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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our February Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 2/3-Saralyn Richard, 2/10-Kathryn Lane. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 2/17, and Kait Carson on 2/24.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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 has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Cover Her Face by P D James: A Review by Warren Bull

Cover Her Face by P D James: A Review by Warren Bull

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First published in 1962, Cover Her Face was the first novel by P.D. James. In this first offering it is possible to see the qualities that made the author so respected and successful.  Often with the first novel of good writers there are elements that show promise of what the author may later achieve. This novel, on the other hand, already demonstrates command of language and genre.
When a woman who has gone through a program for unwed mothers is hired as a servant for an aristocratic family, trouble begins to brew. The woman has a way of identifying and seizing upon other peoples’ weaknesses without calling attention to her actions.  Things come to a head one evening when she announces that the male heir has proposed to her. The next morning she is found inside a locked room strangled to death.

This is the introduction of Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgiesh. The author deftly inserts information that leaves the reader wanting more time to spend with the character. The writing is smooth and engrossing. The plot is unpredictable and surprising. On its own without the author’s distinguished later career, this is a very good mystery.


Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

PBS's mystery series introduced me to P D James. I loved these books, but it has been a long while and might need a revisit.

cj petterson said...

cj Sez: Thanks for pointing me to an intriguing book I hadn't read. Sounds like one I need in my research library.

Linda Thorne said...

Great review. I started reading P.D. James (her later books) only a few years before her death. I would never have thought to go back to her first book. The books I read were outstanding. I had no idea her books started out being good from the get-go.

Margaret Turkevich said...

PD James was later embarrassed by her first book, but I've always liked it.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I love P.D. James' books. I think I've read most of them, and probably that one, too, but I'd have to dig through my books to see if I'd read that one.

D. P. Lyle, MD said...

Warren, I agree. This is an excellent book and the beginning of an iconic series. Thanks for the excellent review.