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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Laura by Vera Caspary A review by Warren Bull



Laura by Vera Caspary  A review by Warren Bull

The movie that Otto Preminger directed in 1944, based on the novel Laura is a classic.  The premise is unique.  A hard-boiled detective investigating the murder of beautiful independent woman falls in love with the victim.  The only problem is — she is dead.

Mark McPherson is a tough and intelligent detective with experience in unraveling rackets and financial shenanigans.  He is assigned to investigate the murder of Laura Hunt by a supervisor who despises him.  The supervisor wants to deny McPherson the pleasure of attending a baseball game he had been looking forward to attending.  Neither man could predict the twists and turns that follow that act of petty spite.

When McPherson interviews important people in Laura’s life, he becomes fascinated by and then enamored of the dead woman. 

If you don’t know the rest of the plot, I won’t spoil it by telling you any more.  If you haven’t read the novel or seen the movie, you are in for a real treat.


I can say that the author deals fairly with readers.  Her characterizations are subtle and telling.  I was fully engaged and my interest never waned.  I finished the book in one day.  Once again, I find there’s a lot to be gained by reading the classic novels.

5 comments:

KM Rockwood said...

My book club, which shows a movie every year in December when we figure some people might be too busy to read, featured Laura last year. I'd never seen it before. It is a great story.

Shari Randall said...

Love the movie (Gene Tierney is gorgeous)! I'll have to check out the book.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I don't remember the movie, but I read the book years ago. I don't remember much of it, either, except that I liked it.

Kait said...

One of my favorite movies, but I never read the book. Going to have to look that one up. Thanks, Warren!

Margaret Turkevich said...

I remember the movie. I'll have to read the book and re-watch the movie. I wonder when they'll do a remake?