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California Dreaming with Matt Coyle and Marjorie McCown

Sisters in Crime Orange County – The Blood Orange

Sunday, June 23, 2024

3:00 p.m. @ Book Carnival in Orange, CA

Marjorie McCown and Matt Coyle for the SinC OC June 2024 meeting, June 23 at Book Carnival

Looking for a great summer read? Love books set in California? Sisters in Crime Orange County welcomes Matt Coyle, award-winning author of the Rick Cahill series, and our own Marjorie McCown, author of the recently released STARSTRUCK, on Sunday, June 23rd @ 3 p.m. at Book Carnival in Orange. They will talk about the worlds they create in their series and what makes readers come back for more!

Matt Coyle was fourteen when his father gave him The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler. Since then, Matt has dedicated his career to writing hard-boiled PI mysteries chronicling the adventures of troubled detective, Rick Cahill. A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Coyle’s debut novel, YESTERDAY’S ECHO, won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, and the Ben Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction. NIGHT TREMORS was a Bookreporter.com Reviewers’ Favorite Book of 2015 and was an Anthony, Shamus, and Lefty Award finalist. DARK FISSURES, BLOOD TRUTH, and WRONG LIGHT were all Shamus and Lefty awards finalists and Top Picks on Bookreporter.com. LOST TOMORROWS, won the Shamus and Lefty Awards for Best Novel. ODYSSEY’S END, his 10th Rick Cahill novel, was released in 2023.

Marjorie McCown has spent her entire professional life in the story-telling business, though she started out on the visual side of the craft. A Midwesterner by birth, she earned a BA in Theater from the University of Virginia and an AAS in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she began her career designing costumes for theater and opera. She made her reputation designing for opera and theater companies all over the country, including the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, before she moved to Los Angeles to work on feature films. She brings that wealth of experience to her writing, giving readers a look at Hollywood that’s different from what they’re accustomed to seeing on the red carpet. Her mysteries are set behind-the-scenes in the everyday working world of a movie in production.

The Details

What:   California Dreaming with Matt Coyle and Marjorie McCown

When:   Sunday, June 23

Time:     3 p.m.

Where:    Book Carnival – 348 S. Tustin St., Orange, CA 92866

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