4 Stars For “Malice”

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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”

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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,

Greg

(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.

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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

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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
248-348-0696 

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

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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!

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Murder in a Very Small Town – Giveaway

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The Amazon.com contest has ended.

The winner has been selected from 671 entries (!)

To the winner, here’s hoping you enjoy the first Wiki Danser novel.

My amazing publisher, BHC Press is also offering a chance to win a copy of Murder in a Very Small Town.

Love it if you entered at:

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Our featured title for February is MURDER IN A VERY SMALL TOWN by Greg Jolley @gfjolle https://buff.ly/2GB15I7  #giveaway

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As a reminder, Wiki Danser’s second book is being launch on February 28th (six days away!)

All the best,

Greg

 

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Book Signings for “Malice in a Very Small Town”

Michigan and Florida!

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

Greg Jolley, author of Malice in a Very Small Town, will be signing your copies on

March 9th, from 6PM to 9PM

Barnes & Noble Booksellers  
17111 Haggerty Rd. Northville, MI 48167 
 (248) 348-1274  

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The Launch Party for Malice in a Very Small Town

Swillerbees Craft Donuts & Coffee Bar, Flagler Beach, Florida

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March 3rd,  6Pm to 9PM

Swillerbees Craft Donuts & Coffee Bar

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

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

 

Wiki Danser’s second novel:

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Book Launch Party! “Malice in a Very Small Town”

The second Wiki Danser novel is being formally launched!

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!

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The second Wiki Danser novel is available now. Please visit BHC Press for purchasing AND to enter their contest for a free copy of Murder in a Very Small Town.

http://www.bhcpress.com

 

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5 Star Review of “Malice in a Very Small Town”

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Reader’s Favorite

February 13th, 2018

By: Arya Fomonyu

Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser novel by Greg Jolley is a finely written story that is as disturbing as it is suspenseful. Wiki Danser believed that the future would be bright and sunny when she moved into a new home with her daughter. But there is something disturbing — the next door neighbor and the nauseating smell emanating from her property. Determined to find out what is happening, she alerts the authorities, who dismiss her claims offhandedly. But then children go missing from the neighborhood and Wiki can’t bear the thought that her daughter might disappear as well. She takes matters into her own hands, but can she unravel the mystery and save her daughter from becoming the next victim? 

The only thing that didn’t have me spellbound about this novel is the title. It didn’t catch my attention, but the story itself is a great read and Greg Jolley has an impeccable way of bringing readers into the world of his characters, weaving elements of suspense into the story and building tension in readers. The story itself is gripping and the prose leaves a singular signature on the writing, placing the author up there with some of the respected names in the genre. The characters in Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser novel are well-crafted and while the story explores an unusual phenomenon, the realism is powerful and readers can feel the fear and anxiety of the protagonist. This is a great story, plotted to keep the reader turning from one gripping page to the next.