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


Here are our September WWK interviews:

September 5: Marilyn Levinson/Allison Brooke, Read and Gone

September 12: Libby Klein, Midnight Snacks Are Murder

September 19: Annette Dashofy, Cry Wolf

September 26: Judy Penz Sheluk


Our September Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 9/1--Peter Hayes, 9/8--Wendy Tyson, 9/29--Catherine Bruns. Margaret S. Hamilton blogs on 9/15, and Kait Carson blogs on 9/22.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

KM Rockwood's new short story, "Map to Oblivion," has been included the anthology Shhhh...Murder! edited by Andrew MacRae and published by Darkhouse Books. It was released on Sept. 12.

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."

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, 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.