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June Interviews













6/3 Gretchen Archer, Double Trouble
6/10 Kaye George, Deadly Sweet Tooth
6/17 Annette Dashofy, Til Death
6/24 Adam Meyer


Saturday Guest Bloggers

6/6 Mary Keliikoa
6/13 William Ade
6/20 Liz Milliron


WWK Bloggers:

6/27 Kait Carson
6/30 WWK Writers--What We're Reading Now

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Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.


Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


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, and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination! All are winners but without Agatha Teapots. Onto 20121!


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."


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.


Kaye George's second novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Deadly Sweet Tooth, was released on June 2. Look for the interview here on June 10.


Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


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, October 12, 2018

Raylan, A Novel by Elmore Leonard: A Review by Warren Bull

Raylan, A Novel by Elmore Leonard: A Review by Warren Bull


Image from Richard Price on Unsplash


Elmore Leonard demonstrates once again the skill and power he commands when he writes about his character, Raylan Givens, who escaped the West Virginia coal mines to become an assistant United States Marshal. Givens is quick on the draw but cool in assessing crime situations. For those of us who love the television series, the memorable characters on the page feel as real as what we saw on the program.
 The Crowe boys are back, as unwashed and constantly buzzed and Elvis-obsessed as ever. Their country attitude does not diminish their capacity for violence.  Art Mullin, the United States Marshal who expects that Raylan will turn up dead someday and Rachel Brooks, Raylan’s colleague whose advice Raylan values and occasionally even takes, make appearances. Ava Crowley, who shot and killed Boyd Crowley’s brother and now lives with Boyd waltzes in and out. Boyd, himself, is also present. He is a competitor, killer, preacher and sometimes friend of Raylan who offers us a picture of who Raylan might have become if he had not been good at school. 
In this installment, Dickie and Coover Crowe stumble across a kidney transplant nurse who has decided to start a business of removing both kidneys and selling them back to their original owner, who cannot live with a kidney. She also sells to the black market if the owner lacks the cash. Raylan sniffs out the operation but ends up naked in a bathtub about to become an unwilling donor before he realizes the danger he is in.  
I am a big fan of Elmore Leonard and this was another example of his unparalleled work. I give it my highest recommendation.  

2 comments:

KM Rockwood said...

I enjoy Elmore Leonard's work, and the Raylan series are among my favorites.

Gloria Alden said...

I haven't read his books, but now I want to.