Welcome Wednesday guests for July: Edith Maxwell 7/2, Kendel Lynn 7/9, Leslie Budewitz 7/16, Krista Davis 7/23, Janet Simpson 7/30.

Gloria Alden's latest publication is nonfiction. Boys Will Be Boys: The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys. Edited by Cher'ley Grogg was recently released and available on Amazon. Gloria wrote three essays and two poems in her chapter included in the book.


Congratulations to four of WWK’s bloggers whose books were released in the last two months. Look for Jim Jackson’s second Seamus McCree novel, Cabin Fever; Linda Rodriguez's new Skeet Bannion mystery, Every Hidden Fear; KM Rockwood's new Jesse Damon novel, Brothers in Crime; and Gloria Alden's third Catherine Jewell Mystery, Ladies of the Garden Club. All of the novels are available at bookstores in print and ebook.

Paula Gail Benson's short story "Confidence in the Family" is featured in the Mystery Times Ten 2013 anthology, which can be bought at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Times-2013-Linda-Browning/dp/0984203583/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1387240857&sr=8-2

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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.