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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


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!


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Shhhh...Murder: Cozy Crimes in Libraries

What could be more appropriate than stories set in libraries? Crime stories, at that. Andrew MacRae, of Darkhouse Books, tells us about producing such an anthology. The stories are unique and interesting, and even his "boring" alphabetical list of authors has a twist--it's alphabetized by first names.

Thanks, Andrew.

KM Rockwood


About Shhhh… Murder!

Date-stamp ink runs in our family’s veins. When I was a child, our mother would call the library and ask that I be sent home for supper. I’m sitting in our local public library as I write this. For so many of us, libraries are a source of information, knowledge, and sanctuary. With that said, what better place to stage a few cozy crimes?

Darkhouse Books sent out a call for stories last autumn, and in turn received a wealth of submissions before the cutoff four months later. We reluctantly, very reluctantly, winnowed and parsed until we had a selection of stories, 304 pages worth, none of which we were willing to give up.

There are twenty-four stories by twenty-six authors in this anthology. You will find stories by seasoned pros, and by those newly arrived on the publishing scene. There are stories to inspire mirth, and stories that tug on heartstrings. We have stories from America’s heartland, and from the opposite side of the planet. Yet you will find as well, a pair of philosophical threads that run, intertwined, throughout this anthology. The first is that libraries are places of great value and should be treasured. The second message of this volume is, don’t mess with a librarian. They know things.

With so many contributors, it isn’t feasible to call out each story, but here is a smattering of what you will find in Shhhh… Murder!

Jacqueline Seewald brings her professional experience as a librarian to “Ask a Librarian.” Her story poses the question: ever wonder at what forbidden knowledge might be found in the back reaches of the reserved stacks?

Warren Bull sent us “Elsinoir Noir,” where libraries, mysteries, and Shakespeare meet in a three-way collision.

Michael Bracken’s story, “Mr. Sugarman Visits the Bookmobile,” is set in Quarryville, Texas, the small town setting of many of his stories. While we always welcome work by the prolific Mr. Bracken, this particular story touched us greatly.

KM Rockwood’s story, “Map to Oblivion,” shows us that sometimes, just as might a fabled western gunslinger from yesteryear, a librarian has got to do what a librarian has got to do.

Pick any major crime fiction publication from the last half-century, and chances are you’ll find a story by Josh Pachter or John Lutz. In this anthology you’ll find an ingenious dying clue piece, “DDS 10752 LIBRA,” written by both gentleman!

Canines and cozies go together well, as Amy Ballard demonstrates in “Bookish Dreams,” a story where a slobbering pooch named Billy assists in solving a murder.

Kate Fellowes postulates a book reading in her story, “Gotcha Covered,” for a newly published mystery novel in a small library on a dark and stormy night–what could possibly go wrong?

Home Front America in 1943 is the well-realized setting for nefarious doings at the library for “The Vanishing Volume,” by Janet Raye Stevens.

Albert Tucher’s story, “The Patience of the Dead,” takes the reader back in time again, to 1919, and features Beatrice Winser, the real-life librarian who ruled the Newark Public Library for decades.

A librarian’s neighbor is murdered in “The Christmas Stalker” by Nupur Tustin, and she must confront the possibility that there is a killer living in her quiet neighborhood.

Michael Guillebeau set out to write a short story and ended up writing a novel, 2017 Foreword Reviews Indie Award winner, Mad Librarian. The story that closes our volume, “Keeping the Books,” is Michael’s original short story.

We’ll finish by listing all of the authors, in boring alphabetical order, who allowed us to use their
stories in our anthology.

Aislinn Batsone, Albert Tucher, Amy Ballard, Anne-Marie Sutton, Barbara Schlichting, DB Critchley, Deborah Lacy & Pat Hernas, Edward Ahern, Gwenda R. Jensen, Jacqueline Seewald, Janet Raye Stevens, Jennie MacDonald, Kate Fellowes, Josh Pachter & John Lutz, KM Rockwood, LD Masterson, M.M. Elmendorf, Michael Bracken, Michael Brandon, Michael Guillebeau, Nupur Tustin, Richard Lau, Sharon Marchisello, Warren Bull

Shhhh… Murder! is available in paperback ($12.95) through Ingram and Amazon. eBooks ($2.99) are available for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Details below.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-945467-14-1

Paperback on Amazon: http://a.co/d/8eV6nor

Paperback at Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2xrCXou

Kindle eBook:               http://a.co/d/jgoHws0

Nook eBook:                 https://bit.ly/2x5TeA8

Kobo eBook:                 https://bit.ly/2N8P2ts



Shari Randall said...

I can't wait to read this collection! As a former librarian, now on the other side of the reference desk, crime in the library sounds like fun. Congratulations to all writers with stories in the collection, with a special shout out to WWKers KM Rockwood and Warren Bull!

Tina said...

Congrats to everyone included in what looks like a fantastic anthology!Libraries are such a natural fit for mystery readers and writers.

Grace Topping said...

Sounds like quite a collection. I just wrote my first short story and now realize what a challenge it is. Congratulations to all the writers included in the anthology.

Gloria Alden said...

I'm going to order this book from Amazon today and can't wait to start reading it.

KM Rockwood said...

Shari, I did my stint in libraries, too. This is a fun collection.

Tina, you're so right--libraries and the mystery community are a natural fit.

Grace, short stories are fun to write, but intense. Hope to be reading yours soon!

Gloria, I hope you enjoy it!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of funny fiction said...

So wonderful to see so many great authors. A special shout-out to Michael Bracken, a TRUE friend.

KM Rockwood said...

Vicki, it was an honor to be included in this anthology with such talented authors!