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


Our reason for creating WWK originated as an outlet for our love of reading and writing mystery fiction. We hope you love it, too, and will enjoy our holiday gifts to our readers with original short stories to celebrate the season. Starting on 11/16 stories by Warren Bull, Margaret S. Hamilton, Paula Gail Benson, Linda Rodriguez, KM Rockwood, Gloria Alden, and E. B. Davis will appear every Thursday into the New Year.


Our November Author Interviews: 11/8--Ellen Byron, and 11/15--Sujata Massey. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.


November Saturday Bloggers: 11/4 Margaret S. Hamilton and 11/11 Cheryl Hollon.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," just published, will appear in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


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.

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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.