Mystery Writers: Susan Bickford, Nancy Boyarsky & Janet Dawson

Event date: 

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Event address: 

276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563-2504
Susan Bickford
Dread of Winter
Nancy Boyarsky
The Ransom
Janet Dawson
The Devil Close Behind

Praise for Susan Bickford:

“By the end of the first chapter I was totally hooked.”-- Lisa Black
“Gripping, chilling, and original . . .  is sure to stay with you for a long, long time.”-- Eric Rickstad

Susan Alice Bickford was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Central New York. Her passion for technology pulled her to Silicon Valley, where she became an executive at a leading technology company. She now works as an independent consultant, and continues to be fascinated by all things high tech. She splits her time between Silicon Valley and Vermont. Her first novel, A Short Time to Die, launched her career as an acclaimed writer of dark suspense. Visit her on Facebook or at


Praise for Nancy Boyarsky:

“Nicole Graves is a charming and straight-shooting heroine” -- Foreword Reviews

“Boyarsky’s weightless complications expertly combine menace with bling, making the heroine’s adventures both nightmarish and dreamy.” -- Kirkus Reviews

Nancy Boyarsky is the award-winning author of the Nicole Graves mysteries. Nancy's books have been compared to Mary Higgins Clark and are praised for contributing to the "women-driven mystery field with panache" (Foreword Reviews) as well as for their "hold-onto-the-bar roller coaster" plots (RT Book Reviews). ancy has been a writer and editor for her entire working career. She coauthored Backroom Politics, a New York Times notable book, with her husband Bill Boyarsky. She has written several textbooks on the justice system as well as written articles for publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and McCall's. She also contributed to political anthologies, including In the Running, about women's political campaigns, and The Challenge of California by the late Eugene Lee. In addition to her writing career, she was communications director for political affairs for ARCO. Her debut novel The Swap -- book one of the Nicole Graves Mysteries -- won the prestigious Eric Hoffer award for Best Micro Press Book of the Year. Nancy is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a major in English literature. She lives in Los Angeles. Readers can connect with her online at her website


Praise for Janet Dawson:

“There’s so much to love in Susan Bickford’s newest novel, Dread of Winter: a profound sense of place, the visceral evocation of a bitter winter’s cold, a dead-on depiction of the pit of despair that is the opioid epidemic, and language so beautiful on the page it’ll give you goosebumps.  I’m a newcomer to Bickford’s work, but I’m putting her on my list of must-read authors. You should, too.”-- William Kent Krueger

Janet Dawson is the author of thirteen novels about PI Jeri Howard. Kindred Crimes won the St. Martin’s Press/PWA best first PI novel contest, also earning Shamus, Macavity, and Anthony nominations. Another in the series, Bit Player, was shortlisted for a Golden Nugget Award. Dawson’s short stories include a Shamus nominee and a Macavity winner, and other novels include her California Zephyr series. She is past president of the Northern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and lives in East Bay region.



Dread of Winter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496705969
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Published: Kensington - October 29th, 2019

The Ransom: A Nicole Graves Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611533170
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Published: Light Messages Publishing - September 24th, 2019

The Devil Close Behind: A Jeri Howard Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781564746061
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Published: Perseverance Press - September 9th, 2019