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The term "woo woo" is used in the mystery writing and reading community as an endearing description for the use of supernatural elements in a mystery. As a writer of supernatural mysteries myself, I wanted a unique place for writers, readers and the curious to come and share in the celebration of an often overlooked yet persistently popular sub genre of the generic mystery.
So now that you know the how and the why of MURDER ON THE WOO WOO EXPRESS, I hope you'll stick around for the ride. Sit back and enjoy reviews of books old and new that treat us not just to cops and robbers, but that boldly sprinkle, or in some cases, splash liberally, a tingling dose of ghosts, vampires, witchcraft, demons, psychics and all things beyond the norm.
For starters, MURDER ON THE WOO WOO EXPRESS will keep a monthly schedule of reviews. If you'd like to have your book reviewed at MURDER ON THE WOO WOO EXPRESS, email me and I'll send you my address. I will review arcs and printed books only. At 51, my eyesight is a precious resource, so I won't read computer print, although this may change in the future. There is a plethora of e-book mysteries using the supernatural and the paranormal currently being published and I may change my mind about reviewing them. Only mysteries with a supernatural element will be considered for review. If you'd like some idea of what a supernatural mystery is, check out any of Martha C. Lawrence's Elizabeth Chase, PI books, "Five Mile House" by Karen Novak, "Suspicion" by Barbara Rogan, the Nick Tartaglia PI series by Philip Tomasso, or of course, my book, "The Burning of Her Sin." And let's not forget that so many of Barbara Michaels' other books are marvelous supernatural mysteries as well as romantic suspense.
For this first, inaugural trip of the Woo Woo Express, I've chosen a book I believe is the finest modern day woo woo mystery. AMMIE, COME HOME has been through countless printings, large print and paperbacks and still continues to frighten and delight readers.
From the end flaps of AMMIE, COME HOME:
When Ruth Bennett inherits an old family house in the historic Georgetown section of Washington, she feels that she has found a fitting sanctuary for the life of ordered tranquility that she built after her tragic brief marriage and the death of her husband.
Within a year, however, Ruth's peaceful existence is changed. Her niece Sara comes to live with her, bringing the fresh attitudes and broader outlook of a new generation. Sara also introduces Ruth to her anthropology professor, Pat MacDougal, who reawakens emotions Ruth had thought forever lost.
Convinced against her will, Ruth watches with fear and horror as the forces which surround Ammie increase in power, threatening them all, forcing her to test her newfound love in an atmosphere of danger and suspicion.
|Current paperback edition
Barbara Michaels mixes her genres better than most. In AMMIE, COME HOME, she's got Ruth, a heroine who inherits a beautiful old home in the Georgetown section of Washington. Not long after, she meets the man who becomes more than she bargained for and her niece Sara seems to bring out the worst in the house. With language beautiful in its gothic voice, Michaels weaves a tale of a horrendous murder that still threatens Ruth and her loved ones.
AMMIE, COME HOME is the best American supernatural mystery of the 20th century. I can't wait for another writer to tackle the challenge of writing a book that will give Barbara Michaels serious competition.
In closing this premiere issue of MURDER ON THE WOO WOO EXPRESS, I want to encourage anyone to feel free and email your comments, suggestions and discussion of the column.