Whodunit? Female authors, that’s who. Women mystery writers will be in the spotlight at Ladies of Intrigue, an all-day literary event Oct. 3, sponsored by the Orange County chapter of Sisters in Crime.
Curious about how mystery writers come up with characters and misdeeds? Topics covered by author-panelists will include The Lighter Side of Mystery (cozies), Dark and Dirty (the tougher stuff), and Growing Up Dangerous (young adult titles, currently a hot sub-genre). More than a dozen authors are participating, including Anne Cleeland, a Southern California native who makes her home in Newport Beach but writes her New Scotland Yard series with the authority of a Brit. Local radio show host (and Orange Coast contributing writer) Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is one of the moderators.
The event’s guest speakers are internationally known best-selling writers Carol Higgins Clark and Catriona McPherson. As Gayle Carline, O.C. SinC president notes, “Carol has followed her mother Mary Higgins Clark’s footsteps as a world-class author. And Catriona juggles her many mysteries with her duties as president of the National Sisters in Crime organization.”
This marks the second time that the local SinC has sponsored Ladies of Intrigue, which includes a luncheon. The 2014 inaugural event drew more than 100 attendees, and included a memorable shakeup—when a 4.1 earthquake interrupted one of the guest speakers.
With or without an earthquake, the gathering promises to be criminally lively and tickets are available at the organization’s website. Ladies of Intrigue, Oct. 3, Hotel Huntington Beach, 7667 Center St., Huntington Beach, ocsistersincrime.org