“Foote: A Mystery Novel” by Tom Bredehoft

Reviewed by Meredith Sue Willis Foote: A Mystery Novel  (West Virginia University Press, 2022), described as a cryptid murder mystery, shares some qualities with a cozy. But unlike a typical cozy with an amateur sleuth in an English village, the narrator here, Big Jim Foote, is a professional if somewhat desultory private investigator, whose real […]

Meredith Sue Willis

Meredith Sue Willis grew up in a West Virginia family of teachers. She has published twenty-two books, and her novels and stories are considered part of the Appalachian Renaissance.  She also writes science fiction, young adult, books for children, and books about how-to-write and how-to-teach-writing. She teaches novel writing at New York University’s School of […]

“Saving Tyler Hake,” by Meredith Sue Willis

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Although the title might lead a potential reader to think this novella is mostly about one young man, it is not. Saving Tyler Hake, by Meredith Sue Willis, paints a vivid portrait of small town life: the complicated relationships of people who have known each other since childhood and newcomers trying […]

“Their Houses,” by Meredith Sue Willis

Reviewed by Donna Meredith The richly drawn characters in Meredith Sue Willis’s latest novel, Their Houses, are stumbling about in an effort to meet one of the most basic needs Maslow identifies in his famous hierarchy, a need which must be met before people can move on to find love, esteem, and self actualization. They […]