Member News – June 2019

Cynthia Blair (Cynthia Baxter)’s 3rd Lickety Splits Mystery, LAST LICKS, is now available for pre-order. It will be released by Kensington Books on December 31, 2019. The second book, HOT FUDGE MURDER, came out in Feb 2019.

Alice K. Boatwright was interviewed about the Ellie Kent mysteries for, an annual online celebration held from May 13 to 24. Click here to read the interview.

Jeffrey D. Briggs held a book launch celebration on Sun, June 2nd in honor of the publication of the first Seattle Waterfront Mystery series first book, OUT OF THE COLD DARK SEA.

Leslie Budewitz will be at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park on Thurs, June 6th, 7 pm, talking about her 4th Spice Shop Mystery, CHAI ANOTHER DAY. It is set in Seattle at Pike Place Market and will be released by Seventh Street Books on June 11th.

Gail Matelson’s new children’s chapter book, THE DOORS OF LAURUS LAND, was published in May. It is a fantasy/mystery that challenges the young reader’s creativity.

Jeanne Matthews’s latest blog, “It Pays to Increase Your Word Power,” was published in BURIED UNDER BOOKS on April 19, 2019.

Erica Miner will give the Seattle Symphony Pre-Concert Lectures on Till Eulenspiegel by Richard Strauss at Benaroya Hall, Seattle on June 13, 14, and 15. She is also busy researching her third mystery, which will be set at the San Francisco Opera.

Candace Robb is just back from England where she was supporting the launch of the 11th Owen Archer, A CONSPIRACY OF WOLVES, in York, where the series is set. She gave talks at the Leeds Library, Pontefract Castle, and the DeGrey Lecture Theatre of York St. John University in York. Now available in England, the book will be released in the US in August. Visit her new website for details.

Sandra Terhune Bickler will team-teach “Partners in Crime: Police Practices for Writers” with her husband, Steven Bickler, on Sat., July 13, 1-5 pm, at The Barn Writers’ Studio, Bainbridge Island. This team-taught, interactive course offers a comprehensive introduction to general aspects of law enforcement for writers to enhance their understanding and portrayal of police practices in their writing. Both Sandy and Steve are retired police officers from the Santa Monica Police Department.

Marty Wingate has been in England doing research for her new First Edition Library Mystery series, which is set in Bath. The first book, THE BODIES IN THE LIBRARY, is available for pre-order now.

James W. Ziskin’s 6th Ellie Stone mystery, A STONE’S THROW, is a finalist for a 2019 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Winners will be announced this fall at Bouchercon in Dallas.