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


July Interviews













7/1 Lena Gregory, Scone Cold Killer
7/8 Jessica Baker, Murder on the Flying Scotsman
7/15 TG Wolff, Driving Reign
7/22 Leslie Budewitz, The Solace of Bay Leaves
7/29 Cynthia Kuhn, The Study of Secrets


Saturday Guest Bloggers

7/11 Mark Dressler
7/18 James McCrone

WWK Bloggers:

7/4 Valerie Burns
7/25 Kait Carson

**********************************************************************************************************

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!


Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.


Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.


Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Friday, June 10, 2016

Nothing Can Rescue Me by Elizabeth Daly: A review by Warren Bull


Nothing Can Rescue Me by Elizabeth Daly: A review by Warren Bull

Nothing Can Rescue Me was published in 1943. Elizabeth Daly was a prolific and popular author during the Golden Age of mystery writing. Her detective, Henry Gamadge, was called, “The American Peter Wimsey.” Agatha Christie was one of her biggest fans. The author considered the mystery novel at its best to be a high form of literature. She did not start writing mysteries until she was past sixty.

It will come as no surprise that the novel takes place in an elegant country estate where a collection of family members, friends and servants gather around a wealthy matriarch. Unlike many novels of the time, the setting is America. Gamadge is called to investigate when a series of ominous messages appear typed into the manuscript of a novel Florence Hutter is writing. One guest fears evil spirits were unleashed unknowingly by the Grande Dame, herself, when she used an Ouija board.
There is a maturity and well-honed ease in the writing. The basic plot avoids becoming yet another cliché by the craft of the writer. It is written for an educated audience. I had to look up three terms in the dictionary. In fact, in another book by this author I was unable to find the meaning of two phrases she used. A comparison with Agatha Christie is not unreasonable.

I enjoyed the book. I recommend it, but not as highly as books written by the Christie or, for that matter, Sayers. If the author lacks the genius of those two, what author does not?

6 comments:

KB Inglee said...

She sounds like an author worth looking up. I love the classic mysteries the way some people love old films. Thanks for the tip.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I'll keep Daly in mind. Sayers has always been my favorite, especially The Nine Tailors.

E. B. Davis said...

I love Sayers, too, Margaret. Have to admit, though, I'm intrigued by an American locked-door mystery.

Kait said...

Very intriguing, especially the US setting!

Gloria Alden said...


Sounds like another good one to read, Warren. Especially since I love Dorothy Sayers.

KM Rockwood said...

An author I don't know that I've encounter. Like everyone else, I'll have to look her up and see what I can find.