Berkley Prime Crime 20th Anniversary Party

Join Rebecca Hale, Julie Hyzy, and Miranda James as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of Berkley Prime Crime.

Rebecca Hale will sign and discuss How To Paint a Cat (Berkley; $7.99) PBO.

Rebecca M. Hale is a graduate of Colorado State University (Biochemistry 1994) and Vanderbilt School of Law (JD 1997). After almost ten years working as a patent attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area, she took time off to write her first novel, HOW TO WASH A CAT—and never looked back. She primarily writes fiction in the form of quirky mysteries that reflect her travel experiences and many of the people she meets along the way.

She now lives in Western Colorado with her feline writing associates, that is, when she’s not off researching future books set in San Francisco, the Caribbean, or wherever else her wandering spirit takes her.


Julie Hyzy will sign and discuss Home of the Braised (Berkley; $7.99) PBO.

Anthony and Barry Award winner Julie Hyzy is the New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef Mystery series featuring the intrepid Olivia (Ollie) Paras, and the Manor House Mystery series featuring mansion curator Grace Wheaton. 



Dean "Miranda" James will sign and discuss The Silence of the Library  (Berkley; $7.99). 

Our former store manager, Dean now works full-time at the Texas Medical Center Library (in addition to a Ph.D. in History from Rice,he has a Master's in Library Science) and part-time (every Saturday) at Murder By The Book. He's also an award-winning author of both mystery non-fiction -- including By a Woman's Hand and Killer Books (both co-written with Jean Swanson) -- and mystery fiction, including the Wanda Nell Culpepper novels (written as Jimmie Ruth Evans), the "Bridge Club" mysteries (written as Honor Hartman), and the New York Times Bestselling "Cat in the Stacks" mysteries (written as Miranda James). 


Event date: 

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

2342 Bissonnet St
77005 Houston
How to Paint a Cat (Cats and Curios Mystery #5) By Rebecca M. Hale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425258866
Published: Berkley - March 4th, 2014

San Francisco isn't the biggest city in the country, but it feels pretty vast when you're canvassing its neighborhoods looking for clues to your missing uncle's hidden location. Aided by my two cats, Rupert and Isabella, I try to follow Uncle Oscar's painted clues on a trail that leads from Coit Tower's famous murals through San Francisco's New Deal art--all while hoping my uncle's sudden disappearance is unrelated to the murdered intern at City Hall. 

Just when it seems our search has hit a wall, we receive some surprising help from beyond. But will it be enough to save us from our own brushes with death? Here's hoping we don't paint ourselves into a corner...


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Home of the Braised (A White House Chef Mystery #7) By Julie Hyzy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425262382
Published: Berkley - January 7th, 2014

Tensions are running high as the White House staff adjusts to a new chief usher and prepares for a high-stakes state dinner, where everything must be perfect. But as the date for the event approaches, things go disastrously wrong when the secretary of defense is found dead in his home, seemingly killed during a break-in. 

At the same time Olivia's fiance, Gav, is looking into the mysterious murder of an old friend. Is there a connection? Despite an increase in security following the secretary's death, Ollie learns the president is in imminent danger at the dinner and must do everything in her power to get to him--before it's too late... 


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The Silence of the Library (Cat in the Stacks Mystery #5) By Miranda James Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425257289
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Published: Berkley - January 28th, 2014

It's National Library Week, and the Athena Public Library is planning an exhibit to honor the centenary of famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright--creator of the beloved Veronica Thane series. 

Charlie has a soft spot for Cartwright's girl detective stories (not to mention an extensive collection of her books!). When the author agrees to make a rare public appearance, the news of her whereabouts goes viral overnight, and series devotees and book collectors converge on Athena. 

After all, it's rumored that Cartwright penned Veronica Thane stories that remain under wraps, and one rabid fan will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get hold of the rare books...


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