Meet Nina Simon: Author of Mother-Daughter Murder Night

On Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 2:00 PM, at the Belmont Library, San Mateo County Libraries is delighted to welcome Nina Simon, author of the New York Times-bestselling Mother-Daughter Murder Night and named one of Library Journal's list of Best Crime Fiction of 2023, opens a new window. Nina will be in discussion with author D.M. Rowell.

Mother-Daughter Murder Night is a warm-hearted whodunnit chosen as a Reese's Book Club pick, an IndieNext pick and a Barnes & Noble best of 2023 pick.

Life is a negotiation. With yourself. With others. You can’t sit around waiting for someone else to guess what you want. You have to ask for it, even if it’s scary.”
― Nina Simon, Mother-Daughter Murder Night

Mother-Daughter Murder Night is Nina’s first novel. She wrote it as a love letter to her mother as a way to entertain, comfort and connect with her during a major health crisis. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nina now lives off the grid in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her family.

The first 30 people through the door will receive a free copy of Nina's book. An opportunity to meet the author and have your new book signed will follow the discussion.

Co-hosted With Mystery Author D.M. Rowell 

Nina will be in conversation with D.M. Rowell (Koyh Mi O Boy Dah), who comes from a long line of Kiowa storytellers within a Plains Indian culture that treasures oral traditions. After a 32-year career spinning stories for Silicon Valley start-ups and corporations, with a few escapes creating award-winning independent documentaries, Rowell started a new chapter, writing the Mud Sawpole mysteries. They feature a Silicon Valley professional Kiowa woman solving thefts and murders in Kiowa country. The first in the series, Never Name the Dead, was a 2023 Finalist for the Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award.

Get to Know Nina Simon

Before turning to fiction, Nina wore many hats: NASA engineer, slam poet, game designer, museum director and nonprofit CEO. Her work on community participation in museums, libraries, parks and theaters has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, NPR and the TEDx stage.

Praise for Mother-Daughter Murder Night

"Sleuthing is a family affair in this novel featuring strong women and even stronger motives for murder... leuthing is a family affair in this novel featuring strong women and even stronger motives for murder." — Kirkus Reviews

“The perfect mix of family drama and murder mystery” — Kellye Garrett