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April Interviews













4/1 Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue
4/8 John Gaspard
4/15 Art Taylor, The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74
4/22 Maggie Toussaint, Seas the Day
4/29 Grace Topping, Staging Wars


Saturday Guest Bloggers
4/4 Sasscer Hill
4/18 Jackie Green


WWK Bloggers:
4/11 Paula Gail Benson
4/25 Kait Carson

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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.


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!

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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.