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April Interviews

4/1 Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue
4/8 John Gaspard
4/15 Art Taylor, The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74
4/22 Maggie Toussaint, Seas the Day
4/29 Grace Topping, Staging Wars

Saturday Guest Bloggers
4/4 Sasscer Hill
4/18 Jackie Green

WWK Bloggers:
4/11 Paula Gail Benson
4/25 Kait Carson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!


Friday, April 3, 2020

The Drifter by Nick Petrie: A Review by Warren Bull

The Drifter by Nick Petrie: A Review by Warren Bull

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It is always a pleasure to discover a new talented author and Nick Petrie is truly a find.

Having seen this was a first novel, I was surprised by the quality of his work so I interrupted my reading long enough to read his bio (which I almost never do) and discovered he earned an MFA from the University of Washington and his short fiction has won awards.

Petrie has clearly done his apprenticeship as a wordsmith. His writing is colorful, but not intrusive enough to interfere with the plot. Peter Ash, is a former Marine lieutenant who was sent on several combat missions. Upon his return to the US. Ash discovers that he has suddenly developed symptoms of PTSD. Uncomfortable in enclosed spaces, he goes on a lengthy journey through the wild, avoiding people and civilization. 

When he learns a Sergeant who served under him committed suicide, he feels guilty that he did nothing to see how the man was getting along back “in the world.” [in the US] Ash goes to see if he can help the man’s family. He pretends there is a program to help families of vets refurbish their homes, and offers to help rebuild a sagging porch. This simple act sets off a chain of events that challenges Ash to use his combat skills and threatens the way of life he designed to cope with his PTSD.

Petrie does an excellent job describing the PTSD. His hero is more than Superman light. I enjoyed the humor the author snuck in. There were unexpected twists like [NO SPOILER HERE] and when [NOT HERE EITHER] turned out to be [READ THE BOOK IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT.] The author seems to genuinely care about the plight of returning service people.

I highly recommend you read the book. I am looking forward to the next book in what sounds like a new series.