Top detective novelist to give two programs

Nationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novelist Denise Hamilton, often compared with Raymond Chandler, will give two Ridge Writers programs on Thursday, April 6. The first will be a “Read the Book, Meet the Author” afternoon at My Enchanted Cottage at 2 p.m. The second will be at the Ridge Writers meeting that starts 6:30 p.m., Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

For “Read the Book, Meet the Author,” Hamilton and participants will discuss “Savage Garden” starring reporter/sleuth Eve Diamond. Coursing through L.A.’s theater community, it “rises above the level of an ordinary detective novel to become a vibrant, powerful and relevant story,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.

The $35 ticket, available at Red Rock Books, includes the cost of the book, tea and scone and entry in a door prize drawing. For the evening presentation, for which admission is free, Hamilton will talk about writing issues.

Editor of the Edgar Award-winning short story anthologies “Los Angeles Noir” and “Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics,” Hamilton has written five contemporary crime novels in the Eve Diamond series. They appear on the lists of finalists for almost every major mystery award.

“Savage Garden” was a finalist for the Southern California Booksellers Award for “Best Mystery of 2005.” Hamilton has been published in Wired, Cosmopolitan, Der Spiegel and New Times and has earned first-place awards from the Los Angeles Press Club for feature and business writing.

During 10 years on the Los Angeles Times staff, she covered the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, the break-up of the Soviet Union and youth movements in Japan, but spent the bulk of her career in the multicultural suburbs of Los Angeles.

Ridge Writers is the East Sierra Branch of the 108-year-old California Writers Club. For more information, visit, RidgeWriters and

Story First Published: 2017-03-24