It’s “Mystery Month” in May at Sibley’s West: The Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop.
We have scheduled a variety of local authors to take part the first three Saturdays in May from 1 to 3 p.m. to share their books and visit with Sibley’s West customers.
“Since we showcase gift items from more than 200 Arizona artists and businesses, we want to shine a spotlight on mystery authors in the state,” John Wolfe said.
The authors and dates are:
May 4: Laurie Fagen, crime fiction mysteries “Dead Air” and “Fade Out;” and Zeke Crandall, of many titles, including “Arizona Tales” and “Canyon Diablo.”
May 11: Art Norby, “The Legacy of Maximillian Bauer” and “The Deadly Winter;” and Sandy Wright, “Song of the Ancients” and “Crescent Moon Rising.”
May 18: Ron Wick, of the “Santiago Mystery” series, including “Gold Coast Murder” and “Desert Kill.”
Here are short profiles of the authors:
Laurie Fagen is a long-time “writer by habit,” who has written for commercial and cable television, commercial radio, corporate video, magazines, newspapers and is now delving into the world of crime fiction.
Fagen started her first business, Word Painting, as a writer, producer and director for corporate video, which led to a 13-year career providing marketing, sales, training, informational and other types of video programming for businesses.
She started her second business, Fagen Designs, as a fiber and jewelry artist, just before she and her late husband, Geoffrey Hancock, purchased the Ocotillo News, which was later renamed SanTan Sun News. Under their ownership, the paper grew from 16-20 pages with a circulation of about 7,000 to an average of 80 pages twice a month with more than 38,000 printed.
Fagen has short stories published in the past three Desert Sleuths’ anthologies, and is an Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine honorable mention winner.
Fagen has published “Fade Out,” the first in a series of crime fiction novels with a young radio reporter protagonist who covers the crime beat, helps police solve cold cases and for fun, writes and produces a mystery theatre podcast. Book No. 2 in the series is “Dead Air.”
She is also working on book #3, “Bleeder,”which is expected to be released later this year.
Zeke Crandall, moved to Phoenix in 1955 at the age of 9, to combat severe asthma, started his writing career at the age of 48.He had befriended a member of the Mexican Mafia while working at a local restaurant and, when he was killed, Zeke was compelled to tell his story.
He finished it, but he has still not published it.
Instead, Zeke has written 10 other books, which he has published.
He is known for “Arizona Tales” and “Canyon Diablo.” He writes historical books and fiction, including mysteries.
“Arizona Train Robbers” comprises three short stories based on historical events.
His next book is “Tombstone: Fact vs. Fiction” and will be published in June.
Art Norby is an accomplished sculptor, painter and author.
From 1996 to 2007 he operated The Norby Gallery in Scottsdale and through the competitive process was commissioned to create six heroic public bronzes, as well as two sculpture gardens which encompassed eight life-size bronzes, seven life-size portrait busts and numerous other commissions.
In 2006 he was awarded a one-person exhibit of paintings and sculpture by the West Valley Art Museum in Surprise.
In addition to his autobiography, Art has written two mysteries – “The Deadly Winter” and “The Legend of Maximillian Bauer.” They are “Tom Hall Mysteries,” following Hall as he traces a complex chain of events as pioneers cross the American prairie to find new homes.
Sandy Wright loves to take ordinary characters and thrust them into extraordinary situations.
In her debut novel, “Song of the Ancients,” a Midwestern woman moves west for a fresh start. Instead, she becomes the prey in an ancient war to open an underworld portal hidden in Sedona, Arizona's magical red rocks.
Readers interested in the dark side of our supernatural world will enjoy this paranormal suspense, the first in a series that will travel to far-flung “earth power” sites around the world.
Sandy lives in Chandler, AZ with her photographer husband, two domesticated black panther cats, and Teak, a laid-back Australian shepherd/border collie mix.
Ron Wick is a familiar face in Chandler, especially around the holidays and the Tumbleweed Tree.
But he is also a prolific writer, having produced seven books in the “Santiago Mystery” series.
The first was “Gold Coast Murder” in 2014, followed by “Desert Kill.” The newest title, “Secrets,” was published last year.
He is a retired teacher, principal and poet from the Seattle area, now living in Arizona. As an educator he also worked with police and court authorities involving many criminal issues, ranging from juvenile delinquencies to suspected pedophiles. One of his students was alleged to be a Green River murder victim.
He has been involved in Lions Clubs International for more than 35 years.