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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

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.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Phantom Cow Haunts Golf Course

There has been a recent addition to the pantheon of desperados in and around Kansas City.  From the “Bleeding Kansas” days of the James and Younger brothers, through the machine gun murders of the “Kansas City Massacre” and the benign rule of Boss Tom Pendergast, colorful and dangerous characters have populated the streets and the imaginations of people in this Midwest metropolis.

According to the Kansas City Star dated 6/16/12 the latest shadowy figure emerged in late April of this year when a tractor trailer drove off an interstate bridge, destroyed nearly 200 feet of guardrail, fell to the street below and burst into flames. Sadly the driver died two weeks later.  The truck was carrying dozens of cows to a feedlot.  All were captured…except one.

In the interest of fair reporting it should be noted no one has suggested the cow was in any way involved in causing the crash.  No charges against her have been filed to date.
The canny bovine remained in hiding behind a stone wall near the Sunflower Hills Golf Course for days while the other animals were tracked down, rounded up and sent on their way.  

Since that time the cow has eluded capture. From time to time golfers report seeing a lone cow in the twilight on the edge of the course but if pursued she fades into woods and disappears. Police and Park Rangers formed a posse shortly after she was first sighted but she eluded capture.

Her grazing area has been identified between three small lakes. A pen has been set up with a blue plastic bucket of corn, a salt lick and water. So far she has not been trapped. Tracks suggest that the cow roams the course at night avoiding the greens but leaving unmistakable evidence of her presence on the fairways and in the rough.  

Authorities believe she has joined a band of wild roving deer for company.  She has earned the nickname of the Phantom Cow. The saga of this free spirit continues.   When I learn more, gentle reader, I will keep you informed.

I say run free. Moo proudly. What do you say?


E. B. Davis said...

I grew up next door to a dairy farm, Warren. The cows roamed the neighborhood regularly. One time there was a rustling at my window. I opened the curtain and there was a peeking cow.

Sometimes when we waited at the school bus stop, we were asked to help capture the cows, who ran by down the road. They didn't want to go to school either.

So--this isn't an unusual phenomenon--cows are blatant marauders. Unless spooked and they stampeed, they are usually harmless. But don't provoke them!

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, EB. I guess the Phantom is a throwback to earlier times when marauding cows roamed the countryside.

Susan Schreyer said...

I feel compelled to post a link to the great, and well-regarded, epic song, "Cows With Guns" -- evidently it has inspired at least one cow.


I dare you to say you won't be humming the chorus all day. ;)

Victor j. Banis said...

Has someone been smoking cow patties?

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, Susan,

I was not aware of that song.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Susan, that was downright unkind! I'll have that song in myhead all day now!

I want to see the phantom cow in that herd of deer. I imagine that's quite a sight.

Warren Bull said...


Not me.

Warren Bull said...


I have to listen to that.

Anonymous said...

Don't know "Cows with Guns" but I find myself humming Fred Small's "If I were a moose and you were a cow
Would you love me anyhow?
Would you introduce me to your folks" and then another line about "no moose jokes."

Gloria Alden said...

Warren and Susan you both have given me my laughs and smiles for the day. Laughing is good for ones health so thank you for making me healthier and happier.

Warren Bull said...

Chorus: "Cows with Guns"

Warren Bull said...

Thanks. Gloria

Warren Bull said...

I just listened to "If I were a moose..." Another musical gem. I never know where my blogs will lead.

Anita Page said...

She sounds like a clever and resourceful cow. Long may she roam.

Warren Bull said...

Anita, It's good we still have heroines.

Alice Duncan said...

Moo proudly, indeed! Good for the cow!

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