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Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows.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, February 17, 2017

Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh: A Review by Warren Bull





Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh: A Review by Warren Bull










It's not unusual for people to fall in love when they meet at work. However when the work is investigating a murder at the other person's home, complications are to be expected.

That is the set up Ngaio Marsh chose for her 1938 novel where Chief Detective-Inspector Roderick Alleyn met the love of his life, Agatha Troy. After meeting on the ship back to England and having a number of encounters in which attraction to the other person makes each one nervous, Alleyn and Troy left the ship thinking the other person had reason to dislike them.

Their second meeting follows when a model for Troy, a noted and successful painter, is murder in a particularly brutal manner. With the wrong impression from earlier meetings, both people are sensitive to anything that might implied continued dislike. But there are flashes on mutual respect and adoration.

The usual supporting is in evidence, Detective-Inspector Fox, the solid and dependable assistant who is comfortable with servants being of their class, Nigel Bathgate, journalist and friend and Alleyn’s mother, Lady Alleyn who hopes her bachelor son has finally found a potential wife.

Characters are well-drawn and three dimensional, the murder is sufficiently tangled but clear and the author is fair with the readers. I feel certain Marsh, as a Kiwi (New Zealand resident) enjoyed including an Aussie (Australian) who had all the traits that Kiwis claim the Aussies have when residents of this two countries banter back and forth.


This is another truly superb mystery that earns my highest recommendation. Read this one before Murder in a White Tie.

6 comments:

Shari Randall said...

Warren, are you getting a kickback from the book store? because you are sending me there for new books all the time. This one sounds great!

vicki batman said...

Hi, Warren! I haven't read Ngaio Marsh in forever and loved them then. There was a series on PBS way back when that prompted me to read the books. I'm thinking time to delve into them again.

Margaret Turkevich said...

Another winner! Looking forward to reading (or re-reading) all of Marsh's books. I remember first reading them at my grandparent's beach cottage.

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks for once again reminding us of one of the great mystery authors.

Grace Topping said...

Warren, you got me hooked on writers from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, especially Ngaio Marsh. These books have a bit slower build-up to the murder, but that is fine with me.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, another good review of a book I'm sure I'd enjoy. I need to go through my old books and see if I have a copy of this.