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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!


Friday, May 15, 2020

The Veiled Lady by Lee Falk: A Review by Warren Bull

The Veiled Lady by Lee Falk: A Review by Warren Bull

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The Veiled Lady is Lee Falk’s original story about The Phantom. It is number 4 in a series the comic strip creator, Lee Falk, wrote for Avalon Press in 1973.  I probably should have started with Number 1. Unfortunately, that book is rare and expensive. The plot of The Veiled Lady is not particularly engrossing: A damsel in distress, threatened by monstrous insects needs to be rescued. In my opinion, variations on the theme have been done better.
The female character is not a dishrag. She has skills. She is a crack shot, an unarmed combat master, and she has a Ph.D. in biology. On the other hand, she screams and faints at regular intervals, when the hero is available to rescue her.
The action is fairly well described although I found it hard to believe that The Phantom could extinguish hot lava that splashed on a character by slapping it with his hands. The bad guys die satisfactorily. One man is redeemed. Good triumphs at the end.
The cover art is fun and appropriate for the subject. Note: Apparently, the cover artist was not overly fond of bras as women’s apparel.
It did bring interesting questions to my mind. I wanted to know why over four hundred years of sons following their fathers in the role of The Man Who Cannot Die, AKA, The Ghost Who Walks, AKA The Phantom, none of the sons ever decided to trash the costume and pursue a career as a plumber or a bartender. And did the Phantom and his wife ever have daughters? Or more than one son? What did they do? Apparently, for more than four hundred years women became enthralled with the concept of giving up civilization in favor of living in a cave. I am willing to accept that African pigmies could be wonderful friends and emotionally supportive. Still, the women would have to be real environmentalists.
I think reading this series might be a fun way to pass the time, but I don’t suggest starting with The Veiled Lady.


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

thanks for your review. Interesting.

KM Rockwood said...

Doesn't sound like something I'd like to read. With so many wonderful books available, certainly more than I'll ever be able to read in my lifetime, I see no point in reading things that don't really appeal to me.