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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, October 4, 2013

What I Would Like To See In Books

What I Would Like to See in Books

I would like Lee Child to show Jack Reacher when he is injured and not just the toughest man on the 

planet.  I like the pacing and suspense of novels like Gone Tomorrow and it is satisfying to have a hero 

who unapologetically kicks butt.  However, Reacher is approaching superhuman abilities.  What would 

it be like if he was not able to physically dominate a situation and had to rely on other skills?

I would like to have Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple match wits with a working class villain who has 

every bit of intelligence that she does.  Could she look past social class differences and uncover a 

murderer as smart as she is?

What would Sherlock Holmes be like as a detective while he was going through withdrawal from 

cocaine?  How well would the cerebral detective think while his body shook and pain coursed through 

his veins?

How about if Tony Hillerman’s Chee and Leaphorn tried to use their skills in New York or Los 

Angeles?  Could they track their quarry through canyons between skyscrapers?

What if Santa Teresa hired a new chief of police who responded to Kinsey Millhone by either making 

trouble for her or ignoring her completely?  How would Sue Grafton’s character react?

How would Lee Goldberg’s Monk cope with a murder committed in the sewers?

What will J.B. Fletcher’s Jessica Fletcher do when everyone in Cabot Cove is either in prison for 

murder or dead? 

What would you like to see in books?


Jim Jackson said...

Very entertaining, Warren.

I’d like to see John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers get turned down flat throughout a book.

I’d like to know what happens to Robert B. Parker’s Spenser and Hawk when they have to deal with a bunch of octogenarian retirees and violence won’t get them anywhere – oh and what happens to Spenser’s relationship with Susan when stops being a picky eater and becomes fat.

~ Jim

Warren Bull said...

Nice additions to my list. Thanks, James

Barry Ergang said...

See Lee Goldberg's MR. MONK IS MISERABLE (http://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/2013/02/ffb-review-mr-monk-is-miserable-by-lee.html) in which Monk visits the sewers and catacombs beneath Paris, and--naturally--encounters murder.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Funny and fun, Warren!

I'd like to see Dan Brown's Robert Langdon ignored and refused by women as he would be in real life and struggle to get tenure.

I'd like to see Elvis Cole handle an emotional Joe Pike telling him about Pike's life traumas.

Gloria Alden said...

I enjoyed your blog, Warren, but I can't think of anything to add to it. If I don't think the protagonist is realistic like he or she would be in real life, I don't continue reading the series. It's okay if they're a little over the top, but I like to see them encounter problems they can't immediately solve.

Shari Randall said...

I'd like to see Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum finally decide between Ranger and Morelli. Or maybe decide she doesn't want either one!

Polly Iyer said...

Great post, Warren. I'd like to see Jack Reacher become less a superhero cartoon character. His smug, unrealistic know-it-all persona is why I stopped reading the series. I also stopped reading Sephanie Plum because she never learns from her mistakes and grows. This is the problem with series. Writers have a hard time keeping the stories fresh.

Marilyn Levinson said...

You had me laughing out loud, esp the bit of Monk in the sewers.

Vinnie Hansen said...

I'd like to see S.J. Rozan's Lydia Chin bring Bill Smith home to meet her mom.

Very fun list!

Kara Cerise said...

Fun blog, Warren! My first thought was that I'd like to see Nero Wolfe leave his house to solve a mystery. But then I learned that Rex Stout wrote The Black Mountain. In that novel Wolfe traveled to another country and even became physically active in order to catch the killer of a close friend. Stout really challenged his main character.

Yolanda Renée said...

I'd like to see my books, my characters talked about the way you discussed these!

Awesome post = now get to writing what you want to see! LOL

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see how Sheriff Dan Rhodes handles it when the goats Shirley, Goodness and Mercy really do follow him all the days of his life.

And when Spenser burns something he's trying to cook.

And Hercule Poirot, while visiting a house in the remote countryside, discovers his supply of mustache wax is depleted.

Georgia Ruth said...

Warren, this is so much fun. I'm with Shari about Stephanie Plum. I would like to see Michael Connelly's Lincoln lawyer ditch his ex-wife. So glad he got an office. Also I'm thinking Coben's Myron Bolitar and Baldacci's Oliver Stone could eliminate a Hollywood influence on DC.

Susan Oleksiw said...

Great post! Now all I can think about is poor Monk stuck in a sewer!

Anonymous said...

I like some thriller writers to pare down their 600 page books to 300 pages and leave out the massive descriptive prose some of them fill their books with to increase the number of pages.
Richard Brawer

Anonymous said...

Delightful. S

peaking of Sherlock--at least the modern British TV version--I'd like to see Watson out-think Sherlock for once, because Sherlock out-thinks himself to the point of neglecting to remember Occam's Razor.

Merit Clark said...

I'm with all of you guys about Jack Reacher & Stephanie Plum. I'd like to see Reacher learn how to do his own laundry, for crying out loud!

Nike Chillemi said...

Warren, I know what you mean about Jack Reacher almost attaining super hero ability. However, in TRIPWIRE he was shot and badly shot at the end and I almost had a coronary. Maybe it's not a bad idea to give the reader a stroke now and again.

Sarah Henning said...

The line about Jack Reacher just totally cracked me up! I really enjoyed the book of his set in small-town Nebraska because he kept getting beat up by ex-Cornhusker players. I was like, "It's about time!" He *almost* seemed human.