ALA/ERT Author Forum welcomes women of mystery

Contact: Karee Williams

ALA Conference Services



For Immediate Release

October 28, 2008

CHICAGO—Some of the bestselling female mystery authors will gather in Denver this winter at the American Library Association ALA/ERT Author Forum to discuss the art of revealing “who did it?”.

Erica Spindler, Francine Mathews, Mary Jane Clark and Nancy Atherton will meet together at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colo. to discuss the art of the mystery plot and how all those twists and turns work to reveal the truth.

Sponsored by ALA and ERT, the forum will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23..

New York Times bestselling author
Erica Spindler has written 28 novels, including “Last Known Victim,” “Copycat,” “Killer Takes All,” “See Jane Die,” “Dead Run” and “Bone Cold.” Her novel, “Red
,”was adapted into a popular graphic novel and daytime drama in Japan.

Spindler was awarded the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in 2002 for “Bone Cold,” a thrilling psychological mystery.

Former CIA analyst
Francine Mathews is the author of several suspense novels, including the Nantucket Mysteries series, “Blown,” “The Cutout” and “The Secret Agent.” Her most recent is “The Alibi Club.”

Mathews also writes historical fiction, published under the penname Stephanie Barron, including the Jane Austen mystery series set in 18th century England, and “A Flaw In The Blood”set during the time of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria.

Mary Jane Clark is the bestselling author of 10 novels, including “Do You Want To Know A Secret,” “Do You Promise Not To Tell,” “Let Me Whisper In Your Ear” and “Close To You.” Her latest novel, “It Only Takes A Moment,” is a tale of suspense about tracing down a daughter’s kidnapper.

Nancy Atherton is the author of the Aunt Dimity mystery series, so far with 13 installments. The first, “Aunt Dimity’s Death,” was voted “one of the century’s 100 favorite mysteries” by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

Atherton’s latest novel in the series, “Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter,” concerns a worry-wart mother whose twins come home from school one day and give her something truly scary to worry about: signs of a vampire encounter.

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