Mystery Author Panel

Event graphic of BookPeople Mystery Panel with Jeff Abott, Taylor Moore, Dixie Lee Evatt, Helen Currie Foster, Gabino Iglesias, and Kathleen Kaska
Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 7:00pm
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
Traitor's Dance (Sam Capra) By Jeff Abbott Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538708743
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 23rd, 2022

Firestorm: A Novel (Garrett Kohl #2) By Taylor Moore Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063066557
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Published: William Morrow - August 16th, 2022

Ghost Dagger By Helen Currie Foster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542729932
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - March 15th, 2017

Bloodlines & Fencelines By Dls Evatt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999223345
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: September Pages - October 18th, 2021

The Devil Takes You Home: A Novel By Gabino Iglesias Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316426916
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 2nd, 2022

Murder at the Menger By Kathleen Kaska Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941237915
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Published: Anamcara Press LLC - June 26th, 2022

Join us in celebrating Jeff Abbott's, Taylor Moore's, Dixie Lee Evatt's, Helen Currie Foster's, and Gabino Iglesias's new books! The panel will be moderated by Kathleen Kaska. The event will include a moderated discussion, an audience Q&A, and a signing line. 

  • This event is free and open to the public.
    • Start time: 7 P.M.
    • Run time: 45-60 minutes, followed by a signing line.
    • Location: Second floor of BookPeople.
  • The authors will be signing and personalizing copies of their books after the speaking portion of the event
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Sam Capra and his thirteen-year-old son, Daniel, are living a quiet life in Austin, Texas, where Sam continues to run his collection of bars and nightclubs around the world. He's had no recent contact with his former partner, Mila, and is working for America's most secret espionage agency, known as Section K—all while trying to be a good suburban dad. Suddenly, Sam is approached by a fellow spy with an incredible revelation: Markus Bolt is missing. Bolt is the last American traitor, who had turned over allied agent names and military secrets to the Russians. He fled to Moscow when he was discovered, but now a trusted source inside Russia tells Section K that Markus Bolt has vanished from Moscow—and the Americans need to find him before the Russians do. Sam is charged with making contact with Bolt's abandoned American daughter, Amanda, and determining if she's had any contact with her father. He must discover the reason behind Bolt's unexpected run and protect Amanda from the killers hunting her father. But as Sam's search for Bolt grows more dangerous, Sam faces a rising threat born of long-ago secrets—one that could change his and his son's lives forever.


Jeff Abbott is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of many mystery and suspense novels. He has been called “one of the best thriller writers in the business” (Washington Post). His novels have been called “compulsively readable” (Chicago Sun Times), “outstanding. . .genuinely moving” and “fresh, original… intricately woven” (Publishers Weekly), “nail-bitingly suspenseful and totally original” (Irish Independent), and “extremely compelling” (Associated Press). He is published in many languages and has been a bestseller in the US, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, Portugal, and other countries.

Jeff’s novel Adrenaline was a Summer Great Reads choice by both The Today Show and Good Morning America. His novel Inside Man was a Summer Book Pick by O, The Oprah Magazine, and a Best Beach Reads pick by USA Today. Jeff is a winner of the Thriller Award (for The Last Minute) and was nominated for the Thriller Award for Panic. He is a three-time nominee for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award and a two-time nominee for the Anthony Award. Jeff’s first novel, Do Unto Others, won both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award. His novels Adrenaline, Panic, and Collision have been optioned for film and are in script development. Jeff graduated from Rice University with a degree in History and English. He lives in Austin with his wife and two sons.


Special Agent Garrett Kohl has just taken down a dangerous and deadly cartel boss when he finds trouble brewing back on his family’s homestead. A powerful energy consortium, Talon Corporation, has started an aggressive mining operation that threatens to destroy Garrett’s land, his family’s way of life, and everything they hold dear. To achieve its goals, Talon is flouting the law, bribing public officials, and meeting anyone who challenges it with physical violence. When the Kohls themselves are attacked by Talon guards, Garrett goes on the offensive, embarking on an investigation that he hopes will rid the Texas High Plains of the intruders once and for all.

Garrett soon discovers that the company has origins in the dark hinterlands of countries across the globe. Using coercion and assassination levied by men from former Russian special operations forces, Talon is working on a highly secretive scheme to commandeer precious U.S. resources. The tit for tat exchange between Talon and the Kohls erupts into a full-scale war when Russian spy, Alexi Orlov, kidnaps Garrett’s friend and ally, CIA operative Kim Manning. While Talon may be accustomed to getting its way in many places around the world, they have yet to encounter this rare breed of warrior down in Texas—a man who will fight to the death to protect those that he loves.  


Taylor Moore is the author of Down Range and a sixth-generation Texan who grew up on a farm and ranch northwest of Houston. He is a former CIA Intelligence Officer who worked in both analysis and operations and later consulted for the Department of Defense in Theater Security Cooperation, Force Protection, and Counternarcotics. He now lives in the Texas Panhandle with his wife and two children, where he is a full-time author, screenwriter, and speaker. This is Taylor’s second novel featuring Garrett Kohl.


Sheriff Ray Crawford Osborne is in over his head when someone murders the First Lady of Lantz, Texas.

Suspects include her persnickety husband who has financial problems, a businesswoman with a reputation for revenge, the victim’s daughter who bears a lifetime of psychological scars, a nasty local drunk, a combat veteran who came home from Afghanistan wearing the kind of battle scars you can’t see, the richest man in town who is nursing an open wound, and a young man who had a peculiar relationship with the victim. Osborne may not know much about detective work but he knows the secrets and lies of everyone in town.


Dixie Lee Evatt started her career as a reporter for the Waco Tribune-Herald and then as a political correspondent for the Austin American-Statesmen. While teaching writing at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University she published a book with colleagues titled Thinking Big. Staying Small. She’s not sure when she began to daydream about murder most foul and the possibilities of a fictional universe where she could rule omnipotent, but she teamed up with Sue Cleveland and sold a screenplay treatment to a Holly wood producer. Although the movie was never made, they used the seed money to found ThirtyNineStars, their publishing company, and to map our the Crispin Leads Mystery Series that resulted in the publication of two mysteries, Shrouded and Digging up the Dead, under the pen name Meredith Lee. They also produced a second screenplay titled Wireless, which became a finalist for the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project in 2003. 

Over the years, Dixie has won awards for her news reporting, academic research publications, speech writing, public relations campaigns, and university teaching, but none of them made her as happy as when she and Sue were notified that Shrouded was a finalist in the 2017 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest. When the world went into pandemic lockdown in 2020, Dixie filled the hours writing again, this time a solo mystery that became Bloodlines & Fencelines, the tale of a Texas small town sheriff who is faced with too many suspects after the local matriarch is poisoned. Kirkus Reviews hails the book as, “a twisty whodunit that’s crafted with care and saturated with down-home Southern charm.” Bloodlines & Fencelines was a finalist in the 16th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards category for crime fiction.


When lawyer Alice MacDonald Greer finds the dead body of her friend and client Ellie Windom at the foot of a staircase with a terrorized horse dancing nearby, she knows trouble's coming. Serving as executor for her friend's will means grappling with Ellie's explosive secrets: a long-lost daughter unknown to her feuding sons and a long-ago lover with enemies of his own. Alice quickly discovers her friend had a treasure trove of hidden art with questionable history, and the vultures begin to circle. Intruders, carjackers, and greedy heirs all want a seat at the feast. Join Alice as she tries to dodge danger and uncover the murderous truth in a race across Texas and New Mexico (with occasional stops for barbecue).


I live and write north of Dripping Springs in the Texas Hill Country, supervised by three burros. I’ve always loved mysteries (from Nancy Drew on) and feel deeply curious, more each day, about human history and prehistory and how, uninvited, the past keeps crashing the party. Lately, I have been drawn to books on genetic anthropology, the developing science of “ancient DNA”—part of our ongoing search to understand who humans are. Talk about mystery!

I left my native Texas for college at Wellesley College, then got my MA from the University of Texas and JD from the University of Michigan, where dirt and water law fascinated me. After practicing environmental law and regulatory litigation for thirty years, I found the protagonist, lawyer Alice MacDonald Greer, had suddenly appeared in my life. In each of my Ghost mystery novels, set in the small fictional town of Coffee Creek, Texas, Alice encounters a murder with roots in the past. The Texas Hill Country, the backdrop for the series, is all about dirt and water.

For me, writing is collaborative. Plots come from stories told by friends, with details often suggested by family members. Despite the help...writing’s pretty solitary. So I was pleased that the sixth novel in the series, Ghost Cat, was named Finalist in Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Ghost Daughter was named First Runner-Up, The 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award, Mystery Crime. I enjoy staying involved with Austin Shakespeare and Heart of Texas Sisters in Crime. And those burros.


From an award-winning author comes a genre-defying thriller about a father desperate to salvage what's left of his family—even if it means a descent into violence.

Buried in debt due to his young daughter’s illness, his marriage at the brink, Mario reluctantly takes a job as a hitman, surprising himself with his proclivity for violence. After tragedy destroys the life he knew, Mario agrees to one final job: hijack a cartel’s cash shipment before it reaches Mexico. Along with an old friend and a cartel-insider named Juanca, Mario sets off on the near-suicidal mission, which will leave him with either a cool $200,000 or a bullet in the skull. But the path to reward or ruin is never as straight as it seems. As the three complicated men travel through the endless landscape of Texas, across the border and back, their hidden motivations are laid bare alongside nightmarish encounters that defy explanation. One thing is certain: even if Mario makes it out alive, he won’t return the same.

The Devil Takes You Home is a panoramic odyssey for fans of S.A. Cosby’s southern noir, Blacktop Wasteland, by way of the boundary-defying storytelling of Stephen Graham Jones and Sylvia Moreno-Garcia.


Gabino Iglesias is a writer, journalist, professor, and literary critic living in Austin, TX. He is the author of Zero Saints and Coyote Songs and the editor of Both Sides and Halldark Holidays. His work has been nominated twice to the Bram Stoker Award as well as the Locus Award and won the Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel in 2019. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Electric Literature, and LitReactor. His reviews appear regularly in places like NPR, Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Criminal Element, Mystery Tribune, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other venues.


It’s 1953, and detective Sydney Lockhart finds herself solving another murder. The victim is a slick bookie named Johnny Pine who had his dirty fingers in pies from Texas to Florida. Sydney tracks Pine to the Menger Hotel in San Antonio where she discovers he’s been murdered in the room next to hers. And as usual; Sydney is a suspect. With her partner; Ralph Dixon; handling the case from Austin, or so she believes; Sydney is working alone in unfamiliar territory.

To make matters worse her car is stolen and she elicits the help of an Irish cab driver named Taco and a bouncer named Rip. Soon she’s on the trail of Nora Jasper' a harlot jazz singer and Pine’s girlfriend. Corpses start to pile up; a string of illicit deeds surface and Sydney’s home life goes south. But the investigation takes a bizarre turn when Sydney is whacked over the head and thrown into the river. She surfaces with a faulty memory; uncertain of whom she can trust. Her only choice is to find the killer before the killer finds her; or before she gets arrested.


Kathleen Kaska is the author of the awarding-winning mystery series the Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series, set in the 1950s, and the Kate Caraway Animal-Rights Mystery Series. Her first two Lockhart mysteries, Murder at the Arlington and Murder at the Luther, were selected as bonus books for the Pulpwood Queen Book Group, the country’s largest book group. She also writes mystery trivia: The Sherlock Holmes Quiz Book. Her Holmes short story, “The Adventure at Old Basingstoke,” appears in Sherlock Holmes of Baking Street, a Belanger Books anthology. She is the founder of The Dogs in the Nighttime, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Anacortes, a scion of The Baker Street Irregulars. Kathleen is also an occasional contributor to Texas Highways magazines. Watch for Eagle Crossing in September 2022 and Murder at the Pontchartrain in 2023.

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