Holiday Short Stories By WWK Authors Presented This Season:

11/30 KM Rockwood's "Holiday Summons"
12/06 "Death By Dictionary" by Gloria Alden
12/12 E. B. Davis's "The Christmas Tree"
12/18 "Femme Fatally Yours" by Paula Gail Benson
12/24 Kara Cerise's "The Ho-Ho Plan"
12/30 "Last Minute Shopping" by Shari Randall

For another free short story, check out E. B. Davis's "The Christmas Cookie Conviction" on Kings River Life online magazine at: http://kingsriverlife.com/12/06/the-christmas-cookie-conviction-a-christmas-mystery-short-story/

Put A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman on your holiday list. Three WWK authors have short stories in this Mozark Press anthology. Look for "Moving On" by Paula Gail Benson, "Sauna" by KM Rockwood, and "Wishing For Ignorance" by E. B. Davis. Paper or eformat are available at Amazon.


Gloria Alden has released the fourth book, The Body in the Goldenrod, in her Catherine Jewel series. It's available in print and in eformat. Here are two links to the book: Amazon and Kobo. Put it on your "TBR" or Christmas list!

Carla Damron's latest project, THE STONE NECKLACE, a literary novel about five lives that intersect, and are forever changed, by a senseless accident, has been picked up by Story River Books for publication in 2016. Story River is an arm of the University of South Carolina Press and is under the leadership of editor-in-chief author Pat Conroy. Congratulations, Carla!


A great stocking stuffer, Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays is available at Wildside Press or Amazon. This anthology includes short stories by WWK bloggers Shari Randall ("Disco Donna") and E. B. Davis ("Compromised Circumstances").
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Friday, February 1, 2013

Review of Skulduggery by Carolyn Hart







Skulduggery by Carolyn Hart

When anthropologist Ellen Christie admits an unknown young Chinese-American man to her apartment, she unwittingly opens the door to adventure, suspense and danger that upends her ordered life.  The young man has come to her, because of a newspaper story labeling her as “the bone lady,” for an opinion about a fossilized skull.  He admits he is being followed and there may be some risk. Ellen is intrigued and agrees to follow him to where the skull and other fossils are hidden.  In a hidden room off a Chinatown alley the anthropologist recognizes the skull as the long-lost fossil known as Peking Man.  The discovery is interrupted by a man who turns out to be Dan Lee, the young man, Jimmy’s, older brother. His entrance is followed by the entry of two thugs who attack and try to steal the fossils.  As Ellen and Dan fight off the attackers, Jimmy uses the confusion to slip out with the fossils.  Both sides search for Jimmy with unforeseen results.

The elements of a classic suspense novel are well presented here; an enterprising and bold protagonist, tight plotting, quick pacing, successes followed by ever bigger problems and surprises.  But Carolyn Hart adds more. She provides information about a little-known American subculture as well as social commentary and fascinating international history. 

The author has a long and successful career writing in a number of genres but I was not aware of the series of suspense novels she has written before I read this. I look forward to tracking down the other novels. 

What is your favorite Carolyn Hart novel? 


3 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

She’s new to me, Warren. Thanks for the heads up.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I love Carolyn Hart. My favorite--her Henrie O. novels. Henrie is a former news reporter and newspaper editor/publisher, retired from active service and teaching journalism at a college. She's a recent widow and loves to travel. One of Henrie's trips takes her to Hawaii, another on a cruise ship through fjords. Of course, murders occur that Henrie needs to solve. I wish she still wrote that series.

Gloria Alden said...

I've always enjoyed Carolyn Hart, too, and she is the most delightful writer to meet in person. She's been interviewed and been on panels at Malice Domestic and I get the feeling I'd be perfectly comfortable having her come to visit and have lunch with me. She has no pretensions.