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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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, May 13, 2016

Six Against the Yard by the Detection Club: A review by Warren Bull




Six Against the Yard by the Detection Club: A review by Warren Bull

Six Against the Yard is another work by members of the Detection Club. In this case the authors are Margery Allingham, Anthony Berkeley, Freeman Willis Croft, Father Knox, Dorothy L. Sayers and Russell Thorndike. Published in 1936, each of the authors wrote a short story intended to show a perfect method of committing murder. Following each story Ex-Superintendent Cornish, CID gave an account of how the fictional perpetrator might have been discovered by intelligent police investigation.

It is a clever concept for a book and the result fully justified my hopes. Cornish entered the contest with unfailing good humor and wit. His responses read as well as the stories.

I didn’t find any evil scheme that would inspire me to use it if I wanted to consign anyone to an eternal dirt nap. Of course I have no such intention. It’s merely chance that the major irritant to my peace of mind no longer lingers in the background. The book was published in 1936. Surely the crafty Ex-Superintendent is no longer with us. Is he?


If challenged to devise a perfect murder, what method seems infallible to you?

5 comments:

Kait said...

I would love to travel back in time and attend a meeting of the Detection Club. Can you imagine all the creative energy in that room! Alas, undetectable murder is so difficult in this day and age...or is it? I think, if you could stand watching the agony, feeding someone something that you knew would put them into anaphylaxis would work. Of course the exposure would have to take place somewhere far enough away from medical help that even if epipens or the like were available, the effect would have worn off.

Margaret Turkevich said...

I like monkshood poisoning.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, this sounds like a great read. I wrote down the book to order. Kait, is right that it is harder today to get away murdering someone and making it look like it wasn't a murder.

Shari Randall said...

Warren, my TBR is tottering!
It would be grand to attend a meeting of the Detection Club. Martin Edwards is the current president. I looked up their pledge for new members:
"Do you promise that your detectives shall well and truly detect the crimes presented to them using those wits which it may please you to bestow upon them and not placing reliance on nor making use of Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, Coincidence, or Act of God?"
I do!

KM Rockwood said...

That Detection Club sounds like it must have been something. I'd like to have been a fly on the wall at their meetings.