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 June!

June 6 Maggie Toussaint, Confound It

June 13 Nicole J. Burton, Swimming Up the Sun

June 20 Julie Mulhern, Shadow Dancing

June 27 Abby L. Vandiver, Debut author, Secrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies


Our June Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 6/2--Joanne Guidoccio, 6/9 Julie Mulhern, 6/16--Margaret S. Hamilton, 6/23--Kait Carson, and 6/30--Edith Maxwell.


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, 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.