Just Watch Us Learn: Jeff Lindsay at Murder by the Book

By Makayla Mason

Murder By The Book is one of many jewels in Houston.  Not only do they have a great book collection, but they bring in amazing authors throughout the year.  And on December 4, one of our last events of 2019, we went to see, Jeff Lindsay, the creator and author of the Dexter books and tv series.

And as an interesting biographical note, Lindsay is married to Hilary Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s niece!

After we arrived, we purchased some of Lindsay’s books including his latest book Just Watch Me. After showing Miranda and Esme (it was their first time to the store) around the store, we found seats, excited to hear Lindsy speak!

Lindsay was an expressive and humorous speaker, and the audience appreciated the presentation.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, Murder by the Book, Jeff Lindsay, Just Watch Me

There were some die-hard “Dexter” fans in attendance, and the program provided highly interactive.

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We learned about Lindsay’s writing process and how he created the main character, Riley Wolfe, in Just Watch Me.  Riley is a master thief who steals from the wealthiest .1% and his new target is the Crown Jewels of Iran. Lindsay said Riley Wolfe makes the impossible, possible.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, Murder by the Book, Jeff Lindsay, Just Watch Me

We also got the inside scoop on Lindsay’s opinion of actor Michael C. Hall as Dexter on the show. He admitted he was worried at first, but after watching the filming of the first scene on set, he knew Hall was the perfect fit.

After his talk, we had the opportunity to have our books signed and take a picture with him.

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It was a great experience to meet Jeff Lindsay! Big shout out to Murder By The Book for bringing in such amazing authors!

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, Murder by the Book, Jeff Lindsay, Just Watch Me

Dinner at Aladdin

Since Just Watch Me is about the Crown Jewels of Iran, we decided to eat Mediterranean food at Aladdin restaurant.  It was cafeteria style with all the food laid out with tons of options to choose including many vegan dishes. We decided to get a meat with three sides and pita bread. We ordered fish, gyro meat, and curry chicken as our meats with lots of different sides and hummus of course! It was all so delicious!

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, LEAP Center, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, Aladdin Restaurant

It was a great night and with new books in our hands and good food in our stomachs, we headed back to Huntsville.



Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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