Cozy Mysteries: The Needed Killing Series

He Needed Killing

Book 1 in the Needed Killing Series

When several employees get ill from tainted potato salad and one actually dies, the university issues condolences and goes on with business as usual. But another death cannot be ignored, and university retiree James Crawford is thrust into the role of private eye. Murder, he finds, begets murder. Can he expose the killer before someone else is killed?


“Fitts establishes Crawford as a likable fellow. He enjoys cooking and has a cat and a dog. . . . [Even] more fun, and somewhat provocative, is his running commentary on life on campus and in ‘Shelbyville,’ when the novel turns to satire.”

—Don Noble, Tuscaloosa News, May 5, 2013