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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.

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.

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, June 17, 2016

Uncle Abner, by Melville Davisson Post: A Review by Warren Bull

Uncle Abner, by Melville Davisson Post: A Review by Warren Bull

Starting in 1911, Melville Davisson Post published a series of short stories about an unusual sleuth he named Uncle Abner. Post wrote the stories for magazines. When they were collected in book form seven years later, he was acknowledged as an author of classic mysteries.  Ellery Queen described Post as one of the founders of the genre along with Edgar Allan Poe, G.K. Chesterton and Arthur Conan Doyle.

The setting of the stories is Virginia. It is not the Virginia of in the time of Thomas Jefferson depicted with plantations, slaves, and hot-tempered duelists. It is the hardscrabble land west of the Allegheny Mountains during that era. Cattlemen, river men and farmers have their own way of dealing with things. Their way has more of the flavor more of the Old Testament than of law books.
Those who live in the country described know Uncle Albert. He is a man living by the morals of the Bible who uses his own skill at observation and his reasoning ability to solve mysteries.  In some stories he comes across as almost the voice of the Lord. He is not a vengeful man. Sometimes he calls upon the local system of law. At other times he is content to leave matters in the hands of God. Many of the stories are told from the point-of-view of Abner’s young nephew whose youth and innocence contrast with the thoughts and actions of the villains.

The protagonist is unlike any other fictional detective I have encountered. The setting is similarly unique. I recommend these to those interested in the history of crime fiction. I also recommend them to fans of short stories like me.


KB Inglee said...

Love Uncle Abner. His locked room mystery is a classic of the form. When I decided I had to write a locked room mystery, I reread his first. His setting is unique, not quite proper Virginia, not quite wild west. These are a must read for anyone trying to write a mystery short story.

Kait said...

These sound delightful. I will have to look them up. Thanks Warren, and KB!

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks for reminding me of these, Warren. It's been years since I've read them, and I think it'a about time for a re-read.

Margaret Turkevich said...

I'm familiar with that part of the country. The stories are on my list. Thank you!

Shari Randall said...

Another terrific recommendation! I love mystery short stories, so I will definitely check this out.
I googled the author and some of the stories are available on Project Gutenberg for free.