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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

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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.


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

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Friday, February 7, 2020

A Review of Sharyn McCrumb’s Prayers the Devil Answers by Warren Bull


A Review of Sharyn McCrumb’s Prayers the Devil Answers by Warren Bull





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Although not part of the author’s remarkable Ballad series of novels, McCrumb once again demonstrates her ability to bring to life the lives of people in Appalachia. This time the setting is 1936 when there was no social net. Recently widowed Ellie Robbins, a woman from a small mountain community where charity is frowned on and friendship has to be earned, has to support her two children or return to become a burden to a family that clearly does not want her. She is not qualified to become a teacher or a nurse, the two occupations open to a respectable woman. So, with a boldness that overcomes her natural reticence, she applies to take over the role of sheriff to serve out the term of her deceased husband.

Ellie has strength and grit not apparent from her reserved and ordinary physical appearance. She must adopt the friendly demeanor and outward pleasantness her husband had in order to convince small-town authorities and the deputies who will serve under her that she can do the job. When a murder is committed, a job everyone expected to be limited to doing paperwork and scheduling shifts for deputies turns out to be much more demanding than anyone suspected.

McCrumb shows us the superstitions, beauty and hardscrabble life of people in depression-era Appalachia treating the place and the people with sensitivity and respect. I very highly recommend this book.

4 comments:

Kait said...

I've read a number of reviews of this book lately. They were all positive and encouraged me to purchase it. I am looking forward to reading it.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I'm looking forward to it, too. McCrumb always nails her setting and character.

KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like a great novel in a hardscrabble setting at a desperate time in our country's history.

Shari Randall said...

I'll read anything by Sharyn McCrumb!