Matt Kile Mystery Series

All the novels in the Matt Kile Mystery Series have been found on Amazon bestselling and top-rated lists. At one point, three of David Bishop's mysteries were among the top five rated mystery series novels. Many times, Matt Kile stories have achieved the coveted #1 spot on the bestselling lists for mystery-series, historical-mysteries, and private investigator mysteries, as well as numerous times among the top 100 bestselling novels of all genres.

Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, a Matt Kile Mystery

Matt Kile, ex-cop, ex-con, and current smart-aleck, who is a neighbor of Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge, has built himself a comfortable career writing mysteries. Garson Talmadge sold weapons to Saddam Hussein before retiring to America and marrying Clarice, a promiscuous woman half his age. When Clarice is arrested for murdering her husband, Matt becomes the investigator for her defense attorney. He quickly learns there is a line of suspects stretching from the U.S. into Europe and possible the Middle East. Not long after getting involved Matt learns that Garson Talmadge's weapons dealings means the FBI has an interest as well as the French Prefecture of Police. It also means that powerful members of the French government and armaments industry wants to keep Matt from following the trail far enough to expose their roles in the weapons deals.

Quotes from Who Murdered Garson Talmadge:

“The one with the gun barked out instructions. The ones with the guns always get to do that."
“Money is something about which one can be more principled after they have an adequate supply.”
“I have always had trouble recorking an opened curiosity.”
“It was hard for Clarice to do anything without ringing man-bells.”
“So, in the end, all I did was have sex with a dozen or so men, that looking back I wish I hadn’t. But which woman can look back and not say the same thing?”
"I never have been any good at letting someone play smart when they’re talking stupid, just because they’re the boss."

This novel enjoys 269 reader reviews with 4.4 average stars on Amazon as of Feb, 9, 2016 (Re-publishing in November, 2013)

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The Original Alibi

The Original Alibi, a Matt Kile Mystery

Eleven years ago General Whittaker, long retired, former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bought an alibi for his grandson who had been arrested for the murder of his fiancée, Ileana Corrigan, and the general’s unborn great grandson. The charges were soon dropped and the grandson released. General Whittaker is now dying and he can no longer restrain his doubts. The question that has haunted him all these years must be answered. Did his money save his innocent grandson or cheat justice?

Quotes from The Original Alibi:

“Sunday I asked God why he let people’s hormones grow up ahead of their brains.”
“Shady businessmen are like politicians and madams; they get respectable only after they get dead.”
“The modern woman could be asked if she was wearing a bra, but it remained tacky to as her age.”

This novel enjoys 283 reader reviews with 4.3 average stars on Amazon as of Feb. 9, 2016. (Published July 2012)

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Money and Murder - David Bishop Mystery Novel

Money and Murder, a Matt Kile Mystery

P.Q. Winston Rutledge is the richest man in Copper City, Arizona, and he believes someone will soon try to kill him. The story quickly deteriorates into murder, and the ambitions of relatives in pursuit of his fortune. PQ’s family is a collection of oddballs with a common bloodline. Fascinating people you’d love to have at your next dinner party, but each comes with their own set of secrets and entanglements. PQ is survived by a widow, the same age as his daughter, and two sons, one of whom—well, you’ll have to read the story. You won’t be sorry you did.

Quotes from Money And Murder:

“She collapsed against me, her head fitting under my chin, her tears blotting on my bare chest.”
“Her sobs were those of a little girl, but she was a full-grown woman crying against what would have been my lapel, if I were wearing anything that had a lapel.”
“Gretchen came in carrying the turkey platter. She had a round face with a puffy chin and snow white hair stacked above her head like it had been coiffed at Dairy Queen.”

This short story mystery enjoys 36 reader reviews with 4.1 reader reviews with 4.4 average stars on Amazon as of Feb. 9, 2016. (Published November 2012)

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Find My Little Sister - A David Bishop Novel

Find My Little Sister, a Matt Kile Mystery

In 1938, Frances Hopkins ran away from home to chase the glitz of movie stars and the titillation of rubbing shoulders with gangsters. Her older sister, Calandra, hires Matt Kile to help locate Frances and bring her home safely. Matt and Callie soon find themselves embroiled in a torrid romance wrapped in the magic of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Quotes from Find My Little Sister:

“The mothers who had brought babies were trying to keep them from crying. But the babies had it right; jail was a place to make anyone cry.”
“This murder victim looked like nearly all the others: still, serene, and messy. A few aren’t messy, but this wasn’t one of them.”
“The guard put us in one of the jail’s private rooms reserved for lawyers and clients to plan their strategies. Nothing sneaky, of course, no conniving, of course, everything legal, of course, just good old-fashioned, honest-to-goodness lawyering.”

This novel has 105 reader reviews with 4.1 average stars on Amazon as of Feb. 9, 2016. (Published Jan. 2014)

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The Maltese Pigeon - A David Bishop Novel

The Maltese Pigeon, a Matt Kile Mystery

A mysterious and sexy woman brings Matt Kile a story of the Russian Romanov family, Imperial Fabergé Eggs, and immense wealth, all shrouded in the evil of international avarice. Matt must deal with the mystery and danger while interacting with two romantically competitive women. All your favorite supporting characters are back with Matt: Axel, Homicide Detective Terrence Fidgery, Clarice Talmadge, and the gang from Mackie’s Bistro.

Quotes from The Maltese Pigeon:

“Her face looked like an angel food cake that had just gone to the devil.”
“There’s a lot of perfume in this world and a lot of things which need to smell better.”
“She gave off a smile I felt near my wallet.”
“The person who survives is often the common person with uncommon character.”

This novel enjoys 13 reader reviews with 4.9 average stars on Amazon as of Feb. 9, 2016. (Published Oct. 2015)

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Judge Snider's Folly - A David Bishop Novel

Judge Snider's Folly, a Matt Kile Mystery

Seven years ago, Judge Leland Snider convicted Matt Kile of second degree homicide for shooting to death a killer and rapist Judge Snider had released on a technicality. That conviction ended Matt’s career as a homicide detective. He went to state prison where he met Axel, and began his second career as a mystery novelist. Four years later, Matt was paroled by the governor with a full restoration of his rights. Judge Snider has a young pretty woman in his lonely life, and she’s too much of a mystery for the judge. Despite their contentious past, the Judge hires Matt Kile to discover what causes Carleen to periodically disappear for weeks at a time. Where does she go? Why does she go? Who is she with? Carleen’s trail leads Matt and the judge where neither of them could have ever imagined. Will the judge live happily ever after? Will Matt reconcile with his ex-wife, Helen, or continue his dalliances?
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The Year We Had Murder - A David Bishop Novel

The Year We Had Murder, a Matt Kile Mystery

The latest Matt Kile Mystery is a playful, sometimes over-the-top, frolic through Hollywood, a town with its own manner, imagery, and code of conduct. Despite Hollywood’s inbred maladies, their goings-on heavily influence our culture and attitudes. Matt finds himself smack dab in the middle of the craziness when he’s invited to a Hollywood party where nothing is as it seems. The party is at the home of a famous film producer, who’s married to the big screen’s current sex symbol. Matt takes his number one girl, Clarice Talmadge, to the mingling of silicone starlets and movie moguls. This stylish murder mystery could be called an edgy cozy or a private detective story absent gratuitous violence. The one thing it isn’t is a predictable story of murder. One of the editors described it as a tongue-incheek slide to an unexpected conclusion. The Year We Had Murder is book seven in the Matt Kile Mystery Series.
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Responses to Matt Kile Mystery Series

  1. Martha Paley Francescato

    This is the review I posted on

    5.0 out of 5 stars A discovery of a very unconventional writer, November 15, 2011
    Martísima (Potomac, MD) – See all my reviews

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    This review is from: Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, A Matthew Kile Mystery (Kindle Edition)

    I have just now “discovered” David Bishop, and finished reading Who Murdered Garson Talmadge half an hour ago. I rushed to write a review, only to find that others have already said almost all that needs to be said. I agree with all the reviews praising this unconventional mystery.

    I want to add that what also struck me was that the protagonist, Matt Kile, an ex-cop and ex-con, has a constant dialogue with the reader. At times, I felt like answering him! It’s good device, and it adds a personal touch. Another ingredient that makes this work better than some other books of its genre is the sense of humor, evident in the dialogue, the actions, and also in Matt’s thoughts. It was in all a great experience!

    Why did I start with this particular one? I wish I knew. But I did, and it has showed me the way to all the others that David Bishop wrote and will continue writing.

  2. Hi, Carolyn: Thank you for posting a comment. I’m pleased you enjoyed Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, a Matt Kile mystery. My mystery, The Original Alibi is also a Matt Kile mystery, and a third, a short story, Money & Murder, a Matt Kile mystery will be out in midish November, about three weeks from now. Thank you for your interest in my writing. Have you posted an Amazon reader review? If not, would you consider doing so? Thanks, David

  3. Another great Matt Kile story. Makes me want more! One thing I have always liked about David’s books is that his characters are so likeable. It’s as if you know them personally, and would love to sit down and share a cold beer, or bourbon or two with them. Matt Kile should take a vacation, maybe here to Hawai’i. Mahalo nui loa, David, for another great book.

  4. I personally seem to agree with all the things that was in fact authored within “Money And Murder –
    DAVID BISHOP – Author of Murder Mysteries and Thrillers”.
    Many thanks for pretty much all the actual details.Many thanks-Gertie

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  6. Sharon Wetherington

    Really enjoyed “Find My Little Sister”. All your books are so different from each other which takes talent. And YES, I did see my nickname “Dappy” !!!! Thanks and keep up the good work…God Bless,

  7. sandy pertnoy

    A fun read for people who like Stuart Woods and James Patterson. Highly recommend.

  8. sandy pertnoy

    Fun summer reading for fans of Stuart Woods.

  9. David, I just finished reading The Woman and I cannot wait to read more of your books! You are an unbelievable writer! I loved every second of this book! Sincerely, Diane Galburt

  10. Maltese pigeon excellent reading, can’t wait for the next Matt Kile mystery. I’ve read all of the Matt Kile mystery you are a amazing author.

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