Tonight, May 5th at 7pm
Join mystery writers Frances Brody, Sujata Massey, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Marcia Talley and Elaine Viets for readings, discussion and refreshments.
Frances Brody is the author of five highly praised 1920s mysteries featuring Kate Shackleton (including Dying in the Wool, A Medal for Murder and Murder in the Afternoon), as well as many stories and plays for BBC Radio, scripts for television and four sagas, one of which won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse and The Gate, Notting Hill, with Jehad nominated for a Time Out award.
Sujata Massey is an Edgar and Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee and winner of the Agatha and Macavity awards for her ten Rei Shimura mystery novels set in Japan (which include Zen Attitude, The Salaryman’s Wife andGirl in a Box). She is also the author of a historical novel, The Sleeping Dictionary. Born in England to an Indian father and a German mother, Sujata Massey grew up mostly in the United States and earned her BA from the Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars program. She then worked as a reporter at The Baltimore Sun before marrying and moving to Japan. She now lives in Baltimore with her husband and children.
Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won 30 Emmys and dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. The best-selling author of six mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: two Agathas, the Anthony and the Macavity, and, for The Other Woman, the Mary Higgins Clark award. Her newest thriller, The Wrong Girl, was dubbed “another winner” in a Booklist starred review, and is now a Left Coast Crime nominee, as well as an Agatha nominee for Best Novel. She is 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime, and a former national board member of Mystery Writers of America.
Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of twelve mysteries featuring Maryland survivor and sleuth, Hannah Ives. Marcia’s first mystery, Sing It to Her Bones, won the Malice Domestic grant and was nominated for an Agatha award. Eleven Hannah Ives mysteries followed that early success; Dark Passage is the latest entry in the series. Marcia is author/editor of two star-studded collaborative novels, Naked Came the Phoenix and I’d Kill for That. Her award-winning short stories appear in more than a dozen collections. Marcia is past President of Sisters in Crime, serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and is a member of the Authors’ Guild and the Crime Writers Association. She divides her time between Annapolis, Maryland, and living aboard an antique sailboat in the Bahamas.
Elaine Viets‘ bestselling Dead-End Job series (including Board Stiff and Catnapped!) is a satiric look at a serious subject, the minimum wage world. Her character, Helen Hawthorne, works a different low-paying job each book. Marilyn Stasio of the New York Times praises Elaine Viets’ mysteries as “clever” and “quick-witted.” She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with her husband, reporter Don Crinklaw. Click here to watch the book trailer for Catnapped!, the latest entry in the Dead-End Job series.
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