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


WWK's May interviews will be: 5/2--indie author Bobbi Holmes, 5/9--TG Wolff (aka--Anita Devito), 5/16--Chocolate Bonbon author Dorothy St. James, 5/23--Lida Sideris, 5/30--Food Lovers' Village (and multiple Agatha winner) Leslie Budwitz. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.


Our May Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 5/5--John Carenen, 5/12--Judy Penz Sheluk, 5/19--Margaret S. Hamilton, 5/26--Kait Carson.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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), will be available on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here.


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. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with the authors in this anthology on 4/14! 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 August, 2018.


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.

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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.

7 comments:

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!