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February Interview Schedule:

Keenan Powell 2/6, Hemlock Needle

A. R. Kennedy 2/13, Saving Ferris

Shari Randall 2/20, Drawn and Buttered

V. M. Burns 2/27, The Puppy Who Knew Too Much

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 2/2 Marilyn Meredith, 2/9 Chloe Sunstone

WWK Satuday Bloggers: 2/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 2/23 Kait Carson

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

We are especially proud of two WWK bloggers:

Congratulations to Shari Randall for her nomination for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Curses, Boiled Again was published by St. Martin's last year. Read the interviewabout the book here. Yay, Shari!

The Malice Domestic conference participants have nominated Annette Dashofy for an Agatha Award for her Zoe Chambers mystery Cry Wolf, published in 2018 by Henery Press. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Annette about Cry Wolf here. Will four nominations be the charm?

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: http://a.co/d/jdSBKdM

Grace Topping signed a three-book contract with Henery Press for her Laura Bishop Home Staging series. Congratulations, Grace!

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.

Warren Bull also has a story in Shhh...Murder! Look for "Elsinore Noir," Warren's short story, in this anthology.

Shari Randall's third Lobster Shack Mystery, Drawn and Buttered, was published February 26, 2019. Available for sale.


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.