Friday, January 22, 2010

Sisters in Crime, PI's, and stalkers

The monthly meeting of the local Sisters in Crime group (I am one of only three male members) had to be moved to a secret location last week. The reason was that our speaker, a female PI, was being stalked by someone who had heard her give a radio interview in connection with her recently published book. The stalker also acquired the phone number of the chapter's president, and was calling her. We discussed ways to make our web site password protected concerning scheduled events, and we wondered if there were ways that people could trace others through email addresses.

The speaker was Cici McNair, and her book is entitled Detective Don't Wear Seatbelts. She is a very interesting person with many tales to tell. She said she did undercover work to expose people who sold knock-offs of accepted company products. We're not just talking clothers and bags here. Sometimes it's scary - like phony medications and airplane parts. She has done PI work in different parts of the country and has nmet some intersting characters. One bit of info I never heard of before - some people use a potato as a gun silencer.

On a different note, I just wanted to mention that my OTP book, A Lesson in Murder, with the help of Billie Johnson, has recently been published as a reprint by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery.

Happy New Year to all our readers.

Gus Cileone


Sunny Frazier said...

Gus, we call Sisters in Crime men "Mister Sisters." Your speaker sounded great although the stalker story is ominous.

Congrats for the resale of your novel!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Congratulations, Gus. I hope you are considering coming to the PSWA conference in June.


BillieJohn said...

Gus, sounds like your meeting had an extra suspense element! A couple of years ago, one of the finalists for the mystery contest concerned the issue of brand knockoffs...counterfiets, and I really loved the subject matter, however, if memory serves, it was up against THE POT THIEF and we all know what happened there! Great theme, though, I'd love to see that one exploited elsewhere.