Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, welcomes local author and chapter member Martin Roy Hill as our speaker on Saturday, July 8 at Mysterious Galaxy.
Hill is the author of the Peter Brandt mysteries, The Killing Depths, the sci-fi novella Eden, and the award-winning short story collection, Duty. The Butcher’s Bill, his sequel to The Killing Depths, was released in June 2017.
His subject will be Violence 101: A Primer for Writers, which will focus on the impact of violent injuries on victims. (Please see his bio below.)
Hill has special expertise in his subject. He has been a medic in three branches of the military. Most recently, as a medical service corps officer in a component of the California National Guard, he helped train combat medics for Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also served as both a wilderness search-and-rescue (SAR) medic and a tactical medic as a reserve sergeant in his local sheriff's department, and as an EMT on a federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team. In his “day job” he is a U.S. Navy analyst in combat casualty care.
July’s reader will be chapter member Marcia Buompensiero, who writes the Theo Hunter mystery series under the name Loren Zahn. She will read from her new novel Sumerland, which won first place in the mystery category in the 2017 San Diego Book Awards. (Please see her bio below.)
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.
Each meeting will feature a short reading from a recently published or soon-to-be-published novel followed by a presentation by a mystery or crime writer or knowledgeable professional in a field of interest to mystery writers and readers.
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.
Iraq, 1991: Operation Desert Storm. In a terrible friendly fire incident, an U.S. helicopter massacres a small convoy of American MPs. Among the dead: a mysterious American civilian engineer discovered by the soldiers behind enemy lines. San Diego, CA, 1993: A freelance journalist is hired to write a story about a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the dead engineer's widow against the government and the defense contractor he worked for. The problem: the government insists the lawsuit does not exist, and the contractor claims the engineer did not work for them. Worse, someone is willing to kill to keep it that way. Peter Brandt, the war-scarred journalist hero of Empty Places, returns in this story of greed, betrayal, and government secrets. Can Peter expose the truth without becoming another victim of the wartime tragedy?
Francis and Marie-Claire Liebersohn have unfinished business-they want someone to set the record straight-eighty years after their deaths.
Kate Post just inherited the old Liebersohn mansion-her estranged mother's bizarre bequest to the daughter she rarely saw and barely knew. Kate doesn't want the house, nor any reminder of her mother's abandonment. When an odd inscription etched in concrete beside a garden pathway haunts her dreams and drives her back to the old place, she decides that a period restoration will make for a quick sale, taking it off her hands for good.
But Kate's plans and the long-dead Liebersohns' scheme are about to collide. The result will unhinge Kate's world, uncover haunting family secrets, and set her on a mission to undo the wrongs that only she can set aright.