Crime Thrillers and Stupid Criminal Stories: Week 2 Feature

Stupid criminal stories gives us a chance to chuckle while we write our Tom Stone Detective thriller novels and short stories. In week two of each month, we’ll feature a story that shows not only does crime not pay, it’s sometimes good for a laugh or two.

Here are selections from the Reader’s Digest: The 15 Unluckiest Dumb Criminals Ever featuring this little escapade that gets you right up the nose.

Drug thieves in Silver Springs, Florida broke into a home and saw three jars. Whoa! Their lucky day. Cocaine, no question about it. They grabbed the jars, took them home, snorted them down, got caught and discovered the jars were urns and they were snorting the remains of the victim’s husband and two dogs.

We’ll have the link to the Reader’s Digest crime shorts down below. ‘

In other news:

Hey, look at what’s new: a sneak preview of Tom Stone Chapter 1 from our upcoming book Tom Stone: One Shot, One Kill.

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In other thriller and crime news, we got a new 5-Star Review for our thriller novel Tom Stone: Day of the Dead. It’s brief but nice. And you can read it by clicking here on the Amazon page.

If you’re new to our blog, here’s a good post that will orient you to what it’s about. It’s titled If you’re new to our crime thriller blog.

Now, you can dig into those Reader’s Digest brief stupid criminal stories by clicking here on this url:


If you’re new to our crime thriller blog …

then welcome. Lon and I are glad to have you as we work on our 4th novel in the Tom Stone Detective series, which is really a crime thriller series. We’ve also created a thriller short story, A Deadly Path.


A bit about this site: we’d like to encompass a wider range of crime fiction entertainment from classic authors like we did on Edgar Allen Poe, to brief write-ups on TV shows that include the British drama Endeavour, plus the legendary Jack Webb and Dragnet and — from the late 1950s — Have Gun will Travel.

Stay tuned for contemporary authors like C.J. Box and more author interviews from today’s indie authors, plus crime updates on cocaine smuggling and other wild stuff.

So this site is a way to get to know our style and take in a wider view of thriller news and crime dramas.



If you’re not aware of it, our books are on our Crime Books page where you can read summaries and get a load of the fun covers.

Writing and Editing Manual Typewriter

If you like watching video, here I am discussing our crime novels on a San Gabriel Valley, California talk show on the Crown City Network.


Lon Sungalsses and HatAnd if you want to learn about my co-author, Lon Casler Bixby, here’s a brief interview with him: Author Interview: Lon Casler Bixby.






Some of the independent authors we’ve featured include:

PHOTO S.N. BronsteinS.N. Bronstein who writes about Miami prominently;





Meghan Holloway
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Meghan Holloway who has a fluid style in her storytelling;








Stewart Giles Author PhotoSouth African novelist Stewart Giles,






Author photoMurder at Midnight author Faith Martin.






Colleen M. Story CroppedAnd if you enjoy reading about the writing process here is a blog post from Colleen Story, wellness writer: Why Writing Crime Fiction, or Any Genre, Doesn’t have to Kill You.





Enjoy browsing our site. If you want to contribute a post as a guest author, please contact Don Simkovich at Make sure you put “guest author post” in the subject line.

Crime Fiction Blog Posts from May and Earlier

Navigating a growing crime fiction website or blog in search of thriller books means you might miss some fun and useful articles now and then.

This blog post is a guide to what we have posted during May and April.

Police Detectives and Crime Fighters

Jack Webb and Harry Morgan 1968

Jack Webb: Facts and the Great Los Angeles A look at television’s Jack Webb who immortalized the role of Sgt Joe Friday in the series Dragnet.

Crime Fighting Television: Have Gun will Travel Thank to YouTube for letting us easily look back into television history with a late 1950s drama starring Richard Boone. This show is mentioned in Book 3 Tom Stone Day of the Dead.



Author Interviews

PHOTO S.N. BronsteinCrime Fiction Author Interview: S. N. Bronstein Writing crime thrillers set in Miami.



Colleen M. Story CroppedWhy Writing Crime Stories is Murder and Why Writing Crime Fiction, or Any Genre, Doesn’t have to Kill You Interview with wellness writer Colleen Story.



Book Reviews and More

51OpMv1wh2LAn Innocent Client by Scott Pratt  A jaded southern lawyer who defends a woman who turns out to be innocent — but not really. Good twists, likable characters.



Discovering the Criminal in a Crime Story — Al Pacino Step into the movie Scarface. It confirmed our own view of Anthony Angelino–the wanna-be drug lord who Tom Stone chases in Book 1 Nitty Gritty Christmas; Book 2 Sweltering Summer Nights; and Book 3 Day of the Dead.

Enjoy the posts and we hope that you also enjoy our Tom Stone Detective Series books.

If you are a crime fiction or thriller author, we’d enjoy have you write a guest post. Send an email to Don Simkovch and I’ll send out a list of questions that you can answer.

Return those along with a brief bio and images for me to post. We know there are many fun reads out there and we’d like to collect as many as possible.