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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sam Spade to Today: the changing face of mystery

Saturday, March 14th, at 2 p.m. at The Book Barn on Clovis Ave., in Clovis, San Joaquin Sisters in Crime members, Sunny Frazier, Marilyn Meredith and Cora Ramos will be discussing pulp writing and noir that Hammet made famous as well as the role of women in The Maltese Falcon.

They'll touch on how Hammet used his setting, and know these two, no telling what else they'll get into. Both women are avid mystery readers and writers of series mysteries.Saturday, March 14 2:00 p.m. A Book Barn (Clovis) will have a panel discussion on the topic of:

Sam Spade to Today, the changing face of mystery

How mysteries have changed from the pulp fiction of The Maltese Falcon to the present.  There will be writer tips on the noir genre, an examination of the changing roles of women in fiction and advice on the all important topic of setting.    

Bring your note pad and your questions for three successful valley writers:  Sunny Frazier (The Christy Bristol Mystery series), Cora Ramos (Dance the Dream Awake and the soon to be released Haiku Dance) and Marilyn Meredith (The Sheriff Tempe Crabtree series and Rocky Bluffs PD series).     

Sunny Frazier


Sunny Frazier trained as a journalist and wrote for a city newspaper, military and law enforcement publications. After working 17 years with the Fresno Sheriff's Department, 11 spent as Girl Friday with an undercover narcotics team, it dawned on her that mystery writing was her real calling.

Sunny has won numerous short story awards, including three Coveted Dead Birds. Her stories appeared in “Valley Fever: Where Murder Is Contagious,” along with Cora Ramos and Joann Lucas; “Seven By Seven: the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology;” “Never Safe” and “Gone Coastal,” Central Coast Sisters in Crime anthologies; and in various magazines and ezines. Her novels “Fools Rush In” and “Where Angels Fear” are based on actual cases with a bit of astrology, a habit Frazier has developed over the past 42 years. “A Snitch In Time” is based on a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. All of her writing is based in the Central Valley. To learn more, go to 

Books are available on Amazon, Kindle and Nook as well as the Black Opal Bookstore.

Marilyn Meredith

Marilyn aka F.M. Meredith's Bio:

Marilyn is the author of  35 plus published books (she's lost track) mostly mysteries. She writes two mystery series, The Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, and under the name F. M. Meredith, The Rocky Bluff P.D. series. She's a member of three Sisters in Crime chapters, Mystery Writers of America and is on the board of the Public Safety Writers' Association. Se lives in the foothills of the Sierra in an area similar to where Deputy Crabtree keeps the peace. For over twenty years she lived in a beach community much like the one depicted in the Rocky Bluff series.


Books are available in the usual places.

Cora Ramos is an award winning author of stories of mystery and suspense that straddle the edge, whether that edge is the paranormal, a deadly decision or the place where science ends and magic resides.

A collection of her short stories can be found in the anthology, Valley Fever, Where Murder is Contagious.

Her current novel, Dance the Dream Awake, a paranormal romantic suspense that dips into a Mayan past life, is being reissued by Black Opal Books on May 13, 2015 (with a new book cover).
Her spicy romance novel, Haiku Dance, set in ancient Heian Japan, (era of the Tales of Genji, Sarashina Diary and The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon) will also be released this year by Black Opal Books.
She is currently finishing the 3rd book in the Dance series, Dance the Edge.

The authors will have copies of their books for autographing and sale.

Questions welcomed.

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