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Author Discussion & Signing with Robert Goldsborough

Title: STOP the Presses!  The very latest in the New Nero & Archie Series.

(Publishers Weekly 1/4/16 pp 34-35)

Stop the Presses! A Nero Wolfe Mystery Robert Goldsborough. Mysteriouspress.com/ Open Road, $14.99 trade paper (250p) ISBN 978-1-5040-2357-3 Goldsborough’s outstanding 11th Nero Wolfe pastiche provides a sedate contrast to the previous volume, 2015’s Archie in the Crosshairs, which opened with a bang, as someone shot at Archie Goodwin, Wolfe’s leg man, on his way home. Lon Cohen of the New York Gazette asks for Wolfe’s help after his paper’s most-read and most-notorious writer, Cameron Clay, receives death threats. Since Clay’s column routinely ruffles feathers, that’s not an unusual occurrence, but the writer views the current threats as more serious. Wolfe agrees to meet with Clay and gets a list of the five people most likely to pose a danger to him, including a real estate magnate and Clay’s diva exwife. But after the columnist rejects protection, he’s found dead of a gunshot wound, and the Gazette’s publisher asks Wolfe to challenge the police’s verdict of suicide. Offering one of his most surprising solutions, Goldsborough again demonstrates an impressive ability to emulate Rex Stout’s narrative voice.

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Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are tasked with protecting the most hated columnist in New York City
 

There are few people Nero Wolfe respects, and Lon Cohen of the New York Gazette is one of them. So when Cohen asks for a favor, the famously brilliant—and notoriously lazy—detective is inclined to listen. According to Cohen, someone wants to kill the Gazette’s gossip columnist, Cameron Clay. Death threats are a regular hazard for Clay, who’s hurled insults and accusations at every bold-faced name in the five boroughs. But the latest threats have carried a more sinister tone.
 
The columnist has narrowed his potential killers down to five people: an egomaniacal developer, a disgraced cop, a corrupt councilman, a sleazy lawyer, and his ex-wife. But when Clay turns up dead, the cops deem it a suicide. The bigwigs at the Gazette don’t agree, so they retain Wolfe and his indefatigable assistant, Archie Goodwin, to figure out which of the suspects had the mettle to pull the trigger.

 

About the Author


Robert Goldsborough (b. 1937) is an American author best known for continuing Rex Stout s famous Nero Wolfe series. Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University and upon graduation went to work for the Associated Press, beginning a lifelong career in journalism that would include long periods at the "Chicago Tribune" and "Advertising Age". While at the "Tribune", Goldsborough began writing mysteries in the voice of Rex Stout, the creator of iconic sleuths Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Goldsborough s first novel starring Wolfe, "Murder in E Minor" (1986), was met with acclaim from both critics and devoted fans, winning a Nero Award from the Wolfe Pack. Nine more Wolfe mysteries followed, including "Death on Deadline "(1987) and "Fade to Black" (1990). His most recent book is "Archie in the Crosshairs "

 

 

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Author Discussion & Signing with Michael A. Black

Author: Michael A. Black

Title: Legends of the West: A Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves Western

Date: December 7, 2019

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 PM

 

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The Indian Territory, 1879--Two men are on a collision course. Bass Reeves, who wears a deputy marshal's star, has sworn to uphold the law. The other is Marion Michael Donovan, a ruthless killer who murdered his first man at age fourteen. In the Indian Territories to investigate a group of white men selling guns to the Indians, Reeves enlists the help of an Indian deputy, Walks as Bear. Donovan has taken over the town of Temptation and, using a stolen Gatling gun, plans to rob a train carrying a shipment of gold. After discovering that Donovan is responsible for the murder of some Texas Rangers, Reeves finds himself in a race against time to stop the killers and prevent another massacre.

 

Michael A. Black holds an MFA degree in Fiction Writing from Columbia College, and has been a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago for the past twenty-eight years. His short stories have been published in a variety of anthologies and magazines including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Mike's other novels include A Killing Frost, Windy City Knights, and A Final Judgment, featuring private investigator Ron Shade. He has also written two standalone thrillers, The Heist and Freeze Me, Tender.

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Author Discussion & Signing with Tracy Clark

Title: What You Don't See

Author: Tracy Clark

Date: June 5, 2020

Day: Friday

Time: 7:00 PM

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Former cop Cass Raines knows the streets of Chicago all too well. Now she’s a private investigator and getting an exclusive glimpse into how the other half lives—and how they die . . .
 
Wealth. Power. Celebrity. Vonda Allen’s glossy vanity magazine has taken the Windy City by storm, and she’s well on her way to building a one-woman media empire. Everybody adores her. Except the people who work for her. And the person who’s sending her flowers with death threats . . .
 
As Vonda’s bodyguard, off-duty cop Ben Mickerson knows he could use some back-up—and no one fits the bill better than his ex-partner on the police force, Cass Raines. Now a full-time private eye, Cass is reluctant to take the job. She isn’t keen on playing babysitter to a celebrity who’s rumored to be a heartless diva. But as a favor to Ben, she signs on. But when Vonda refuses to say why someone might be after her, and two of her staff turn up dead, Ben and Cass must battle an unknown assailant bent on getting to the great lady herself, before someone else dies.
 
Cass finds out the hard way just how persistent a threat they face during the first stop on Vonda’s book tour. As fans clamour for her autograph, things take an ugly turn when a mysterious fan shows up with flowers and slashes Ben with a knife. While her ex-partner’s life hangs in the balance, Cass is left to find out what secrets Vonda is keeping, who might want her dead, and how she can bring Ben’s attacker to justice before enemies in the Chicago Police Department try to stop her in her tracks . . .

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About the Author


Tracy Clark is the author of the highly acclaimed Chicago Mystery Series featuring ex-homicide cop turned PI Cassandra Raines, a hard-driving, African-American protagonist who works the mean streets of the Windy City dodging cops, cons, killers, and thugs. She received Anthony Award and Lefty Award nominations for her series debut, Broken Places, which was also shortlisted for the American Library Association’s RUSA Reading List, named a CrimeReads Best New PI Book of 2018, a Midwest Connections Pick, and a Library Journal Best Books of the Year. In addition to her Cass Raines novels, Tracy’s short story “For Services Rendered,” appears in the anthology Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African‑American Authors. A native of Chicago, she works as an editor in the newspaper industry and roots for the Cubs, Sox, Bulls, Bears, and Blackhawks equally. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, PI Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a Mystery Writers of America Midwest board member. Find Tracy on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @tracypc6161, or visit her online at TracyClarkBooks.com.

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Author Discussion & Signing with T.G. Wolff

Date: December 8, 2019 

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM

Title: Widow's Run

Author: T. G. Wolff

Description

One night in Rome. One car. One dead scientist. Italian police investigate, but in the end, all they have are kind words for the new widow. Months later, a video emerges challenging the facts. Had he stepped into traffic, or was he pushed? The widow returns to the police, but they have little interest and no answers. Exit the widow.

Enter Diamond. One name for a woman with one purpose. Resurrecting her CIA cover, she follows the shaky video down the rabbit hole. Her widow’s run unearths a plethora of suspects: the small-time crook, the mule-loving rancher, the lady in waiting, the Russian bookseller, the soon-to-be priest. Following the stink greed leaves in its wake reveals big lies and ugly truths.

Murder is filthy business. Good thing Diamond plays dirty.

 

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From & About Author

I am TG Wolff, mystery writer and Civil Engineer. I have always loved puzzles. It doesn't matter if the puzzles are made of words, numbers, or pictures. I dig on "figuring it out." Becoming an engineer was a natural, because that what I do -- figure out why things are broken, figure out how to fix them.

In my day job, I am a Civil Engineer. I hold a Bachelor’s from Case Western Reserve University and a Master’s from Cleveland State University. I started in the Transportation field, designing roadways and the water systems that support them. After working nights on my Master’s degree, I began working in the water and wastewater industry, specializing in Clean Water Act compliance. Currently, I work for one of the largest self-performing General Contractors in the Midwest, helping with the projects that keep our water clean and our communities strong.

I love reading mysteries for the "figuring it out." Over ten years ago while living in Cleveland, Ohio and working on a project in Northern Kentucky, with little to fill the time along the I-71 corridor, I began create puzzles, mini “whodunits” that kept my mind alert. The  puzzles became short stories and, eventually, full length mysteries. While I am an avid reader of mysteries and thrillers, I love, in capital letters, LOVE, creating mysteries for the reader to solve and enjoy.

As a mystery writer, I create the whodunits, and then work backwards to create the story that will be read front-to-back. I’m not a cop or a lawyer. My stories aren’t police procedurals or legal thrillers. My stories are about the plot, the mystery, with a fun twist of humor that makes life entertaining. I like to make you think but give you everything you need to solve the problem.

 

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Author Discussion & Signing with Karen Abbott

Title: The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America 

Author: Karen Abbott*

Date: October 25, 2019

Day: Friday

Time: 7:00 PM

*Also, Abbott is not only having her signing at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, but she is returning Saturday at 11:00 AM to occupy Centuries & Sleuths coffin as the Forest Park Flapper for the Forest Park's Chamber of Commerce's Casket Race. If you have seen Ms. Abbott you know she will be one of the best looking Forest Park Flappers to attend this Forest Park tradition.

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The epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multi-millionaire. The press calls him "King of the Bootleggers," writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new cars for the women. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. 

Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt's bosses at the Justice Department hired her right out of law school, assuming she'd pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they maintain with Remus. Eager to prove them wrong, she dispatches her best investigator, Franklin Dodge, to look into his empire. It's a decision with deadly consequences. With the fledgling FBI on the case, Remus is quickly imprisoned for violating the Volstead Act. Her husband behind bars, Imogene begins an affair with Dodge. Together, they plot to ruin Remus, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government--and that can only end in murder. 

Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, The Ghosts of Eden Park is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive.

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About the Author


Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second CityAmerican Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor.. She has written for newyorker.com, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington PostSmithsonian MagazineSalon and other publications. Her next book, The Ghosts of Eden Park, will be published by Crown on August 6.  A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City.

 

 

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Author Discussion & Signing with Raymond Benson

Title: Blues in the Dark

Author: Raymond Benson

Date: October 26, 2019

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 PM

 

Karissa Glover is a movie producer who moves into a decrepit but functional old mansion in the West Adams Heights area of Los Angeles, where black celebrities of yesteryear—Hattie McDaniel, Louise Beavers, and others—once resided. The former owner was a white actress, Blair Kendrick, who often starred as the "bad girl"—a femme fatale—in films noir of the 1940s. However, Blair’s career was cut short when she was tragically killed by the mob after allegedly witnessing the slaying of a corrupt studio head in 1949.

As Karissa and her producing partner decide to develop a modern film noir about Blair Kendrick, malevolent forces from the past attempt to stop them—first with intimidation, and then with the thread of murder.
 
Is this because Karissa has learned that Blair was involved in a then-taboo interracial relationship with jazz musician Hank Marley? What really happened on the night that death struck in a dimly lit studio mogul’s office? The consequences of Blair and Hank’s doomed love affair still resonate in the present day as Karissa attempts to unravel Blair’s secrets.

Seeping with mystery, intrigue, Hollywood history, and forbidden romance, Blues in the Dark is Raymond Benson at his most insightful and page-turning best.

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About the Author


Raymond Benson is most well-known for being the third—and first American—author to be commissioned by the James Bond literary estate to write the 007 novels between 1996–2002. He is the author of thirty-six books, including the New York Times bestselling The Black Stiletto series, now in development as a feature film, and most recently The Secrets on Chicory Lane. Benson lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Sisters in Crime (Chicago) Meeting.

 

Pomodoros and Chocolate: Motivation and Productivity for the Writer

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 11 a.m.

Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park, Illinois

Sisters in Crime national vice-president (and SinCC chapter member) Lori Rader-Day leads an interactive session on tips and tools for improving your writing productivity, keeping yourself motivated, and getting the help you need to finish your next project. Bring a notebook and pen, your calendar, and your best idea for building discipline and making and meeting goals. Free and open to the public.

 

Lori Rader-Day

Mary Higgins Clark Award- and Anthony Award-winning author of

 The Black Hour (2014), Little Pretty Things (2015), The Day I Died(2017), and Under a Dark Sky (2018)

Author event with L.D.Barnes

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A lifelong Chicagoan who attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Roosevelt University, L. D. Barnes has blogged about jazz for ChicagoSmooth internet radio, was published in Revise The Psalm, Work Celebrating The Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, The BAC Street Journal, and the Tallgrass 'Home' Anthology.  She lives with her retired Chicago Policeman husband and her cat Cleopatra.  She is a member of FLOW(For Love of Writing), Longwood Writer's Guild and Mystery Writers of America - Midwest Chapter.


The 107th St.Murder

In mid-October of 1978, the body of a young blonde tumbles from a garbage truck parked at the edge of the landfill, Mt. Trashmore, on Chicago's southeast side.  Newly paired partners Rachael Culpepper and Tony Breese of the Chicago Police Detective Unit are assigned the case. They navigate the twists, turns, and lies of 107th Street to find her murderer.  This 70's era Chicago murder-mystery presents a realistic portrait of the south side communities of Beverly and Mt. Greenwood with their legendary class rivalries as Culpepper and Breese follow a trail that leads inexorably to the shocking culprit.

 

Join us as we welcome L.D.Barnes for

her mystery ,The 107th St.Murder

on January26 at 2 p.m.

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