"MARFA SHADOWS" Booksigning @ Marfa Book Co

Description: MARFA SHADOWS Signing at Marfa Book Co. April 17 1-3 p.m.

The First-Ever �Chef Brett Mystery� Arrives

�This book has drugs, sex and more than a few violent murders,� John DeMers observes of his first mystery novel, Marfa Shadows. �There are also some excellent dinner specials.�

The Houston writer and radio host takes a whole new direction in his 40-book career with the novel�s big-splash national release (Bright Sky Press, $23.95), which marks the start of a series starring his culinary crime-fighter, Chef Brett Baldwin.

On Saturday April 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., DeMers takes a break from leading a media tour of Marfa and its surroundings to sign copies at Marfa Book Co. The tour includes visits to places that play a role in the series, including the Chinati Foundation, Padres, the Hotel Paisano, the Presidio County Courthouse and the Food Shark, plus excursions to Alpine, Ft. Davis, Presidio, Terlingua and the River Road.

The new book, and presumably its years and years of siblings, are set in the small-but-artsy Far West Texas town of Marfa � Brett�s hometown and the place his fictional restaurant called Mesquite is located. But as John stresses, the action can take his hero just about anywhere, starting in Shadows with the nearby drug violence-riddled Tex-Mex border.

Early readers of Marfa Shadows have praised its detailed, realistic depictions of the behind-the-scenes workings of a commercial kitchen, built around Chef Brett�s tireless 4-foot-10 sous chef Gilberto Cruz, and its passionate recreations of the moonscape scenery surrounding the town of Marfa all the way south to the border at Big Bend National Park. New York Times bestselling author Peter May said: �John DeMers� unlikely hero, Chef Brett Baldwin, takes us on a spicy, culinary crime cruise through the mean streets of small-town West Texas, and beyond. Hot stuff!�

The second book in the Chef Brett series, Marfa Rocks, is already written and features a sexy but mysterious archaeologist named Dr. Hildegard Dane, with the third, Marfa Blues, in its early stages. Blues concerns a conspiracy reaching back half a century behind the brutal murder of Texas music icon (and crusty, ponytailed Terlingua resident) T.J. �Rattlesnake� Garcia.

The books can be ordered directly via www.brightskypress.com, as well as from www.amazon.com.

All this writing takes place when John isn�t on the air for NewsRadio 740 KTRH, hosting his Delicious Mischief food and wine radio show on Saturdays or his Houston ArtsWeek on Sundays. Both shows, plus John�s new weekly Delicious Mischief in Austin, are sponsored by Spec�s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods. The big difference, he says: a lot more people get themselves killed in his novels!

Location: Marfa Book Co
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2022
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
Created by: Joni Marginot
Updated: Friday, March 19, 2023 6:17pm GMT