Monday, July 22, 2019

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Rich and Gone by W.F. Ranew @wfranew @GoddessFish

Rich and Gone
by W.F. Ranew
GENRE: Mystery


PI Red Farlow is on the hunt to find $300 million a Florida insurance executive has bilked out of family and friends.

Woody Cunningham stashed the money in safe havens around the world before disappearing. Has he been done in by one of his enemies? Or did he skip town with his girlfriend to live off the ill-gotten wealth? If that’s the case, where is he?

Farlow must quickly learn how and why people hide their money in offshore accounts if he's to find out what happened to Cunningham.

When a tough guy from Farlow's past resurfaces, wanting to settle an old score, Farlow discovers he also has links to the missing man. Clues lead him across Georgia and Florida, and Europe, to find the answers.

Is Woody Cunningham dead, or just rich and gone?


As we went inside, I reached back to touch my pistol. At the threshold to the kitchen, I flipped on the living room lights and looked around. Nothing looked out of place in the larger room. The kitchen posed a different scene. I didn’t go into the room because of the mess. There could be evidence there, in the worst case. I suspected the worst case. You get that feeling sometimes.

I walked through the rest of the house, with Julie behind me. I turned down a long hallway, at the end of which glowed light from what we found to be the master bedroom. I stepped cautiously to the door and looked inside. The horrible scene instinctively sent me bringing my gun out and at the ready. But instead of proceeding, I turned around and pulled Julie back down the hall.

“What is it?”

“You don’t need to see this, Julie.”

She paused and put her hands over her face. She stood there a moment, dropped her hands, and said, “Red, I’m a reporter. I’ve probably seen worse.”

“Lord, lady, I hope not.”

With that, she stood beside me to look into the bedroom. Her scream wasn’t nearly as loud as I expected, but it echoed throughout the house. She screamed again, and yet again. I put an arm around her shoulder. She sank into me.

In the room, Rye Whitworth’s body sprawled face up across his bed. The sheets, which likely started out white, bore a strong resemblance to a ritual slaughter pit. Blood soaked into the covers and mattress. Rye’s right hand dangled over the bed over a large pool of blood. Someone had stabbed him repeatedly.

My Review:

Retired GBI officer PI Red Farlow was hired to find a missing man, Woody Cunningham. After starting his investigation Red learns that Woody is not the only one missing. A young woman Wanda Ramirez is also missing along with $300 million.

Reds investigation takes him from city to city and from state to state as well as across the country in to Europe. His investigation starts out in Atlanta but soon he is lead to Florida, North Carolina and even to other places.

Rich and Gone has action and suspense from beginning to end. It will keep you entertained and will have you glued to its pages trying to figure out all the clues and the little secrets that is dropped along the way.

Rich and Gone has more than one story to tell. It is like getting several stories in one. It is so interesting trying to figure out how each character and each story connects and waiting to see what is around the next corner and where each story is going to take you next.

If you like a good mystery or suspense then give Rich and Gone a try.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

W.F. Ranew is the author of Rich and Gone, a Red Farlow mystery set for publication May 29, 2019, by Tirgearr Publishing.

Ranew is a former newspaper reporter, editor, and communication executive. He started his journalism career covering sports, police, and city council meetings at his hometown newspaper, The Quitman Free Press. He also worked as a reporter and editor for The Augusta Chronicle, The Florida Times-Union, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he was a news editor.

Ranew has written two previous novels: Schoolhouse Man and Candyman’s Sorrow.

He lives in Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Ga.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Bea LaRocca said...

Congratulations on the nice review! I love the cover and the synopsis and excerpt are intriguing. This sounds like an awesome read.

Frank said...

Thanks much, Bea.

Frank said...

And thanks to The Avid Reader for hosting the book tour for Rich and Gone.

James Robert said...

Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!

Bernie Wallace said...

How long did it take you to write your book?

Frank said...

A question for mystery readers: What is it about characters that grabs and holds your attention?

Frank said...

Back to how long it takes to write a book... My first novel, Schoolhouse Man, took about two years. Rich and Gone, while it took seven months to write, actually started as an idea several years ago. Sometimes, for me at least, a story needs to percolate before the telling.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

Edgar Gerik said...

Great review

Gwendolyn Jordan said...

I like the cover

Frank said...

I think the cover by Cora Graphics reflects the mystery and intrigue of Rich and Gone's story very well .

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt.

Dale Wilken said...

Sounds great.

Bernie Wallace said...

How do you come up for the names of the characters in your book?

Bea LaRocca said...

Was the transition from reporting the news to writing a fiction novel difficult? Which do you enjoy the most?

Frank said...

On character names, I draw heavily upon my Southern heritage. The South has a broad mixture of cultures and dialects, all influenced by people from Europe, African and the Americas. Add to that the proclivity for strange nicknames and you have a wealth of inspiration.

The transition from news to fiction was a natural one for me and took many years to fulfill.

Bernie Wallace said...


Bea LaRocca said...

In response to your question about mystery characters, Frank, or any characters at all for that matter. I enjoy reading complex characters that show development throughout the course of the story. I prefer the anti-hero honestly, a character that's not easily defined as purely good or evil but shows the potential for being both. Like most humans do depending on the perspective of the observer.

Bernie Wallace said...

How long after you complete a book do you start thinking about your next book?

Bea LaRocca said...

Good evening, Frank. My question for you today is, which type of character do you enjoy writing the most? The hero, the villain or someone who is a little bit of both?

Frank said...

I like writing about a character who’s is a hero with human weaknesses. At times, weakness can lend the best of characters villainous qualities.

Bea LaRocca said...

Happy Friday! Do you have any specific reading or writing plans for the weekend?

Frank said...

I try to write or revise or edit every day, weekends included. This weekend, I will continue revising East Beach, Red Farlow Mystery #3. PI Red Farlow is called to the beachfront home of his friend, a retired FBI agent. The man has been shot four times in the chest and is dying on his kitchen floor. Thing is, there are five brass shell casings near the body and a trail of bloody drops leading out the door and onto the beach. I'm having fun with this one.

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