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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, July 14, 2017

Death of a Lake by Arthur W. Upfield: A review by Warren Bull

Death of a Lake by Arthur W. Upfield: A review by Warren Bull

Originally published in 1954, Upfield’s Detective Inspector Napolean Bonaparte described as a “half-caste” has seven suspects, any of whom might have murdered a worker and stolen his money. The man went swimming in a lake created by a flood. As the lake returns to its state as a depression in a lonely desert sheep station, the people who lived at the station at the time of his death watch each other with frightful intensity. Two are women who delight in causing trouble between the five men in the group.  Will a body be revealed by the evaporating water? If so will there be signs of foul play? And what happened to the wad of cash the dead man kept in his locked suitcase?

As with Upfield’s other works the landscape of the Australian outback is as important as the setting and nearly a character itself. The redoubtable Bonaparte is equal to the challenge. As a reader I had all clues but I did not suss out the solution.

This novel has my highest recommendations. If you have not read Arthur’s work, it is well worth seeking one of his novels out. This novel would provide a good introduction.


Grace Topping said...

It's interesting that you pointed out that the Outback is and almost like a character. I just read a book set at a research station at the South Pole and thought how important the setting was to the story. Set anywhere else and it wouldn't have been as effective.

E. B. Davis said...

In Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, there is one book based on a cold case--which presents itself during a drought. It was a fascinating book. I don't know if the plot in Upfield's book is similar, but if it was anything like Robinson's book, it was a good read. Thanks for bringing Upfield to our attention.

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

I've not read this author and thank you for introducing me to him.

KM Rockwood said...

Thank you, Warren. You come up with some really great reads I never would have encountered otherwise.

Julie Tollefson said...

Thanks, Warren - adding this to my to-read list!

Margaret Turkevich said...

I agree, setting playing the role of a character always makes for a compelling read. We're watching the "Jack Irish" PI DVD's about Australia. Fascinating country.

Gloria Alden said...

Another good book I need to put on my list to read.