Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ben Matthews, Author/Attorney, Joins Us Sept. 3

Ben Matthews, author of The Pursuit of Justice, will be our guest speaker at the September 3rd meeting of our Upstate SinC chapter. Kirkus Reviews calls the South Carolina attorney’s debut novel “an auspicious debut courtroom drama.”

The monthly Sisters in Crime meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3, at The Runway Café, 21 Airport Rd, Greenville, S.C.  Be there at 6:15 p.m. to meet Matthews and enjoy chapter fellowship. Supper should be served at 6:30. Matthews’ talk will begin right after new and old business at 7 p.m. Both the dinner and the meeting are open to the public.

In order for the Runway Café to speed service, dinner orders must be emailed by noon the day of the meeting. If you can't dine with us, we would still like to know you plan to attend so we can be sure you have a seat. To see the special menu for our group, please visit our website —  — and click on the Advance Order Menu tab at right.  If you place an order and do not attend or fail to cancel by noon, you will be charged for the meal. And like always, we'll enjoy it.

Like the author, Raymond Jackson, the main character in The Pursuit of Justice, is an attorney. Among other things, Matthews will discuss how his profession helped him create the book’s main character and mold the plot. In the novel, the main character must defend a client charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, an exotic dancer pregnant at the time of the crime. When Ray discovers similar unsolved murders he’s forced to turn to the man he trusts least. But the attorney’s woes are just beginning. As the bodies pile up, Ray finds himself framed for murder on the eve of the trial.

A South Carolina native, Matthews is a graduate of Presbyterian College, the University of South Carolina School of Law and is admitted to the South Carolina Bar. His law practice has allowed him to appear in Horry County Courtrooms, the setting for his book, on many occasions.  
Although he is not a resident of Myrtle Beach, he spent many weeks of summer, multiple spring breaks and a host of weekends along the Grand Strand where he learned to water ski, fish, crab, shrimp, scuba dive and party. It is still the number one getaway for Matthews and his wife.

The attorney is also the co-author of Blended Family Bliss, a nonfiction work.