Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Billy Ray Chitwood's Latest Novel is Out!

Billy Ray Chitwood's final novel in his Bailey Crane mystery series, A Common Evil, launches this week.

If you haven't yet sampled his writing, you really should!

My review is set out below, followed by book links and ways you can contact the author.


‘A Common Evil’ is the sixth book in Billy Ray Chitwood’s mystery series. It is also the first of the series I have read – but I WILL be back for more.

Chitwood’s detective, Bailey Crane, has moved to Mexico with his wife, Wendy, hoping for a quiet retirement by the Sea of Cortez. But fate intervenes and Crane finds himself caught up in a shootout with members of a Mexican drugs cartel. So much for a quiet life. From then on, things go from bad to worse for the ex-detective…

One of the things I enjoy about Chitwood’s books – apart from the absorbing passages of reflection on life and purpose – is that his characters possess a moral ambivalence. Tales about two-dimensional ‘good’ and ‘bad’ guys bore me to tears. Not only does this approach strike me as lazy writing, but it also patronises the reader. Chitwood’s protagonists, on the other hand, face tough choices and the decisions they make are not always good ones.

Not just a crime/adventure tale, this novel is a treatise on what it means to grow old, to have secrets and to recognize the things that bind us and the things that fulfill us.

‘A Common Evil’ is a quick read, but a satisfying one. Now I need to go back and start the series at book one to see what I’ve missed.

Click HERE to read a sample of A Common Evil (and to buy a copy if you have any sense!) 

Connect with Billy Ray:

On Twitter  @brchitwood

On his blog  thefinalcurtain1

On his website  billyraychitwood


  1. Excellent review John. Damn, but Billy Ray is prolific!

    eden ;)

    1. You can say that again, eden! I can't keep up :)

  2. Thanks, John, for the excellent blog and review. You and Eden humble me greatly - and that's the truth! :-) Luv both of your dearly! xox (for Eden) - A bear hug for JD!