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Check out our March author interviews: 3/7--Karen Cantwell, 3/14--Shawn Reilly, 3/21--Annette Dashofy, and 3/28--WWK Blogger Debra Sennefelder (on her debut novel!). Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our March Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 3/3-Heather Weidner, 3/10-Holly Chaille, 3/17-Margaret S. Hamilton, 3/24-Kait Carson, 3/31-Charles Saltzberg.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here: https://www.amazon.com/Necessary-Ends-Tai-Randolph-Book-ebook/dp/B079MS67CM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520014972&sr=8-2&keywords=Tina+Whittle

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), will be available on April 3, 2018 at: https://www.amazon.com/Empty-Promises-Seamus-McCree-Book-ebook/dp/B078XJRYDG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520089649&sr=8-2&keywords=James+M.+Jackson&dpID=51kcxPsst-L&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here: https://mammothpublications.net/writers-m-to-z/rodriguez-linda-dark-sister/

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.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in August, 2018.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos.


Friday, November 20, 2015

                                 Review of Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham
                                                         By Warren Bull

In an effort at full disclosure I must admit I heard of Margery Allingham long before I read this book.  It is the first work of hers I have read.  I knew of her and Ngaio Marsh through their mention with their more famous contemporary, Agatha Christie as “Queens of Crime” during the golden age of mystery writing. Now that I’ve read Allingham, I’m determined to read March also to see if her work is as good as her peers.

In Death of a Ghost the author used an interesting hook on the first pages, which set the tone of suspense she sustained throughout.  Her protagonist, Albert Campion, is a modest figure who shuns the limelight and feels no need to trumpet his successes and skills.  He gets along well with the police detective who is his friend. The mystery is not a “who done it” but a “how can it be proven in a court of law.”

The characters are interesting and sympathetically portrayed.  Campion is the sort of person you might have a quiet lunch with to get his perspective on some problem that has been troubling you.  His foil is a flamboyant and deceivingly intelligent person who creates first impressions that require time and consideration to see through. 

As a reader I often told myself “Ah ha, that has to be a important” at times when I was reading. I was correct but the author was clever enough that I was never able to tell ahead of time why it would be important.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. 


Margaret Turkevich said...

I'll have to root around the bookshelves and uncover my yellowed copies of books by Tey, Marsh, and Allingham. Thanks for the reminder.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I read her books years ago. I'm sure I still have some of them somewhere on my shelves as well as those by the others you mentioned. Sometimes it's good to read the older writers.

Kait said...

Sounds wonderful. I remember reading one of her books a number of years ago and loving it. I can't imagine why I didn't follow up with more of her reads. Thank you for reintroducing me.

KM Rockwood said...

Always good to be reminded of some of the classics! They are classics for a reason, and well worth reading. Or, more likely, re-reading.