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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.

“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

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. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

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.

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 order.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Bulldog Drummond Stands Fast by Gerard Fairlie A review by Warren Bull

Captain Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond was created by H.C. McNeille who used the pen name “Sapper.” After the author’s death, the character’s further adventures were chronicled by Gerard Fairlie. There are also modern depictions of the character who has out-lived both of his earlier biographers.
In World War I Drummond learned stealth, fighting and, if necessary, killing skills that he utilized in his civilian activities.  Exposed to the cruelty of war, and finding civilian life insufferably boring, Drummond put an ad in The Times:  Demobilized officer, finding peace incredibly tedious, would welcome diversion. Legitimate if possible; but crime, if of a comparatively humorous description, no objection. Excitement essential. Would be prepared to consider permanent job if suitably impressed by applicant for his services. Reply at once Box X.
The reply to that ad brought him adventure and a wife.  The plots took off starting around 1920 for nineteen novels, four plays, twenty-three movies and at least two parodies. 
Bulldog Drummond Stands Fast was published in 1947.  It was written by Gerard Fairlie who Sapper may have used as a model for the character himself.  When a beautiful young woman crashed through a window into Drummond’s home, thrilling times are afoot.  She quickly disappears but the action continues unabated.  There is a duel between Drummond and a mistress of evil with each side gaining and then losing control. 
The writing was no better than you would expect but it kept me occupied and involved.  Chapters reminded me of old movies filmed in serial fashion with the hero facing death at the end of each reel, but the audience was comfortably certain the hero would survive so he could end up at risk in the next episode. 

Anyone who enjoys the pulp novels of the times should enjoy this too. Would you enjoy this sort of book?


Kait said...

Sounds like a fun series, Warren. Just the thing for a cold, rainy day. There is something appealing about the genre.

Margaret Turkevich said...

It would make a nice change, and I'd probably learn something about pacing in a chapter. On my list, with thanks.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, it does sound like a series that would be interesting. A while back I ordered The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude - a recent reprint put out by British Library Crime Classics. John Bude was a pseudonym of Ernest Elmore (1901-1957) who wrote thirty crime novels all of which are now rare and highly collectable, according to the blurb on the back. The
book's protagonist is Reverend Dodd, a vicar in a Cornish Village, and although Bude is not the creator of Father Brown, it follows the same theme although written in the same period as Dorothy Sayers Gaudy Night.

Shari Randall said...

Another one for the TBR. Thanks, Warren!

KM Rockwood said...

Interesting character and series. Thank yo for reading them and giving us your thoughts.