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Saturday, October 28 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Gumshoes to Cyber Sleuths

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In the world of crime fiction, almost anyone can be a detective or end up in a situation that requires some serious sleuthing. Six authors whose detectives cover a spectrum of professions and backgrounds reveal how they adapt their characters’ particular skills to solving mysteries. In his latest mystery, The Right Side, Peter Abrahams (writing as Spencer Quinn) shows how a wounded veteran finds redemption—and a canine companion—while searching for a missing girl. Avid outdoorsman Ray Anderson sets his Awol thrillers (most recently Sierra) on America’s long-distance hiking trails. Edith Maxwell’s unconventional sleuth is a Quaker midwife, featured most recently in Called to Justice. Joanna Schaffhausen is a scientific editor by day, but her forthcoming award-winning thriller The Vanishing Season centers on a small-town cop who also happens to be the sole survivor of a serial killer. Dave Zeltserman’s protagonist in Small Crimes is also a cop—one whose past corruption and violence leave him with something to prove, especially to himself. And Hallie Ephron’s most recent suspense novel, You’ll Never Know, Dear, offers a very personal sort of investigation, as a family wrestles with a mystery in its midst. Get ready to marvel at the creativity of these mystery writers during this interactive session; with assistance from the audience, they’ll also create some new sleuths with unusual occupations. This session is sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America–New England chapter and hosted by its president, Mo Walsh.

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Mo Walsh

Mo Walsh’s first published mystery story, “Roadside Roulette,” won the Mary Higgins Clark Short Mystery/Suspense Contest. Since then she has published crime stories in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine, Woman’s World, Spinetingler, Flash Bang Mysteries, Fish Out of Water... Read More →

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Peter Abrahams

Peter Abrahams is the Edgar Award-winning author of thirty-six novels. Among his acclaimed crime thrillers are Oblivion and The Fan (filmed starring Robert De Niro). Under the name Spencer Quinn, he writes the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mysteries and the middle-grade... Read More →
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Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson is a hiker and writer. So far, he has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, hiked all of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Long Trail (Vermont), and some of the Continental Divide Trail. Anderson's abiding interest in hiking developed more than thirty-five years ago when he began... Read More →
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Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron grew up in a family of writers in a house filled with books. Her parents were Hollywood screenwriters, Phoebe and Henry Ephron (Carousel, The Deskset, and more.) She writes standalone suspense novels, all of which have been honored as finalists for the Mary Higgins Clark... Read More →
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Edith Maxwell

National bestselling author Edith Maxwell is a 2017 Macavity and Agatha Award nominee for her historical mystery, Delivering the Truth. Her short story “The Mayor and the Midwife” was also nominated for an Agatha. She writes the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries, set in Amesbury... Read More →
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Joanna Schaffhausen

Joanna Schaffhausen is a scientific editor who spends her days immersed in research on potential new therapies for cancer, addiction, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Previously, she worked as an editorial producer for ABC News, where she advised and wrote... Read More →
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Dave Zeltserman

Dave Zeltserman is an award-winning crime, horror, and mystery writer. His novel Small Crimes was made into a film starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Molly Parker, Gary Cole, Jacki Weaver, and Robert Forster. It was released in April 2017 as a Netflix original film. Two other novels... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Old South Guild Room