Mystery authors to speak at AAUW luncheon

LONG BEACH - Three mystery and suspense authors will speak and sign books when the Long Beach branch of the American Association of University Women holds its third annual luncheon Oct. 15 at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach.Aileen Baron, Bob Hamer and Dorothy Howell will talk about their mysterious characters featuring archaeology, FBI and a little romance. Visitors can meet the authors beginning at 11 a.m. before lunch is served at noon. The event is open to the public. Cost is $60 and includes lunch, program, silent auction and book signings. RSVPs are accepted by writing to Sharon Westafer, P.O. Box 291, Seal Beach, CA 90740 or calling (562) 493-4749 before. Oct. 8. Aileen Baron has spent her life unearthing the treasures and secrets left behind by previous civilizations. As a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Cal State Fullerton, she has traveled all over the world conducting fieldwork. Her mysteries in the Lily Sampson series include "A Fly Has a Hundred Eyes" and "The Torch of Tangier," featuring an American archaeologist working in the Middle East during World War II. The third archaeological mystery, "The Gold of Thrace," is a stand-alone mystery. Her latest novel, "The Scorpion's Bite," is another in the Lily Sampson series. Bob Hamer spent 26 years as a "street agent" for the FBI in assignments lasting anywhere from one day to three years. He has successfully posed as a drug dealer, contract killer, fencer, degenerate gambler, weapons dealer and white-collar criminal He received numerous awards throughout his career including the FBI Director's Award for Distinguished Service. He has appeared on several TV talk shows and has been a technical advisor for "The Inside," "Angela's Eyes" and two episodes of "Law & Order." His books include "Target Down" (soon to be a movie), "Enemies Among Us: A Thriller" and a non-fiction memoir, "The Last Undercover." Dorothy Howell currently writes for two major New York publishing houses, in two genres, under two names. She's sold 28 novels, and her books have been translated into a dozen languages, with sales approaching 3 million copies worldwide. Dorothy writes the hilarious Haley Randolph mystery series available in hardcover from Hensington Books. She also writes historical romance novels for Harlequin Silhouette, under the pen name Judith Stacy. Dorothy is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.

********** Published: October 06, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 25