K.S. Robinson: Book signing event, 2 to 4 p.m. July 26, Gelato’icious Desserts, 500 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett. Robinson, of Freeland, will be on hand to sign copies of her children’s book, “A Mermaid’s Tale,” from Tate Publishing. The story involves a girl named Melanie and her family’s trip to an island. There Melanie looks for treasure and spends the day wither her mermaid friend Salina. Robinson, who grew up on Whidbey Island, said she enjoys watching her own daughters spend time at the beach. A former teacher, Robinson also is the author of “No Lunch Money,” about a young boy who has some trouble figuring out what life is all about and how a little kindness can go a long way in making someone’s day.
J.A. Jance: The popular mystery writer is in the area for two events. At 7 p.m. July 22 at University Bookstore, 15311 Main St., Mill Creek, Jance plans to talk about her book “Remains of Innocence” from Simon &Schuster. The new novel involves Sheriff Joanna Brady, who returns to the scene when a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a limestone cavern. Then when a young woman cleaning out her dying mother’s house finds a fortune in hundred-dollar bills and traces them back to Cochise County, the unsolved mysteries Brady has on her plate only mount. Jance also is the keynote speaker at the ninth annual Hope Within Luncheon to benefit Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County. The fundraiser is at noon July 24 at Comcast Events Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Cost is $15. Reservations can be made by calling 425-259-2827, ext. 1013. Jance said she will be available to sign books after lunch.
Neil B. Hampson: A retired physician from Camano Island, Hampson has published a history about the 1950 murder of his grandfather in Everett. He plans to sign his book “Serial Chase” from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at Mountain Loop Books and Coffee, 1085 Darrington St., Darrington. The serial killer is the same man who was hired in 1951 to serve as Darrington’s town marshall and who subsequently burned down the business district four days later, Hampson said. The late Darrington mayor Joyce Jones often told the story about having met the arsonist and murderer when she was a teen.
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