4 Stars For “Malice”


Reviewed By Neil A White

Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel

Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel by Greg Jolley features another escapade of the eclectic Danser family: Wiki, her partner Sara, their child Seabee, and an orphaned beaver that’s found a home in their bathtub. The family moves into their new home by the lake in the small town of Dent, and next door to an oddball lady that has a fascination with foul-smelling backyard fires. Did I mention that her husband has gone missing? And some of their other neighbors aren’t a barrel of laughs either. When Wiki believes two children have disappeared, she tries to raise the alarm with the local police, but to no avail. Soon after a small private airplane crashes, rifle shots ring out in the night, and the oddball neighbor disappears into the forest. And just when all appears to be returning to normal, a final shoot-out materializes that places everyone in danger.

Greg Jolley is back with Malice in a Very Small Town, his latest quirky, suspense-filled novella. I’ve been a fan of his free-flowing, whimsical prose since reading Where’s Karen, and his latest effort follows along in that tradition. Filled with a wonderfully strange cast of characters – Jolley’s trademark – I found Malice in a Very Small Town to be a taut, off-beat thriller. However, much like his earlier novel I reviewed, I felt the ending was rushed and fell a little flat after building to a fine crescendo. There is no doubting Greg Jolley has an immense talent, and although his writing style and pacing choices may not be for every reader, I highly recommend spending some quality time with his characters. 


Typed “The End”


This morning those two good words went on the bottom of the Molly & April Danser novel. Thieves (w.t.) is book one of the Cimetière Noir (w.t.) trilogy.

It has been five months of a daily romp of fun (Yes, writing can be enjoyable). I think readers will find this one to be another odd soul of a story.

All the best,


(Another) Five Star Review!

(Another) Five Star Review!

Malice in a Very Small Town

By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel is a novel of suspense written by Greg Jolley. While this is not the first book in Jolley’s Danser series, the author gives enough background information for it to be enjoyed as a standalone novel. Sara and Wiki had found a suitable temporary rental for themselves and their child in the small town of Dent. The house commanded gorgeous views of Lake Dent with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open ground-floor space designed for entertaining. While the movers were bringing in the family’s furniture and possessions, Sarah wondered again at the one neighbor who seemed to be definitely off-kilter. She had met Mrs. Weap while considering the rental and had not been overly impressed by her, but now the woman was burning something that smelled awful and gave off black and oily smoke from the burn pile she was tending. Sara couldn’t help but suppress a bit of revulsion, and she decided to rename the Weap family, as the rental agent had identified them, as the Creep family. Dent was not the most diverse or tolerant town for the young lesbian couple and their ebullient four-year-old to live in, but all too soon, they begin to fear for their child’s and their own safety.

Greg Jolley’s novel of suspense, Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel, is a fast-paced and fascinating story that had me intrigued and ready to read more of the author’s Danser stories. Wiki and Sara are marvelous, well-defined characters and their daughter, the irrepressible Cry Baby, aka Seabee, is a veritable force of nature. Mrs. Creep is suitably awful and terrifying in a way that fits the late autumn setting for this book quite well. I enjoyed seeing how the young family managed to find kindred spirits in Maur, the shopkeeper, and some of the other residents of Dent, despite the insular nature of the town. Jolley’s plot is taut and thrilling, and his writing is smooth and fluid, making reading this book a pleasure indeed. Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel is most highly recommended.


All the Danser novels are available at select bookstores and:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2o4tIob

Barnes & Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-in-a-very-small-town-greg-jolley/1126859762;jsessionid=220A8A13D1F8E80D75A584FB05D4845B.prodny_store01-atgap03?ean=2940154315811

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1264853603

KoBo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/murder-in-a-very-small-town






Barnes & Noble This Friday!

Greg Jolley will be visiting with you and signing.

Where’s Karen? and Murder in a Very Small Town

A Barnes & Noble book store is seen in Encinitas, California


Greg Jolley will be visiting with you and signing.

Barnes & Noble – Livonia

Friday March 09, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

17111 Haggerty Rd.
Northville, MI 48168

Trying to find your next greatest read? What better way than supporting local writing? Join us as we host several local authors and their works for a night of discovery and discussion. Authors will be here from 6 to 9pm tonight talking with fans and autographing their works for anyone who drops by. 

Get an autographed copy of

Where’s Karen? and Murder in a Very Small Town

Wheres Karen - Greg Jolley FC_01





Launch Party – Tonight!

“Malice in a Very Small Town” by Greg Jolley officially steps out into the world this evening.

First Friday Crowd

Donuts & Suspense!

Friday, March 2nd (6pm – 9pm)

Swillerbees Craft Donuts & Coffee Bar

(386) 693-4797

101 N/ Central Ave., Flagler beach, FL, 32176

During the beach town’s First Friday Night Event!

Local writer Greg Jolley will be signing the recently launched

Malice in a Very Small Town

Stop by for a chat, one of Swillerbees amazing mochas or handmade donuts!