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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


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!


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Something Worth Saving: A Book Review by E. B. Davis

Something Worth Saving by Sandi Ward will be released on December 18th by Kensington Press. I downloaded an advanced copy having read the blurb, but then it sat in my Kindle for a few days. During that time, I forgot the blurb and opened the book expecting a light read. The nice kitty on the cover primed me.

Nope—not even close—what I read was so much more. It was riveting.  

The book is a study of how human beings behave during a crisis, how youth learn to deal with stress from their elders, how good people cope with relationships in these times, and how a downward spiral so easily occurs, setting off other crises that cascade like dominoes.

When a DEA agent, husband and father, gets shot in the stomach during a sting, he deals with the resulting long-term pain with prescription pills, which his wife throws away. Then, he relies on his past coping mechanism—alcohol. When the story opens, the wife has already thrown him out.

She may have been too harsh because he cares about his family—he’s a good husband and father. The mother is a director of a preschool, who deals with the fallout of her decision. The oldest, a seventeen-year-old son, tries to fill his father’s shoes. The middle child, a sixteen-year-old daughter, acquires a questionable boyfriend, and the youngest, a thirteen-year-old son, is already struggling with an identity crisis on top of physical abuse.

The narrator of the book is the family cat. What happens, what is revealed, and how they all act out is shown through the cat’s perspective. Yep, unusual and strange, but there’s a reason for that. Being a different species, the cat is loyal to the family and wants the best for them, but he is not emotionally engaged. What transpires is a sociological and psychological study. In a way, the cat unwinds the mysteries that hide behind closed doors, like a sleuth. No one bothers about the cat. He’s free to observe, like an analyst.

This is the second book Sandi Ward has written using a cat’s perspective. Her first book, The Astonishing Thing, was published in 2017. Her next book, also using the cat’s POV, will be released in 2019 with the title, What Holds Us Together.

Something Worth Saving stays with the reader long after the last page is read. It demonstrates the reverberations of violence, the outward spiral consuming more than just the primary victim. The cat’s perspective illuminates the poignant and fragile human condition. The book reminds us of all we hold dear and how quickly and easily it can be lost.


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

What a compelling read! The cat photo on the cover may disappoint readers.

Jim Jackson said...

That cover certainly does a disservice to the book you described, but then again, I'm not a marketing maven.

Warren Bull said...

What a great concept. Book covers and blurbs drive writers batty.

KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like a fascinating read!

I sometimes write from the perspective of an animal. It's a fun POV, and has the potential for viewing serious issues from a different angle.

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This sounds really creative. I need to give it a look-- a serious story from a cat's perspective!

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