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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.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Briarpatch by Ross Thomas: A Review by Warren Bull

Briarpatch won the Edgar Award in 1985. The novel is worthy of the award. When Detective Felicity Dill is obliterated by a car bomb, her brother, a consultant to Senate subcommittee, flies to his hometown for her funeral. He wants to find her murderer and to get a deposition from his best friend as a youngster. The friend worked for the CIA in Vietnam and accumulated a fortune as an arms dealer.

The author created memorable characters throughout the book. Every character was distinct and unique no matter how small his or her role was in the book. His description of hot weather had me sweating. Benjamin Dill was only slightly less tarnished than the others who populate the corrupt environment. His task was to find the killer from a host of characters all of whom had the ability and inclination to carry out the crime. As Jack Nicholson said in the movie Chinatown Dill is, “…the leper with the most fingers left.”

 My guess is that Thomas enjoyed throwing surprises into the novel. They certainly popped up unexpectedly. And I will not give them away. Unfortunately the blurbs on the book do. I am becoming convinced that someone wanting to enjoy a book should not read the back cover description or any blurbs.  The author once said, “What is eavesdropping to others is research to the novelist.”

Read this and enjoy it. I certainly did.  I recommend this vey highly.


Kait said...

How did I miss this? Something was in the air in the 1980s that created great fiction. Thanks, Warren for reminding us.

Margaret Turkevich said...

This sounds familiar. Very eighties. I'll look for it at the library.

Grace Topping said...

It sounds like Thomas Ross made the hot weather another character in the book, and from the sounds of it, most effectively.

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks, Warren. I appreciate you pointing out books I seem to have missed (although adding to my TBR list is an ongoing problem.)

Shari Randall said...

This sounds terrific. And I’m with you on blurbs and covers that give away plot points. What are the publishers thinking?

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, another book I'm writing down to read. Thanks for reviewing so many books that
sound like something I'd like to read.