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September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!

Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

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

Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Review of Books, Crooks and Counselors by Leslie Budewitz

Review of Books, Crooks and Counselors by Leslie Budewitz
Although I found no disclosure requirement in the law, I wouldn’t want you to dismiss this review with prejudice or to feel that I was negligent, so in the interest of full disclosure I admit that I had high hopes for Books, Crooks and Counselors by mystery writer and attorney at law Leslie Budewitz even before I read it.  Still I allege this review is as much pro bono as pro se. 

Books, Crooks and Counselors won the 2011 Agatha Award for the best non-fiction award of the year. It is a 2012 Anthony and Macavity Nominee.   I considered those “solid clues” whether or not a court would accept them as evidence. But after reading the book, I can recommend it ipso facto.  Albeit the author covered a wide range of legal procedures and definition, nevertheless  in the process she included examples of the concepts discussed which kept things interesting.  For real fun you can watch the latest movie of the week legal thriller while thumbing through the book and counting up the mistakes.

Of course checking your own work before you present it to anyone else can help you avoid making those same embarrassing errors.  


Linda Rodriguez said...

Thanks for this, Warren. I remember how happy Leslie was when she received the Agatha. She has given us another solid resource to use. And she's working on her own mystery novel.

Warren Bull said...

This is a reference well worth buying.

Leslie Budewitz said...

Thanks, Warren and Linda!

Leslie Budewitz said...

BTW, you can read an excerpt and more articles for writers on my website, http://www.LawandFiction.com and blog, http://www.LawandFiction.com/blog

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, Leslie for writing a really helpful book for writing.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

OH,, this is such a terrific book--and Warren, you are too clever!

(And thanks for the scoop Linda--I didn't now Leslie was working on a book! Leslie--that's terrific.)

Leslie Budewitz said...

Hank and friends --

The Food Lovers' Village Mysteries debut from Berkley Prime Crime in summer 2013. They're set in Jewel Bay, Montana, a small lakeside resort community on the road to Glacier Park, and feature Erin Murphy, the manager of a specialty regional food market, with a passion for retail, pasta, and huckleberry chocolates -- and a talent for murder.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Hurray hurray Hurray, Leslie! You''ll come blog at Jungle REd and tell us all about it, right? I get dibs on you for my week...


Warren Bull said...

I can also highly recommend Hank Phillippi Ryan's book THE OTHER WOMAN.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Warren! Thank you! I am..so thrilled! xo

Linda Rodriguez said...

Looking forward to the Food Lovers Village mysteries, Leslie. I have been ever since you talked about them at Malice. They sound full of good stuff!

E. B. Davis said...

I'm looking forward to Leslie's series, too! I often use legal problems as a source of conflict in my work, so I'm looking at Leslie's nonfiction as a great resource. Thanks Warren for the review, and of course Leslie for the writing.

Terry Ambrose said...

The great thing about a resource like this is that you can refer to it as problems arise. Leslie's done a great job of making this an easy-to-use resource.

Also, Leslie, if you get a chance to go on Jungle Red, DO IT! Hank's a great host (hostess? is that politically incorrect these days?)

Polly Iyer said...

I've referred to Leslie's book often. It's a must for any crime writer's bookshelf.