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Southern California Mystery Writers Meet and Greet

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Friday, January 7, 2011 - 5:00pm

Librarians from all over are attending the January American Library Association trade show in San Diego, and authors are in town to visit with them and other readers. On Friday, January 7, at 5:00 PM, gather at Mysterious Galaxy with a representation of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America's diverse authors. Participants Vicki Doudera (A House to Die For), Timothy Hallinan (The Queen ofPatpong), Rosemary Harris (Dead Head), Naomi Hirahara (Blood Hina), Ken Kuhlken (The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles), Sophie Littlefield (Banished), Hank Phillippi Ryan (Drive Time), Kelli Stanley (City of Dragons), and Jeri Westerson (The Demon’s Parchment) will tell tales of library appreciation and mingle with readers during the evening. And refreshments will be served.

A House to Die for: A Darby Farr Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780738719504
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Published: Midnight Ink - April 8th, 2010

Red-hot real estate agent Darby Farr has spent years trying to forget her hometown of Hurricane Harbor, Maine--especially the painful memories of being raised by her controlling aunt following her parents' tragic deaths. Then one morning, she learns her aunt is dying, and the calculating woman has one final demand: clinch the multimillion-dollar sale of Fairview, a breathtaking waterfront estate.
The deal seems simple, but trouble is brewing on the rocky coast. Within hours of Darby's arrival, an obscure deed restriction scuttles the sale just as the backup buyer is found bludgeoned to death on the property's grounds. Assisted by handsome journalist Miles Porter, Darby uncovers dark secrets that reveal an ugly scandal . . . and even uglier motives for murder. As a brutal storm surges up the coast, Darby must salvage the deal, find the killer--and somehow stay alive.


The Queen of Patpong: A Poke Rafferty Thriller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061672262
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Published: William Morrow - August 17th, 2010

For American travel writer Poke Rafferty, life finally seems to hold some semblance of stability. He and his longtime love, Rose, have gone through with their much-deferred marriage ceremony, their adopted daughter, Miaow, a former street child, has become a loving—if sometimes difficult—part of the family, and the three of them live in relative comfort thanks to Rose's housekeeping business and Rafferty's writing.

Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, shattering the peace they've worked so hard to obtain. His appearance threatens everything they cherish: their love, their home . . . their very lives. As a foreigner who's seen some of the worst Bangkok has to offer and survived confrontations with Thailand's most powerful and dangerous elements, Rafferty feels equal to most of the challenges Bangkok can throw at him. But now his only hope is to discover the whole truth of Rose's past—a journey down the dark and twisting road that turned a shy, awkward village teenager into the queen of Asia's most lurid red-light street: Patpong Road. And just when Rafferty thought life was looking good, reality comes crashing in as he learns that the secrets from Rose's former life are almost impossible to accept—and even harder to survive.

"The Queen of Patpong" is a terrifying, heart-breaking, electrifying story of peril, love, and, ultimately, redemption in modern-day Thailand—and the most ambitious, affecting novel yet from thriller master Timothy Hallinan.


Dead Head: A Dirty Business Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312569945
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 13th, 2010

The talented Rosemary Harris continues to pick up steam, garner acclaim, and collect fans with her quirky, beloved Dirty Business Mystery series "Fugitive Mom. "That’s the tabloid headline that rocks Springfield, Connecticut when one of the town’s favorite ladies is discovered to be an escaped convict. With a little help from the always game Lucy Cavanaugh, Paula is hired to find out which of her neighbors is a fugitive from the law and why the long-kept secret has finally come out.


Blood Hina: A Mas Arai Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312545550
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 2nd, 2010

In this fourth installment of Naomi Hirahara's highly acclaimed "Mas Arai" mystery series, Mas' best friend Haruo is getting married and Mas has grudgingly agreed to serve as best man. But then an ancient Japanese doll display of Haruo's fiancee goes missing, and the wedding is called off with fingers pointed at Haruo. To clear his friend's name, Mas must first uncover a world of heartbreaking memories, deception, and murder.


The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590586976
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - May 1st, 2010

In 1926, musician Tom Hickey reads about a lynching that the Los Angeles newspapers failed to report and discovers the Negro victim was an old friend. Tom decides to investigate and discovers that the key to the murder, as is too often the case, lies close to home.


Banished Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385738521
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2010

Sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell, raised by a mean, secretive grandmother, does not know that she comes from a long line of healers until her Aunt Prairie arrives with answers about her past that could quickly threaten her future.


Drive Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778327974
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Published: Mira - February 1st, 2010

Investigative reporter Charlotte McNally is an expert at keeping things confidential, but suddenly everyone has a secret--and it turns out it "is "possible to know too much.

Her latest scoop--an expose of a dangerous car scam, complete with stakeouts, high-speed chases and hidden-camera footage--is ratings gold. But soon that leads her to a brand-new and diabolical scheme. Charlie's personal and professional lives are on a collision course, too. Her fiance is privy to information about threats at an elite private school that have turned deadly.

Charlie has never counted on happy endings. But now, just as she's finally starting to believe in second chances, she realizes revenge, extortion and murder may leave her alone again--or even dead....


City of Dragons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312603601
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 2nd, 2010

February, 1940. In San Francisco's Chinatown, fireworks explode as the city celebrates Chinese New Year with a Rice Bowl Party, a three day-and-night carnival designed to raise money and support for China war relief. Miranda Corbie is a 33-year-old private investigator who stumbles upon the fatally shot body of Eddie Takahashi. The Chamber of Commerce wants it covered up. The cops acquiesce. All Miranda wants is justice--whatever it costs. From Chinatown tenements, to a tattered tailor's shop in Little Osaka, to a high-class bordello draped in Southern Gothic, she shakes down the city--her city--seeking the truth. An outstanding series debut.


The Demon's Parchment: A Medieval Noir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312621049
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Published: Minotaur Books - October 12th, 2010

In fourteenth century London, Crispin Guest is a disgraced knight convicted of treason and stripped of his land, title and his honor. He has become known as the “Tracker”—a man who can find anything, can solve any puzzle and, with the help of his apprentice, Jack Tucker, an orphaned street urchin with a thief ’s touch—will do so for a price. But this time, even Crispin is wary of taking on his most recent client. Jacob of Provencal is a Jewish physician at the King’s court, even though all Jews were expelled from England nearly a century before. Jacob wants Crispin to find stolen parchments that might be behind the recent, ongoing, gruesome murders of young boys, parchments that someone might have used to bring forth a demon which now stalks the streets and alleys of London.