Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Virtual Tour: The Big Show Stopper by Ken Dalton

The Big Show StopperTitle: The Big Show Stopper
Author: Ken Dalton
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Different Drummer Press (September 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0578054590
Source: Tribute Books
Purchase Links: Amazon Paperback | Kindle


The Big Show Stopper was a phenomenal read. I enjoyed every word in every chapter. It was written very well and the characters were amazing. It was actually a funny book because of the crazy individuals who were unique in their own.

Pinky is an effective lawyer if you love the sneaky and arrogant type. He never cares if his ways are right as long as he gets paid. Although he is a greedy fellow, there are some great points about Pinky. Bear is Pinky's P.I who happens to be a felon. He is not the usual P.I that I always read who is intellectual or well-known however his smart attitude towards life and crimes is refreshing. There are some parts in the novel that you'll think he's dumb but that's his charm in my opinion. Flo on the other hard is Bear's girlfriend who is high maintenance and hard to understand but the tandem between Flo and Bear is great. Whenever Bear lacks the understanding, Flo provides the input needed and whenever Flo tends to be hard to be with, Bear and Plinky seems to tolerate her. I felt that the relationship between the three is balanced and not your typical partnership. 

The book contained a lot of interesting and funny scenes. Although the main plot was a murder, the book to me leans towards the character more that I forgot it was a mystery novel but that was the main pull for me in the story. The three characters were the main drive in the story. I would love to read the first novel though and would definitely look forward to reading more of Pinky, Bear and Flo. The Big Show Stopper is highly recommended if you love mystery novels, a quick read that contained entertaining and lively characters. Never a dull moment!

Author Bio

Ken Dalton was born in 1938. In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus found Ken. At the end of World War II, 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, in a moment of madness, 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.


  1. Thanks Grace for the great review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed getting to know the characters that Ken created. We appreciate Clandestine Sanctuary hosting a stop on the blog tour.

    For all those who would like to follow along, please hop on over to http://thebigshowstopper.blogspot.com/

  2. Greyz:
    Thank you for your wonderful review. You discovered that Pinky, Bear, and Flo are flawed and those flaws forces them to work together (even though they might hate it) to solve the mystery.
    Ken Dalton


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