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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.

“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

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 will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

Friday, July 15, 2016

When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh: A review by Warren Bull

When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh: A review by Warren Bull           

When in Rome was published in 1970. Ngaio Marsh took her detective, Superintendent Allyen, out of his familiar environment and dropped him into Rome where, it seems, almost anything might happen.
The Superintendent is sent to Rome to act as a tourist and see what he can learn about an international drug smuggling ring. A suspected member of the ring, Sebastian Mailer has set up an exclusive and very expensive personalized tour of the eternal city, which includes touring the Roman basilica of S. Tommaso where an author who wrote a popular book inspired by the site will address the group. Allyen joins the group, which exits the basilica without Mailer. Did he recognize Allyen and flee? Or is there a more sinister explanation? Searching for Mailer leads to the discovery of a hidden murder victim. 

The drug investigation of drug uncovers crimes of blackmail and murder.

Allyen is a charming character. The setting is unique. It has been suggested that the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome, which is a three tiered building used for religious practice in the second, third and eleventh centuries, is the model for fictional basilica in the novel. Superintendent’ Allyen’s diplomatic dealings with Roman police offer a humorous contrast to the deadly doings.  The plot is ingenious and woven like a spider’s web.  This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel.


KB Inglee said...

Love these revues of works I read in High School, just after I discovered Sherlock Holmes. Haven't read this one.

E. B. Davis said...

Is some of this series set in Egypt, Warren?

KM Rockwood said...

Ngaio Marsh is a master of crime fiction. I haven't read any of her work in a while, and your review is encouraging me to go back and reread some od it.

Margaret Turkevich said...

Kathleen, I'm with you. I'm going back to re-read Ngaio Marsh. Warren, thank you for the great reviews!

Kait said...

Sounds wonderful, Warren. I have this on my Kindle but I haven't gotten there yet.

Gloria Alden said...

Sounds interesting, Warren. Somewhere in my library I have some books by this author. I'll have to look for them.

Margaret Morse said...

I enjoyed your review; it's nice to know others appreciate the older works. I'm in the process of rereading as many of Ngaio Marsh's books as I can find. Great fun!