MysteryPeople presents: MILES ARCENEAUX and PAUL CHARLES

Wednesday, May 11 at 7PM


Austin Author

and Novelist 


speaking & signing
North Beach St. Ernan's Blues


The more authors, the better! Join us for an evening with the adventerous and irreverent writing trio collectively known as Miles Arceneaux, and the eccentric and charming Irish crime novelist Paul Charles. Miles Arceneaux's latest collaborative effort, North Beach, takes on friendship, racism, and the Cuban Missle Crisis, set against the muggy background of a hot Culf Coast summer. Paul Charles' third Inspector Starrett mystery, St. Ernan's Blues, tackles priests, peccadillos, and Ireland's complex past.


It's 1962 on the Texas Gulf Coast, and 15-year-old Charlie Sweetwater and his brother, Johnny, are happily oblivious to the world's problems. Charlie's main concerns are qualifying for an upcoming Golden Gloves boxing tournament, ducking a local bully and, with any luck, stealing a kiss from Carmen Delfin, the prettiest girl he's ever laid eyes on. Charlie's last innocent summer ends abruptly when his boxing coach is murdered and his friend, a black Cuban boxer named Jesse Martel, is accused of the crime.


Brent Douglass’ inspiration for Arceneaux's tales stems from his family’s deep Texas coastal roots, and the iconoclastic characters he crossed paths with growing up there. James R. Dennis’ intimate knowledge of both sides of the law (he’s one of the good guys, it should be mentioned) and his deep appreciation for Texas Rangers lore helps keep Miles’ protagonists on the side of the angels. As a longtime journalist covering Texas and Texans, John T. Davis has sometimes been accused of writing fiction, but this is the Miles Arceneaux books mark the first time he has set out to do it on purpose. Together, Douglass, Dennis and Davis make “Miles Arceneaux” truly more than the sum of his parts.


A lone building on a small island off Ireland's Donegal coast, St Ernan's is politely known as a ""retirement home"" for priests. The exiled residents are guilty of such serious offenses as entrepreneurship, criticizing the church, or getting too friendly with the flock. But things take a turn when Fr Matthew McKaye is found dead in the kitchen, a pot of potatoes boiling on the range. Has one of these isolated outcasts committed murder? Starrett soon discovers that ten clergy alone on an island can concoct a great deal of mischief, but what could the young priest have done to get himself murdered? Long-buried grievances are awakened by the ghosts of Starrett's seminarian past, and though Starrett excels at untangling facts from speculation, this investigation is going to require all the procedural discipline he can muster. ""Charles makes Starrett's third case leisurely, literate, ingenious, improbable, and as old-fashioned as the idea that priests are pillars of private morality.""-Kirkus Reviews.


In The Times of London, Nigel Williamson described Paul Charles's books as "Agatha Christie for people who inhale." His first novel, I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass (1997) introduced London Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy and his partner, the journalist ann rea (always lowercase); Kennedy and rea have appeared in ten novels, most recently A Pleasure to Do Death with You (2012). His latest novel, St. Ernan's Blues, is the third to feature Northern Ireland Inspector Starrett, following The Dust of Death (2007) and Family Life (2009). In the early 1970s, Paul was manager, lyricist, roadie, sound-engineer and agent for the Belfast band Fruupp. With his friend Paul Fenn, he went on to found the Asgard Agency, whose clients have included Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, John Lee Hooker, Nick Lowe, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, and The Waterboys. Paul has also programmed the acoustic stage at Glastonbury Festival for the last 20 years.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:00pm
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North Beach Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996879750
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Brent Douglass - October 9th, 2015

St Ernan's Blues: An Inspector Starrett Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802313607
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dufour Editions - March 29th, 2016

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