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

Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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 order.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Ask A Policeman: A review by Warren Bull

Ask A Policeman published in 1933 was a work by members of the Detection Club. The authors are Anthony Berkeley, Milward Kennedy, Glayds Mitchell, John Rhode, Dorothy L. Sayers and Helen Simpson.

John Rhode wrote the murder scene with an almost impossible crime and several suspects who had more than ample reason to wish the victim ill. Each author then wrote a possible solution detected by popular sleuths. Just to add interest each author wrote about another author’s character. Milward Kennedy wrote a final chapter offering yet another ending.

Once again I am reminded about how many really excellent mystery writers there were during the Golden Age of mystery writing.

I enjoyed the book very much. If I were a better student of mystery writers of the time, I would have enjoyed it even more. I could detect the fun Anthony Berkely had writing about Lord Peter Wimsey, but I did not know enough about other characters to get the “inside” jokes. Every author plays fair and each offers a credible but different take on the common information.

The few times I have been able to write about another author’s characters, always with permission, of course, I found the experience to be a hoot. 

If you were going to write about a popular sleuth today, which character would you choose and why?


Kait Carson said...

I would choose Rita Mae Brown's Miss Marple. I have always wanted to write a convincing cat!

Shari Randall said...

I would choose Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, or one of her sidekicks, Lula or Grandma Mazur. Such fun, over the top characters.

Carla Damron said...

Holmes. Absolutely Holmes. If only I could do him justice!

Gloria Alden said...

I would have fun with Lord Peter Wimsey.