Southern Arizona is full of mystery. It's fertile ground for those who want to read or write a classic - whether it's a murder-on-the-first-page whodunit, a contemporary novel packed with heart-pounding action and tension or a thriller set in a faraway time and place.
Elizabeth Gunn, middle, takes notes as Dr. F. Mazda Shirazi of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center discusses the science of poison during a Arizona Mystery Writers workshop.
Mikaela Quinn, who heads the writing group Tucson Sisters in Crime, listens as JoAnn Bassett reads from her book "Lana'i of the Tiger."
Local author Darrell James autographed copies of an anthology with his story in it during a recent Sisters in Crime meeting.
Christine Burke, left, owner of Clues Unlimited bookstore, Fred Runk, Mary Stevens and Michael Ames recently joined for a discussion of "Silence of the Grave" by Arnaldur Indridason, a police procedural set in Reykjavik, Iceland. Mystery readers are often drawn to the cultural setting of var…
Dr. F. Mazda Shirazi of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center presents information on poisons and varied symptoms.