Sandra Bretting


Sandra Bretting is the author of a bestselling cozy mystery series that ran for five years with Kensington Publishing, as well as the recently published mystery The Safecracker's Secret. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she began her career writing for the Los Angeles Times, Orange Coast Magazine, and others. From 2006 until 2016, she wrote feature stories for the award-winning business section of the Houston Chronicle.




2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
State Capitol, John J. Hainkel Jr. Room
To Catch a Killer: Amateur Sleuths on the Hunt
with Sandra Bretting, Ellen Byron, Claudia Gray, and Ashley Weaver

3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cavalier House Booksellers Tent
Book Signing

The Safecracker's Secret

A tragic death, an old-time safecracker, and his young protege. By the time Gene Jacks gets called into a murder investigation by the Houston P.D., it's anyone's guess who's conning whom.

When police summon Jacks to the scene of a crime one steamy summer night, he knows the drill: he'll be asked to crack a safe left behind by a drug dealer, Mob embezzler, or worse.

He doesn't expect to waltz into a murder investigation. Especially when police target his young protege as one of their chief suspects. 

Can Gene protect the girl, who's become like a daughter to him, while there's still time?


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