Mystery Authors Glenda Carroll, Janet Dawson, Wendy Hornsby & Simon Wood Introduce Their Latest Books

Event date: 

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Event address: 

276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563-2504
Glenda Carroll
Drop Dead Red cover
Janet Dawson
The Ghost in Roomette Four cover
Wendy Hornsby
Number 7 Rue Jacob cover
Simon Wood
Saving Grace cover

Drop Dead Red (A Trisha Carson Mystery) by Glenda Carroll

"A smart, steadfast gumshoe who, in her second book, continues to flourish...Carroll's writing bounces off the page." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Looking for a cool read after a hot weekend? Drop Dead Red is great fun, and intriguing - the theme is swimming, the murders are a mystery. Way to go, Glenda!" -- Lynn Sherr, New York Times bestselling author of Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space and Swim, and is a former ABC correspondent for 20/20

"Glenda Carroll, in her new novel, Drop Dead Red leads us through the nooks and crannies she knows so well in San Francisco and its neighbor, Marin County. Her heroine, Trish Carson, a sports swimmer, has intimate knowledge of those hearty souls who swim in icy cold lakes. Put these elements together with an unusual murder of ... swim leader, Shari Grantner, a beautiful, complex redhead, and the suspects around her, you have a mystery worth reading." -- Rita Lakin, author of the Getting Old is Murder series

Glenda Carroll wrote a weekly sailing column for the Marin Independent Journal for 19 years. She has written for local, national and international sailing publications and has contributed travel features to the San Francisco Chronicle, Travel & Leisure, and more. Drop Dead Red is the second book in the Trisha Carson Mystery series. Her debut thriller was Dead in the Water. Both books are based on personal experience in open water swimming. Currently, she works for the San Francisco Giants in Guest Services, a baseball junkies' dream job. In the off season, she tutors high school students in English. Glenda has an M.A. from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and a B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.  She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Visit


The Ghost in Roomette Four (A California Zephyr Mystery) by Janet Dawson

"Engrossing..." -- Gumshoe

"...a murder mystery a la Dame Agatha..." -- Terry Shames, author of the Samuel Craddock Mystery Series

Janet Dawson has written twelve novels with Oakland private investigator Jeri Howard and two novels featuring Zephyrette Jill McLeod. Her first Jeri Howard book, Kindred Crimes, won the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for best first private eye novel. It was nominated in the best first category for three mystery awards, the Shamus, the Macavity and the Anthony. Dawson is a long-time member of Mystery Writers of America, serving as MWA NorCal president and chair of the Edgar Allan Poe awards. She also belongs to Sisters in Crime. She enjoys birding, riding on trains, gardening, going to the theatre and museums, and thinks afternoon tea is a most civilized English tradition. She loves cats but denies being a crazy cat lady.Visit


Number 7, Rue Jacob (a Maggie MacGowen Mystery) by Wendy Hornsby

"A tour de force...explosive...thought-provoking, gripping, and compelling..." -- Publishers Weekly

"...strong, sexy, and real..." -- New York Times

"...sad, funny, genuinely big-hearted, deft and moving..." -- James Ellroy

Wendy Hornsby is an Edgar award-winning author and has written eleven previous mysteries, nine of them featuring investigative filmmaker Maggie MacGowen. A retired professor of history, she lives in Northern California. Visit


Saving Grace  (Fleetwood and Sheils Book 2) by Simon Wood

“Suspenseful and absorbing. Saving Grace pulls you in and keeps you guessing—and holding your breath. I couldn’t put it down.” -- Meg Gardiner, author of Unsub

“Nail-biting suspense in a high-stakes thriller. Simon Wood’s gift is a dizzying pace packed with twists and turns to the very last enjoyable word.”  -- Robert Dugoni, New York TimesWall Street Journal and Amazon bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave

“Simon Wood grabs you by the throat on page one and takes you on a wild thrill ride. A nail-biter from start to finish!”  -- D.M. Pulley, author of The Unclaimed Victim

Simon Wood is a transplant from England who now lives in California. He’s a former competitive race-car driver, a licensed pilot, an endurance cyclist, an animal rescuer, and an occasional PI. He shares his world with his wife, Julie; a longhaired dachshund; and a multitude of cats and chickens. He’s the Anthony Award–winning author of Deceptive Practices, Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, the Aidy Westlake series, and The One That Got Away, which has been optioned for film. Saving Grace is his second novel in the Fleetwood and Sheils series, following Paying the Piper. He also writes horror under the pen name Simon Janus. Curious people can learn more at



Drop Dead Red (Trisha Carson Mystery #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999110904
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Published: Glenda Carroll - October 4th, 2017

The Ghost in Roomette Four: A California Zephyr Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781564745989
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Published: Perseverance Press - April 7th, 2018

Number 7, Rue Jacob: A Maggie Macgowen Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781564745996
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Published: Perseverance Press - April 7th, 2018

Saving Grace (Fleetwood and Sheils #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542046442
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - January 9th, 2018