Review: The Big Show Stopper – Ken Dalton

Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Different Drummer Press (September 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0578054590
ISBN-13: 978-0578054599
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J. Pinkus “Pinky” Delmont – Defense Attorney
Benate “Bear” Zabarle – Part time Bartender/Investigator
Florence “Flo” Sonderlund – Bear’s girlfriend/Tech helper.
Willow Stone – Chief Deputy District Attorney


After their last adventure, Bear decides to treat Flo to a night on the town, followed by a concert by the nation’s top artist Brady Blackstone. But unknown to them, tonight will be his last performance. They will be witnesses to the murder that kicks off their next adventure.


Once again a mystery strong on characters and humor, while having a somewhat simple plot. Brady Blackstone is dead. But it’s up to Pinky, Bear, and Flo to figure out who killed him and why? Bear and Flo are sent to follow the band around on it’s tour and question suspects. Meanwhile, Pinky, as he tends to do it seems, takes the hard part of the job by going to wine festivals and foreign locals. There’s plenty of the financial swindlings from bear, the introduction of a new character to perhaps permanently or temporarily replace an old one, and then there’s Flo, who I think tends to be one of the most entertaining parts of this series.

If you like lighthearted mysteries along the line of Stephanie Plum, then I think you should grab any one of the books in Pinky and the Bear series. This is the second book in the series, the last one having been reviewed last week. Next Thursday we’ll be bringing you book through, followed the following Tuesday by the last and newest in the series so far.

So mystery fans, run out there and grab a copy and let us know what you thought. Do to language, content, etc. I would give this one a rating of PG-13. That Bear can have quite the mouth on him sometimes, which some may find offensive.

About the Author

Ken Dalton was born in 1938 at Hollywood Hospital. He grew up with his parents, his older sister, Pat, and younger brother, Richard in Los Angeles. The year 1938 informs the quick reader that Ken’s older than a lot of people, but younger than some.

In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus found Ken.

At the end of World War ll, Ken’s family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a year where he learned how to live through snow blizzards, avoid walking through the large pile of coal in the basement, and how to survive life as an Army Officer’s brat on a base called Fort Warren.

By the age of sixteen, after eleven years of operations, therapy, and braces, Ken’s luck changed dramatically when he met the girl of his dreams at a party. A few years later they married, produced three wonderful children, and settled into a happy life in Southern California.

In 1966, Ken, who worked as a technician for Pacific Bell, and his family left Southern California for the green hills of Sonoma County where they bought a home in Sebastopol surrounded with apple trees. A few years later, Ken and Arlene built a new home on three and a half acres. They raised cows, pigs, and learned how to build outstanding fences. While their children grew, they hosted two exchange students, Eva Reimers from Sweden, and Tanja Wuttke from Germany, both of whom are still loved members of the Dalton clan. Also during those years, Ken was promoted to management at Pacific Bell. He eventually ended up responsible for all the central offices, sixty-three, in an area that covered five counties.

In 1977, Ken, Arlene, Bob Wiltermood, and his wife Norma, designed, built, and operated a 2000 case winery named Pommeraie Vineyards. They produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. However, after Bob died, the winery was sold. Ken and Arlene moved to a hilltop in Healdsburg.

With the winery gone, and time on their hands, Ken and Arlene started to perform with the Camp Rose Players. Twenty years and forty productions later, both are still acting and singing.

Life was good. All Ken had to do was learn some lines and bow when the audience applauded.

Then, ten years ago, Ken started to write. His first article was published in Golf Illustrated in August 1996. More golf articles followed in national and regional magazines including Golf Magazine and Fairways and Greens.

After a two-year stint on the County Grand Jury, Ken felt the need to begin his first novel.

Now, after a decade of struggle to learn the craft of writing, Ken has become the publishing world’s latest overnight sensation.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Nicole at Tribute Books for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

One Response to “Review: The Big Show Stopper – Ken Dalton”

  1. Tammy Says:

    Great review, Rick! I was curious about this author!