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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, May 6, 2016

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: A Review by Warren Bull



Generally considered the first mystery novel, The Moonstone, written by Wilkie Collins was first available as a serial in Charles Dicken’s weekly magazine All The Year Round. It was published in three volumes in 1868. It was described on its title page as A Romance. Years passed before the words A Detective Story came into use.

It is impossible to read with the wonder and excitement of readers of that time. We are today well acquainted with aspects of the novel that Collins invented and presented for the first time.
Nevertheless, it remains a rollicking good story and a pleasure to read. Collins settled on telling the story through first person narratives of characters, which witnessed a part of the whole. Each character is unique. By the story telling, readers gets a firm grasp on not only one part of the tale, but also the personality and beliefs of each individual. Collins is able to add humor and color by the variety of narrators.

Long before the “rules” of mystery writing were codified, Collins played absolutely fair with his readers. No character reports more than he or she knew. Clues are revealed as they occur.  If readers today do not find the events as shocking as the original readers did, it is because every mystery written after The Moonstone owes a great deal to the original. Despite the time it was written in — three years after the end of the American Civil War — The Moonstone comes across as almost a modern work.

We may like our heroines a shade less virtuous and the pace of the action at a much faster tempo than in the work, but I recommend it highly. The Moonstone is worth reading not just as a historical work but also as a mystery on its own merits.


10 comments:

Mary Feliz said...

I first read The Moonstone in high school and have read it several times since. I got such a ick out of the character who was always passing out religious tracts!

E. B. Davis said...

I know I need to go back and read classics, like Moonstone, but there are so many wonderful new books to read I doubt I'll go back to read these old milestones of the past. I'm glad to have an index to them through your blogs, Warren. Of course, were they to become available on Kindle, I may change my mind. Something to research today!

Carla Damron said...

Very interesting. We need to stay in touch with our roots.

Alice Duncan said...

This is one of my all-time favorite books. Mr. Betteredge (sp?) is probably my favorite character, too :-)

Margaret Turkevich said...

OK, I have heard of this one and I promise I'll read it.

Mary Feliz said...

EB Davis, The Moonstone and many other classics are available free on Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Moonstone-Wilkie-Collins-ebook/dp/B0084AYI92

E. B. Davis said...

Thanks, Mary!

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I'm pretty sure I have this book somewhere, but I've never read it. Maybe I should dig
it out after I catch up on all the books I bought at Malice.

Shari Randall said...

Oh, Warren, one of my all time favorites. And it does feel modern, doesn't it?
The woman with the tracts - what a scream. One of the many pleasures of The Moonstone is the humor. A great read.

Donna Volkenannt said...

I'd never heard of this book, but you have made me want to read it.