Miles Arceneaux, who writes “Gulf Coast Noir,” will be guest speaker at the Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library at 2200 Hancock Drive in Austin.
Arceneaux is composed of three different people: Brent Douglass, James Dennis, and John Davis. The trio has written four mystery novels: Thin Slice of Life, LaSalle’s Ghost, Ransom Island, and North Beach.
Of Miles’ debut novel, Thin Slice of Life, Kirkus Reviews said: “An engaging crime caper. This book hits the mark.” The Girlfriends Book Club said, “The big difference between this and other thrillers is the telling. Rather than a slick commercial page-turner, this book is an original, one-of-a-kind, locally grown, artisanal, take-your-time work of imagination.”
The second book involves a modern retelling of the story of LaSalle’s ill-fated expedition into Texas. Mysteries Galore Book Reviews wrote: “The author has captured the Texas Gulf Coast area color perfectly.” The San Antonio Express News said: “Arceneaux creates a savory bouillabaisse of characters…and stews them brilliantly on a fire of excellent historical research and Gulf Coast social savvy.”
Miles’ third book, Ransom Island, explores the Texas Coast during the 1950s. Mystery People named Miles among the top five authors of 2014, and the San Antonio Express News said Ransom Island was among the most memorable books of the year. The Dallas Morning News said, “A seamless, atmospheric and sardonic comic thriller.”
The fourth novel, North Beach, has been called a “great read” by one reviewer, and the San Antonio Express News called it an “artful coming of age story.” Texas Reads called Miles Arceneaux one of (or three of) my favorite authors and described North Beach as a fast-paced mystery novel.
Topics to be covered at the meeting are:
1. Sense of place (why the Texas Gulf Coast)
2. Verisimilitude (the land, the sea, the characters, etc.) and how to make it work for you
3. Historical settings (how to use people, places and events and strategies for avoiding getting sued)
4. Collaboration (why in the name of all that is holy would you do that?)
5. Writing a series (prequels, sequels and writing about characters at various time points).
Elections for officers coming up
We will soon have Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas elections for 2017 0fficers. This year, we must elect both a president and a vice president, as well as other officers. George Wier, our current vice president, will be unable to step into the presidential slot because of work commitments. Please think about becoming an officer and serving our local chapter. Please think about members to nominate for officer positions.