If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our March author interviews: Karen Pullen (3/1), Lowcountry Crime authors: Tina Whittle, Polly Iyer, Jonathan M. Bryant, and James M. Jackson (3/8), Annette Dashofy (3/15), Edith Maxwell (3/22) and Barb Ross (3/29).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in March: Maris Soule (3/4), and Virginia Mackey (3/11). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 3/18--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 3/25--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for pre-order.


Friday, July 19, 2013

A Review of EVERY BROKEN TRUST by Linda Rodriguez

A Review of Every Broken Trust by Linda Rodriguez

Every Broken Trust is the second novel about police chief Skeet Bannion.  The author, Linda Rodriguez, novelist and poet, shows a growing command of the structure of the novel along with her formidable use of language.

This book shows more about Skeet’s Cherokee heritage. It also demonstrates the complicated relationships Skeet has with her ex-husband, her father and her mother.  Skeet is now the guardian of fifteen-year-old Brian who acts with the illogic and lack of control that only teenagers manage when he gets to know a troubled teenage girl who he describes as, “a genius.”  If causing trouble and casting unfair aspersions at adults are measures of intellectual prowess, the girl easily outshines Albert Einstein.

Investigating a murder may prove easier for Skeet than navigating through the shoals of emotionally-charged family issues.  As a reader I was pleased to learn  more about Skeet’s grandmother who did not appear in the first book. 

As in the first novel Skeet comes across as a professional police officer, not a female Rambo. She finds plenty of trouble in her job and family relations without creating more stress by macho behavior.  The author brings the novel to a satisfying conclusion.  She also leaves interesting threads hanging which have me eager for Skeet’s next adventure. 


E. B. Davis said...

The last time a second-in-series excited me as much as Every Broken Trust, the author was Peter Robinson, who hit his stride and ran with his Inspector Banks series. I have this feeling that Linda will, too. Can't wait for the third, Skeet, book. Keep them coming, Linda!

Sarah Henning said...

I totally agree with E.B.! Keep them coming, Linda! Loooooove Skeet!

Shari Randall said...

Cannot wait to get my copy. Skeet's so real.

Warren Bull said...

I agree with EB, Sarah and Shari,I am a Skeet fan.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Hurray! Cannot wait...xoo

Gloria Alden said...

I can't wait, either. I loved the first book and Skeet Banyon.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks, Warren, EB, and everyone, for the kind words. Sorry I'm late commenting but have been at the hospital all morning with my daughter who was having tests for some pretty scary stuff--which, fortunately, has all been ruled out now.

Marilyn Patterson said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks, Warren, for giving me another author to add to my reading list. Looking forward to it.

Linda R said...

Linda, I'm thankful that your daughter's scary stuff has been ruled out! This books sounds fabulous--adding to my TBR list.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks, Linda R and Marilyn. I hope you'll enjoy the Skeet Bannnion books.

Kara Cerise said...

Linda, I'm sorry to hear your daughter was in the hospital and hope that all is well.

I'm eager for Skeet's next adventure, too!

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks, Kara! I'm writing it as we speak.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Enjoyed both books. I particularly like the character development evidenced between the two books. This definitely is going to be a strong series. Debra

Ps. Glad to read your daughter"s tests for the bad stuff were negative.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks so much Deborah! (I'm late getting to this because I've been back and forth repeatedly to Iowa in past few days moving youngest back to KC.)