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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, April 14, 2017

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult: A Review by Warren Bull

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult: A Review by Warren Bull

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The Tenth Circle was the first novel I read by Jodi Picoult. It was not her first. Jodi Picoult is the 

author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, 

Leaving Time, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, 

Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes and My Sister’s Keeper. 

Discovering her work was a distinct pleasure. The Tenth Circle’s is a reference to Dante’s Inferno

which is an important part of the book. Also important are comic book art, Alaska Native Americans 

family and social concerns, and the contemporary sexual norms of American adolescents. If you 

think that sounds like an unusual mix that would require a talented storyteller to fit into one story, you 

would be correct. Picoult carries it off remarkably well.

She paints the picture of lives smashed to bits and partially repaired. Secrets are revealed by an act of 

violence. Each member of a family has to confront present behavior and demons from the past they 

thought buried and gone. I enjoyed Picoult springing surprises and keeping me guessing throughout 

the novel.

Her portrayal of the effect of an act of violence on the victim, the perpetrator, their families and their 

community is so realistic it was shocking.

I give my very highest recommendation to this book. I am adding an author to my must read group 

and I wish her a long productive career.


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi Warren,

I was interested in your review since I haven't read this particular author. However, I know she is very popular. A teenage relative reads all of her novels and loves them. I'll pick up a copy on your recommendation.

Shari Randall said...

She writes about such emotionally rich situations it's hard to put her books down. What made you decide to pick up The Tenth Circle?

KM Rockwood said...

Thank you for introducing me to an author I have not read, but sounds like someone in whom I'd be very interesting in taking a closer look.

Gloria Alden said...

Shari, I agree with you about her books. Most of those I've read were book club picks, and everyone in either of my book clubs liked them. The only time we were disappointed was not with the book, but the movie made for My Sister's Keeper." They really changed that. I found Home Rules a very strong book, too. In fact, when I added a character with autism, her descriptions stayed with me for so long that I felt I did a good job with him, even thought I'd had some students with Aspergers. He returns in each book even if only for a tiny bit.