Marrying Romance & Mystery: April’s Meeting of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles

Is mixing romance writing with mystery fiction a match made in heaven? It can be just the way to add a new element to your storytelling and to keep your readers turning the pages — if you do it right.

Find out more Sunday, April 3, when Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles presents “Marrying Romance & Mystery.”

The panel will include four prolific authors who write mysteries, romances and more:

Sue Ann Jaffarian, creator of three critically acclaimed and best-selling mystery series, The Odelia Grey series, the Ghost of Granny Apples series, and the Madison Rose Vampire Mystery series. In addition to mysteries, Sue Ann also writes general fiction and short stories. A former president of our chapter, Sue Ann is a motivational speaker and full-time paralegal in Los Angeles. Her website is

Linda O. Johnston, who writes cozies and dark paranormal romance and also pays tribute to pets. Her first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Since then, Linda has published more short stories, plus 17 romance novels, including the Alpha Force paranormal miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. Alpha Force is a covert military unit of shapeshifters. The latest book in the series is “Alaskan Wolf.”  Linda’s two pet mystery series are from Berkeley Prime Crime. Find out more at or

Kate Carlisle, writer of mystery and romance novels. A native Californian and a New York Times–bestselling author, Kate worked in television production for many years before turning to writing. A lifelong fascination with the art and craft of bookbinding led Kate to write the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Bibliophile Mysteries “The Lies That Bind came out in November 2010, and Murder Under Cover” in May 2011. Kate also writes romance novels for Harlequin Desire. Visit her online at or on Facebook (Kate Carlisle Books) and at, where she blogs monthly.

Patricia Wynn, moderator, author of 13 published novels. Her works include the award-winning Blue Satan mystery series and 10 Regency and historical romances. Her books have been sold in more than 10 foreign countries. Her Regency romance novel “The Bumblebroth” was a finalist for a RITA award from Romance Writers of America, and for many years she was a speaker at their national conference, giving workshops on topics ranging from Finding Your Own Voice to Writing from the Male Perspective. The fourth Blue Satan mystery, “A Killing Frost,” coming out this July this year, will complicate the romance between the highwayman Blue Satan and his detecting partner Mrs. Kean.

Featured Author
Linda O. Johnston
is also our featured author. She will read from Beaglemania, the debut novel in her new Pet Rescue Mystery series, just out this month. A spinoff of her Kendra Ballantyne Pet-Sitter mystery series, The Pet Rescue series centers around Lauren Vancouver, dedicated administrator of a successful private, no-kill animal shelter who also finds herself having to solve murders. Here, “no-kill” means pets, not people!

Next meeting
Sunday, April 3, 2011
South Pasadena Library Community Room
1115 El Centro St.
South Pasadena
2–4 p.m.
2 p.m.  Shmooz & Snax
2:30 p.m. Program
Note: A $5 donation is requested of non-members.
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2 responses to “Marrying Romance & Mystery: April’s Meeting of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles

  1. Excellent site. However, in live in the OC. Do you cover book events here?

  2. Jill,
    The OC is a bit further out than I typically cover as LA Books Examiner. But look for Heather Thomas, Santa Ana Books Examiner. She might do something similar.
    Hope that helps,

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