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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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

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Friday, November 20, 2015



                                 Review of Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham
                                                         By Warren Bull

In an effort at full disclosure I must admit I heard of Margery Allingham long before I read this book.  It is the first work of hers I have read.  I knew of her and Ngaio Marsh through their mention with their more famous contemporary, Agatha Christie as “Queens of Crime” during the golden age of mystery writing. Now that I’ve read Allingham, I’m determined to read March also to see if her work is as good as her peers.

In Death of a Ghost the author used an interesting hook on the first pages, which set the tone of suspense she sustained throughout.  Her protagonist, Albert Campion, is a modest figure who shuns the limelight and feels no need to trumpet his successes and skills.  He gets along well with the police detective who is his friend. The mystery is not a “who done it” but a “how can it be proven in a court of law.”

The characters are interesting and sympathetically portrayed.  Campion is the sort of person you might have a quiet lunch with to get his perspective on some problem that has been troubling you.  His foil is a flamboyant and deceivingly intelligent person who creates first impressions that require time and consideration to see through. 

As a reader I often told myself “Ah ha, that has to be a important” at times when I was reading. I was correct but the author was clever enough that I was never able to tell ahead of time why it would be important.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. 


4 comments:

Margaret Turkevich said...

I'll have to root around the bookshelves and uncover my yellowed copies of books by Tey, Marsh, and Allingham. Thanks for the reminder.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I read her books years ago. I'm sure I still have some of them somewhere on my shelves as well as those by the others you mentioned. Sometimes it's good to read the older writers.

Kait said...

Sounds wonderful. I remember reading one of her books a number of years ago and loving it. I can't imagine why I didn't follow up with more of her reads. Thank you for reintroducing me.

KM Rockwood said...

Always good to be reminded of some of the classics! They are classics for a reason, and well worth reading. Or, more likely, re-reading.