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February Interviews













2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar


Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson

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WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.


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


Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!


KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.


Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.


Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.



Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

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Friday, October 9, 2015

KUDOS TO ROBERT B. PARKER

KUDOS TO ROBERT B. PARKER

by Warren Bull






Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t read SCHOOL DAYS by Robert B. Parker, I suggest you stop reading this blog.  Read the book.  Come back to the blog.  What I want to write about gives a large part of the suspense away.

The resolution of the novel hinges on an adult woman having sex with a barely adolescent male.  The author correctly describes that behavior as sexual abuse of a minor.  In my thirty years as a clinical psychologist I have seen men who when they were young were sexually abused by adult women. The abuse damaged the self-esteem of the men I saw.  It contributed to their difficulty in forming healthy loving relationships with women. 

No thinking person excuses the damage done to girls molested by men.  However there are still serious misconceptions about boys seduced by women.  Reactions such as “he got lucky early” or “I wish it had happened to me” by men make it harder for men who were molested as boys to talk about what happened.  I knew one woman who bragged about seducing an adolescent.

There are movies and books that express a young man’s coming of age by his having sex with an older woman.  It is an extremely common male fantasy.  Nothing in our culture tells young men that they should refrain from the activity, or consider why an adult woman would be interested in boys rather than men.  Nothing in our culture even hints at the damage it can do.

It would have been easy for the author to go with the “he got lucky” distortion of reality.  So I salute the late Robert B. Parker for writing about sexual abuse as sexual abuse.


Mysteries can deal with social issues and still be entertaining.  Can you mention a mystery that highlighted a social concern?

8 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

My current WIP, a traditional mystery, has a substantial subplot about high school bullying and sexual assault.

I'll read the Parker book.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I haven't read that particular book by Parker. But thank you for bring it to our attention, Warren.

E. B. Davis said...

I didn't read your blog, Warren, as I love Parker. I read his first YA, was this a second one he wrote before he died?

Kait said...

Good blog, Warren. Disturbing topic to say the least. When I was growing up a lot of late teen-aged males (I managed to grow up in a neighborhood of all boys-I think I served as the mascot) bragged about encounters with older women. At the time, I remember thinking they were full of it. Now, in retrospect, I have to wonder how much was fact and how much was wishful thinking. Parker was always a wonderful writer, and bits and pieces of his stories always on the edge.

The Warbler said...

Ridley Pearson's "The Art of Deception" deals with teenage runaways and the reasons they run to strangers for help. Strangers who in turn are sexual predators and worse.
It was written back in '02-I always wanted to say that, is 'spot on' in today's world. - Dennis

Lesley Diehl said...

I love Parker's work especially his ability to say in one sentence what it would take other pages to say. I miss him. I think part of his understanding of these painful psychological/emotional issues can be partly attributed to his relationship with his wife, a therapist. I've never read any portrayal better of a psychiatrist than that of Susan in his books.

Grace Topping said...

I'm pretty much a cozy reader, but I make an exception for Parker. I discovered his books at Sleuthfest when Ace Atkins spoke about being selected by the Parker family to write in the style of and under the name of Robert Parker. His presentation was so terrific that I first got a book by Parker in order to compare it to Spencer book by Ace Atkins. I was impressed by both. And I'm with Lesley, I really like his character Susan. I also read that Reed Coleman is continuing Parker's Jesse Stone series.

KM Rockwood said...

Haven't read it yet! It's on my tbr list.