If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.


Our reason for creating WWK originated as an outlet for our love of reading and writing mystery fiction. We hope you love it, too, and will enjoy our holiday gifts to our readers with original short stories to celebrate the season. Starting on 11/16 stories by Warren Bull, Margaret S. Hamilton, Paula Gail Benson, Linda Rodriguez, KM Rockwood, Gloria Alden, and E. B. Davis will appear every Thursday into the New Year.


Our November Author Interviews: 11/8--Ellen Byron, and 11/15--Sujata Massey. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.


November Saturday Bloggers: 11/4 Margaret S. Hamilton and 11/11 Cheryl Hollon.


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


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, October 6, 2017

The Cool Cottontail by John Ball: A Review by Warren Bull








The Cool Cottontail by John Ball: A Review by Warren Bull

John Ball was best known for his first novel, In The Heat of the Night, which won an Edgar Award for best first mystery novel in 1965 and was made into an Oscar-winning film. The Cool Cottontail continues the adventures of the author’s famous African-American police investigator, Virgil Tibbs.
This novel was written in 1966. The Cool Cottontail starts when a naked body is found in the swimming pool of a nudist park. Although the identity of the murdered man was hard to discover, leaving the body where the killer or killers did was bound to generate intense press coverage.
Virgil Tibbs was in the area. Chief Addis with the Pasadena Police Department approved his initial involvement and later allowed him to lead the investigation. The mystery was well written. The process of tracking down leads and continuing despite false starts felt realistic. In this novel, as in several others, the author showed his command of the genre and knowledge of the writing process. He involved sunbathing and a nudist camp, which added to my interest in the book.

Even more interesting to me was the author, who was apparently Caucasian, describing the thoughts and emotions of an African-American character. At that time the descriptive term was Negro. As far as I, as a Caucasian, can judge, Ball did an excellent job. With each new Caucasian person encountered, the investigator had to judge how he was being perceived as man of color and to respond in whatever manner made his gathering of information possible. Tibbs was very rarely entirely at ease either doing his job or in a social setting. 

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I sometimes write about people of color, even as I recognize that I have never experienced the world as a person of color does.



5 comments:

Jim Jackson said...

Warren,
The title and story sounded familiar, so I checked my reading list. I read it in the summer of 1984. Since I usually don't remember titles I've read, this one must have made a positive impression.

~ Jim

Gloria Alden said...

Another book, Warren, to put on my TBR list. I have added an African American family to my
series, too, and have had a lot of positive comments about them, especially the nine year old twins, and the two elderly sisters who bicker. The parents are both professionals - a teacher and a lawyer.

Margaret Turkevich said...

Warren, it's familiar, so I must have read it. I'll order it up from the library and read it again.

Grace Topping said...

In order to have a diverse cast of characters, we writers have to write from the viewpoint of different races, creeds, and ethnic groups. Two of my characters are African-American. I didn't want to fall into the trap of using stereotypes, so I gave my draft to an African-American friend and asked her to review it. She suggested that I not immediately identify the ethnic group of a character but let it become evident as the story evolved.

KM Rockwood said...

I did not know that another book came after The Heat of the Night! It's definitely going on my TBR list.