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

Our July author interviews: Ellen Byerrum (7/5), Day of the Dark anthology authors (7/12 and 7/19), and Nancy Cole Silverman (7/26).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in July: 7/1--Fran Stewart, and 7/8--Nancy Cole Silverman. WWK Saturday bloggers write on 7/15--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/22--Kait Carson, and 7/29--E. B. Davis.


“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.

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 October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

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?