Meet Mystery Writers Harley Jane Kozak and Maggie Sefton

Get ready for hot topics, candid insights and expert writing advice with “In Conversation with Harley Jane Kozak and Maggie Sefton” at Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13. 

Ever wonder how authors come up with zany characters and new ideas for their series? Here’s your chance to ask. 

The meeting begins at 2 p.m. at the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena. 

A $5 donation is requested of non-members.

Harley Jane Kozak, a sometimes actress, lives with her family in Agoura Hills. Her debut novel, Dating Dead Men, won the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards. It was followed by Dating Is Murder, Dead Ex and A Date You Can’t Refuse.  her short prose has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Soap Opera Digest, The Sun, The Santa Monica Review, and the anthologies “Mystery Muses,” “This is Chick Lit, “A Hell Of A Woman,” “Butcher Knives and Body Counts,” “Crimes by Moonlight,” and the upcoming “The Rich and the Dead,” edited by Nelson DeMille. Harley Jane blogs regularly on The Lipstick Chronicles.

Maggie Sefton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Berkley Prime Crime Knitting Mysteries. The eighth in the series, Skein of The Crime, released in June 2010, was the Barnes & Noble No. 5 Bestselling Hardcover Mystery after release and was on the company’s bestseller list five months.  In November 2010, the first two mysteries in the series were released in trade paperback as Double Knit Murders. Publishers Weekly has said about the series, “Readers will enjoy visiting with Kelly and her knitting buddies, who, in their carefree way, resemble the cast of ‘Friends.’” Maggie has been a CPA and a real estate agent in the Rocky Mountain West but finds nothing can match creating worlds on paper. Mother of four grown daughters scattered around the globe, Maggie lives in Northern Colorado.  Visit Maggie on Facebook.  Website:   Blogs:,


This month’s featured author, Jeff Sherratt , will set the scene from Detour to Murder, with fellow mystery writer Michael Mallory employing his thespian talents reading a selection from the novel. In “Detour,” Jeff tells the tale of Al Roberts, who meekly confessed to a brutal murder in 1945, then nearly three decades later swore that he was innocent.

Jimmy O’Brien, defense attorney to the dregs of the criminal world, digs into the past, igniting a powder keg that threatens to expose the long-held secrets behind an iconic Hollywood film documenting Roberts’ story. Those secrets could destroy the underground aristocracy holding power in Los Angeles, city of broken dreams. Jimmy’s search takes him from the bleakness of Roberts’prison cell to the seedy streets of Hollywood. “Detour” is the first in Jeff’s new film noir mystery series.

Jeff has written a number of critically acclaimed novelsfeaturing lawyer O’Brien. Guilty or Else, published in 2009, was nominated for the Panik Award by Left Coast Crime. Jeff lives with his wife, Judy, in Newport Beach, California.

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