Writing and Researching Historical Mysteries
Saturday, October 15: 12-2 p.m.
Laurel Books, 1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA
I will be moderating this panel on Writing and Researching Historical Mysteries with participants Rhys Bowen, Tony Broadbent, Laurie R. King, and Catriona McPherson. This event is sponsored by Mystery Writers of America NorCal. Free.
Rhys Bowen is the Bestselling Author of the Royal Spyness Series, Molly Murphy Mysteries,
and Constable Evans mysteries. She has won the Agatha Best Novel Award and has
been nominated for the Edgar Best Novel. Rhys currently writes two mystery series,
the atmospheric Molly Murphy novels, about a feisty Irish immigrant in
1900s New York City, and the funny and sexy Royal Spyness mysteries,
about a penniless minor royal in 1930s Britain. Her books have made
bestseller lists, garnered many awards, nominations, and starred
reviews. She was born in England and married into a family with historic
royal connections. She now divides her time between California and
Tony Broadbent was born in
Windsor, England. Grew up in Burnham, Buckinghamshire. Attended Burnham
Grammar School (as did Tracey Ullman and Jimmy Carr...so the place was
obviously a lot of laughs). He graduated from the London College of
Printing—rated one of the top design colleges in the world. And then
worked as a copywriter and creative director at international
advertising agencies in London, New York, and San Francisco—where he
then opened his own agency. His debut novel The Smoke won critical acclaim. Booklist named Spectres In The Smoke—the
second title in the series..."one of the best Spy Novels of 2006". He
is a Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award Winner, a
Macavity/Sue Feder Historical Award Nominee and a San Francisco Library
Laureate. In addition to 'The Smoke Series' of novels, Tony has written short
stories—one a contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson; the
other, a moment in time for a NYPD bomb disposal officer—and a
stand-alone novel that touches upon the early days of The Beatles: The One After 9:09—A Mystery With A Backbeat.
Laurie R. King is the third generation in her family native to the San
Francisco area. She spent her childhood reading her way through
libraries up and down the West Coast; her middle years raising children,
renovating houses, traveling the world, and doing a BA and MA in
theology. King now lives a
genteel life of crime, on California’s central coast. Her crime novels
are both serial and stand-alone. First in the hearts of most readers
comes Mary Russell, who met the retired Sherlock Holmes in 1915 and became his apprentice, then his partner. Beginning with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice,
Russell and Holmes move through the Teens and Twenties in amiable
discord, challenging each other to ever greater feats of detection.
Catriona McPherson was born in Edinburgh and lived
there, in Ayrshire, in Dumfriesshire and in Galloway before moving to
California in 2010. A born swot, she I finally left school at age thirty with a PhD in
linguistics from Edinburgh University. Proper jobs have included banking
(hopeless), library work in local studies and fine art (marvellous),
and a short burst of academia (miserable). She is now a full-time writer
and hopes never to have a proper job again. When not writing, she is
reading, gardening, cooking and baking, cycling in Davis, running
through walnut orchards, getting to grips with this outlandish and
enormous country (26 states visited so far) and practizing an extreme
form of Scotch thrift*, from eating home-grown food to
dumpster-diving/skip-surfing for major appliances. *when "making a
living" as a writer, thrift helps a lot. A former academic linguist,
she is now a full-time fiction writer, the multi- award-winning author
of the Dandy Gilver detective stories, set in Scotland in the 1920s.
She also writes a strand of award-winning contemporary standalone novels
including Edgar-finalist THE DAY SHE DIED and Mary Higgins Clark
finalist THE CHILD GARDEN.
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