of just telling about it.

The storyline moved at a fairly fast pace. There were some twists and turns that left me gasping, once even bringing a few tears. Although the book is filled with Vampires and other odd creatures, it is still a very `human' story.

Although this book is part of a series featuring the character of Markhat, like the others, it can be read as a stand-alone.

Character Development: 5 Stars

Markhat was a wonderfully deep character with an interesting past that was revealed in bits and pieces throughout the story. He was always `in character' with believable motivations.

Mama Hog was also present in this installment. I was happy to see her again as she is the perfect companion and mother-figure for Markhat.

The new characters introduced in this book were also very well-drawn. Each had their own motives and personalities, making them likable or easy to hate, as needed.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

Mr. Tuttle was in his usual fine form. There was humor interlaced through even the most gruesome portions. The humor was sometimes blatant and, at other times, a bit obscure, but always there if a reader cared to look, and I did.

The descriptions were vivid. The dialogue was snappy and in good form. Everyone spoke with just the right amount of accent to be believable and have a unique voice. The sentence structure was complex, but flowed easily.

Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars

Both were of professional quality.

Rating: PG-13 for Blood and Gore, Oblique References to Prostitution, Violence
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very Entertaining Fantasy 20 April 2010
By Kellie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Tuttle does an excellent job of creating a fantasy world and tweaking the archetypes of the different types of stock fantasy characters. Seeing the world evolve and develop during the course of his various books is a pleasure. This particular book is darker than the other Markhat stories, although it does retain the element of humor that is more prominent in the other Markhat stories. If you enjoy Terry Pratchett (think Vimes and not Rincewind), then you will enjoy Tuttle's books. But read them in order, especially if you have a Kindle since the stories are only $0.99 apiece (I feel guilty - I want to at least take Tuttle out and buy him a couple of beers since I bought his entire library for only $8). By Stephon, hijacking his wife's Amazon account because I'm too lazy to create my own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Frank...youve done it again 29 Sept. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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i was psyched when i realized that this was actually a more or less full length novel instead of a short story but at the same time i was woried because all i had read from tuttle had been short stories( wistril compleat, and the previous 2 finder books) so i didnt know if the story would be big enough to fill the pages but as it turned out my concerns were misplaced and frank pulled thru once again. hold the dark is his best yeat and after reading it i instantly wanted more, and cant wait for the next in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Need a finder? Markhat is on the job! 29 Dec. 2011
By Sylver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was happy to have a full length Markhat novel at last. This character is too much fun to be satisfied with short stories. This novel was twisty and mysterious as always, and while the Corpsetaker was a bit grim, the gore was not overwhelming as it can be in some books. Further character development was nice to see, and I look forward to more of this in the future. Another great read from Mr. Tuttle.
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