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November (and December) Book Tour for Roman Roulette: Murder in the Catacombs, A Daria Vinci Investigation

I’m looking forward to seeing you at one of our No Cal or So Cal book events in November, our virtual event on Nov. 1 hosted by Politics & Prose, and my big Paris event on Dec 13, for the second Daria Vinci Investigation. Please check with individual venues to confirm the time, date and address of the event. Can’t wait!

1 NOV, Tues

Virtual Event

Tues, November 1

Politics & Prose

With author Ed Aymar

3pm PDT/6pm to 7pm EDT

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About this event

In Roman Roulette, the second Daria Vinci investigation, the glamorous and high-principled police commissioner of DIGOS, Italy’s FBI, must investigate what at first seems a simple case of suicide. In doing so, she attracts the attention of her boss, the Questor of the Province of Rome, who has his own reasons for wanting her off the case. Now, Daria Vinci must solve the murder in 36 hours, while risking her career and, possibly, her life.

I will be in conversation with E.A. Aymar. Anthony Award-nominated E.A. Aymar’s most recent thriller, They’re Gone, was published to rave reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus (starred), and was named one of the best books of the year by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. His next novel, No Home for Killers, is coming out in 2023 from Thomas and Mercer. He is a former member of the national board of the International Thriller Writers and an active member of Crime Writers of Color, the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. He also runs the Noir at the Bar series for Washington, DC, and has hosted and spoken at a variety of crime fiction, writing, and publishing events nationwide.

2 NOV, Weds

In-person Event:

Weds – November 2


In conversation with author Joanna Biggar

A Great Good Place for Books


6120 La Salle Avenue

Oakland, CA 94611

(510) 339-8210

Author Joanna Biggar has traveled solo in the most remote areas of China, chaired a school board in Ghana, worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and taught school kids in Oakland, California. She is a member of the Society of Woman Geographers, mother of five, grandmother of eight, all of whom love books! Joanna’s first novel, That Paris Year, is written in English but captures that French novel feel in a truly classic style. If you’ve been to Paris, she will welcome you back, if you haven’t, you may just want to pack your bags! That Paris Year is a truly splendid read! Joanna’s long-awaited sequel, Melanie’s Song, came out in 2019.


In-person Event:

Thursday – November 3, 2022

5:30pm– 6:45pm Book talk and signing, WINE by Kathy Baker of Rombi Winery

Olivia and Daisy A Book Boutique

13766 Center St

Carmel Valley, CA 93924



Wednesday – November 9, 2022

6:30pm book talk and signing

Diesel Bookstore Brentwood/LA

Brentwood ~

Mary Pluto at

Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street, Suite #33
Santa Monica CA 90402

By phone: (310) 576-9960

13 NOV, Sunday


Sunday – November 13, 2022

4pm – 5pm

Book Passage

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.

Corte Madera, CA 94925
In conversation with author Matthew Felix

Matthew Félix is an author, podcaster, and speaker. On his Matthew Félix on Air and as Program Director and Host of the San Francisco Writers Conference podcast, he has interviewed NY Times bestselling authors, leaders of organizations such as LitQuake, the Mill Valley Film Festival, and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, and experts on topics ranging from cable cars to cannabis, refugees to honey bees, and acupuncture to astrotourism. Matthew also speaks regularly about creativity, podcasting, marketing for authors, and more. Publishers Weekly’s BookLife Prize called his debut novel, A Voice Beyond Reason, “(a) highly crafted gem;” his travel collection, With Open Arms, won numerous Solas Awards and has topped Amazon’s Morocco category four times; and his latest book, Porcelain Travels, won Gold for Humor in the Readers’ Favorite Awards, received two Soul-Making Keats Literary Awards, and was a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award finalist.



Museo Italo-Americano

Museo Italo Americano 
Fort Mason Center 
2 Marina Blvd. Building C
San Francisco, CA 94123

I’ll be in conversation with a leading light of  the Italian-American community of San Francisco at the first and biggest and most ambitious museum and cultural institution dedicated to Italian and Italian-American topics–art and architecture, history, food, language and more.

Tel: 415 673-2200

16 NOV, Weds


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Readers’ Books Sonoma

6pm – 7pm

130 E Napa St

Sonoma, CA 95476

17 NOV, Thurs


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Mechanics Institute Library  

6pm – 7pm
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

The Mediterranean: Murder, Mayhem, & Mysticism. In conversation with Matthew Felix about the Mediterranean Sea and the effect the Mediterrean world has had on our work as authors.

Authors David Downie and Matthew Félix share a rich personal past in the Mediterranean and a deep love of this ancient region, which permeates their writing and their beings. Following on his renowned books on France and Italy, Downie’s forthcoming mystery, Roman Roulette: Murder in the Catacombs (Alan Squire Publishing), takes place in Rome. It’s the second in the Daria Vinci Investigations series. The first, Red Riviera, also starring the intrepid female sleuth, is set in Genoa.

Matthew’s four books, including his forthcoming memoir, Have Fun Falling, take place predominantly in Spain and France, as well other Mediterranean locales such as Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt.

In this special event—their fourth joint appearance, but the first in which David turns the tables and interviews Matthew—Downie and Félix will be in conversation about their shared passion for the Mediterranean, its history and culture, and the many ways in which it has played a role in their lives and work.

Book here

Tues, December 13 in Paris with Adrian Leeds

This is my one Paris event in 2022… don’t miss it… we’ll have a great time, as we always do, at the Cafe de la Mairie in the 3rd arrondissement… this is LIVE and lively!

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