Mystery author Cara Black will discuss her work with crime writer David Corbett at Bookshop Benicia’s “Evening in Paris” on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7 to 9 p.m. at 636 First Street in Benicia, California. Black’s mysteries are set in Paris in the 1990's and feature the crime-solving investigator Aimee LeDuc.
Black’s newest work, "Murder at Lanterne Rouge," is the 12th in the Aimee LeDuc series and takes readers behind Paris’s glossy fashion scene into an underworld of human trafficking, sweatshops, fake designer goods, and fraud. As the story begins, Aimee attends a birthday party for Meizi Wu, the girlfriend of Rene, her agency partner, in the smallest and oldest of Paris’s four Chinatowns. Aimee believes Rene is rushing into the relationship. Meizi disappears from the party, Aimee goes to look for her, and discovers the body of a trade school teacher with Meizi’s photograph in his wallet. Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Readers will relish realistic villains and an evocative atmosphere that begs for a trip to the City of Lights.”
Black is among the authors included in the book Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Edition by Elizabeth Lindsay. Black’s first book, Murder in the Marias, was an Anthony Award nominee for Best First Novel. Murder in the Sentier was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Novel. Black lives in San Francisco with her husband, a bookseller, and their teenage son. Before becoming a novelist, she worked as a preschool teacher and as the director of a preschool. She earned a master’s degree in education from San Francisco State University. She was born in Chicago and raised in northern California. More about Cara Black can be found at www.carablack.com.
David Corbett is the author of four novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I’m Running (Spinetingler Award, Best Novel 2011). More about David Corbett is available at www.davidcorbett.com.
Black and Corbett taught together last summer at the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference in Corte Madera. The two have been great friends for over a decade, have done numerous events together, and form a long-standing mutual admiration society. Bookshop Benicia and Benicia Literary Arts sponsor this free event. Benicia Literary Arts is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing together authors and the community. For more information, contact Benicia Literary Arts board member Kristine Mietzner at 707-319-4228 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.benicialiteraryarts.org.