Mysterious California

Mysterious California” spends time with authors Laurie R. King, Nina Revoyr, Kirk Russell and Nadia Gordon, who take us on a moving journey through the California landscapes of four of their crime novels. The result is an evocative exploration of universal themes: the love of land, the importance of knowing personal and social history, the desire for truth and justice, and the power of place to inspire story. The film will spark conversation for book groups and library programs, and inspire wonderful ideas for writing groups.


This film is very well done and makes effective use of modern and archival images. The photographs of San Francisco, the northern coast, the Napa Valley and Los Angeles show the beauty and history of these areas… It’s always intriguing to find out what inspires writers to write and how their life experiences and personal philosophies find a voice in their characters and this film does an excellent job of providing this insight. Highly recommended.

Linda Lohr, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo,
State University of New York, Educational Media Reviews Online


To learn more about the authors and their books, visit their websites:

Laurie R. King 
Kirk Russell   
Nina Revoyr
Nadia Gordon (who also writes as Julianne Balmain)