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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our February Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 2/3-Saralyn Richard, 2/10-Kathryn Lane. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 2/17, and Kait Carson on 2/24.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Uncle Abner, by Melville Davisson Post: A Review by Warren Bull

Uncle Abner, by Melville Davisson Post: A Review by Warren Bull

Starting in 1911, Melville Davisson Post published a series of short stories about an unusual sleuth he named Uncle Abner. Post wrote the stories for magazines. When they were collected in book form seven years later, he was acknowledged as an author of classic mysteries.  Ellery Queen described Post as one of the founders of the genre along with Edgar Allan Poe, G.K. Chesterton and Arthur Conan Doyle.

The setting of the stories is Virginia. It is not the Virginia of in the time of Thomas Jefferson depicted with plantations, slaves, and hot-tempered duelists. It is the hardscrabble land west of the Allegheny Mountains during that era. Cattlemen, river men and farmers have their own way of dealing with things. Their way has more of the flavor more of the Old Testament than of law books.
Those who live in the country described know Uncle Albert. He is a man living by the morals of the Bible who uses his own skill at observation and his reasoning ability to solve mysteries.  In some stories he comes across as almost the voice of the Lord. He is not a vengeful man. Sometimes he calls upon the local system of law. At other times he is content to leave matters in the hands of God. Many of the stories are told from the point-of-view of Abner’s young nephew whose youth and innocence contrast with the thoughts and actions of the villains.

The protagonist is unlike any other fictional detective I have encountered. The setting is similarly unique. I recommend these to those interested in the history of crime fiction. I also recommend them to fans of short stories like me.


KB Inglee said...

Love Uncle Abner. His locked room mystery is a classic of the form. When I decided I had to write a locked room mystery, I reread his first. His setting is unique, not quite proper Virginia, not quite wild west. These are a must read for anyone trying to write a mystery short story.

Kait said...

These sound delightful. I will have to look them up. Thanks Warren, and KB!

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks for reminding me of these, Warren. It's been years since I've read them, and I think it'a about time for a re-read.

Margaret Turkevich said...

I'm familiar with that part of the country. The stories are on my list. Thank you!

Shari Randall said...

Another terrific recommendation! I love mystery short stories, so I will definitely check this out.
I googled the author and some of the stories are available on Project Gutenberg for free.