This month's guest speaker will be Diane Vallere, president of Sisters in Crime National.
Diane will discuss "Nancy Who?," a chat about Nancy Drew and other children's mystery series that influenced her love of mysteries, and were doubtless an influence to many of us.
Here’s Diane’s bio, in brief: She spent two decades working for a top luxury retailer before trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. Her latest book, "The Decorator Who Knew Too Much" – which debuted in April -- is # 4 in her popular Madison Night Mystery Series.
The busy Diane also writes the Samantha Kidd and the Lefty Award-nominated Costume Shop and Material Witness mystery series.
She started her own detective agency at age 10 and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.
Come to the meeting and share in her passion – and expertise. Diane will begin speaking at 3 p.m.
At 2 p.m. we’ll have a Readers Forum. The topic: “The Books That Led Us to Love Mystery.” Was it Nancy Drew? The Hardy Boys? Sherlock Holmes? Come and share the roots of your passion for mystery and crime writing!
Mystery Ink Events
Friday, May 19, Veterans Luncheon w/April Smith – Open to the Public
Mission Viejo Country Club - Register at (949) 582-1550
Saturday, May 20, 4:00 PM
Tammy Kaehler at Mystery Ink
O. C. Launch Party - New Kate Reilly mystery, KISS THE BRICKS.
After the first practice session for the legendary Indianapolis 500 motor race, Kate Reilly is stunned to discover she was the fastest driver…but she's more surprised to learn she wasn't the first woman to top the speed charts in the race 106-year history. That feat was accomplished in 1987 by PJ Rodriguez…who shocked everyone by committing suicide ten days later. When the press, bloggers, and social media go crazy over the connection, suddenly everyone's comparing Kate and PJ, calling and wondering if Kate will kill herself, too. Except that PJ's family claim PJ was murdered, and they want Kate's help finding her killer.
Sunday, May 21, 11:30 a.m. – SoCal Mystery Writers of America meeting
ANATOMY OF INNOCENCE: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted w/Leslie S. Klinger, Laura Caldwell – plus contributors, Jan Burke & Gary Phillips
Tam O’Shanter restaurant, 2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles.
Reservations: www.socalmwa.com - Open to the Public
Saturday, June 3, 3:00 PM
Keith Elliot Greenberg at Mystery Ink
KILLING FOR YOU is True Crime veteran Keith Elliot Greenberg's shocking, authoritative account of a brutal double murder in Orange County at the hands of Daniel Wozniak.
Saturday, June 10, 4:00 PM
Cara Black at Mystery Ink
Join Cara as she launches her new Aimee Leduc mystery,
MURDER IN SAINT- GERMAINE
Aimée Leduc is in Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne hunts down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she’s being stalked by a ghost—a Serbian warlord she thought she’d killed and she begs Aimée to investigate—is it possible Mirko Vladić could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta?
Sunday, October 1,
Ladies of Intrigue Luncheon, Embassy Hotel, Tustin
March 16 – 19, Left Coast Crime, Hawaii
April 28 – 30, Malice Domestic, Maryland
May 18 – 21, Crimefest, Bristol, England
July 11 – 15, Thrillerfest, New York
October 12 - 15, Bouchercon, World Mystery Conference, Toronto, Canada
2016 LADIES OF INTRIGUE EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
Eighteen authors and ninety women gathered together to honor Carolyn Hart's final public event. National Sisters in Crime presented Carolyn with an arrangement of orchids and white roses along with a stuffed "white" seal wearing a silver chain necklace with a Sisters in Crime charm.
Featured speaker Rhys Bowen's touching interview of Carolyn was heartwarming, making everyone in the room hoping Carolyn keeps writing.
MC, Greta Boris kept the event smooth and sailing along. And our closing featured speaker Robin Burcell was a hit with the inside scoop of co-writing with Clive Cussler and her law enforcement experiences.
Panels: Wine, Dine & Die featured authors' Kathy Aarons; Linda O. Johnston; Carlene O'Neil; Kate Dyer Seeley with Moderator, Earlene Fowler. Panel: Lean, Mean & In Between featured authors' Lisa Brackmann; Jane Haseldine; Naomi Hirahara; Laurie Stevens; Pamela Samuels Young with moderator, Daryl Wood Gerber. Panel: Dangerous Locales featured authors' Ellen Byron; Donis Casey; Hannah Dennison; Earlene Fowler with moderator, Kate Carlisle.
Books sold at a fast pace and were signed by the authors. Raffle baskets were won while many attendees asked to sign up for next years' LOI. Attendees expressed their gratitude to all the authors for sharing their stories and also being able to sit with their favorite author at the round tables for lunch.
Professional photographer Bob Webber took constant pictures to document the day, which will be posted on line. A great big thank you to the organizing committee and volunteers who made this event such a success: Jill Amadio, MC Greta Boris, greeter Nancy Churchill, raffle organizer Gita Fisher, Valerie Hansen, Jack Martin, Evelyn Moore, and Linda Nakamura. We could not have done it without you. Co-chairs, Diana Dallape and Debbie Mitsch appreciated all of your hard work.
Diana Dallape Co-Chair
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