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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.


“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

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: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

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, July 14, 2017

Death of a Lake by Arthur W. Upfield: A review by Warren Bull



Death of a Lake by Arthur W. Upfield: A review by Warren Bull

Originally published in 1954, Upfield’s Detective Inspector Napolean Bonaparte described as a “half-caste” has seven suspects, any of whom might have murdered a worker and stolen his money. The man went swimming in a lake created by a flood. As the lake returns to its state as a depression in a lonely desert sheep station, the people who lived at the station at the time of his death watch each other with frightful intensity. Two are women who delight in causing trouble between the five men in the group.  Will a body be revealed by the evaporating water? If so will there be signs of foul play? And what happened to the wad of cash the dead man kept in his locked suitcase?

As with Upfield’s other works the landscape of the Australian outback is as important as the setting and nearly a character itself. The redoubtable Bonaparte is equal to the challenge. As a reader I had all clues but I did not suss out the solution.


This novel has my highest recommendations. If you have not read Arthur’s work, it is well worth seeking one of his novels out. This novel would provide a good introduction.

7 comments:

Grace Topping said...

It's interesting that you pointed out that the Outback is and almost like a character. I just read a book set at a research station at the South Pole and thought how important the setting was to the story. Set anywhere else and it wouldn't have been as effective.

E. B. Davis said...

In Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, there is one book based on a cold case--which presents itself during a drought. It was a fascinating book. I don't know if the plot in Upfield's book is similar, but if it was anything like Robinson's book, it was a good read. Thanks for bringing Upfield to our attention.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

I've not read this author and thank you for introducing me to him.

KM Rockwood said...

Thank you, Warren. You come up with some really great reads I never would have encountered otherwise.

Julie Tollefson said...

Thanks, Warren - adding this to my to-read list!

Margaret Turkevich said...

I agree, setting playing the role of a character always makes for a compelling read. We're watching the "Jack Irish" PI DVD's about Australia. Fascinating country.

Gloria Alden said...

Another good book I need to put on my list to read.