Book tours are where readers get to meet their favorite authors, right?
But we also get to meet you, and promote a favorite cause, see interesting places and eat good food. Let me tell you about some of the top stops on my upcoming tour for "Board Stiff," my twelfth Dead-End Job mystery. The book comes out just in time for Mother’s Day.
"Board Stiff" passed the first hurdle and got a good review in Publishers Weekly. I hope there will be more, but I breathe a little easier once the verdict is in from the first major review. Publishers Weekly says "Board Stiff" is "entertaining . . . Viets shines at evoking Florida’s vibrant landscape and even more colorful characters."
This is the ultimate beach book. I want you to feel like you’re sitting on the sand when you read it. Newlywed private eyes Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont must solve a murder at a crowded beach – with no witnesses. The trail leads to Helen’s hometown of St. Louis.
"Board Stiff" debuts at the Malice Domestic Convention in Bethesda, Maryland. This is a big family reunion for traditional mystery lovers. Stop by the noon signing at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Saturday, May 4, for your copy.
Sunday, May 5, I’m signing with Femme Marcia Talley, and mystery writers Anne Cleeves, Denise Swanson and Frances Brody at the Five Dangerous Dames cocktail party at the Eastport Yacht Club. Treat yourself to mysteries and an amazing view.
Monday, May 6, I head up with the other dangerous dames to the Festival of Mystery in Oakmont, Pa. The festival is an international event with some fifty mystery writers from around the world. Sponsored by the Mystery Lovers Bookshop, the proceeds go to charity. Mystery readers arrive by the busload – and I’m not exaggerating.
Thursday, May 9, I’m in downtown St. Louis signing at the newly renovated St. Louis Central Library. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the same architect who did the U.S. Supreme Court, the redone library is supposed to look spectacular. I can’t wait to see it.
Friday, I’m speaking in Festus, which used to be a country town. My, how it’s grown. It’s now a city-sized suburb of St. Louis with rabid book lovers. Festus took an old store and made it into a modern library.
Friday night, May 10, is a benefit signing for the St. Louis Regional Chapter of ALS – that’s Lou Gehrig’s disease. I’ll personally donate 40% – $9.58 – for every copy of "Board Stiff" sold at the event, to the local ALS chapter. Diana Wunning, a friend and reader, has eleven people in her family with ALS. She chooses not to know if she has the gene, but campaigns constantly to find a cure for ALS, even traveling to meet with lawmakers in Washington. Can't make the event? Order your signed copy in advance from Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday afternoon, I’m talking at Barnes & Noble Ladue. That’s always a party.
On Sunday, Mother’s Day, I’m at Left Bank Books in the Central West End, one of the handsomest sections of St. Louis.
Then it’s back home to South Florida for more signings. You’ll find the details at
Can’t make the signings?
Contact any store and order your autographed copy. Buy yourself a slice of summer.