How to wring something positive out of one huge negative—that was the challenge I set for myself this spring. America, and the world, had shut down, locked down, were sheltering in place like victims of a mass shooting. But this enemy was invisible. The coronavirus, COVID-19, had arrived.
The Ladies of Intrigue one day mystery conference will be taking place at the Hotel Huntington Beach on October 2 and will feature an awesome group of female mystery writers. It will also be the career event finale of award winning mystery author Carolyn Hart, where she will be interviewed by Rhys Bowen. We took a moment to chat with Carolyn, and with Debbie Mitsch, owner of the Mystery Ink Bookstore, who is sponsoring the event this year.
In the early 1970s, Carolyn Weston began writing crime novels featuring San Francisco Police Sergeants Al Krug and Casey Kellog. These novels would become the basis for the television series The Streets of San Francisco, starring Michael Douglas and Karl Malden. Now Robin Burcell skillfully continues the original three-novel series, albeit with a few modern updates. Cell phones, social media, and computer surveillance are introduced, and Burcell very wisely softens Al Krug's character just enough to make him less likely to be sued, fired, or arrested.
FBI agent, Sydney Fitzpatrick, could never have realized that the investigation she began into her father’s death would place her in the middle of an international plot, risk national security and cost the lives of innocents. Unfortunately, while she may have solved the murder of her father in Face of a Killer, by this fifth in the series Sydney is immersed further in the mystery that began with her father, drew the attention of multiple law enforcement agencies and threatened the safety of a nation.