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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...Jim and his crime fighters, continue in the other books, traveling to Las Vegas twice, back to Detroit and out to New York to solve murders involving dominatrix; mistresses; Bridezillas; magic and strip clubs.

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Big Apple Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 28)
by Bob Moats
An invitation to speak at a big book convention in New York City entices Jim to cross the country and appear. He and Penny, along with Buck, travel to the Big Apple and they fall into a murder of one of the authors promoting his books. It’s not the only murder, Jim’s curse seems to be working over-time and there is a second author...
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Trick or Treat Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 30)
by Bob Moats
Halloween is approaching fast and Jim Richards is asked by his police friend Deacon to help figure out who is murdering one woman every year for the last fourteen Halloweens. They have given the suspect the name, “Trick-or-Treat Killer” but they have no idea who he is. Jim and Earl Daws go on a mission to track down the facts from...
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Reunion Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 27)
by Bob Moats
Some things are better left in the past. A letter arrives for Jim and Penny inviting them to a class reunion at their old high school back in Michigan. Do they want to leave Las Vegas to see people they knew forty-five years back. Do they know that when they get back, there will be a few murders of those past classmates. Will Jim be...
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Dominatrix Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 3)
by Bob Moats
This book has been re-edited as of September 9, 2012 Jim Richards, the senior citizen sleuth, has returned from Las Vegas and has opened up his investigation business. His first client is a housewife wanting to find out if her husband is cheating on her, but is there more to their relationship than just cheating? Is her husband a...
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Mystery Cruise Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 9)
by Bob Moats
Hollywood has come and gone for Jim and Penny, the TV movie about the Classmate Murders has been filmed and shown on TV and their lives are back to normal now. A woman comes into Jim's office one day from a mystery writers organization requesting Jim to join them on a luxury cruise of the Pacific Ocean to give a speech about his book...
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Kennel Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 29)
by Bob Moats
Late night raids on two dog kennels results in stolen, expensive show dogs and a murder. Jim Richards is asked by one kennel owner to help find the dogs, but Jim is out of commission by a broken leg. He puts Buck on the case and then Penny gets involved with a big dog show at a hotel arena. Two more dogs are stolen at the dog show and...
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Vegas Showgirl Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 2)
by Bob Moats
This book has been re-edited as of May 12, 2012 The senior citizen sleuth, Jim Richards, has survived the Classmate Murders along with his new girlfriend, Penny. This 2nd new book brings them, along with Buck and Deacon, across the country to Las Vegas, where Deacon’s sister, a showgirl, narrowly escapes being poisoned, another...
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Area 51 Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 14)
by Bob Moats
When a man is found dead on the property of the infamous Area 51, the wife comes to Jim Richards to find his killer. Jim takes the case and along with his friend Buck they go to Area 51 to find mysteries on every turn of the case. The killer doesn’t like private eyes snooping around the top secret base and Jim has to resort to...
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Strip Club Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 7)
by Bob Moats
This book re-edited July 2013 - Jim Richards is relaxing in his office one day when he receives a phone call from a past Las Vegas mob connection, Angelo, who's cousin in Detroit owns a strip club and has a problem, a missing dancer and also his girlfriend. Jim starts his investigation and along with Buck, going into the world of...
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Bridezilla Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 5)
by Bob Moats
This book has been re-edited October, 2012Wikipedia describes: Bridezilla (a combining of bride and Godzilla) is a term used to describe a difficult, unpleasant, perfectionist bride who leaves aggravated family, friends and bridal vendors in her wake. A Bridezilla is obsessed with her wedding as her perfect day and will disregard the...
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Made-For-TV Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 8)
by Bob Moats
Jim has returned from New York after tracking down his kidnapped client, when Hollywood comes into his life. Jim has finally published his novel about the Classmate Murders and the book is being optioned for a mini-series on television. All goes a bit askew while he is on the production team for the film and his story is being changed...
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Mistress Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 4)
by Bob Moats
This book has been re-edited as of September, 2012 Jim Richards, the senior citizen sleuth, has solved the Dominatrix Murders and is now relaxing when she walks into his office. A gorgeous red-head with a husband problem, she suspects he's cheating on her and maybe getting ready for a divorce. Jim takes the routine case and when he...
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Magic Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 6)
by Bob Moats
When Jim Richards is asked to go back into his past to help an old friend receive a lifetime achievement award for his service to the world of magic, Jim ends up replacing a murdered magician in a contest of wits and magic to find the killer. But there are more reasons for killing off a few magicians to get to the valuable prize, as Jim...
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Sin City Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 11)
by Bob Moats
Sin City Murders (Book 11) by Bob Moats A woman tries to commit suicide by jumping off the tower of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, the tallest structure west of the Mississippi, but Lady Luck prevents her from dying. Before she took the plunge she was just released from a psychiatric ward for delusions that she has murdered someone. But...
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Honky Tonk Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 19)
by Bob Moats
Penny receives an early morning phone call from a cousin who says her husband was murdered in Las Vegas just before the Country Music Award show that was being presented in town. The dead cousin was a country singer who's songs were climbing up the charts and Jim Richards takes the case to find the killer. Things get complicated when Jim...
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Talk Show Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 10)
by Bob Moats
Talk Show Murders (Book 10) by Bob Moats Someone is murdering guests on Penny Wickens’ daytime talk show and it’s now becoming a problem scheduling new guests. Who wants to be next? Penny and Jim have returned from their mystery writers cruise and Penny has settled back into her duties as America’s favorite talk show host. When...
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Network Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 26)
by Bob Moats
Percy Isham sat alone late night in his office in Vegas, poring over the new season's television schedule, trying to balance the shows. Isham was the west coast head of programming for the television network that was bringing Penny Wicken’s talk show back to national viewing. He finished the schedule and put everything safely away then...
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Shyster Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 24)
by Bob Moats
A shyster is someone who acts in a disreputable, unethical, or unscrupulous way, especially in the practice of law or politics. Jim Richards wasn’t fond of either lawyers or politicians. That’s what Jim thought about Grisler as he sat in the courtroom, watching the shyster in a divorce case. Alphonse Grisler was a lowlife lawyer in...
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Campground Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 25)
by Bob Moats
This book is a crossover between the Jim Richards Murder Novels and the Fatal Series of books, both by Bob Moats. While on vacation, Jim manages to miss the turn to Seattle and they end up in the small town of Brinnon, Washington. While camping in their van they meet Sheriff Dave Chandler and his wife Sarah. Jim’s curse strikes...
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Fatal Rejection (Fatal Series Book 1)
by Bob Moats
(This book is not part of the Jim Richards series - it is all new) From the East coast to the West coast the NY Slasher carved his murderous spree on thirty women, and then just disappeared. Derek Harcourt wrote about the Slasher’s crimes in his first book. Now writing a second book, Harcourt has ulterior motives for this novel and is...
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Fatal Outbreak (Fatal Series Book 4)
by Bob Moats
Zombies are running amok in Brinnon, Washington. Sheriff Dave Chandler and his new wife, Sarah, are trying to head up the investigation of the outbreak of the mysterious virus that is turning peaceful citizens into ravenous killing machines. The Center for Disease Control has moved in and is putting everyone in quarantine, and the FBI...
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Fatal Romance (Fatal Series Book 3)
by Bob Moats
It was going to be a simple vacation to Las Vegas, then on to New York for Sarah and Dave, after the attack on their lives by a second serial killer in their town. They had to get away. Little did they know that New York would be just as deadly. A man who used the companion ads to date and murder his victims would make their lives far...
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Mortuary Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 15)
by Bob Moats
Jim and Buck have returned from Area 51 to chase down a terrorist bent on destroying Las Vegas. They saved the day and are now back to the regular routine, but Jim is given a case to find a missing dead body stolen from a local private mortuary. He goes to investigate the theft but runs into the murder of a funeral director. It's a dying...
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Vegas Vigilante Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 13)
by Bob Moats
Newest of the now 13 Jim Richards series murder novels. Someone is murdering men who abuse their wives or children. After four deaths it starts looking like a vigilante is loose in Las Vegas. Deacon is running the case as Lynn has been told she is going to Quantico to train with the FBI, leaving Deacon alone to catch the killer. He turns...
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Black Widow Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 12)
by Bob Moats
A man is found dead in his home, covered in what the coroner says were multiple bites of the Black Widow Spider. But was he attacked by the spiders or were they put on him with murder in mind? A killer is now stalking Texas Hold-em poker players competing in the big World Series of Poker Tournament at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. Jim...
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Fatal Abductions (Fatal Series Book 5)
by Bob Moats
People are vanishing around Brinnon, Washington in a blue light shining down from above and it seems to be caused by a flying Saucer. That’s what a few people believe is happening. Sheriff Dave Chandler is trying to keep the stories of an invasion by aliens to a minimum and he’s not succeeding. His wife, Sarah, loves that aliens are...
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Talent Show Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 23)
by Bob Moats
A big talent competition in Las Vegas brings in participants from all over the United States. Millions of dollars and a huge contract is the prize for that one act that will headline on the Vegas Strip in one of the casino showrooms. Someone wants to stop the show, but do they want it bad enough to murder people? Or a judge? Jim goes in...
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Blue Suede Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 18)
by Bob Moats
Elvis has left this world. He was barbecued in a pink Cadillac on the Vegas strip and there were no witnesses. But this wasn't the real Elvis, he was an impersonator in a Casino theatre and now Vegas Metro police will have to find the killer. But Lynn Carter, homicide detective, calls on Jim Richards to help, there's just too many...
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Fatal Departure (Fatal Series Book 2)
by Bob Moats
WARNING - Please read all of the first book, Fatal Rejection first, this is the second book and contains spoilers that give away parts of the plot from that first book. Sarah Keller and her live-in boyfriend, Sheriff Dave Chambers figured it was all over with the serial killer following Sarah from their last adventure. They had no idea...
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Sunshine State Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 17)
by Bob Moats
Jim has solved the case of the man hypnotized into committing murder and now his book publisher wants him to go on a month long book signing tour around the country. Jim's books about his adventures in crime solving are doing well in sales. Jim agrees after Penny calls her studio and gets the month off to go with him. They travel across...
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Hypnotic Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 16)
by Bob Moats
A woman walks into Jim Richards office with a story of how her husband died due to his participation in the stage show of a local hypnotist. The man later walked into a casino and shot a few people before he was taken down by security, and the woman blames the hypnotist for his actions. Jim takes the case and goes on a quest to find the...
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Pasta Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 22)
by Bob Moats
Angelo DeMarko, former enforcer for a New York mob family and now personal friend of Jim and Penny finally got his wish, to open an Italian restaurant. Jim fronted the money and the restaurant was a reality. Open now just a month, a famed restaurant critic was going to review the restaurant and came to check it out. Later that same...
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Classmate Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 1)
by Bob Moats
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...
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Lipstick Murders (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 21)
by Bob Moats
Who’s murdering the runway models of Las Vegas? That’s what Jim Richards and Deacon D’Angelo are tasked with finding out. One afternoon the Richard’s Investigating and Security office is flooded with beautiful runway models all seeking protection after one of their group was murdered. Jim has Buck take over the body guarding of...
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Eulogy for Murder (Jim Richards Murder Novels Book 37)
by Bob Moats
A sudden death in the family takes Jim and Penny back to their roots in Michigan. Jim invites Trapper, Earl and Buck to go along to visit with their families. Jim and Penny prepare for the funeral and while they are there, Jim finds an old acquaintance from his early days working as a private investigator. Barry Becker, now a police...
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Our Dangerous Lies (A Dexter Nash Novella Book 1)
by Bob Moats
Dexter Nash was a killer. He murders for money and it was a business to him. He came out of a bad marriage and decided with all the money he earned murdering people, that he had hidden away, he would retire. A visit to a bar he used to frequent to get his hits from the man who procured other hitmen was his first mistake. His misfortune...
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The Hitman's Revenge (The Dexter Nash Novellas Book 2)
by Bob Moats
Dexter Nash was a hitman. He murdered for money and it was a business to him. Nothing personal. Dex was given a job to do a hit on a state senator and in his research he met a woman who had an incriminating video of the senator in bed with two women. The woman wanted to blackmail the senator so she would have the cash to move away from...
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Ghost Squad (A Rest in Peace Crime Story Book 1)
by Bob Moats
Detroit Homicide Detective Russ Baker has been sent to work the Cold Case Division due to a screw-up he committed on a case. He was all alone in the basement office until he was visited by an unlikely partner. A dead former detective who was now an annoying ghost. Would the ghost help him solve the cold cases allowing the murdered...
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Ghost Squad 2 -Ghosts on the Loose (A Rest in Peace Crime Story)
by Bob Moats
Detroit Police Detective Russ Baker is in charge of the Cold Cases and with his ghostly friend and partner, Wes Loomis, they have to solve murders to be able to send the victim’s spirits to the hereafter. Russ is given a case by his girlfriend Mary, who transfers from Missing Persons to work with Russ. Together they go out to find a...
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