Showing posts with label Douglas Chandler Graham. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Douglas Chandler Graham. Show all posts

Monday, January 9, 2012

Three Trailers Down - Douglas Chandler Graham, Author

Broccoli Casserole
(Recipe Compliments of Douglas Graham)

2 pkg. frozen chopped broccoli (cooked) or any other veggie you like
1 can sliced water chestnuts
1 med. onion, chopped
1 can cream of mshroom soup

Mix all and put into casserole dish.  Sprinkle with 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers.  Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.  Melt 1 stick of butter and drizzle over dish.  Bake 325 - 350 degrees 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Three Trailers Down – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat & Think With Your Taste Buds – Desserts
‘Sammy collapsed on the bed.  The girl was next, with a shot under her exposed chin.  The young man…the magnum hollow point destroyed his brain stem and nervous system.  All three were dead in less than ten seconds.  What Will had to do now was get away without being recognized.  He unhurriedly walked back out the front door, locking it before pulling it firmly closed.  He was sure it would take a couple of days before anyone was interested enough to check or notice that no one from this apartment had been seen for a while.  He opened the trunk of the car and was putting his equipment back in the case, separating the silencer from the pistol.  After putting the case in the canvas backpack, he took off the gloves and threw them in the trunk.  Someone behind him said, “Hi there.”
If you’ve had the pleasure of reading Smoke and Murders, you may have been left wondering what happened to some of its characters.  Well, wonder no more.  Vinyard’s corrupt police Lieutenant Bill Kenny is still up to his tricks.  When his wife Camilla takes up with mob connected restaurant owner Louie Russo, Bill decides to add a bit more corruption to his already full plate and free himself of anything or anyone that doesn’t fit into his plans.  He just didn’t expect State Police Inspector “Bear” McNutt to take notice of his activities and everyone knew what a pain Bear could be.  Especially after what he had done to Adam Brackett.  Remember him?  He was the one Bear insisted had killed his best friend and family in Smoke and Murders.
If you remember, Judge Roy Ragland took in the drifter Harry as a handyman but the Judge’s wife Lillian has her own agenda for Harry but has a loose end or two to take care of first.  Can she turn this orphan into a silk purse?  She sure hoped to and decided the best place to give it a try was the exclusive Bondurant Lodge.  And that is where we meet a few more characters as the stories continue.
Amanda Bondurant, 16 and bored, had just met the man of her life.  He was older but that didn’t matter.  He had a car and he would get her out of this hick town where her life had been so ‘perfectly’ dictated.  She would just leave her family and their money behind and start her new life with Will.  Little did she know, her new love had just completed a paid hit on one of the mob’s most feared men…Sammy The Shark. 
Newberry Suggs decided to settle down on the outskirts of Vinyard so he purchased a trailer park.  Other than the traditional fighting between spouses, the usual drunkenness and the occasional discipline of the kids, Suggs Trailer Village was fairly quiet.  That is until a beautiful young lady driving a Cadillac convertible moved in.  It seemed to Newberry that she was running from someone or something and when people came around asking about her, he knew there was a problem.  But who is this beauty that lives Three Trailers Down?
Three Trailers Down can be read as a standalone book but I really recommend you read both books – Smoke and Murders 1st and then Three Trailers Down, to get the full benefit of the story.  So come on Graham and update us on what has happened to our surviving characters since Three Trailers Down.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Smoke and Murders - Douglas Chandler Graham, Author


(A Douglas Graham Favorite)

1 Pound of sausage
2-1/2 cups of bisquick
8 oz package of cheddar cheese (shredded)

Let sausage and cheese stand at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Work cheese into sausage, then gradually add bisquick.
Roll into 1 inch balls and put on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 20 to 30 minutes.

Smoke and Murders – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds Desserts
‘Inside the still smoky house, Lieutenant Bill Kenny of the Vinyard Police Department was approached by a tall, older man in a baggy brown suit.  He introduced himself as Virginia State Police Lead Investigator Bernard McNutt.  McNutt assumed he was introducing himself to the Vinyard police chief since Lieutenant Kenny was wearing a suit and tie instead of a uniform.  McNutt was surprised to learn that the chief wasn’t at the crime scene.  He had heard the firemen on the radio talking about the four bodies they discovered and had expected the top cop to be at a crime scene of this magnitude.  Kenny told McNutt the police chief left the heavy lifting to him and said he would be working more with him than the police chief.  Kenny explained that the police chief did all of the media releases, the glad-handling with business people, and dealt with the town officials, and he, Bill Kenny, handled the crime and workaday part of the Vinyard police business.  Then he informed the investigator of what they had found and as much as he know about the victims’ background.
Vinyard is a small town in Virginia.  Most of the residences were born there and never left.  Everyone knows everyone as well as everyone’s business.  So when ex-postal worker Brad Harmon, his wife and two children were murdered, the first person Investigator Bear McNutt suspected was Adam Brackett.  Bear has had his eye on Adam every since two girls that he had taken to his motel room disappeared to never be seen nor heard from again.  He couldn’t pin it on him then but he would get his, one way or another, for the Harmon murders.  But could Adam really murder the only friends he has really ever had?  The more Bear talks about the case, the more people are starting to believe he could and did. 
In Vinyard, you find the typical small town politics.  The council rules the police chief and the judge, at least they think they do.  The police chief rules his lieutenant Bill Kenny, so he thinks.  Bill Kenny rules the drug dealers in town, yeah right.  And the whole time, the major crimes are being committed by those that are sworn to uphold the laws.  The only results can be nothing more than disastrous. 
Vinyard is the story about a town that’s so corrupt that the only way it can correct itself would be to move everyone out and start over.  Yet the story is so believable that I have no doubt there are many towns out there just like Vinyard.  And I bet if you grew up in a small town or live in one now, you will be able to relate to a lot of the happenings in Vinyard.  I know I can. 
Smoke and Murders became a book that I really enjoyed and I think you will too.

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