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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.

“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

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: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

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.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Two Book Reviews: Two Winners

Two Book Reviews; Two Winners

GENTLEMEN AND PLAYERS by Joanne Harris, an author I had not read before, was a delightful introduction to her work.  The plot was intricate, moving between two characters as well as between the past and the present.  Complicated? Yes, but it worked.

When problems large and small start to threaten the boys and staff at St. Oswald’s, school for boys, eccentric Classics teacher Roy Straitley tries to discover the culprit, while fending off administrators who would like to see him retire.  The harassment escalates to the point of endangering lives and the school itself. 

Ms. Harris presented a Grammar School for boys with a long history of preparing sons of elite families with such detail that it seemed as if I could smell the chalk dust and hear the boys clumping up and down the stairs.  It was a new setting to me and I enjoyed learning about it.
I thought she played fair with the readers. I cared about the characters she invented and the ending was satisfying.  I won’t reveal plots twists and surprises that the author worked hard to create.  I will and do recommend this book.  I look forward to reading Ms. Harris’ other works.

THE YARD by Alex Grecian is the first book in a planned series about Walter Day and his experiences in 1889 London.  At that time, The Metropolitan Police’s reputation has been greatly diminished by its failure to capture Jack the Ripper.  On his first day at work Day faces  the discovery a Scotland Yard inspector's body hacked to pieces and stuffed into a steamer trunk.  He encounters a strange doctor with revolutionary ideas about solving crime.  The police and the newly formed murder squad  is targeted by a ruthless killer who shows no signs of quitting.

This is a very well written first novel. It evokes a London far different from the cosmopolitan city of today.  The book seized my attention and didn’t let go until the very end.
I look forward to reading books in the series as they appear. 

It’s great to find unknown (to me) authors with the skills and maturity demonstrated on the page s.  Have you found a new (to you) author you can recommend?


Kait said...

I think you have just found two new ones for me, Warren. Thank you for the breath of fresh air. Lately, I've been returned to authors I'm familiar with, largely because I read a lot of serials, so I'm happy to find some 'new blood.'

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, both of those books sound like ones I'd like to read. Thanks for reviewing and recommending them.

Kara Cerise said...

Thank you for the recommendations, Warren. Both sound good. I'm especially interested in the book by Joanne Harris because I would like to study how she moves the story between past and present.

LD Masterson said...

Both of these authors are new to me and both stories caught my interest. Thanks for the reviews.

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks for seeking out and sharing information about some authors who are new to me!

E. B. Davis said...

They both sound like winners, Warren, thank you.

I liked Alice K. Boatwright's new Ellie Kent series. Ellie is an American living in a small English village after marrying a widowed vicar. She becomes the main suspect after a body is found in their church's cemetery.

Another new series from Diana Xarissa is set in the Isle of Man. It's a cozy featuring a maiden lady who is known as Aunt Bessie to all the kids on the island. She "assists" the police in their investigations since she knows everyone's backstory, trials, and especially their children.

Carla Damron said...

These look good. Thanks for the suggestions!