Crime-writing quartet talk mystery and murder

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012, 9:29 am

They seem so normal: Sara Rosett is a military spouse, Denise Swanson has a cat named Boomerang, Marcia Talley owns an antique sailboat and Heather Webber is a fan of Dr. Pepper. Why the obsession with murder?

The crime-writing quartet known as The Deadly Divas will answer that question and many others, including how each became a published writer, during a visit to Northwest Library on October 3. Each woman has penned at least one successful series of mystery novels.

Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of The Last Refuge and 10 other books in the Hannah Ives series. Hannah, a cancer survivor, has solved mysteries at a luxury resort, on the set of a reality television show and one that occurred during the dress rehearsal of an amateur production of "Sweeney Todd."

New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson splits her writing time between two mystery series, Scumble River and Devereaux's Dime Store. Swanson, whose first writing effort in the eighth grade got her sent to the principal's office, was described as "a born storyteller" by CrimeSpree Magazine.

Publisher's Weekly has called Sara Rosett's books "satisfying," "well-executed" and "sparkling." The Texas native uses her own experiences as inspiration for her Ellie Avery books, setting them in areas where she and her pilot husband have been stationed.

Under her real name, Webber is the author of the Nina Quinn and Lucy Valentine mystery series. Her paranormal series, Wishcraft, is written under a pseudonym, Heather Blake. Due out next year is the first title of her new Love Potion Shop Mysteries, featuring witch Carly Hartwell, whose shop is located in Hitching Post, Alabama.

An Evening of Fun Fatale with The Deadly Divas will start at 7pm.

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