If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our July author interviews: Ellen Byerrum (7/5), Day of the Dark anthology authors (7/12 and 7/19), and Nancy Cole Silverman (7/26).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in July: 7/1--Fran Stewart, and 7/8--Nancy Cole Silverman. WWK Saturday bloggers write on 7/15--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/22--Kait Carson, and 7/29--E. B. Davis.


“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.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

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.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

A Review of Rituals by Mary Anna Evans




Rituals by Mary Anna Evans is the eighth book in the Faye Longchamp Mystery series and the first one I have read.  Not knowing the characters and their backgrounds made no difference.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I recommend it highly. 

Faye Longchamp is an archeologist who is hired to do cultural resources management for a tiny historical museum, which is more like an attic cluttered with memorabilia than an actual museum.  The owner believes he has proof that aliens built the pyramids in Mexico based on a potsherd that resembles a man in a space helmet, if you squint and the light is bad. 

The museum happens to be in Rosebower, New York, a community founded by spiritualists, where many of the residents still give readings and believe in psychic phenomenon.   Faye and her daughter are invited to a séance by an influential Spiritualist and, driven by curiosity, they attend.  An hour later the Spiritualist is dead, having been in a room where the door is nailed shut, while a raging fire destroys the house and every one in it.  Therein begins the mystery.

In contrast to the true believers in the town, a former magician and schoolteacher is writing a book about the fraudulent practices of those who claim to speak to the dead.  The author presents the differing points of view quite well.  I found the characters to be well developed. I was interested in all the members of Faye’s family.

The historical research the author did gives her work an accuracy that adds to the layers of sophistication present.  The writing drew me along smoothly and I look forward to reading other books in the series.


 What other authors do you find who write a series and manage to have each individual book give readers a satisfying mystery?

5 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

There are so many writers who achieve that goal, Warren, I'm unsure of where to begin. From your description, it sounds as if the author focuses on science vs. mysticism. I can only surmise that science wins since the MC is an archeologist. Thanks for the recommendation!

Sarah Henning said...

Oooh, I agree with E.B., Warren! It's so hard to guess. I've mentioned several writers that I admire for their ability to write great series ... I don't know if I could pick just one!

Shari Randall said...

This book sounds great - thank you for the review.
Series that I admire? Too many to list!

Gloria Alden said...


Warren, this sounds like another good book I'd like to read. Like E.B., Sarah and Shari, I have so many series I'm reading and enjoying and others I want to start. I'll add this one to my TBR list.

Kara Cerise said...

Thank you for the book review, Warren. It sounds great. I've added it to my TBR list.