Seattle writer Bharti Kirchner, whose books have included novels and cookbooks, visits tonight with a first mystery novel, Tulip Season, the first in a projected series that will feature landscape designer-turned sleuth Mitra Basu. "A multi-layered mystery, Tulip Season is carefully crafted. Set against the backdrop of spring and the promise of new growth, the heat is on as master gardener Mitra Basu pulls out all the stops searching for her missing friend, Kareena, a domestic violence counselor who herself may have been abused. A sense of menace is palpable as Mitra puts together all the pieces that lead her to a bittersweet but welcome epiphany. Lovely and compelling!" - Curt Colbert.