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Elena spent several years working in theater as a playwright, director, designer, and educator. Now, she places her energy into writing, being a one-on-one developmental editor for other writers, her family, and her horses. Under the name Elena Hartwell, she wrote the Eddie Shoes Mystery series. Her latest story, All We Buried, is the first in her Sheriff Bet River Mystery series. Interim sheriff Elizabeth “Bet” Rivers has always had one repeat nightmare: a shadowy figure throwing a suspicious object into her hometown lake. What she once chalked up as an overactive imagination of a child now could be much more as a body floats to the surface of Lake Collier.
James specializes in gritty crime fiction. His complex, edgy stories are fueled by two decades of experience in prisons and jails across the country as an Associate Warden, Chief of Institution Operations, Hostage Negotiator, and Director of Parole. His crime fiction work has been recognized by the Creative World Awards, Acclaim Film and the Scriptapalooza Television Script Competition. Bury the Past is the second installment to his Detective Penley Mystery series. Sacramento Police Detectives John Penley and Paula Newberry are enlisted to investigate a case involving the trafficking of stolen street drugs. They quickly find that a group of corrupted cops are the ones behind it, undermining the very system they swore to serve.
Joining in conversation will be Matt Coyle, the award-winning author of the best-selling Rick Cahill crime novels and a great friend of the bookstore. Matt resides in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus.