Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, welcomes Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber as speaker at their July meeting. Gerber writes the bestselling French Bistro Mysteries, set in Napa Valley, and the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, set in the fictional seaside town of Crystal Cove, California. As Avery Aames, Daryl penned the bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteries, set in the quaint town of Providence, Ohio. In addition, Daryl has ventured into the world of suspense with a couple of gripping novels. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in "Murder, She Wrote" as well as "Hart to Hart" and "Matlock."
For the Partners in Crime Readers Roundtable this month, we're asking readers, members, and guests to come and be prepared to speak for one minute about their recommendation for the "best of genre," whether noir, cozy, thriller, suspense, locked-room, PI, etc.
Our program will start at 2 p.m, and wrap up by 3:45, this month only, with a social and book browsing following the meeting.
Sisters in Crime is a national organization with local chapters which supports mystery and crime writers and promotes reading the genre. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We are open for everyone's participation.
San Diego chapter meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month, starting with a social period with refreshments, followed by a brief membership meeting.
Attendance is free for members. Dues are $25 per year, plus membership in the national organization. Members may join at our meeting, with payment by check, cash or credit card, or online.
The buoyant mood at Bistro Rousseau deflates when Chef Camille's sister, Renee, turns up dead in the chef's kitchen, and Mimi Rousseau must tease the real killer out of a mélange of menacing characters.
Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie is a madhouse--in a good way. Tourists pour into town for the pressing of the Napa Valley's world-renowned grapes and all the town's businesses get a nice lift, including Bistro and Maison Rousseau. Mimi is raising the ante this year with a Sweet Treats Festival, a wonderland of croissants, cakes, tarts, and soufflés crafted with expert care by the area's top talents.
Chef Camille's sister Renee is managing the festival with a cast-iron fist, upsetting everyone, including her sister. Which is bad for Camille when Renee turns up dead in the chef's kitchen. Mimi is still building her business, so her first course of action is to whip up answers and catch the unsavory perpetrator before Camille takes a dusting and gets burned.