Cancer and Me

Cancer And me

Cancer and Me takes the reader from Paris to my medical team's infusion of twenty-two units of red blood cells to keep me alive. Next, the unvarnished details of my life following multiple chemotherapy sessions. Finally, after nearly two years, to that glorious moment when my oncologist proclaimed my lymphoma was in remission.

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The Heretics Hymnal

A cryptic phone call from a police detective in Germany caused Pinky to contact Bear and Flo so they could keep his client from being extradited to Germany for murder by hiding him in Pacific Grove, California. Pinky's client was accused of strangling a used book store owner to get a first edition of Martin Luther's Achtliederbuch — a book published in 1524 — a book that all experts agree no longer exists.

While Pinky burns through a couple more legal secretaries, he directs Bear and Flo, “Go to Nuremberg and find someone, anyone, who had the motive, means, and opportunity to murder the book store owner.”

To which Bear replies, “Boss, let me get this straight. We fly to Germany to find a patsy, and then we frame him so the German cops think that the patsy, not your client, murdered the dead dude. Right?”

Bear's apt observation kicks off the mystery that takes the dynamic trio from the peaceful California town of Pacific Grove to Nuremberg, Germany — the city where Hitler told his Nazi party followers that his Third Reich would last a thousand years.

Casper Potts and the Ladies Casserole Club

Casper Potts had lived a tranquil but happy life providing for his wife and daughter as a journeyman butcher when, in what must have felt like a mere moment of time, found himself staring into the blue eyes of the President of the The Oaks notorious, and unsanctioned Ladies' Casserole Club.

However, the magic moment of their assignation vanished quicker than the morning mist when the two heard a scuffle outside the front door of his apartment. Casper excused himself from his current companion, opened his door and found two women tussling over the marking pen attached to his Ladies' Casserole Club scheduling board.

What changed this once introverted widower into the most sought-after male at the luxurious senior living facility located in the hills above Hollywood?

And why would he need a Ladies' Casserole Club scheduling board?

Reviews for Casper Potts and the Ladies Casserole Club


You'll chuckle like I did during this time of lock-down where chuckles are rare. Ken Dalton's novel additionally gives us vivid characters, random trivia, and a whole lot of insight into large senior living enterprises. I fell asleep happy each night after reading a couple of chapters from my phone app. — BEEJ


Ken's new book presents a vivid picture of senior living for those finding themselves living alone in their sunset years, and is a joy to read. Those of us in that category will instantly relate and enjoy the mythical journey with Casper. Younger readers will get a look at what's to come, perhaps learn from it and appreciate what their parent may be encountering. I promise you with have fun with it. — JWSKRS


Couldn't put the book down to see what Ken Dalton would come up with next. Stayed up to finish the book until 2:00 am. Great read, highly recommended. Can relate to many of the locations, foods and life encounters. Thanks Ken, a favorite next to Polio and Me, my #1. — Robert Pagan

Polio & Me

The year is 1943. A five year old boy wakes up. He cannot stand or hold an apple in his hand. The boy is rushed to his family doctor, diagnosed with polio, and taken from his mother's arms to the contagion ward at the county hospital. Despite decades of futile research, polio epidemics continued to paralyze and kill hundreds of thousands of adults and children well into the 1950s.

Polio and Me provides a view of the past, present, and future—the sage of one boy's pain, fear, and loneliness—the long struggle to find a vaccine and effective treatments—the worldwide goal to eradicate the polio virus, and in one a twenty-first century cancer research trial, the polio vaccine eliminated cancerous tumors.

Reviews for Polio & Me

A moving and informative book that takes you into the life of a young child struggling with polio. This inside look from a child's eyes is complimented with a comprehensive historical look at the medical world's challenges and accomplishments in the search for a vaccine. I highly recommend this. — Darryl Webb

Polio and Me was of keen interest and grabbed me from the start with Dalton's very personal story of succumbing and surviving a terrific ordeal. The story is fast paced and carries you right along with his tale of recovery in steps, with a factual history of the national response to the disease. — Jim Neff

Polio and Me should be available in every prenatal office! During my 37 yr career as a Certified Nurse Midwife, I was astounded when women did not want their children immunized. Most of them were well educated but they were ignorant of the catastrophic effects of communicable diseases like polio. Ken Dalton's book shares his private battle in dealing with this disease: the pain,fear, frustration, humiliations, loss of self-esteem, and the challenges of dealing with the simple, daily tasks that we all take for granted. We can all learn from Polio and Me that vaccinations are indeed one of the best advances in modern medicine. — Evie Piele, MSN, CNM

Robert Frost wrote a poem about “the road less traveled.” Like Frost, Ken Dalton takes us on a journey of scientific exploration and glory, but also his own personal journey. The scientific road is an eye-opening accurate account of the polio virus—past, present and future, filled with historical perspective like a work of David McCullough. Ken's personal journey and his rehabilitation reads like a Bill Bryson work that carry's us on a wild adventure. You will be inspired to travel your own journey with renewed optimism thanks to Ken Dalton's Polio and Me. — Kirk Pappas, MD

The Unsavory Critic

Simon Rand, generally regarded as the least respected restaurant critic in America, dies from a heart attack in San Francisco. Or did he expire from natural causes? The answer to that question kicks off another wild Pinky, Bear, and Flo mystery that takes them to Camden, New Jersey, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Skellefteå, Sweden. During their travels, Pinky becomes personally acquainted with a Mafia Don, his oversized thugs, and a helicopter ride over the Atlantic, while Flo, Bear, and Ettamae visit Sweden where Bear gawks at more well-developed blonde females then he thought existed in the whole world!

The Bloody Birthright

Meet "Pinky " Delmont, the slimiest defense lawyer in Nevada, and "Bear" Zabarte, his street-smart sidekick; add Pinky's favorite ex-wife; Bear's girl friend with the "big rack"; throw in a murder and buckets of money; and you?re off on an exciting and hilarious adventure.

The Big Show Stopper

Pinky, Bear, and Flo mix madness with mayhem as they travel across the North America to track down the killer of Brady Blackstone, America's richest and favorite country performer. Along the way, in the Nevada desert, they face eradication by a trigger-happy Carson city cop.

Death is a Cabernet

A photo of a purple corpse motivates Pinky, Bear, and Flo to the California wine country where they learn to deal with floods, ground fog, phylloxera, and central valley plonk to uncover who drowned a man in a 10,000 stainless steel tank of Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Tartan Shroud

Pinky?s favorite ex-wife, Willow Stone convinces Team Delmont to travel to the small Scottish town of Pitlochry where they learn to deal with mutton pie, a man with a wonky eye, and haggis while tracking down the killer who buried a young girl's body next to a golf green on the local course.

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

A dime worth $2,000,000 and a dead body sends Pinky to the Kona Coast of Hawaii while Bear and Flo go to China where their China contact, Joe, quotes Confucius and Shakespeare while giving them advice for their final destination—oxygen sparse Lhasa, Tibet.

Praise for the Pinky and Bear mystery series

If you enjoy great suspense with memorable characters, pick this series up! It's well worth the read.
Wendy Hines

I love Ken's books. They are always a great romp of a mystery. Not just a who done it but a get on and ride with the wind story line.
Crazed Mind Review

If you enjoy good suspense full of odd and absurd red herrings you will find this to be an enchanting find. If you love good comedic wit and the interplay among comical pundits, each with the understanding they are more intelligent than the other, you will love Pinky and Bear.
Tictoc Reviews

I really love these books by Ken Dalton. I have read all 5 and I can't wait until he writes another one. Pinky, Bear, and Flo are now my close imaginary friends.
Elisa Caulfield

It's always nice to revisit familiar characters I've grown to love. We've got Pinky, that narcissistic, blowhard of a lawyer who enjoys nothing more than fleecing his clients. Then there's Bear, the lovable oaf of brawn and little brain who likes nothing more than beer, baseball and staring at Flo's boobs.
D. A. Bale

I like an author who writes what he knows and pays attention to detail. Ken Dalton is a connoisseur of the human experience. He captures those little tidbits of life that make us laugh, that make us shiver, and holds them up to the light for all of us to enjoy and examine.
Phoebe Brown

Sometimes you read a book that is chock full of memorable characters, ones that make a lasting impression, ones that stay with you. I read a lot - I mean A LOT - and I don't come across characters like that too often. It takes a talented author to make mere words on a page seem just as alive as the person sitting next to you. And Ken Dalton's done it, times three.
Emma Parker