October is spooky season and for book lovers that means Mystery Month. Mystery Month celebrates the mystery authors who keep readers in suspense wondering whodunit? Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. you can hear from six mystery authors from the Sacramento region at a special event put on by the Folsom Public Library and the Mystery Writers of America’s NorCal Chapter.
The event will take place in the Library Meeting Room and feature a panel of authors talking about their latest books and their path to getting published. Authors Claire Booth, Pat Canterbury, James L’Etoile, Catriona McPherson, Eileen Rendahl, and Faye Snowden have published dozens of books and won multiple awards. The panel discussion will be followed by audience Q&A. Copies of their books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Face in a Book bookstore.
This multi-author event is free to attend and open to the community. In addition to writing mystery novels this accomplished group has published short stories, poems, young adult novels, science fiction, true crime, and romance. For more information and their author biographies visit the Folsom Public Library’s website.
The Folsom Public Library is located at 411 Stafford St., Folsom, CA, 95630. Visit the Library’s website for full details. For media inquiries, contact James L’Etoile of the NorCal Chapter of Mystery Writers of America www.jamesletoile.com.
About the authors
Claire Booth is a former journalist who has reported on high-profile stories all over the country, including that of a California cult leader who became the subject of her nonfiction book The False Prophet: Conspiracy, Extortion and Murder in the Name of God. After spending so much time covering crimes so strange and convoluted they seemed more fiction than reality, she had enough of the real world and decided to write novels instead. Her Sheriff Hank Worth mysteries take place in Branson, Missouri, where small-town Ozark politics and big-city country music tourism clash in – yes – strange and convoluted ways. The sixth book in the series, Home Fires, comes out in April 2024. Visit her at www.clairebooth.com.
Patricia E. (Pat) Canterbury is a native Sacramentan, retired State Administrator and world traveler. She has had eight mystery books published. One of her young adult mysteries, The Case of the Bent Spoke, won the 2019 NCPA Honorary Mention for young adults. Her Tanner Sullivan short stories have appeared in six anthologies. Pat is currently finishing the first adult mystery, Tanner Sullivan and the Monkey Picked Mysteries scheduled to launch in February 2024. Pat and her young cat live in Sacramento where they can be reached at Pat’s email: email@example.com and her website: www:patmyst.com
James L’Etoile uses his twenty-nine years behind bars as an influence in his award-winning novel, short stories, and screenplays. He is a former associate warden in a maximum-security prison, a hostage negotiator, and director of California’s state parole system. Black Label earned the Silver Falchion for Best Book by an Attending Author at Killer Nashville and he was nominated for The Bill Crider Award for short fiction. Dead Drop garnered a Lefty and Anthony Award nomination, as well as a Silver Falchion and PSWA win for best novel. Devil Within is his most recent novel. Look for Face of Greed, coming in 2023.You can find out more at www.jamesletoile.com
Catriona McPherson (she/her) was born in Scotland and immigrated to the US in 2010. She writes: preposterous 1930s detective stories, set in the old country and featuring an aristocratic sleuth; modern comedies set in a motel in the new country, specifically in a fictional (yeah, right) college town in northern California, one that we could call Schmavis; and, darker than both of those (which is not difficult), a strand of contemporary psychological thrillers set in Scotland with a lot of Scottish weather.
Her books have won or been shortlisted for the Edgar, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Lefty, the Macavity, the Mary Higgins Clark award and the UK Ellery Queen Dagger. She has just introduced a fresh character in the WWII-era, IN PLACE OF FEAR, which finally marries her love of historicals and her fascination with the city of Edinburgh to her own working-class roots. www.catrionamcpherson.com
Eileen Rendahl is a national-bestselling award-winning author and ghostwriter of mystery, thriller, urban fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has also written as Kristi Abbott, Lillian Bell, and Eileen Carr. If you think you’re confused, imagine what it’s like inside her head. She has had many jobs and lived in many cities and feels unbelievably lucky to be where she is now and to be doing what she’s doing.For more information, visit www.EileenRendahl.com.
Faye Snowden is the award-winning author of noir mysteries, poems and short stories. Her novels include The Savior, Fatal Justice, and A Killing Fire, a dark, southern gothic tale featuring homicide detective Raven Burns. A Killing Fire is first in a four-part series. The sequel, A Killing Rain was long listed for the CWA Gold Dagger award, and won gold in the 2022 Foreword INDIES awards. CrimeReads named it one of the best southern gothic crime fiction novels of 2022. Her short story The Obsession of Abel Tangier is the second to be anthologized in a Best American Mystery & Suspense edition. Faye works and writes from her home in northern California. You can find out more at fayesnowden.com.