On Wednesday evening, October 23, at 7:00 p.m., the Southborough Public Library will host a mystery author panel: “The Mysterious Secrets of Mystery Writing.”
Three female authors will share their insights on the creative process for writing mysteries. The panel will be moderated by Southborough’s own Steve Ulfelder, best selling author of the Conway Sax mystery series.
The panelists are:
- Frankie Y. Bailey – Bailey is a criminal justice professor at University at Albany (SUNY), specializing in crime and American culture (crime history, and mass media/popular culture). Her mystery series features crime historian Lizzie Stuart, most recently in “Forty Acres and a Soggy Grave” (July 2011). Her new book, “The Red Queen Dies,” is a near-future police procedural set in Albany, NY in 2019. Bailey is a former Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America, and the Immediate Past President of Sisters in Crime, an organization devoted to the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.
- Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry – As herself, Kelner is the author of the Laura Fleming mysteries and the “Where Are They Now?” series. She also co-edits urban fantasy anthologies with Charlaine Harris. Their most recent is “An Apple for the Creature.” The Agatha Award award winner was also a nominee for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer Awards. Under her pen name, Leigh Perry, she recently debuted the Family Skeleton series for Berkley Prime Crime. Her latest book: “A Skeleton in the Family,” has just been published.
- Barbara Ross – Her new novel “Clammed Up” is being published by Kensington this fall. The book is the first of a new series of Maine Clambake Mysteries. Ross owns the former Seafarer Inn, with her husband, at the head of the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Her first mystery novel, “The Death of an Ambitious Woman,” was published in 2010. Ross is the 2013 co-chair of The New England Crime Bake. She is also a co-editor/co-publisher at Level Best Books, producer of an award-winning anthology of crime stories by New England authors.
The event is free and open to the public. It is funded through a grant from the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, the local representative of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.