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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.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Catriona McPherson

I’m a fan of Catriona McPherson. I’ve some of her Dandy Gilver Murder Mysteries but it’s her stand-alone mysteries that are so mesmerizing and hard to put down like As She Left It, A Child Garden, and the one I just finished Quiet Neighbors.
I love the cover because it adds to the creepiness.

The main character, a woman named Jude, runs away from her home in London and comes to a little town in Scotland to a bookstore she remembered called Lowland Glen owned by a man named Lowell. The bookstore was a shambles with bags and piles of books everywhere. The owner not only hires her to organize his book store, but he takes her to his home to give her a place to stay. He’s a gentle and kind man.

Then a young girl around eighteen shows up and claims she’s the book store’s owners’ daughter, a daughter he had no idea he had. Jude wonders if she is just trying to get money from him especially when she says she’s pregnant. Jude thinks she has stuffed something inside her clothes to make it look that way. For a while both Jude and the girl Eddy are at odds, but eventually they become tentative friends. Eddy takes over the room on the third floor Jude was staying in, and Jude moves to a house Lowell owns in a cemetery down the road.
Another excellent cover

Of course, there are some mysterious things going on in this small town and Jude gets a note in her note box at the little house she’s staying in to tell her to stop snooping. She’s been investigating some of the deaths in the small town of people buried near the small house she’s living in, and asking questions of different people in the small town.

I won’t say anything more about it and give away what happens, but here are some comments about the book Quiet Neighbors  that express my opinions of the book much better.

 The New York Times: “McPherson writes mystery stories that are both cozy and creepy, which accounts for the quirky charm of Quiet Neighbors.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Layer upon layer of deception.”

Library Journal (starred review) “”McPherson is a master of slightly creepy narratives that are complex and character driven.”

Booklist “Despite the dark underpinnings, this is a story of love.”

Mystery Scene “A cleverly conceived, skillfully executed, decidedly nontraditional small town mystery that is bursting at the seams with warmth, wit, moxie, and menace.”

Suspense Magazine “Quiet Neighbor is a real find . . . This is one of those ideal stories that you cannot put down and actually feel sad when it’s over” I can relate to that.

One of the Dandy Gilver books I have

Catriona McPherson was born in Scotland, where she lived until moving to California in 2010. She is the author of the award-winning Dandy Gilver historical mystery series, a member of Mystery Writers of America, and the 2014-2015 President of Sisters in Crime. Her modern standalone mysteries have garnered numerous awards. I have seen Catriona at Malice Domestic numerous times, and find her delightful.

 Have you read any of Catriona McPherson’s books?


Anonymous said...

The stand alone books sound just up my alley. Thanks for the review, I'll hunt down her work for sure. Glad to have you back to the blog Gloria! Tell Maggie May Laura said hi. LOL

Gloria Alden said...

Laura I can lend you copies of my books.

Warren Bull said...

It sounds like an interesting series. I need to read these books.

KM Rockwood said...

I haven't read any of these, but it does look like something I'm going to have to check into.

The only problem with people pointing me at authors I haven't yet read but will probably enjoy is that my TBR list, already out of hand, just gets longer!

Margaret Turkevich said...

the deliciously creepy Child Garden

Gloria Alden said...

Warren you'll especially like the standalone books
KM Margaret I am having major problems with mycomputer wrting anythin so I'm taking it infor my computer geek to look at it. He won't be able to get it back to me before Monday.

Grace Topping said...

I saw her at Malice, and she seemed like such a delightful that I can't help be think that her books would be as well. I'm definitely adding her name to the list of authors whose books I want to read.