FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ashland, Or. June 23, 2006
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Elaine Flinn --
Antiques Can Be Murder
antiques biz can be murder! Meet Elaine Flinn, San Francisco antique
dealer and author of the Molly Doyle mystery series, on Thursday July
13th, 7 pm at the Ashland Public Library (Gresham Street Entrance).
Flinn will also speak and sign in Medford on Saturday July 15th, 2pm at
Barnes and Noble. Sponsored by the Ashland Mystery Readers Group, the events
are free and
open to the public.
Elaine Flinn's Molly
Doyle series is set in upscale Carmel, where Molly
begins to rebuild her life after her husband ruins her
New York reputation and runs of with the restorer he
scammed and schemed with. Yes, Molly's on the up and up,
putting her experience, connections and nose for that
hidden treasure back to work in California. Instead of
Sotheby and Christies, Molly's checking out California
yard sales and flea markets and getting into trouble
over dead bodies and odd antiques. Deadly Collection,
published in 2005 by Avon, is Flinn's latest mystery.
Flinn's mysteries are
well written and good, fast reads. Her characters,
especially Molly, are realistic -- they become exhausted
and elated, suspicious and vulnerable. They drink,
smoke, get mad and curse and eat too many microwave
dinners. The books are well plotted and intricate with
lots of antique lore and inside scoops to keep you
learning about the merch and the biz throughout the
first novel, Dealing In Murder (2003), was
nominated for the Agatha, the Gumshoe, the Barry and the
Anthony. The second in the series, Tagged For
Murder, was awarded the Barry for best paperback
original of 2004. Taking ‘write what you know’ to the
fullest – Elaine Flinn is on a crusade to help
collectors avoid Emptor Caveat (Buyer Beware)
while her Molly Doyle uncovers fraud, greed and catches
a few killers.
"Molly's (and Flinn's) depth of
professional expertise makes the Antiques Roadshow look
like a La-Z-Boy commercial. If you want learn how to
tell Sheraton from Shinola, and tons more besides, this
book blows the rest of the antique-mystery subgenre out
of the water," says
author Cornelia Read in a recent review.
experience in the business really shows -- she was an antiques
dealer in San Francisco for many years before trading treasures for
mystery. "Those twenty years, by the
way, were often interrupted by life, family, children and selling
antiques, so I can't really claim
to have suffered too much for my craft," Flinn reports. She sent in
occasional manuscripts for the three "practice books" that preceded
Dealing in Murder, but worked harder at antiques than writing.
"It finally hit me one day as I wrote up a sales
tag to a rather obnoxious and odious woman for a to-die-for
Biedermeier chest I knew she only wanted because I'd sold a similar
one to her best friend and she couldn't stand not to have one too,"
Flinn remembers. "I was wasting my "golden years" not doing what I
wanted. And that was, naturally, to write."
The rest, as they say, is history.
Elaine Flinn now lives on the Monterey Peninsula where she is hard
at work on the next Molly Doyle mystery. For more information,
The Ashland Mystery Readers Group also produces the cable access
television show Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir, airing Wednesdays at
7:30 pm on Cable Channel 31 in Jackson County, Cable Channel 15 in
Josephine County and Cable Channel 95 on AFN. Now showing is Haila
Williams, Acquisitions Editor for Blackstone Audiobooks. For more information contact Maureen Flanagan
at 541-552-0743 or visit the group’s website