Sun, Sand & Suspense: Mystery and Crime Fiction, Florida: 1895-2011
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Sun, Sand & Suspense posterIn celebration of the Bienes Museum for the Modern Book’s Sun, Sand & Suspense: Mystery and Crime Fiction in Florida 1895-2011 Exhibit, Florida Center for the Book and the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America invite you to two Tuesday evening panel discussions with some fabulous Florida crime fiction writers.

Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

Flagrantly Floridian: Julie Compton, Michael Haskins, and Sharon Potts

Julie Compton is the internationally published author of two thrillers, Tell No Lies and Rescuing Olivia. Kirkus Reviews gave Tell No Lies a starred review and called it “a taut, tense cautionary tale complete with courtroom drama and a surprise ending.” and Rescuing Olivia was named a Top Ten Read of 2010 by reviewer L. Dean Murphy. She lives near Orlando.

Michael Haskins lives in Key West, the setting for his three Mick Murphy mysteries: Chasin’ the Wind, Free Range Institution and Car Wash Blues. He owns a 1973, 36-foot Amel sloop, which he has sailed to Cuba four times.

Sharon Potts is the author of two critically acclaimed suspense novels. In Their Blood won the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award in the Mystery/Suspense Category, sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers and received a starred review from Publishers WeeklySomeone’s Watching was released in 2011. Publishers Weekly called it "shiver-rich." Sharon's novels are set in South Florida and are about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

Tuesday October 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

Three Dangerous Dames: Nancy Cohen, Elaine Viets and Deborah Sharp

Nancy J. Cohen is a multi-published author who writes the Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring South Florida hairdresser Marla Shore. She also writes sexy science fiction romances. Silver Serenade, her latest release, is her fifteenth title. Coming next is Shear Murder.

Ft. Lauderdale resident Elaine Viets is the laugh-out loud funny author of many mystery novels. The sixth installment in the Josie Marcus mystery shopper series, set in Elaine’s hometown of St. Louis, is An Uplifting Murder. She recently debuted Pumped for Murder, the latest in her Dead End Job series, set right here in South Florida.

Former USA Today reporter Deborah Sharp relies on her Florida roots, and her sense of humor, to write the charming Mace Bauer Mysteries, set in a Southern-fried slice of the state. Her latest, Mama Gets Hitched, landed Deborah on the Today show in a bridal veil.

Both sessions will be moderated by Neil Plakcy, president of the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America and author of numerous mystery and romance novels, including two Golden Retriever mysteries and the Mahu series about an openly gay Honolulu homicide detective.