Tucson Festival of Books

Mystery Series: Character Evolution


We love the characters, whether they are private eyes in Paris or southern Cal or police on the Navajo Nation. We can’t wait for their next adventures. But how do authors keep our interest in characters who appear in book after book? Three bestselling authors of mystery series share how they develop characters and storylines that keep fans returning.


Panelists
Cara Black

Cara Black's love of all things French was kindled by the French-speaking nuns at her Catholic high school. This was also where Black first encountered French literature and went crazy for the work of Prix Goncourt winner Romain Gary....

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Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman is The New York Times best-selling author of the Leaphorn/Chee/Manuelito mysteries.  After many years as a newspaper and magazine reporter, editor and columnist, she began to write nonfiction books....

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Joe Ide

Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles and currently lives in Santa Monica, Calif. His "IQ" series has won the Anthony, Shamus and Macavity Awards, and he has been nominated for the Edgar, Barry, CWA New Blood Dagger and Strand Book Critics Awards....

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Books:
Murder at la Villette
Cara Black
Mystery / Thrillers
Soho Press
March 2024
ISBN 9781641294478
288 pages

Fixit
An IQ Novel
Joe Ide
Mystery / Thrillers
Little Brown
May 2023
ISBN 9780316531085
320 pages
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The Way of the Bear
A Novel
Anne Hillerman
Mystery / Thrillers
HarperCollins Publishers
January 2024
ISBN 9780063313972
288 pages
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