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Mystery Author Susan Oleksiw

Posted by Pamela Bobker on September 22nd, 2017

Join us on October 3 as the Mystery Author series continues, with author Susan Oleksiw,  Tuesday October 3 at 7PM in the Morrell Meeting Room.

Susan Oleksiw writes the Anita Ray series featuring an Indian-American photographer living in South India at her aunt’s tourist hotel. In the first book in the series, Under the Eye of Kali (2010), a guest disappears and another falls unconscious. In The Wrath of Shiva (2012) and For the Love of Parvati (2014) Anita solves crimes among her extended family. When Krishna Calls (2016) finds Anita and Auntie Meena facing the loss of their hotel and everything they care about.

Susan also writes the Mellingham series featuring Chief Joe Silva. Murder in Mellingham (1993), the first of seven books, introduces the reader to Chief Silva and the coastal village of Mellingham. In Last Call for Justice (2012), Joe confronts a long unsolved crime involving a member of his family. In Come About for Murder (2016), Joe teaches his stepson to sail, never suspecting the boy will soon be sailing to save his life.

The community of West Woodbury is the location for a series of short stories featuring the women in the region of small farms and forgotten corners of rural America.

Susan’s short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. She was co-founder of Level Best Books, which publishes an annual anthology of the best New England crime fiction. In addition, she published A Reader’s Guide to the Classic British Mystery (G.K. Hall, 1988), and served as co-editor for The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing (1999).

Before she entered into a life of crime, Susan studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a PhD in Asian studies.  Susan lives and writes outside Boston, MA.

Mystery Author: Richard Cass

Posted by Pamela Bobker on September 6th, 2017

Mark your calendars and join Curtis Friends, Sisters in Crime, and Maine Crime Writers for a fascinating evening with Richard Cass, on September 19 at 7:00PM, as the 2017 Mystery Author Series continues.

Cape Elizabeth resident Richard Cass is the author of Solo Act, the first novel in the Elder Darrow jazz mystery series, which he originally pitched as “an alcoholic walks into a dive bar and decides to buy it.” Solo Act was published by Five Star Publishing in January 2016 and was a finalist for a Maine Literary Award in 2017. The second book in the Elder Darrow series, In Solo Time, will be published in September 2017. He’s also published a book of short stories called Gleam of Bone.


Summer Reading Challenge for Adults Concludes

Posted by Pamela Bobker on August 28th, 2017

Our Adult Summer Reading Challenge is concluding!  When you turn in your completed BINGO card, you will receive a certificate good for 50% off any book at Twice Told Tales, our used bookstore located at 11 Pleasant Street.  In addition, all entries will be eligible for a prize drawing on August 31.

The idea of the challenge is to stretch beyond your usual reading tastes.  For example, if you always read nonfiction, why not try a collection of short stories or a debut novel? Or if you always read with your eyes, try listening to an audio book.

Here are some interesting categories:  “A book based on mythology or a fairy tale,” “A book from a non-human perspective,” “A book with an eccentric character,” and “A book with gold lettering on the cover.” Visit our book displays to find categories from the BINGO cards to help you find books such as “Quick Reads — books with fewer than 200 pages” and “Books set in Two Different Time Periods”.  And as always, you can ask staff to help you find a book.  Have fun and happy summer reading!