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, February 16, 2018

The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler: A Review by Warren Bull





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The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler

 In the essay Chandler writes about the odd practice of writing crime fiction. He reflects that writers of  “really important books” dislike the greater popularity of mystery fiction. He admits he isn’t too fond of it either since as a mystery writer he has too much competition.  Chandler notes that the good detective story is nearly the same as the bad detective story.

The author writes about the mistakes mystery writers make. He dissects A. A. Milne’s The Red House and lists seven areas where the plot differs from reality. Milne’s book is particularly fragile in terms of logic. Chandler also addresses novels from other notable authors that are  “too contrived” to be intellectual problems or artistic fiction.

Chandler writes that Dashiell Hammett tried to write realistic detective stories. It was not that Hammett was trying to be artistic; he was trying to make a living by writing. Chandler credits Hammett with writing “scenes that seemed never to have been written before.” He also credits Hammett with making writing “fun.”


Chandler ends with a description of the detective in realistic crime fiction. I have purposely not quoted the wry humor and word play Chandler displayed because I don’t want detract from the pleasure reader will get from reading the essay. And you really should read it. This is a truly excellent essay.

3 comments:

Margaret Turkevich said...

I will read it. Thanks for the recommendation.

Susan Oleksiw said...

I read this years ago, and enjoyed it. Perhaps it's time to revisit it.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I don't remember reading anything by Chandler, but now I'm looking forward to reading this one.