Lori Rader-Day; Patricia Skalka; Tracy Clark; Sam Reaves

  The Mystery Behind Mystery Writing 

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020; Cocktail hour: 6-7 pm;  Panel discussion: 7-8 pm

Free, open to the public.    Free appetizers, cash bar.  at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave. 


Lori Rader-Day:  The Lucky One

Lori Rader-Day has been leading a “life of crime” since age seven, when she wrote a piece of Beverly Cleary fan-fiction. Today she’s co-chair of the mystery readers’ conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and the national president of Sisters in Crime, a 4,000-member crime writers organization.

Patricia Skalka:  Death By the Bay

Patricia Skalka is the award-winning author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries, which pit a former troubled Chicago cop against a roster of clever killers in northern Wisconsin. She’s the immediate past president of the Chicagoland Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Tracy Clark:  Borrowed Time

Tracy Clark, a native Chicagoan, is author of the critically acclaimed Chicago Mystery series, which features Cassandra Raines, a former Chicago homicide cop turned intrepid private investigator. She’s a member of the national board of Boucheron, the annual world mystery convention.

Sam Reaves, moderator:  Homicide 69

Sam Reaves has written crime novels including the Cooper MacLeish series, the Dooley series and the stand-alones Mean Town Bluesand Cold Black Earth, as well as a true crime memoir Mob Copwith Fred Pascente. He’s a polyglot who has traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East and has worked as a teacher and a translator. And Reaves is a board member of Midland Authors.