Author, Editor, Book Reviewer
6 January 2008
To all my Readers, Fans and Friends:
This is to announce my Official Douglas Quinn Virtual Book Tour, which will begin on Sunday, January 13, 2008. The full schedule appears below. I invite all of you to go to the link, read the article and follow up with a comment and/or question, to which I will respond as promptly as possible. I am looking forward to interacting with you during this four week tour and hope to see you all there.
The Official Douglas Quinn Virtual Book Tour Schedule:
Week beginning Sunday, January 13th, 2008 read and comment on Brenda Kay Wynn’s Interview of Douglas Quinn on her Author’s Web-Blog site at: www.chronclesofelydir.spaces.com
Week beginning Sunday, January 20th, 2008 read and comment on the article Developing Characters for Your Novel by Douglas Quinn on the Douglas Quinn Blog-Page on the Ning Book Marketing Network at: www.bookmarket.ning.com/profile/obxwriter
Week Beginning Sunday, January 27th, 2008 read and comment on Douglas Quinn’s interview of Webb Sawyer, his main character in his current novel Blue Heron Marsh on Book Reviewer Crystal Adkins’ Myspace Blog at: www.myspace.com/crystaljo722
Week Beginning Sunday, February 3rd, 2008 read and comment on Douglas Quinn’s Interview of Blythe Parsons, a character and friend of Webb Sawyer in his current novel Blue Heron Marsh on the Gather Web Site. Go to Douglas Quinn’s Profile page at: www.obxwriter.gather.com and click on the article title.
What follows is a recent review of Blue Heron Marsh by Daniel Jolley, Book Reviewer for Amazon (Go to www.amazon.com key words Blue Heron Marsh for all reviews of this Douglas Quinn novel)
Webb Sawyer wanted nothing more than peace and quiet, which is why he moved into his late father’s stilted fishing shack at Blue Heron Marsh (on the Outer Banks of North Carolina). He could fish whenever he wanted to, motor out for supplies when necessary, and enjoy a permanently reserved seat at the Shallowbag Pub. He had even won the affections of the pub’s owner, Nan. The simple life was a welcome relief following his release from an Army psychiatric hospital. He wasn’t crazy; spending less than a year in the loony bin was actually a lucky break for him after he took justice into his own hands and made sure a Serbian death squad leader paid the ultimate price for a heinous crime that affected him quite personally. As for all that peace and quiet, it only lasts until a sultry little PI-wannabe shows up asking for his investigative help in proving a friend of hers innocent of murder.
Amanda Eure is not the kind of girl to take no for an answer. Amanda actually works for the county prosecutor herself, but she is sure that he will be more likely to listen to Webb because Webb grew up with the guy and had been an investigator in the military. As it turns out, Amanda also used to work for the lawyer whose hanging death had landed her friend Clara in the slammer for murder. Almost before he knows what happened, Webb finds himself mixed up with Amanda both personally and professionally, estranged from his girlfriend Nan, and heading off to different parts of the state to investigate similar yet currently unlinked murders. Even when the need to defend Clara becomes a moot point and his dealings with Amanda come to an ignominious end, Webb can’t let matters drop because he’s convinced that all of the unlinked murders with the same unique modus operandi point back to a lynching that took place near a prestigious boys’ school some four decades earlier.
The novel opens with a description of the lynching, and that pretty much tells you who the murderer is going to be – but it’s not as simple as all that. There are some nice little twists at the end that you may not see coming. In fact, the ultimate solution of the case plays out in the most unconventional of ways. For his part, Quinn is a great storyteller, letting the mystery unfold at just the right pace to keep things interesting. I could say the same thing about the description of his main character’s personal life, which becomes much more complicated than Webb would like, especially in terms of his relationships with the women in his life. Those with an interest in catching and/or eating fish will count the descriptions of fishing in different areas of the Outer Banks and of numerous fish dishes as an extra bonus.
Writing a mystery is one thing, but creating a character that readers will want to spend more time with is something else, and Quinn has succeeded quite well in both regards with Blue Heron Marsh. Webb Sawyer is an interesting fellow, and I suspect Quinn has barely even begun to plumb his emotional depths. This Webb Sawyer mystery series definitely seems to have legs, giving readers much to look forward to.