Great news!


Nothing cheers me up like a glowing review of my new novel, “News To Die for.”


Take a look at this one published in the May edition of the Patagonia Regional Times (PRT). It’s a non-profit community newspaper that serves the Mountain Empire communities of Santa Cruz County, Arizona including Canelo, Elgin, Patagonia, and Sonoita. The review is written by Lynn Davison who is both a contributing writer for the PRT and a member of the PRT board of directors.


Murder and Mayhem

Make for a Good Read

By Lynn Davison

Local author Bob Kimball has spun a good tale in “News To Die for.” It’s a mystery, a love story, and perhaps most of all, a window into the newspaper business.

The Lafferty family owns and manages The Tucson Independent, a daily newspaper, with a proud history and a  fragile present. The heroic protagonist, publisher Meghan Lafferty, faces multiple adversities, including the violent deaths of two of the most important people in her life, her dying newspaper, an evil stepmother, embezzlement, a lightning strike, and her own illness.

Throughout the twisting and twisted plot, we get a bird’s eye look into the daily running of a newspaper. Kimball, a retired (2005) editor and publisher of the Nogales International also includes some local landmarks and a foul-mouthed, but talented, reporter who hails from Patagonia.

The bibliography is a treasure trove for those interested in reading more about journalism and the newspaper business.

“News To Die For” is Kimball’s first novel. It is available at in both softcover and Kindle editions. More reviews of the novel are posted at