Member News

March 2021

Robert Baty – My new mystery, Murder Goes on Tour, is just out from Gumshoe, a Next Chapter imprint.

George Cramer On Thursday, February 18, Lois Winston was a guest on my blog. She discussed her writing and her latest release, Moms in Black—A Mom Squad Caper. Drop by for a glimpse into how Lois takes her readers from Cozy to Caper—don’t forget to leave her a comment.  The link is here.
 
Ted Haynes – The Mt. Bachelor Murders, the third book in my Northwest Murder Mystery, set in Bend, Oregon, launched on February 2, 2021. As reviewed by Cascade Arts & Entertainment, “For anyone who loves mysteries and the Pacific Northwest, this is a great story—reaching back to Bend’s Norwegian heritage and the early days of the Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.  The murder of Erik Peterson on the slopes in 1966 launches 16-year-old Sally Paulsen into aiding sheriff’s detective Forest Connor in finding the elusive killer.  The murder leads Sally into a lifetime commitment to seek justice through the law.” 

February 2021

Randal Brandt – I will be the guest speaker at the February 21 meeting of the Book Club of Washington, where I will be giving an illustrated talk on author David Dodge and the actual jewel robbery that inspired his 1952 novel, To Catch a Thief, which was then turned into a film by Alfred Hitchcock starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.  The event is free and open to all.  More details, and RSVP here.

Janet Dawson – My newest book, The Sacrificial Daughter, will be published by Bodie Blue Books in mid-February.

Margaret Lucke – My short story “The Devil’s Work Ball” has been accepted for the next Malice Domestic anthology, Mystery Most Diabolical, scheduled to come out in the spring.
I will be teaching “Writing Genre Fiction” at UC Berkeley Extension this spring, exploring the craft behind mysteries and thrillers, of course, along with science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, and more.  Learn techniques essential to all fiction while examining the characteristics and reader expectations of the individual genres.  It will meet via Zoom, ten Tuesday evenings starting February 23.  Learn more here.

Ana Manwaring – I’m proud to announce my first JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventures, Set Up: Secrets and Lies in Zihuatanejo, was released on 1/18/2021 as an audiobook read by Jan M. Flynn.  It’s available on Audible here.

Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell – We are having a virtual book launch event with Green Apple Books as our sponsor on February 5th at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (9PM Eastern). Launch information will be posted at their website soon. But more importantly, we have mailed Green Apple a whole bunch of book plates with our signatures, so if anyone wants a first edition signed copy of Aftershock, they can pre-order at their website here. You must request a signed copy in the comments section of the order. 

Gregory Randall – I will be publishing the fourth Detective Tony Alfano mystery and thriller, Chicago Boogie Woogie, on February 16, 2021. It’s 1933 Chicago, the Century of Progress Fair is in its fourth month, and the city is the draw for all kinds of movie people.  A starlet is found murdered on the top floor of the Palmer House Hotel, and our detective is assigned to find the killer.  Before he can start, the killer has escaped to Los Angeles. Tony goes to Hollywood.  Find it here.