Meet Your Favorite Suspense Writers In January

Seattle Mystery Bookshop is the place to pick up some truly shady characters.

If you enjoy whodunits, capers and other crime novels, then The Seattle Mystery Bookshop might just be your sanctuary. This January, the celebrated bookstore will host book signings by some of the most celebrated writers of the mystery/suspense genre. All signings begin at noon on the scheduled day.

Recognized as one of the foremost American true crime writers, Ann Rule will sign her latest book, “Don’t Look Behind You” on Saturday, Jan. 7. A former Seattle police officer, Rule published her first book, “The Stranger Beside Me,” in 1980. The work was a startling profile of Ted Bundy, one of the nation’s most notorious serial killers — and, amazingly, Rule’s co-worker at the King County Crisis Clinic for a brief time. Since her debut, Rule has published more than 20 works of nonfiction. “Don’t Look Behind You” chronicles real-life victims who met their deaths because they trusted the wrong person.

An international best-selling and award-winning author, Sara Paretsky revolutionized the mystery genre in 1982 with fictional female investigator, V.I. Warshawski. The character was smart, capable and sassy — the ideal counterpoint to the typical female victims and seductresses common to the mystery genre. On Monday, Jan. 9, Paretsky will sign “Breakdown,” her latest entry in the Warshawski series. The novel is a deliciously gripping tale of dark pasts, political sabotage and ritualistic killing.

Jayne Ann Krentz has written more than 150 books under various pen names; these include works of contemporary romantic suspense (under her own name), historical romantic suspense (under Amanda Quick) and futuristic paranormal romance (under Jayne Castle). She will sign her newest novel, “Copper Beach,” on Tuesday, Jan. 10 (its release date). This riveting yarn features blackmail, alchemy, romance and a dangerous killer with paranormal abilities.

Known as a screenwriter (“3:10 to Yuma (2007)” and “Wanted (2008)”) as well as a bestselling author, Derek Haas will sign his latest novel, “Dark Men,” on Saturday, Jan. 14. Released earlier this month as the third entry in the “Silver Bear” series, “Dark Men” brings anti-hero Columbus out of retirement to silence his past as a killer.

Other authors scheduled to visit Seattle Mystery Bookshop in January include Charlie Newton, Val McDermid, Carol O’Connell, and Sam Siciliano. Check out the bookstore’s online events calendar for more details.

Seattle Mystery Bookshop  |  117 Cherry St., Seattle  |   (206) 587-5737