Best-selling crime author Ann Rule will sign copies of her book that chronicles a Lewis County case at Borders Books in Gig Harbor from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 28.
Separately, Rule, who lives in Renton, is participating in the Gig Harbor Summit, which runs from Feb. 28 to March 2. The conference is open to the public, and the registration fee is $175.
Rule’s new book, “In the Still of the Night,” is about the death of Toledo resident Ronda Reynolds and the effort by her mother, Barbara Thompson, to find the truth.
The body of Reynolds, a former state trooper, was found by her husband at her home in 1998 with a gunshot wound to the head.
Former Lewis County Coroner Terry Wilson initially ruled her manner of death as “undetermined.” He changed that determination three times – first to a suicide, then to undetermined before settling on suicide on May 30, 2002.
Thompson and a pro bono team of investigators took the matter to court. A jury concluded after a civil hearing in 2009 that Wilson’s ruling as to the manner of death was unfounded.
Last month, new Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod revised the death certificate a fourth time to “undetermined.” He later called for a inquest where a six-member jury will hear evidence and decide the cause and manner of death. The inquest is scheduled to begin this fall. Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel will preside over the inquest, which is expected to take place outside Lewis County.
The appearance will be a swan song for the bookstore. Borders announced Wednesday it will close its Gig Harbor and about 200 other low-performing locations as it reorganizes under bankruptcy protection. The closures will occur by April, the company announced.