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April Interviews













4/1 Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue
4/8 John Gaspard
4/15 Art Taylor, The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74
4/22 Maggie Toussaint, Seas the Day
4/29 Grace Topping, Staging Wars


Saturday Guest Bloggers
4/4 Sasscer Hill
4/18 Jackie Green


WWK Bloggers:
4/11 Paula Gail Benson
4/25 Kait Carson

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WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.


Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!


KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.


Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Appleby’s Answer by Michael Innes: A Review by Warren Bull










Appleby’s Answer by Michael Innes: A Review by Warren Bull

Appleby’s Answer was published in 1973. Michael Innes was the pen name of J.I.M. Stewart, a Scottish novelist and academic literary critic. In his “day job” he wrote in depth analyses of a number of writers including James Joyce, Joseph Conrad and Tomas Hardy. 
Stewart/Innes referred to his crime fiction works as “entertainments.” The protagonist in most of his mystery writing was John Appleby. The main character aged and progressed in his employment over the course of the novels. In Appleby’s Answer Sir john Appleby has recently retired from being Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. 
The novel begins with Miss Priscilla Pringle, a moderately successful author of crime fiction novels riding in a first class railroad compartment. She shares the compartment with a stranger. An elderly gentleman who is reading one of her books. He recognizes her from the author photo. They chat. She learns that then man is Captain Bulkington  who describes himself as a tutor preparing young men for military service or university. During a long amusing conversation, it is clear to the reader that neither person quite understands what the other person is saying. The elderly gentleman seems to be trying to elicit a method by which a person might be murdered without risk of exposure. Toward the end of their interaction the Captain  offers her 500 pounds to co-write a mystery with him that involves a difficult-to-detect murder. Miss Pringle believes he is a bit balmy, if not completely insane. She engineers an escape, leaving him no way to contact her.
After this promising beginning, the author takes us to a Crook’s Colloquium meeting where mystery writers meet and where Appleby is the guest speaker. The author clearly knows mysteries and mystery writers, which is evident in his humorous description of the event. 
Later Miss Pringle decides she will see what is going on with the Captain without his notice. She plans a discrete visit to the village he lives in. Thinking attending a church service might allow her to meet the local citizens, she enters a church. Shortly thereafter, the Captain enters with two of his students.

I don’t want to give away the rest. Suffice it to say that Appleby extracts her from a dicey situation.

4 comments:

Kait said...

I devoured Innes and did not know until right this minute that it was a pen name. How can that be? I need to revisit this old friend again.

E. B. Davis said...

I haven't read this, but you sure make it sound intriguing, Warren. I'll look him up.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, another book to be added to my TBR list. I'm going to my local bookstore this
afternoon. Maybe the owner will have this book or one of his other books.

KM Rockwood said...

I, too, had no idea the Innes was a pen name! I have read some of his work, but this one does not ring a bell. I'll have to look into it.