Tuesday, November 10, 2020



A disgraced ex-cop is hired by a convicted serial killer to dig up information not to absolve him of his crimes but to in fact prove that he committed more murders than the authorities know of. He is attempting to bargain for a reduced sentence by providing information of his previous killings, but in another state another man, who the original killer has never met, is taking credit for his crimes.

Book Details:

Title: And the Devil Walks Away

Author: Kevin R. Doyle

Genre: mystery

Series: The Group, book #3

Publisher: MuseItUp Publications (November 10, 2020)  

Print length: 483 pages



If you could live in any time period which would it be?

Between 2,000 and 3,000 B.C. I know life was infinitely harder back then, but it was a fascinating time.

If you could step back into a moment or day in time, where would you go?
I'd go back to the week, when I was twenty-one, and I had to find a new home for my dog. I'd like to relive that period and make a different decision than I did. He did end up in a good home, but I never felt right about letting him go.

If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?

Anthropologist or archaeologist.

If you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet and what would you talk about?
In terms of living authors, Lawrence Block. I'd love to dig into his work routine and hear about his earlier career.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
The Gulf Coast, preferably Alabama or Texas. That's actually where I'm planning to retire in a few years.


5 things you love about writing:  
•    first drafts, just making stuff up
•    gauging my students' reactions when I show them cover art
•    finally sending off final, final draft to publisher
•    escaping from workaday world
•    seeing the entire thing finally come together     

5 things you love about where you live:  
•    the scenery
•    tons of live music opportunities (at least, as soon as virus goes away)
•    centralized location in the middle of the state, so you can be anywhere in a few hours
•    large town, so it's just the right size
•    the colors in the fall    

5 things you never want to run out of:    
•    Dr Pepper
•    money (during retirement)
•    music
•    cheese
•    books    

5 favorite foods:   
•    pizza
•    General's chicken
•    BBQ, of any sort
•    BLT's
•    Lost Trail Sugar Cane Cola   

5 favorite places you’ve been:   
•    Palacios, Texas
•    Key Largo
•    Lake Superior
•    Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre
•    a loft apartment I lived in several years ago. Hundred-year old building, downtown, wooden floors, vaulted ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows    

5 favorite books:   
•    Eight Million Ways to Die
•    When the Sacred Ginmill Closes
•    A Boy's Life
•    The Poet

•    Boston Blitz

5 favorite authors:   
•    Arthur C. Clarke
•    Lawrence Block
•    Lester Dent
•    Don Pendleton
•    Ray Bradbury

5 things that drive you crazy:  
•    cell phones (don't own one)
•    someone not moving when light turns green, usually because they're on their phone
•    freshmen
•    tendonitis (suffering from it for the first time right now)
•    the satellite dish going out when there's just the barest spritz of rain    


What's your favorite movie?
Casino Royale. It's not the best movie ever, but I can watch it over and over with no boredom.

What’s your all-time favorite author?
Lester Dent. He was a pulp writer in the thirties and forties, primarily known for writing most of the Doc Savage novels.

What’s your all-time favorite library?

Why, the main library back in my hometown. We had several branches, but I always preferred going to the main one. Last time I returned home, they had a new main library in a different part of town, all upscale and modern, and I hated it. Wanted my old one back.

What’s the most beautiful sound you’ve heard?
An ice storm hitting my windows late at night, when I've already gotten the call and there's no school the next day so I don't have to get out.

What’s your favorite quote?
"Let them eat cake." I love it because it's so misunderstood. When Marie Antoinette supposedly said that, she was referring to the soot that cakes the inside of chimneys.

What’s your favorite candy bar?
It's a tie between 3 Musketeer and Cherry Mash.

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Junior Mints.

What's your favorite color?

What book are you currently working on?
A standalone mystery called The Anchor and about to start working on the third Sam Quinton mystery.

What’s your latest recommendation for:
Food:  just started using Freshly, so far pretty satisfied.
Music: while it's been interrupted by the virus, last I knew Elton John's still in the midst of his farewell tour. It's an amazing show.
TV: currently between seasons, but love Better Call Saul. Possibly even better than Breaking Bad.  
Netflix/Amazon Prime: Bosch, but start with season 2


The Group

When You Have to Go There

The Litter 

Squatter’s Rights


A high-school teacher, former college instructor and fiction writer, Kevin R. Doyle is the author of two crime novels, The Group and When You Have to Go There, published by MuseItUp Publications, and one horror novel, The Litter, published by Night to Dawn Magazine and Books. This year also saw the release of the first book in his Sam Quinton mystery series, Squatter’s Rights, by Camel Press. He has had numerous short horror stories published in small press magazines. Doyle teaches high-school English in Missouri and is currently planning his retirement to the Gulf Coast.

Connect with Kevin:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads

Buy the book:

Check out Kevin's interview from May 15, 2020 here

Check out Kevin's guest post from July 2, 2020 here.