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Author Discussion & Signing with Raymond Benson


May 6, 2018

2:00 PM

Author Discussion & Signing with Raymond Benson for his latest mystery novel set in Chicago with drugs & Russian emigres:

In the Hush of the Night 

Chicago Special Agent Annie Marino examines the case of a dead young woman who possesses a tattoo Annie has come across before--that of bloody bear claws. Several deceased women with the tattoo have turned up over the past few years, all suspected of being involved in a vast human trafficking operation. Annie's neighborhood friend, Jason Ward, is a young writer engaged to be married into an upper-class family from a posh Chicago suburb. Jason believes his future brother-in-law, a war veteran, is definitely a bully--but does he also have ties to the Russian mob? Yana Kravec, a woman from St. Petersburg, Russia, has been fraudulently lured into a trafficking scheme and thrown into a horrid and seemingly hopeless situation. She is, however, determined to fight back and escape her captors. Annie's investigation eventually uncovers a sordid plot of procuring slaves overseas and marketing them in the US. Her interests soon coincide with those of Jason and Yana, bringing the trio together to fight against a deadly network of criminals. As the separate lives of these characters collide, their paths ultimately converge in a night of terror and survival in a Michigan forest, where they become the prey of evil men who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.


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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 has been called "a first class thriller craftsman" by Lee Child and "one of the best thriller writers in the business" by David Morrell. 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.


In the Hush of the Night Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510729872
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - May 1st, 2018

The Secrets on Chicory Lane Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510722941
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - October 10th, 2017

Discussion & Signing with Author Patricia Skalka

April 28, 2018:


2:00 PM

Author Signing for Patricia Skalka for her newest novel: 

Death Rides the Ferry (4th Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery)


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Sheriff Dave Cubiak is ensnared in a killer's cunning gambit. It's a sparkling August day on Washington Island and the resonant notes of stringed instruments float on the breeze toward sailboats and the approaching ferry. After a forty-year absence, the Viola da Gamba Festival has returned to the picturesque isle on the tip of Wisconsin's Door County peninsula. Sheriff Dave Cubiak enjoys a rare day off as tourists and a documentary film crew hover around the musicians. The jubilant mood sours when the ferry arrives and an unidentified passenger is found dead. Long-time residents recall with dismay the disastrous festival decades earlier, when another woman died and a valuable sixteenth-century instrument--the fabled yellow viol--vanished, never to be found. Cubiak follows a trail of murder, kidnapping, and false identity that leads back to the calamitous night of the twin tragedies. With the lives of those he holds most dear in peril, the sheriff pursues a ruthless killer into the stormy northern reaches of Lake Michigan.


Photo by B.E. Pinkham


Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, the first three books in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. Skalka turned to fiction following a successful career in nonfiction. Her many credits include: Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, freelancer, ghost writer, writing instructor and book reviewer. Skalka is a member of several professional organizations, including The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Chicago and Door County WI.

Sisters in Crime Special Meeting: Mary Welk's Plaque Dedication

September 23, 2017 Saturday


Sisters in Crime Special Meeting:

Mary Welk's Plaque Dedication


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ISBN: 9781590806333
Availability: Special Order
Published: Echelon Press Publishing - June 1st, 2009

Criminal Mischief: Back-To-Back Caroline Rhodes Novellas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781493598779
Availability: Special Order
Published: Createspace - October 26th, 2013

Authors/Editors Discussion & Signing with Laura Caldwell & Leslie S. Klinger

Authors/Editors For April 1, 2017 (Saturday) at 2:00 PM


Laura Caldwell


Laura Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney who is now a law professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is also director of Life After Innocence and a published author of 14 novels and one nonfiction book.

Before beginning her writing career, Laura was a partner in a Chicago law firm, specializing in medical malpractice defense and entertainment law. In 2001 she joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught Advanced Litigation Writing and International Criminal Law, among others.

Laura began her writing career in women’s fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. Her first book, Burning the Map, was voted as one of the best books of the year by Barnes and Booklist declared “Caldwell is one of the most talented and inventive … writers around,” after the release of The Year of Living Famously and The Night I Got Lucky. The release of her trilogy in 2009 received critical acclaim and nominations for prestigious industry awards.

While researching her sixth novel, The Rome Affair, Laura was led to the criminal case of a young man who was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. Charged with murder, he sat in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years with no trial date. After hearing about his case, Laura joined a renowned criminal defense attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring her first nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (Free Press, Simon & Schuster).

She is published in over 25 countries and her books have been translated into more than 13 languages. Laura is also a freelance magazine writer and has been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman’s Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman’s Weekly, Shore Magazine and others.

Inspired by her court victory and the challenges her client faced in rejoining society, Laura founded Loyola’s Life After Innocence, which assists wrongfully convicted individuals and other innocent persons affected by the criminal justice system in order to help them re-enter society and reclaim their lives.


Leslie S. Klinger


Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, and 19th-century genre fiction. Les is a long-time member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s History Series. He served three terms as Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and on its National Board. He is also the Treasurer of the Horror Writers Association. He lectures frequently on Holmes, Dracula, Lovecraft, and their worlds, including frequent panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Bouchercon, StokerCon, World Horror Convention, World Fantasy Convention, VampireCon, Comicpalooza, WonderCon, and San Diego Comic-Con, and he frequently teaches courses on Holmes and Dracula at UCLA Extension.

Les' work has received numerous awards and nominations, including the Edgar® for Best Critical-Biographical Book in 2005 for The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories and the Anthony for Best Anthology in 2015 for In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (co-edited with Laurie R. King) and two nominations for the Bram Stoker Award® for Best Nonfiction book. His introductions and essays have appeared in numerous books, graphic novels, academic journals, newspapers, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Playboy Magazine; he also reviews books for the Los Angeles Times. He was the technical advisor for Warner Bros. on the film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and served (without credit) in that role for Warner Bros.’ earlier hit Sherlock Holmes (2009). He has consulted on a number of novels, comic books, and graphic novels featuring Holmes and Dracula.

Les attended the University of California where he received an A.B. in English; he also attended the University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he obtained a J.D. degree. He and his wife Sharon have five adult children, six grandchildren, and live in Malibu with their dog and two cats. By day, Les practices law in Westwood, specializing in tax, estate planning, and business law.


Title:  Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted.


Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.

Now, in this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers--including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan--while another exoneree's case is explored in a previously unpublished essay by legendary playwright Arthur Miller. An astonishing and unique collaboration, these testimonies bear witness to the incredible stories of innocent men and women who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into the maw of a vast and deeply flawed American criminal justice system before eventually, and miraculously, being exonerated.

Introduced by best-selling authors Scott Turow and Barry Scheck, these master storytellers capture the tragedy of wrongful convictions as never before and challenge readers to confront the limitations and harsh realities of the American criminal justice system. Lee Child tells of Kirk Bloodsworth, who obsessively read about the burgeoning field of DNA testing, cautiously hoping that it held the key to his acquittal--until he eventually became the first person to be exonerated from death row based on DNA evidence. Judge John Sheldon and author Gayle Lynds team up to share Audrey Edmunds's experience raising her children long distance from her prison cell. And exoneree Gloria Killian recounts to S. J. Rozan her journey from that fateful "knock on the door" and the initial shock of accusation to the scars she carries today.

Together, the powerful stories collected within the Anatomy of Innocence detail every aspect of the experience of wrongful conviction, as well as the remarkable depths of endurance sustained by each exoneree who never lost hope.





Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted Cover Image
By Laura Caldwell (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Scott Turow (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781631490880
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451626599
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Published: Free Press - April 19th, 2014

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By H. P. Lovecraft, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Alan Moore (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780871404534
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 13th, 2014

Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.


SPEAKER: Susan Gibberman of Shaumburg Public Library


TOPIC: Library Science and how to work with libraries to get your book(s) on their shelves.



Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Saturday, April 22  

11:00 a.m.

Centuries & Sleuths


Presenter: Linda Keen (CERT volunteer)

Topic: CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)

CERT, under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.





Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.

Sisters In Crime Meeting

Saturday, March 25 

11:00 a.m.

Centuries & Sleuths

7419 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130


Presenter:  Ellen Schuetzner 
Topic:  Forensic Document Examiner


The scope of forensic document examination is the determination of authorship and authenticity of a questioned document. It includes the non-destructive examination of signatures, handwriting, hand printing, machine-generated documents, computers, alterations, burned and water-soaked documents. She will present information about local cases, such as Operation Greylord, and national cases, such as the Jon Benet Ramsey case. 


Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Topic: Reaching Your Readers through Facebook

Speaker: Denise Kainrath

Time: 11:00 AM



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