The Crime Squad comes to Tacoma’s Main Library Saturday

Five acclaimed Puget Sound writers of mysteries, thrillers and chillers are coming to Tacoma’s downtown Main Library at 1 p.m. Saturday to talk about their books, the art of crime writing, and their favorite authors.

The authors — William Dietrich, Elizabeth George, Bharti Kirchner, Mike Lawson, and Bernadette Pajer — are members of the Seattle 7 Writers, a nonprofit collective of Pacific Northwest authors whose mission is to foster and support a passion for the written word. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

The writers featured in The Crime Squad represent a variety of approaches to the mystery genre.

Set in the Napoleonic era, Dietrich's Ethan Gage series takes the reader on adventures to Egypt, revolutionary France and the American wilderness in the tradition of Indiana Jones. In contrast, George's Inspector Lynley series follows in the tradition of the classic, intricatingly plotted British mystery novels.

Mike Lawson writes political thrillers set in Washington, D.C. Kirchner, a contributing editor for Food and Wine Magazine, introduces readers to Indian culture. And Pajer is the author of the Professor Bradshaw Mysteries, whodunits set in Washington state circa 1900.

The Crime Squad's program in Tacoma is cosponsored by the University Book Store.