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


Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw


Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.


Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/


Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)


Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:


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 July 31, 2018.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

The Chief Legatee by Anna Katherine Green: A Review by Warren Bull




The Chief Legatee by Anna Katherine Green: A Review by Warren Bull



     Anna Katherine Green is considered the mother of American crime fiction. She is credited with 

writing the first American detective novel, The Leavenworth Case. She lived until age 88 and was a 

prolific writer throughout her adult life. She wrote more than thirty novels and many pieces of short 

fiction.

     I have been reading mysteries written in the early 1900s. The Chief Legatee was published in 1906

Unlike The Hollow Needle, no character makes long, impassioned speeches about his own brilliance. 

Unlike The Profiteers, the protagonist faces reverses as well as success. There are surprises in The 

Chief Legatee. The language is more like contemporary language, i.e., less stilted, although it

 contains what we would consider some “purple prose.”

     The Chief Legatee is an interesting read for any time. It starts with the disappearance of a woman 

on her wedding day. She disappears shortly after the ceremony. It is soon determined that she 

designed and carried out the vanishing act. Her new husband reports that while walking down the 

aisle to leave the church about halfway down she suddenly gripped his arm and looked startled. 

During the reception, a man with a disfigured face whispered something to her that left her pale and 

uneasy.

     The husband also relates that she asked for a change in plans, requesting a few quiet days in a 

hotel before they start their planned honeymoon trip. She then also asks for her husband to refrain 

from speaking to her in the taxi to the hotel. He is surprised and a bit concerned but he complies with

 her request. Once in the hotel she disappears, seemingly into thin air.Eventually the husband receives

 a note from his wife avowing her love, but also telling him she cannot return until something is

 accomplished. She cannot tell him the reason for her actions.


     The novel plays fair with the reader. Some plot devices may seem clichéd to a contemporary 

reader, but I believe they were fresh and unexpected when the book was written.




     Having read a few novels written about the time The Chief Legatee was published, I was 

pleasantly surprised by the good writing, surprises and the originality in the novel. The author’s star 

has dimmed, but I recommend The Chief Legatee. The author should be read and remembered more 

often.   

5 comments:

KB Inglee said...

I Have not read this particular story, but I used one of her characters in an unpublished short story because I liked his mannerisms. I still like the character but the story should remain unpublished.

Gloria Alden said...

I've never read anything by this author and don't remember having heard of her before. I'll have to check her out and that book because now I'm intrigued by what happened to her.

Shari Randall said...

What an intriguing set up! There's another one for my TBR :)

Linda Rodriguez said...

Warren, I'm glad to see you giving her this kind of attention. She was the first American writer of detective novels and the first American best-selling novelist (and, of course, the first woman to do any of this). She was a foundational forerunner for all of us who are doing this today, and her books are still amazingly readable.

Margaret Turkevich said...

how intriguing! From what you describe, the wedding portion of the plot could happen today. It reminds me a bit of a Paul Gallico story, when the groom disappears from his hotel room on his wedding night.