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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


Monday, February 10, 2020

Escape Room!

By Shari Randall

Have you ever done an escape room? My two highly competitive, game-loving daughters took me to one last weekend and it was a blast.

I have to admit I was a bit leery. An escape room is a game where you and your team are literally locked in a room and must solve a variety of logic games, puzzles, and other clues to discover a way out. Wikipedia says that live action escape rooms were inspired by early first-person adventure video games where players clicked on-screen objects. The first live action escape room was built in Japan in 2007.

Escape room companies have sprung up around the world, and the best ones theme the room, so players could be working to recover an ancient artifact, escape from a haunted lighthouse, or get the crew of disabled space station to an escape pod before the oxygen runs out. Don’t worry, it’s all pretend.

The scenarios are pretend, but the excitement isn’t. Teams have one hour to escape the room and as soon as the door is locked behind you and the game master turns on the clock, the adrenaline starts pumping.

Our game was The Agency, a James Bond-esque adventure set in a room with a sixties, CIA theme. That’s all I can tell you. The gamemaster swore us to secrecy.

I can tell you that our team worked well together but still lost. I found a couple of clues and totally misinterpreted one. We fought valiantly, but missed getting out of the room by mere seconds as the room rang with the alarm of a sixties era nuclear-powered submarine.

I thought writing mysteries would give me a leg up in this adventure but no dice. However, reading them does: the mystery reader’s suspicion that EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT AND MAY BE A CLUE is key. Logic, out of the box thinking, and sharing clues with the team are other escape room essentials.

As a mystery writer, I was impressed by the flow of the clues. The way one clue led to another made me think of plotting and outlining. How I wish I were an outliner! Sorry, I digress.

Only 21% of teams get out of The Agency, so I felt a bit better about our failure. So near, yet so far. That ultimate clue that the whole team missed? I can’t tell you what it was, but it, and its placement, were worthy of Dame Agatha herself.

Have you ever done an escape room? If not, would you try one?


Kait said...

Sounds like a fabulous experience. What fun. Would I try it - heck yes!

Annette said...

When I took the FBI Citizen's Academy, one of the other students ran a local escape room. Part of me would love to try it. Another part fears I'd freak out at being trapped. And I'm almost certain I would be the worst player ever.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I was part of a similar team event, presented with clues in different rooms in a Victorian home. It was frustrating to find stuff that wasn't relevant and we missed some obvious clues. I didn't think fast enough.

Susan said...

I'm with you, Annette, especially if it were only one room. Let's not do this together!

Shari Randall said...

Kait, we have to do one!

Annette, I felt the same way, both about the trapped feeling and being the worst player. The gamesters I had were very good about saying we could get out if needed - for air, etc - so that helped. Plus I got so into the game, I forgot about everything else. I bet you'd be great at it!

Shari Randall said...

Hi Margaret, I wonder if our mystery writing brains put us at a disadvantage. The clues were very "puzzley" if that makes sense, rather than plot driven.

Shari Randall said...

Hi Susan, I wish we could all do one together! Now you and Annette have me wondering about how other escape rooms handle players who don't like that "locked in" feeling.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Shari, I tend to overthink the clues because I'm so busy checking off red herrings.

KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like fun! I'd love to try it with some other people, but they'd have to be cooperative rather than competitive.

Warren Bull said...

It would be fun.