Sisters in Crime Night (hosted by Marty Wingate)

An evening of readings from local crime and mystery authors

Third Place Books is pleased to welcome the long-standing Lake Forest Park writing group, Sisters in Crime, for an evening of readings from group members. The festivities will be hosted by Marty Wingate, author of The Orphans of Mersea HouseThe Librarian Always Rings Twice, and Murder Is a Must.

This event is free and open to the public. The evening's readers will include, ML Barrs, Alice K. Boatwright, Luanne C. Brown, Wendy Church, Curt Colbert, Martha Crites, Roxanne Dunn, Leslie J. Hall, KB Jackson, Linda Norlander, and Candace Robb.

No RSVP required!

A high school dropout at fifteen, Maria Barrs earned her GED, went to college, and got a job as a TV news reporter. She worked her way up to News Director in Dallas Texas, then General Manager at the ABC station in Sacramento, CA, before deciding what she really wants to do is write mysteries. Her debut novel, Parallel Secrets, is the first in a series featuring Vicky Robeson, a TV journalist, travel writer, and fierce seeker of truth—who has trouble facing her own.

Alice K. Boatwright is the award-winning author of the Ellie Kent mysteries, Under an English Heaven, What Child Is This? and In the Life Ever After. She has also published other fiction for adults and children, including dozens of short stories. Her first collection, Unaccompanied Bach, is due out in 2024. A past president of the Puget Sound chapter of Sisters in Crime, she is currently the convenor of the UK Crime Writers Association’s North America chapter.

Luanne C. Brown, author of Nora Peters and the Secret of the Mystic Pearl, has worn many hats, most of them with fountain pens sticking out of the brim. When she's not volunteering her time for various causes or working on her next story, she writes articles for and about high-tech companies in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two children, six grandchildren, and a mini-Aussie Shepherd named Linka.

Wendy Church, PhD, is the author of the Jesse O’Hara mysteries, the first of which, Murder on the Spanish Seas, was named by Booklist as a Top 10 Debut Mystery Thriller of 2023. The second in the series, Murder Beyond the Pale, takes the brilliant, profane and hard drinking Jesse to Ireland. Wendy's Shadows of Chicago Mysteries series debuts in March 2024 with Knife Skills. She has also authored a variety of nonfiction works, including a PhD dissertation in bioresource engineering, a few textbooks and book chapters on critical global issues, and a number of inappropriately long Facebook posts about navigating gluten free pizza, alien probing, and the relationship between yoga and Lord of the Rings. Wendy lives in Seattle, Washington with her partner and several animals.

Curt Colbert is the author of the Rat City series of hardboiled P.I. novels set in late 1940's Seattle. Curt also is the editor of Seattle Noir, an anthology of noir short stories. In addition, he is the co-author of the Barking Detective series, writing with Waverly Fitzgerald under the pen name, Waverly Curtis. The 4th book in the Rat City series, Nowhere Town, will be published in late 2024.

Martha Crites is the author of two mystery novels with mental health themes—Grave Disturbance and Danger to Others. She worked in community and inpatient mental health for many years and taught at the Quileute Tribal School on the Washington coast.

Author of Murder UnrehearsedMurder Undetected, and soon-to-be-released Murder Richly Deserved, Roxanne Dunn has studied writing in Paris and Seattle. A prairie girl first, big-city health care provider second, she now lives on a tiny island in the bright blue Salish Sea, where she writes, grows flowers, and is learning to tap dance. And cooks, cleans, does yoga, texts her grandchildren, tries to teach her husband how to make pie crust, and makes sure she has clean underwear. Her life is rich and full. She likes to quote essayist John Burroughs: “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, and all the friends I want to see.”

Leslie J. Hall the author of the Kaitlyn Willis Road Signs mysteries, a humorous, PG-rated, amateur sleuth series starring a NW code enforcement officer. Leslie is a lover of words and sharing her love with others. She began her writing journey in elementary school where she co-wrote her first mystery story: How To Wash a Ghost. When not writing mysteries and women’s fiction, Leslie is a cheerleader for beginning writers through teaching and critiquing and after that you’ll find her at the beach with a book in her hand. Leslie lives in Bremerton, WA with her husband and cat, Mia. Learn more about her writing and her classes at

Kate B Jackson (KB Jackson) is an author of mystery novels for grownups and mystery/adventure novels for kids. She lives in the Pacific NW with her husband and has four mostly-grown children. A part-time genealogist, she loves to craft stories with elements of history and family dynamics. Book two in her Sasquatch Hunters middle grade series, The Sasquatch of Harriman Lake, releases February 20,2024. The sequel to Secrets Don’t Sink in her Chattertowne Mysteries series, Secrets in Pink, is due to be released July 2, 2024, and the first in her Cruising Sisters Mysteries series, Until Depths Do Us Part will be available April 30, 2024.

Linda Norlander is the author of A Cabin by the Lake mystery series set in Northern Minnesota. Each mystery takes place in a different season. The first book in her new series, Death of Goldie’s Mistress, will debut in 2024. Norlander has published award winning short stories, op-ed pieces and short humor featured in regional and national publications. Before taking up the pen to write murder mysteries, she worked in end-of-life care. Norlander resides in Tacoma, Washington with her spouse.

In 20 crime novels and two fictional biographies Candace Robb has brought to life the rich culture of the late medieval period, from the arts to the politics. In the past few months Severn House has repackaged and re-released the first 10 Owen Archer mysteries for the US and Canadian markets, and will publish the 15th  in the series next fall. The most recent, A Fox in the Fold, received a starred review by PW, “a standout”. Candace lives in Seattle and considers the city of York her second home. For more information, including her blog, visit:

Marty Wingate writes mysteries and histories—all fiction and all set in Britain. Her new historical mystery series, The London Ladies Murder Club, is set in 1921 and inspired by the real-life Useful Women agency. The first two books, A Body on the Doorstep and A Body at the Séance, are out now. Marty also writes the Potting Shed and Birds of a Feather mysteries in addition to standalone historical fiction including Glamour Girls and The Orphans of Mersea House. Marty prefers on-the-ground research, and so she and her husband regularly travel to Britain, where she can be found tracing the steps of her characters, stopping for tea and a slice of Victoria sponge in a café, or enjoying a swift half in a pub.

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