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Mysterious Northwest
Mysterious Northwest
Port Townsend Library - 1220 Lawrence St.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 7-8 pm
Panel discussion moderated by Waverly Fitzgerald, the managing editor of Rat City Publishing, a local press that publishes mysteries set in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Three Seattle Mystery writers will share their versions, describe how and why they write mysteries and read short passages from their books. Join us afterwards for a chance to purchase signed books.

Grave Disturbance focuses on Grace Vaccaro whose job as a County Mental Health Professional requires her to determine when people are a danger to themselves or others. Her Snoqualmie Valley home is a haven from the stress of her job—until two men are murdered nearby. Grace’s search for answers leads her from a Seattle homeless encampment to the rainy forests of the Snoqualmie Valley. Then a woman Grace evaluates seems to have information related to the murders, the plundering of native graves and a threat to a pristine wilderness.
Martha Crites has worked in community and inpatient mental health for twenty years and taught at Quileute Tribal School on the Washington Coast. When she isn’t working and writing, you will find her walking or volunteering on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Learn more about her at
Rat City. It’s 1947. Hard-boiled PI Jake Rossiter—with the help of his girl Friday, Miss Jenkins--digs through layers of vice and violence in Seattle’s seamy underbelly until he uncovers a case of corruption & prejudice that pits him toe-to-toe with hysterical dames, out-of-town muscle & the entire Rat City police force!  Nominated to a Shamus award for Best First Novel.

A Seattle native, Curt Colbert served in Vietnam and has worked as an actor/director, as well as a consultant in the food industry. He is a poet who regularly reads in the greater Seattle area, loves to fish, and has an abiding interest in the study of history. He enjoys boxing, a good cigar, and the occasional tussle with his bob-tailed cat, Al. He lives with his wife Stephanie in Lake Forest Park. Curt has also written five humorous mysteries with Waverly Fitzgerald, under the pen name of Waverly Curtis. The first in the series, Dial C for Chihuahua, was published by Kensington in October 2012.

Leap of Faith features Ann Dexter, a Seattle Times reporter who is always on the hunt for the big story—the one that will catapult her from beat reporter to Pulitzer Prize. When a wealthy widow jumps to her death from the Aurora Bridge, after leaving all her money to a sketchy New Age church and its resident psychic medium, Ann is on the case. Eager for justice, Ann follows a trail of clues leading from the board room of a software startup to an art gallery in Pioneer Square. Ann’s search for the truth challenges all of her beliefs about love and life and death.

Rachel Bukey is reading her way across the country and blogging about it at her website: She lives in Seattle with her husband Dave and their dog Phoebe. Leap of Faith is the first book in the Ann Dexter series. The second book, Notes from Hell, will be available in November.
Rat City Publishing is a local small press that publishes only mystery novels set in Seattle.  For more information, contact Waverly Fitzgerald or Martha Crites.
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