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Mystery Writing Workshop in San Diego

Don’t miss an afternoon with California authors Kathy Aarons and Carlene O’Neill, as the Berkley Prime Crime authors map out their road to publishing success. They’ll discuss how to take best advantage of the conference, learn from the multitudes of helpful writing communities out there, and how they made their books stand out to agents and editors.

San Diego-based author Kathy will be signing Truffled to Death, the second novel in the Chocolate Covered Mystery Series. When Michelle and Erica, owners of Chocolates and Chapters, try to sweeten their shop’s sales with a reception for a new museum display, the sweet night turns bitter after the curator (and Erica’s former professor) accuse Erica of stealing antiquities in revenge. When the professor turns up dead, Michelle must help Erica track down the real killer before it’s too late. According to New York Times-bestselling author Jenn McKinlay, “any lover of chocolate and books will find this story the perfect combination of savory, sweet, and deadly.”

Northern California Wine Country native and former television writer Carlene’s debut novel, One Foot in the Grape, was an MG Fantastic Firsts Pick in early 2015. After losing her job as a photojournalist, Penny Lively hopes that inheriting the family winery from her late aunt will be the fresh start she needs, complete with help from her niece Hayley, handsome winery manager Connor and troubled neighbor Antonia Martinelli, who comes to Penny for help identifying the culprit spoiling her wine. But when the body of one of Antonia’s staff is found in a grape crusher, Penny must find the real killer before the murder is pinned on Hayley.

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One Foot in the Grape (A Cypress Cove Mystery #1) Cover Image
$8.79
ISBN: 9780425274019
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Published: Berkley - May 5th, 2015

In California wine country, the town of Cypress Cove may seem peaceful. But someone's about to pop their cork...After losing her job as a photojournalist, Penny Lively is trying to get her life back in focus. Inheriting the family winery from her late aunt may be the fresh start she needs. Thankfully she's got her niece Hayley and her handsome winery manager Connor to help. But the person in need of more urgent assistance is Antonia Martinelli, the owner of the neighboring winery, who has her own barrel full of problems. Someone's spoiling her wine, and with the upcoming Autumn Festival, she needs Penny's nose for clues to sniff out the culprit. But Penny's search for answers sours after the body of a staff member is found in a grape crusher. Since Hayley was the last to see him alive, she's the prime suspect in the case. Now Penny must hurry to find the real killer before Hayley withers on the vine.


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Truffled to Death (A Chocolate Covered Mystery #2) Cover Image
$8.79
ISBN: 9780425267240
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Published: Berkley - June 2nd, 2015

When the antiquities on display in their book/chocolate shop bring about murder and mayhem, two best friends--Michelle and Erica--must clear their own names by tracking down a killer with both a sweet tooth and a penchant for priceless treasure.


Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates (A Chocolate Covered Mystery #1) Cover Image
$8.79
ISBN: 9780425267233
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Published: Berkley - September 2nd, 2014

Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town s Memorial Day weekend ArtsFestival.But success turns bittersweet when Main Street s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle s signature truffles. 
As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before thefuture of their dream store melts away.


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