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, February 17, 2017

Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh: A Review by Warren Bull





Artists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh: A Review by Warren Bull










It's not unusual for people to fall in love when they meet at work. However when the work is investigating a murder at the other person's home, complications are to be expected.

That is the set up Ngaio Marsh chose for her 1938 novel where Chief Detective-Inspector Roderick Alleyn met the love of his life, Agatha Troy. After meeting on the ship back to England and having a number of encounters in which attraction to the other person makes each one nervous, Alleyn and Troy left the ship thinking the other person had reason to dislike them.

Their second meeting follows when a model for Troy, a noted and successful painter, is murder in a particularly brutal manner. With the wrong impression from earlier meetings, both people are sensitive to anything that might implied continued dislike. But there are flashes on mutual respect and adoration.

The usual supporting is in evidence, Detective-Inspector Fox, the solid and dependable assistant who is comfortable with servants being of their class, Nigel Bathgate, journalist and friend and Alleyn’s mother, Lady Alleyn who hopes her bachelor son has finally found a potential wife.

Characters are well-drawn and three dimensional, the murder is sufficiently tangled but clear and the author is fair with the readers. I feel certain Marsh, as a Kiwi (New Zealand resident) enjoyed including an Aussie (Australian) who had all the traits that Kiwis claim the Aussies have when residents of this two countries banter back and forth.


This is another truly superb mystery that earns my highest recommendation. Read this one before Murder in a White Tie.

6 comments:

Shari Randall said...

Warren, are you getting a kickback from the book store? because you are sending me there for new books all the time. This one sounds great!

vicki batman said...

Hi, Warren! I haven't read Ngaio Marsh in forever and loved them then. There was a series on PBS way back when that prompted me to read the books. I'm thinking time to delve into them again.

Margaret Turkevich said...

Another winner! Looking forward to reading (or re-reading) all of Marsh's books. I remember first reading them at my grandparent's beach cottage.

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks for once again reminding us of one of the great mystery authors.

Grace Topping said...

Warren, you got me hooked on writers from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, especially Ngaio Marsh. These books have a bit slower build-up to the murder, but that is fine with me.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, another good review of a book I'm sure I'd enjoy. I need to go through my old books and see if I have a copy of this.