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The Brutus Gate

Okay, I’m a little ‘cute’ with the title, but they were the first words to pop into my mind. When the thug at the beginning of this ‘Bailey Crane’ romp was heard to utter these words, I knew it was to become my title for better or worse. Speaking of the beginning, that’s when the warehouse fire nearly consumes our Southern ‘muser’ and crime fighter supreme…take my word for it, it’s a beginning you will likely read again and again…he says hopefully.

The Brutus Gate is the third installment in ‘The Bailey Crane Mystery Series’ 1-6. The book has just about everything a ‘Crime Fiction’ devotee would want in a book PLUS some romantic moments. You heard right. There’s a big drug shipment due to arrive in the US from Mexico. The Phoenix Police Department’s aces, Bailey Crane, his most capable partner, Wendy, and the FBI are charged with stopping it.

What this great team of crimebusters encounter is political corruption, murder, rape, aforementioned drugs…and, they have to travel to Rome and go through the Brutus Gate…okay, I’m now being a little ‘too cute’. No Rome! No Brutus Gate! The attempt at comedy comes from being too serious all my life.

So, we have all these elements coming together in this fictional masterpiece (Stop it! Already!) – Okay, ‘in this very good novel’. With all the action taking place, you would think Bailey wouldn’t have time for musing and mumbling to himself and his alter ego. Think again! That’s his way of tapping into our subconscious and thinking about our yesterdays and tomorrows. Bailey is cursed with a mind that stores all of his mistakes, all his loves, and all the teenage pimples he had to a minor degree as a high schooler. However, I’ve got to say, I’ve known this guy for some time now, and I really like him – even when he sometimes has to remember he has a crime to solve.

My guess is most of you will find some ‘Baa-relief’ in Bailey, unless there are only two of you reading the book. Then, of course, that statement falls under the label of ‘nonsense’. Well, authors are only worth what their characters tend to put them through and Bailey Crane is an expert at playing with the mind.

The Brutus Gate after all my auditions for humor is a good book, if not in the range of thriller, it’s darn close!

Just saying!

Read it! Let me know what you think!

The next book up in the Series is Murder in Pueblo del Sol, a mystery inspired by an awful murder in Mexico of an American wife and mother. Actually, five of the six ‘Bailey Crane Mysteries’ are inspired by actual events.

Sure hope you read them all!

Billy Ray Chitwood – July 18, 2018

14 comments on “The Brutus Gate

  1. Best wishes on this one as well, Billy Ray.

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    1. ) Thanks, John… The series has been around. Just trying to suck new life into them…♥

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      1. You are doing a good job

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      2. Thanks, good friend! Doing an ‘end run’ and hoping it does some good! The digital world and I are NOT great pals!


  2. D.L Finn, Author says:

    This is a series I think I am going to enjoy:)

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    1. What a wonderful comment! Thank you, dear Denise! ♥♥♥

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  3. Oh my! I’ve just discovered this blog, and the references to your books. I’ll be scrambling to catch up…good promotion, BTW!

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad to have you here! My best wishes… ♥


  4. You’re promoting well, Billy Ray. I’m like you – not totally comfortable with it, but how else are our perspective readers going to find out how much fun our books are? Although, I must admit, murder mysteries keep me up at night. ;-0 Et tu, Brutus?

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    1. Hi, Pam, these six mystery ‘puppies’ have been sleeping too long – they represent pretty much my early writing (even lost in a house move one manuscript written on an old Starwriter word processor – re-wrote it & it became “Stranger Abduction”) , and I’m trying to breathe new life into them! Truth is, I’m just not a very good marketer of my own books… Love your blog! ♥♥♥

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      1. I think you market just fine. But I feel the same way. I’d rather blog fun ‘stuff’ and visit with blogging friends on-line than market my books. Oh wellll, our readers/followers DO try out our work from time to time, and that’s all good.


      2. Thanks, good ‘Warrior’ buddy! ♥

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  5. You have a lovely writing style, Billy Ray. Sharing this post.

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    1. Such a very nice compliment. Thanks, Robbie. Your words have meaning for me! All the best. ♥♥♥

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