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Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

April 3, 2009

‘Death by Chocolate’ event promises hint of mystery

DeKalb, Ill. — Friends of NIU Libraries will present a tasty event titled “Death by Chocolate,” celebrating an anthology of short mystery stories that are all related to the City of Chicago.

The event will feature refreshments by Sweet Dreams Desserts and is focused around the anthology, “Chicago Blues: 30 Stories of Grit and Grime in the Windy City.” It will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Ellwood House Carriage House. This event is free and open to the public.

Members of The Outfit, a mystery writers’ collective, will speak briefly on a short panel about mystery writing in Chicago. Each of the writers is a contributor to “Chicago Blues.” Books will be available for purchase, and the authors will conduct a book signing.

Appearing authors include:

  • Libby Fischer Hellmann, the author of five novels. She writes the Ellie Forman series, and her most recent novel is “Easy Innocence.”
  • Jack Fredrickson, who writes the Vlodek (Dek) Elstrom series of crime novels. His first novel, “A Safe Place for Dying,” was nominated for a Shamus Award. His most recent novel, “Honestly Dearest, You’re Dead,” was released in February 2009 and was positively reviewed by both the New York Times and Washington Post.
  • Michael Allen Dymmoch, author of nine novels, including his most recent, “M.I.A.”
  • Barbara D’Amato, whose most recent book, “Death of a Thousand Cuts,” was published in 2004. She writes a mystery series starring Chicago freelance investigative reporter Cat Marsala and a series featuring Chicago patrol cops Suze Figueroa and Norm Bennis, as well as standalone novels. She has won numerous Readers' Choice awards, a Mary Higgins Clark Award and other awards for her work.
  • Sam Reaves, the author of five crime novels. His forthcoming novel, “Mean Town Blues,” will be available in January 2010. His most recent novel, “Homicide 69,” was selected by Barbara Fister as one of her Crime Fiction Top Ten in 2007.

For more information on the event, call (815) 753-8091.

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