Saturday, May 30th, 3:00 p.m. - Colin Cotterill
In England in the late 1920s, The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, on a convalescent trip to the countryside, goes to visit three old school friends in the area. The three, all unmarried, have recently bought a house together. They are a part of the generation of "superfluous women"--brought up expecting marriage and a family, but left without any prospects after more than 700,000 British men were killed in the Great War.
Daisy and her husband Alec--Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, of Scotland Yard --go for a Sunday lunch with Daisy's friends, where one of the women mentions a wine cellar below their house, which remains curiously locked, no key to be found. Alec offers to pick the lock, but when he opens the door, what greets them is not a cache of wine, but the stench of a long-dead body.And with that, what was a pleasant Sunday lunch has taken an unexpected turn. Now Daisy's three friends are the most obvious suspects in a murder and her husband Alec is a witness, so he can't officially take over the investigation. So before the local detective, Superintendent Underwood, can officially bring charges against her friends, Daisy is determined to use all her resources (Alec) and skills to solve the mystery behind this perplexing locked-room crime.
Saturday, May 30th, 11:00 a.m. – Brea Library
Author Visit: D.P. Lyle & Jan Burke
The Brea Library is honored to host authors D.P. Lyle and Jan Burke. D.P. Lyle, MD is an award-winning author of many non-fiction and fiction titles. Jan Burke is a national bestselling author of 14 books.
The May meeting will be held one week later than originally announced, and an hour earlier; please note the change of date – it is now scheduled for Sunday, May 31 – and that we will get started at 1 p.m. with our Readers’ Forum.
1:00 PM: Readers Forum
Topic: "Armchair Travel for Readers: We'll discuss mysteries set in foreign lands and their appeal. Where do our members like to go for a good story?"
2:00 PM: Guest speaker COLIN COTTERILL will discuss
SIX AND A HALF DEADLY SINS, the ninth and latest title in his popular
Dr. Siri Paiboun series. Dr. Paiboun is the retired coroner of Laos; the
books are set in the 1970s. This is one of two series by Cotterill, who
also writes the Jimm Juree crime novels set in southern Thailand.
Born in London, Cotterill holds dual British and Australian citizenships. He is a former teacher whose work in Southeast Asia led him to take up the cause of combating child prostitution and pornography (he has written several books about the topic). Also a cartoonist, he lives with his family on the Gulf of Siam.