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Our August Author Interviews--8/2 Maggie Toussaint, 8/9 Kellye Garrett, 8/16 Matt Ferraz, 8/23 Matthew Iden, 8/30 Julia Buckley. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

August Saturday Guest Bloggers: 8/5--Kathleen Kaska, 8/12 Triss Stein, WWK bloggers-Margaret S. Hamilton on 8/19 and Kait Carson on 8/26. Look for E. B. Davis's blog on 8/29--the fifth Tuesday of August.


“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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Monday, July 3, 2017

In Praise of Mrs. Pollifax


by Shari Randall

I’m traveling a lot this summer, packing my wooly socks and pashmina for the flight, my brand new Kindle, and one of my most delightful travel companions – Dorothy Gilman’s Mrs. Emily Pollifax.

I discovered the first Mrs. Pollifax book, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, in an airport in Bermuda many years ago, before cell phones and Kindles made travel so easy for book lovers. The thin paperback was perfect for slipping into a beach bag or pocket. This was also before publishers decided that paperbacks had to be several pages longer. Have you noticed that? Perhaps vacations are longer today? A Mrs. Pollifax book was perfect for my long weekend.

Mrs. Pollifax is a senior citizen and widow from New Jersey. Her children are grown. She’s an intelligent woman who longs for more than garden club and charity teas. So, she decides to serve her country by joining the CIA.

What!

Great credit goes to author Dorothy Gilman who made this scenario work for 14 books. Mrs. Pollifax faces danger – and stubborn CIA bureaucrats – with aplomb, picking up karate, yoga, shadowy tails, and many devoted friends over the course of the series.

She’s definitely of the Miss Marple pattern – the lady of a certain age who hides a razor sharp mind under a sweet exterior. But Miss Marple never traveled too far from St. Mary Mead (there was a trip to the Caribbean, maybe?)

What sets Mrs. Pollifax apart is the exotic travel that is part of her job as a spy. Gilman wrote these books during the Cold War, so Mrs. Pollifax matches wits and karate moves with operatives with a decided Russian accent. But her itinerary – Mexico, Istanbul, communist China, a safari in Africa – take her around the globe.

Escapism? You bet. If you’re looking for a perfect summer read, take Mrs. Pollifax on vacation with you.

If you’d like to know more about the series, check out the fan page:

Have you ever read a Mrs. Pollifax book? What book is your summer read this year?

9 comments:

Kait said...

I had forgotten about Mrs. Pollifax! I remember devouring the books in the late 1960 through the 1980s and then for some reason, no more. They were the perfect airplane read. I'll have to pick them up again - - on Kindle this time.

Thinking back, I think I picked the first one up in an airport too. And if I remember, it was the cover that attracted me.

Jim Jackson said...

Having been retired 15 years now (how the heck did that happen) I no longer think about summer reads (or vacation reads) as a separate class. I have a TBR pile and I have the library. So, my most recent book I thoroughly enjoyed was Michael Connelly's The Wrong Side of Goodbye featuring Harry Bosch.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I love Mrs. Pollifax! I wish the series was longer. The problem is that I read them out of the library, (sorry, that's the problem with the library) and I don't have any copies. I may do what Kait is planning--downloading some to my Kindle. Thanks for reminding me of the series because I loved it.

Margaret Turkevich said...

I've read and enjoyed Mrs. Pollifax books. Anticipating the new Daniel Silva thriller, which we'll pass around the family.

Carla Damron said...

I am ALLL about escapism these days! Will give this book a try!
CARLA

KM Rockwood said...

I read the Mrs. Pollifax books and enjoyed them.

Right now, I'm reading a few of Lawrence Block's burglar books for my book club (I'm the one doing the presentation) I decided I like the earlier ones better than the latest. I may continue to read more of them, since I forget most of them (they are light & humorous)

At the book club, we try to feature refreshments mentioned in the books. That's easy for the Burglar books--single malt scotch, wine & a cheese tray worthy of the shop Suffering Sweet Cheeses. Not to mention, perhaps, a bit of Juneau Lock of some sort.

Gloria Alden said...

My sisters and I read all of the Mrs. Pollifax books. In fact I still have all of them and may start reading them again.

Kara Cerise said...

Fun books! I think of Mrs. Pollifax when I see my neighbor who gardens, wears a hat with a flower on it while playing with her grandson, and says things like "kill shot" in everyday conversation.

Happy travels, Shari.

Grace Topping said...

I'm getting to this blog a few days late, but I had to chime in. I loved, loved, loved all of the Mrs. Polifax books. What a terrific series to show that we woman of a certain age still have a lot to offer--of course, some more than others. I'm not quite up to the level of adventures Emily Polifax had. Publishing is so difficult these days it makes me wonder if you could get a series like that published now.