Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chelsea Cain Returns to Broadway!

As a kid, Chelsea Cain aspired to be a firedog. Fortunately for us, she wasn't able to pull it off, so instead she became a terrific writer and storyteller. On Tuesday, November 17th, Chelsea returns to Broadway Books to read from the third book in her series about Portland police detective Archie Sheridan, the fetching serial killer (Gretchen Lowell) who torments him, and Susan Ward, the ambitious newspaper reporter. We all learned to love Archie and be attracted to/repelled by Gretchen in Chelsea's first two books, Heartsick and Sweetheart. This third Portland-based book, Evil at Heart, entwines the three once again and deals with the issue of the media's infatuation with serial killers. And of course all of it is shot through with the author's trademark style and humor.

Here's what some reviewers have said about her newest book: "snappy pace and sustained creepiness," "crime, horror, and a little comedy," with "compelling flawed heroes and antiheroes." And "it just doesn't get much better than this."

Chelsea spent her early childhood on a commune in Iowa, then moved with her mother to Bellingham, Washington, where she grew up. She was ten years old when the first victim of the Green River Killer was found; the Washington State serial murder wouldn't be captured until 2001. And that's when the seeds of this series were planted. Chelsea has always been a little obsessed with detectives and detecting, however. In fact, one of her earlier books was Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, with a grown-up Nancy Drew looking back on her life and setting the record straight.

Fortunately for all of us fans of Archie and Gretchen and Susan -- and of Chelsea -- she recently signed another deal with her publisher for the next two books in this current series and Book #1 in a new thriller series. Hooray!

Please join us next Tuesday night at 7 for an entertaining evening with Chelsea. And believe me, they are always entertaining!

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