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Phyllis Campbell has been writing professionally since the 60's, and won her first prize for her writing when she was eleven. She teaches piano and voice as well as tutors in Braille and computer skills. She writes two bi-monthly columns for Our Special, a Braille magazine for blind women. She is the organist at Faith Lutheran Church in historic down town Staunton, Virginia. Her hobbies are knitting, collecting recipes, reading and listening to music. She lives in Staunton, Virginia with her husband, Chuck.
Her work has appeared in such publications as The Christian Herald, The Lutheran, The Lutheran woman, and similar inspirational publications. In addition she has written for the romance market for McFadden's Woman's Group. Her recorded material From My Kitchen has been used by the Virginia Department For the Vision Impaired, and she has written a true crime book under contract to the victim's family.
Although she has sold two titles to the mainstream print market, one of which has been published in the UK and China as well as the US, she sees the bright future of the digital market. "Who Will Hear Them Cry" is her first digital title, it won't be the last. Look for more from this author in the near future, including other titles featuring Kate Talbot from "Who Will Hear Them Cry."
on June 24, 2012 :
A Review by Lea Tassie, June 24, 2012.
Phyllis Campbell is a very good writer. I empathized with Kate Talbot the whole way through, feeling her pain when she remembers the brutal attack when her husband was killed and she lost her sight, her concern for the so-called "accidents" at the school for blind children, and her fear as she investigates the accidents. She felt like a real person, with the real problems most of us have. The plotting was excellent; I had no idea who the culprit was until the end. I would certainly read more work by this author.
My only quibble is that this writer needs a sighted person to edit her work for minor spelling and punctuation errors. These would not be apparent in an audio rendition, but as a sighted reader, I was aware of them. However, they were minor and didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 13, 2012 :
When she’s asked to look into unexplained “accidents” at a private school for the blind and multi-handicapped, Kate is reluctant to leave her secure home or to allow herself to care again. Two years ago she lost both her husband and their unborn child as well as her vision. Why should she want to get involved in real life when there were all those computer games to keep her occupied? But once involved, she is drawn into something far more frightening and bizarre than she could ever have imagined.
This is a fast paced mystery with believable characters and excellent plotting. While the protagonist is blind, don’t worry. She has more than five senses: a sense of what’s right, a sense of justice and, most of all, good old-fashioned common sense.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Faith Elizabeth Cummings
on April 11, 2012 :
WHO WILL HEAR THEM CRY is not a typical mystery. While there are some elements of a typical mystery, unexpected deaths, sinister people pretending to be good, and an old house with secret passages, there is more to this mystery than meets the eye. Beneath the outward scenery and characters, there is a deeper, more complex plot.
The main character, Kate Talbot, is a blind detective. But she is not the super hero that you see on television. She is not using strange technology or weird devices to solve this case. Instead, she is a real person, with flaws and brokenness, dealing with her sight loss as best she can, and using her other senses and her sharp mind to get to the bottom of what is going on. She emerges from her brokenness, and finds that not only can she cope with her own blindness very well, but she can help the children in her care to do the same and to be triumphant in the face of terror.
This book is also a great example of local writing with a true Virginia flavor. Phyllis Campbell writes of people and places that have been familiar to her all her life. She shares them with us as if she were introducing old friends and invites us to enter the world of Kate and the children. She manages to keep us in suspense till almost the very end and then surprises us with how things turn out. This is a book to read in one sitting, with a hot cup of tea and your favorite cat close at hand.
(reviewed the day of purchase)