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


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, August 19, 2016

The Oaken Heart by Margery Allingham: A Review by Warren Bull

The Oaken Heart by Margery Allingham: A Review by Warren Bull





This is not a novel. Although Margery Allingham is one of the great writers of Mystery Fiction’s Golden Age, she also wrote non-fiction about her life and experiences. The Oaken Heart tells about a small village named Auburn during World War II. I found it rather difficult to identify people usually called by their nicknames. And I’m not sure her experience was typical of what people went through.
Still, it is a record of the effect of war skillfully written by an intelligent, observant woman. It gives a sense of the trials, fears and tragedy that accompanied even people far from the front lines.  It is not without humor, even during the darkest days.
She conveys what a shock it was to find out a war was underway when no sane person wanted war and when the losses of WWI were still keenly felt. She talked about how planning for housing for children evacuated from London were accomplished without fuss of bother in one day.  The author also talked about the false hope generated when little happened in the earliest day after war was declared.
She mentioned so many aspects of her life that I cannot do justice to everything she described. Among them she wrote about trying to continue her work as a writer during the upheavals caused by the war; how military setbacks, such as the capitulation of France, were experienced as very personal blows; and what it was like to be bombed.

All in all this is a remarkable book by a first rate writer about England during World War II. If you want to get a sense of what that time was like, I cannot think of a better book to read.

3 comments:

Margaret Turkevich said...

Allingham's book sounds very interesting, a good source of small town life during WW2. Earlier this year, I researched the same period in small coastal American town, distilling facts of daily life, political realities, hopes and fears, into a short story.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, somewhere in my thousands of books, I probably have a copy of this book. I'll have to try to find it. Of course, my early years I lived through World War 11 in a rural area, but went to movies in the closest town that always had news clips of the war overseas.

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks, Warren. I've been reading quite a bit of WWII fiction lately, and this sounds like it might be a good addition to my list.