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February Interviews

2/3 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones
2/10 TG Wolff, Suicide Squeeze
2/17 Lida Sideris, Slightly Murderous Intent
2/24 Barbara Ross, Shucked Apart

Saturday WWK Bloggers

1/13 Jennifer J. Chow
2/20 E. B. Davis
2/27 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

2/6 Polly Iyer













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Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Jennifer J. Chow for garnering a 2021 Lefty Nomination for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. We're crossing our fingers for Jennifer!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Margaret S. Hamilton's "Dealing at the Dump" appears in Cozy Villages of Death Fall 2020.

Margaret S. Hamilton's "Black Market Baby" and Debra H. Goldstein's "Forensic Magic" appear in Masthead: Best New England Crime Stories Fall 2020.

Jennifer J. Chow's Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (interview on WWK on 11/11) released on November 10.

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" has been published in the SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequin's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

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Friday, June 12, 2020


A Quarter of Eight by Walter B. Gibson:  A Review by Warren Bull










                  Walter B. Gibson writing under the pen name of Maxwell Grant developed the character of the Shadow and produced more than 300 works about the character. Before he became a writer, Gibson worked as a reporter and as a magician. He churned out additional books, articles, and stories as an amazingly prolific author. He did not own the character of the Shadow. Other writers contributed to the series, which was not uncommon at the time.
               I’m certain there must have been fun and memorable writing in the series of popular books. Unfortunately, I didn’t find much of either in A Quarter of Eight. The first two chapters set an interesting premise in two different but promising settings. The plot was unpredictable, partly because characters kept appearing and disappearing late into the book. Mysterious strangers can be interesting, but when they appear by the handful, it is hard to keep up.
              One of my personal pet peeves is an abundance of exclamation points. It seemed to me that nearly every chapter and scene change came with one. I think of that as an attempt to portray emotion by punctuation. It works badly once. Used repetitively, it becomes increasingly annoying.  I was impressed, but not in a positive way, by how many times bullets poured in through a window without hitting anyone. There were an excessive number of shooters who missed not just the broad side of a barn but also the ground at their feet. The author often told the reader what was going to happen. She thought that she was finally safe, but she was not!
       The misdirection came in boatloads. I finished the book only because I set out to write this review.
I cannot recommend this book.

3 comments:

Kait said...

As disconcerting a read as it must have been, your review reminded me of the few Perils of Pauline shorts I've seen. They always ended with a visual exclamation mark and were full of walk-ons and non-sequiturs. It may have been a "thing" back in the day, but it didn't hold up well as we say.

E. B. Davis said...

I love your honesty.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I wonder what future readers and writers will make of the market's current obsession with domestic thrillers? Only the Shadow knows...