A good mystery unspools much like the weaving of a spider’s web: gradually yet consistently, appearing haphazard in the initial stages, and culminating in a dazzling whole that ties together all loose ends in supremely satisfying fashion. The genre that achieved its modern manifestation in the work of Edgar Allen Poe has introduced the world to some of the most famous fictional characters in literature, from Sherlock Holmes to Hercule Poirot. A mystery’s twists and turns keep the reader hooked. When the climactic discovery is made, it upends expectations. Yet, if readers go back, they notice the subtle hints dropped that, while initially unnoticed, now make the conclusion appear all but inevitable. In our dinner meeting on March 9, Cara Black will guide us through the writing of a mystery.
Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.

 

When: Monday, March 9, at 6PM; talk begins at 7:30pm
Where: China Stix
2110 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 
(Scott Blvd & El Camino Real)
Authentic Cuisine inspired by Mandarin, Szechuan, & Taiwanese
Cost: $30 members, $35 non-member (includes dinner)