No fatalities reported
The sounds of a deliberate jazz baseline heralded in the first of a series of literary offenses to be perpetrated by the make-believe detective agency known as the Noir Factory. A small but cozy mob welcomed mystery writer and Chief Investigator Steven Gomez. As he took the stage, Gomez welcomed his accomplices to the scene as they enjoyed microbrew pilsners and Black Sheep Zinfandel.
As the dedicated crew at Alchemy served up sinfully rich Crab Macaroni and Cheese, crispy fried Calamari, and fresh Prawns, the scribe from the Noir Factory unfolded the Case of the Awkward High Note from the debut of Taco Noir, Tales of Culinary Crime.
After the reading, guests were treated to the first Taco Noir raffle, with the grand prize, a reproduction of the Maltese Falcon, going to a longtime supporter and friend of the agency. Reports of any curse on the statue have not been substantiated.
The evening concluded with a screening of The Gorilla, a classic comedy who-done-it featuring Bela Lugosi, the Ritz Brothers, and a gorilla suit. The movie, a power-house in its day, is considered by the Noir Factory to be the “Citizen Kane” of gorilla suit comedy who-done-its.
Gomez thanked his guests as they left, shutting down the café as they did so. As the last of his accomplices left the building, the staff locked up and began to count the silverware. As the agency loaded up their wagon and moved back to HQ, Gomez remarked that it they had indeed not seen the last of him.
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In today’s guest post over at Renee Pawlish’s blog “To Become a Writer,” the Chief Investigator discusses ways to spread around the Noir darkness outside the office.
For the Factory, it involves getting out and visiting friends in low places, but for other writers, it is partnering with nice people in cool places doing things that they really like to do. While you are visiting her blog, look at some of Renee’s other posts for her thoughts on writing, artists, and all things noir.
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Taco Noir is now for sale as a Kindle Edition for your digital pleasure! If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can “borrow” the book from Amazon for no cost whatsoever. Free. Gratis.
A great deal at three times the price… uh… (carry the two… uh)
You can also find the books in the Murphys area in good-old-fashioned, low-tech print version at The Spice Tin and at Sustenance Books starting next week.
And for a signed edition, a separate e-Book novella, and an evening of Private Eye-like goodness, check out the Noir Factory’s first Speakeasy event on June 7th at Alchemy Café in Murphys.
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Today Gunnar Grey at the 1940 Mystery Writer was kind enough to run a guest post written by me about partnering up with complementary businesses and giving author readings.
Check it out here: Holding Readings in Complementary Businesses
As the agency winds down into the final phase of Taco Noir (and by final phase I mean that it’s at the printers), what better way to kick this thing off than an evening of books, good food, and a movie about a grown man in a monkey suit?
Dinner with a Detective
Your $25 dollar ticket gets you a signed copy of the Noir Factory’s first publication- Taco Noir – Tales of Culinary Crime. Each ticket holder also gets a free E-book of the novella “Lefty and the Boxcar,” a reading from one of the Taco Noir mysteries, and – last but not least – a screening of the classic Bela Lugosi flick “The Gorilla,” guest starring the Ritz Brothers.
A steal at twice the price!
And if that weren’t enough to tempt you, before the screening each ticket holder is also eligible to win prizes in the first-ever Noir Factory Raffle! There will be mystery-themed prizes galore, with the grand prize being “the stuff that dreams are made of” – a reproduction of noir fiction’s most treasured icon – The Maltese Falcon!!!
Doors open at 6:30PM. You can reserve your spot by going here, or by giving the office a call at (209) 915-9138.
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