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January Interviews
1/1 Sherry Harris, Sell Low, Sweet Harriet
1/8 Barbara Ross, Sealed Off
1/15 Libby Klein, Theater Nights Are Murder
1/22 Carol Pouliot, Doorway To Murder
1/29 Julia Buckley, Death with A Dark Red Rose

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
1/4 Lisa Lieberman
1/11 Karen McCarthy
1/18 Trey Baker

WWK Bloggers: 1/25 Kait Carson, 1/30 E. B. Davis


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30. It is now also available in audio.


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.


Margaret S. Hamilton 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.