Alibi Bookshop Presents: A Mysterious Afternoon w/ Janet Dawson

Alibi Bookshop Presents: A Mysterious Afternoon w/ Janet Dawson

All aboard!

On Sunday, September 22nd We’re so honored to have Alameda author Janet Dawson join us for a reading from her California Zephyr mystery series! Janet has written thirteen novels “starring” Oakland private investigator Jeri Howard and two novels featuring Zephyrette Jill McLeod. Her first Jeri Howard book, Kindred Crimes, won the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for best first private eye novel. It was nominated in the best first category for three mystery awards, the Shamus, the Macavity and the Anthony.

We love that Jeri is an Oakland based detective and we can recognize familiar locales (and far away places like New Orleans), and Jill is a Zephyrette in the 1950s — so fantastic! And don’t just take our word for it — check out these rave reviews:

“With a nod to Agatha Christie, Dawson has created a stand-alone historical that’s perfect for Western Collections with its detailed descriptions of the mid-century train routes through the Sierras and the Rockies. Her stately pacing and elaborate attention to clues make this a must-purchase for any library with historic-train aficionados.”
—Library Journal

“Fascinating… Dawson writes so convincingly, she could have been a Zephyrette.”
—Mysterious Women

“This historical mystery is really a love song to a bygone way of life, when the luxury train known as the California Zephyr was in its heyday… the real star is the train, which is lovingly described, from its layout to its ingenious bedrooms to its cuisine. That’s worth the price of admission.”
—Roberta Alexander, Oakland Tribune

This event is perfect for mystery and vintage lovers — come ready to hear some terrific tales, and feel free to dress the part! Wear your best vintage (or pick up something from our neighbor at Boutique Classique!) and win a prize for best outfit!

We’re REALLY looking forward to this — see you at Alibi Bookshop on September 22nd at 3:00… Don’t be late or the train will leave without you!


Date(s) - Sun, Sep 22, 2019
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Alibi Bookshop
624 Marin St., Vallejo


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