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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied


Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson


Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson













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E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.


Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).


Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!


Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.


Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.


Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!


Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.


KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!


Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Inspector French’s Greatest Case A review by Warren Bull



Inspector French’s Greatest Case  A review by Warren Bull 

First published in 1925 Inspector French’s Greatest Case was written by Freeman Wills Crofts.  He was one of the novelists who made the time between the world wars the “Golden Age” of mystery writing.  I have to admit I had never heard of him until recently when I developed more of an interest in that time period.

Inspector French’s Greatest Case was his introduction of Crofts’ most famous detective.  The novel is tightly and intricately plotted.  It plays fair, but includes surprises and unexpected twists.  It reminded me of the rigors of international travel in the 1920s. 

I was also struck by the differences between depictions of the social classes.  Crofts used members of the working class to introduce elements of humor to relieve the tension of French’s dogged pursuit of the criminals.  Constables and sergeants lacked the quick intelligence of the inspector.  The author contrasted their plodding style of investigation with the rapid response of the main character to new clues.  I admit I may be noticing it more in this novel since I have been reading Golden Age mysteries. 

Inspector French liked members of the lower ranks of the police.  He did not embarrass them or hold them up for ridicule.  He was described as a kind person.  Evidently the author wrote for an educated audience who shared his mind set about class differences. 

It makes me wonder what future readers will say about popular literature of today.

Pardon the aside.


I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and I recommend it.  The author was able to add interest and color to what in less skilled hands would have been lengthy accounts of what clues did not did not help the investigation.  He was able to show the failures and successes that added up to a successful result. 

6 comments:

Kait said...

Fiction in general is a wonderful glimpse into the morals and mores of times gone by. I would like to think that the class structure in the US was less tightly drawn than that in Europe (after all, we lacked hereditary ranking), but listening to the stories and reading even Nancy Drew (the originals-not the rewrites) tell me things were little different in the US at the time.

I do wonder how we, and our books, will appear to readers 50 years from now.

KM Rockwood said...

I often wonder, too, what people will think of today's crime fiction. I suppose we'll find out in a few decades.

Thanks for sharing your insights into these books with us.

Shari Randall said...

Actually, I was just thinking about your aside - what will future readers think of the thrillers of today? Even looking back 10-20 years, I find myself re-evaluating some of the highly regarded books of that time period.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, another book to be added to my TBR list. Since I loved Dorothy Sayers and other writers of that time, I think I'd like this author, too. Was this the first in a series?

Warren Bull said...

Yes, Gloria,

It was the first of a series with the inspector as the main character.

Susan Oleksiw said...

I read a lot of Crofts's books back in the 1970s. He was an engineer and believed in treating the fictional crime as he would any other technical problem. Everything he describes is accurate in the real world. Some readers today find his works dull but I think he was a good example of the intelligence that could be expected of reader and writer. One of my favorites of his is The Pit-Prop Syndicate. Thanks for bringing back some of the lesser known authors.