Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, welcomes local San Diego County-based crime writer and former police officer Neal Griffin as our speaker on Saturday, October 21 at Mysterious Galaxy. Griffin, a Los Angeles Times best-selling author and chapter member, retired as the senior lieutenant of the Escondido Police Department last year, and will publish his third novel, By His Own Hand, next April. His subject will be How I Transitioned from Cop to Writer.
October's Reader will be Cornelia Feye, author of three art-related mysteries, including her newly published Private Universe, from which she will read.
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.
Tia Suarez takes center stage in her own story, A Voice from the Field, a gripping thriller about human trafficking in the U.S.
Gunther Kane and his white supremacist group are using forced prostitution to finance the purchase of automatic weapons. Kane snatches young women off the streets and sells them to hundreds of men. When a victim is used up, she's killed and dumped. After all, there are always more where she came from.
Physically recovered from being shot but struggling with PTSD, Tia Suarez almost doesn't believe her eyes when she glimpses a Hispanic teenager bound and gagged in the back of Kane's van. The look of terror on the woman's face makes Tia desperate to rescue her.
Kane's in the crosshairs of the FBI, who don't want a small-town Wisconsin detective messing up their big gun bust.
Tia Suarez doesn't back down for anyone. Not the department shrink; not the feds who dismiss her; not even her boyfriend, a Marine veteran who thinks she doesn't know what she's getting into. Tia will find the missing teen come hell or high water.
"Benefit of the Doubt" is a gripping thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of policing in small-town America, where local police departments now deal with big-city crimes and corruption.
Ben Sawyer was a big-city cop, until he nearly killed a helpless suspect in public. Now a detective in the tiny Wisconsin town where he and his wife grew up, Ben suspects that higher-ups are taking payoffs from local drug lords.
Before long, Ben is off the force. His wife is accused of murder. His only ally is another outcast, a Latina rookie cop. Worse, a killer has escaped from jail with vengeance on his mind, and Newburg-and Ben Sawyer-in his sights.
Vega has three serious problems: drug addiction, a destructive relationship, and the need to evade the police. Working on a cruise ship she travels through the Middle East and the Mediterranean experiencing danger, hardship and confusion. Along the way she also encounters great art and people from various cultures who help Vega find herself and her inner strength. Private Universe is a mystery and a coming-of-age novel.