Book of the Day

2020 Silver Falchion Nominee

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Saint Bob Day
By K.C. Wilson
Black Rose Writing
$17.95
ISBN 978-1684333073
Publication Date: July 2019
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Saint Bob Day

Review by Sharon Marchisello

Saint Bob Day, the second novel by K.C. Wilson, has been nominated for a Silver Falchion award.

Sixty-one-year-old Bob Day is content with his low-profile life, working in the maintenance department of the Belle Rive Lodge and Club. His boss adores him and he gets along with most of his colleagues, although they know little about him apart from the fact that he likes to give everyone creative nicknames. The only employee who is not a fan is Constance Featherton, front desk shift manager, who claims Bob creeps her out.

In the first chapter, Bob saves three lives in one day, in three separate instances of being in the right place at the right time. But being hailed as a hero is the last thing Bob wants; he’s in the witness protection program.

Sure enough, after the publicity, unwelcome acquaintances from Bob’s past turn up at the Belle Rive Lodge, and two of them end up dead. One is a relative of Constance Featherton. Bob didn’t kill these men, but he was in close enough proximity to be considered a person of interest. Hotel management is concerned. Bob attracts the attention of local law enforcement and the press. His handler from the U.S. Marshals Service gets involved.

Then a new guest arrives at the lodge—Aronoyad Wilgushku, a.k.a. Larry Wilhoite, the man Bob helped send to prison. The con artist has been released and has reinvented himself as business tycoon Lee J. Wilkes, and he inserts himself into the daily operation of the Belle Rive. Life for Bob has irreversibly changed.

Saint Bob Day is part caper, part deadpan humor. Bob is an endearing character with a fatalistic attitude.

K.C. Wilson, a North Florida writer, is the author of The Route, songwriter for The Rubes, a 2012 Nilsen Prize finalist and winner of the 2016 Wexford Film Festival Screenplay contest. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in various publications.

Sharon Marchisello (sharonmarchisello.com) is the author of Going Home, (Sunbury Press, 2014) a murder mystery inspired by her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and a nonfiction book about personal finance, Live Well, Grow Wealth. Her psychological suspense novel, Secrets of the Galapagos, will be released by Sunbury Press next month. One of her short stories was published in an anthology, Shhhh… Murder! (Darkhouse Books, 2018). She earned a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and is a member of the Atlanta chapter of Sisters in Crime. Residing in Peachtree City, GA, Sharon does volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society and the Fayette County Master Gardeners, and she also writes a blog about personal finance, Countdown to Financial Fitness https://sharonmarchisello.blogspot.com/.