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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


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.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

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!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

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: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Kristen Lepionka's debut novel

By Margaret S. Hamilton

Kristen Lepionka’s debut novel, The Last Place You Look, introduces Roxane Weary, a thirty-four-year-old cop’s daughter and private investigator.

 Lepionka ably establishes the setting in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio:

"I walked to the patisserie on Oak Street for breakfast and drank a cup of tea and ordered the white African sweet potato tart, which was not a breakfast food, so I got it to go in a little paper box in order to pretend it was for later. The neighborhood was caught in midgentrification right now, and though I approved of the introduction of exotic pastries, I hoped Olde Towne wasn’t going to get much nicer. I walked back home in the bright, cold morning air and tried to imagine who I might be appear to be: a rich lady buying a dessert tart for a Tuesday-night dinner party and checking items off a to-do list, instead of a slightly hungover detective inordinately proud of herself for being out and about before eleven o’clock and planning to eat half—no, most—of the dessert tart while driving.” (The Last Place You’ll Look, p.40)

Weary is hired to investigate a fifteen-year-old murder in the fictional suburb of Belmont, where the local police have their own way of dealing with persistent private investigators. She finds a body, though it’s not the one she seeks, and solves several other cases of missing young women as she risks her own life.

 “Chief Jake Lassiter was not happy with me. I doubted there were any circumstances under which he would have been, but he was especially irritated with me now that I’d discovered human remains inside his town’s jurisdiction…I just stood there, arms folded across my chest against the chill in the air and, also, the chill in my blood—from the sight of the brown, brittle bones nestled in the folds of that blue tarp. The sparse strands of long, blond hair. My cases usually stuck to the problems of the living, to the trouble people make for each other. It seemed like a meaningless distinction, that I’d never seen anything quite so dead before, but I hadn’t, and I couldn’t stop thinking that.” (The Last Place You Look, p.136-7)

Weary shows the same dogged determination as Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, while she seeks enough evidence to exonerate a death row inmate. She is a complicated young woman, still grieving for her recently-deceased father and answering to her mother (baked ham, green beans, crescent rolls served at her command appearance family meal). Weary has the emotional support of her father’s former partner and one of her brothers.

In 2015, Kellye Garrett mentored Lepionka through Pitch Wars. She subsequently landed an agent and contract. Published in 2017, The Last Place You Look was nominated for 2018 Anthony and Macavity Awards. Lepionka’s second Roxane Weary book, What You Want to See, has just been released.

Readers and writers, who is your favorite female private investigator?


Kait said...

Interesting book, definitely on my TBR. My tastes lately run more to the amateur sleuth than to the female PI so I would have to vote for Kinsey Millhone as my favorite, but I'm open to expanding the field.

Warren Bull said...

Congratulations on the release of your first book. My favorite females sleuth is Miss Marple.

Gloria Alden said...

Congratulations on your first book. It's on my TBO list. As for my favorite sleuth, I have read so many mysteries that it would be hard to pick a favorite. Last year I read 97 books and most of them were mysteries except for my book clubs' picks.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Warren and Gloria, this is Columbus-based Kristen Lepionka's Anthony and Macavity-nominated debut novel. Kait, I write about an amateur sleuth and enjoy reading female PI mysteries.

Miss Marple, Kinsey Millhone, and now Roxane Weary are on my short list of female PI's. My favorite is PD James' creation, Cordelia Gray.

Jim Jackson said...

I am a fan of Sara Paretesky’s VI Warsharski and Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon.

Sorry for the late post, I was in full revision mode yesterday and when done shut off the computer!