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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, March 2, 2018

Cover Her Face by P D James: A Review by Warren Bull









Cover Her Face by P D James: A Review by Warren Bull

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First published in 1962, Cover Her Face was the first novel by P.D. James. In this first offering it is possible to see the qualities that made the author so respected and successful.  Often with the first novel of good writers there are elements that show promise of what the author may later achieve. This novel, on the other hand, already demonstrates command of language and genre.
When a woman who has gone through a program for unwed mothers is hired as a servant for an aristocratic family, trouble begins to brew. The woman has a way of identifying and seizing upon other peoples’ weaknesses without calling attention to her actions.  Things come to a head one evening when she announces that the male heir has proposed to her. The next morning she is found inside a locked room strangled to death.


This is the introduction of Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgiesh. The author deftly inserts information that leaves the reader wanting more time to spend with the character. The writing is smooth and engrossing. The plot is unpredictable and surprising. On its own, even without the author’s distinguished later career, this is a very good mystery that earns my highest recommendation.

3 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I enjoy reading Cover Her Face mostly in anticipation of James's later works. I've read that PDJ was rather embarrassed by it after she'd hit her stride.

Her characters and setting are spot-on, the plot engaging and in the end, logical.

KM Rockwood said...

I haven't red this, though she is a favorite author! I will have to see about getting a copy to read.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I think I've read all of P.D. James books, but it's been a while since I've read this one so I'll have to go through my copies of her books and reread that one. Maybe I'll go back to reading all of her books like I did with Margaret Maron last year. It's strange how after not reading a book in some years, one forgets who the villain was. At least I do, but maybe it's because I read so many books.