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Time To Pick Our Mystery Discussion Books For 2018!

written by Patricia

It's that time of year. Thursday, August 24th is the date. 7:00 p.m. is the time. And (quite fittingly!) the place will be our Youth Services Activity Room on the second floor. It's sure to be "active" once we start talking books!

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Looking for a copy of our July book "Lowcountry Bombshell" by Susan Boyer?

written by Patricia

Every single one of our paper copies of "Lowcountry Bombshell" has been checked out! We are ordering a couple more, but there's an alternative for the adventurous...

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Our Discussion & Visit with Hank on "Say No More"

written by Patricia

We're still glowing -- and talking -- about our visit with NYT best-selling author and Emmy winning NBC Boston reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan. Much fun was had, so read all about it!

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Margaret Maron Guest Posted about her career on Janet Rudolph's "Mystery Fanfare" blog

written by Patricia

Margaret Maron talks About ending her acclaimed Deborah Knotts series -- and what writer adventures lie ahead for her!

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Bouchercon - The World Crime Convention -- Has Announced the 2017 Anthony Award Nominees! Updated with Catalog & Author Links

written by Patricia

Crossing all sub-genres of mystery and hosting perhaps the biggest mystery convention for fans, authors, and publishers, these awards are named for the highly respected NYT reviewer of mysteries Anthony Boucher. See who is the running this year!

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Don't Miss Lisle Library's Kick-off Party and Sign Up for Summer Read !!

written by Patricia

Join us for the Summer Read Program (SRP) Kick-off where there's prizes for every level of reader -- children to adults!

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Hank is Coming! Hank is Coming! Hank is Coming!

written by Patricia

 We'll Talk about Say No More and get the inside lowdown on investigative reporting from our very favorite Emmy/Edward R. Murrow award winning reporter on Channel 5 in Boston; who also just so happens to write TWO award-winning mystery series. Our novel is the latest in the Jane Ryland series, which has been nominted this year for both a Mary Higgins Clark award and an Agatha award.

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Our Discussion on "A Killing in the Hills" by Julia Keller

written by Patricia

Both on the homefront and in her work life, Bell is severly challenged. Tough prosecutor Bell Elkins attempts to make a difference in the rural town of Acker's Gap is confronted with the senseless death of three old men which is witnessed by her own resentful 17 year old daughter, a rise in prescription drug crime, and the death of a young child.

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Here are the 2017 Edgar Award Winners!

written by Patricia

Once again Mystery Writers of America (MWA) met in New York City to present the Edgar statues to this year's Winners. 

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May Meeting

written by Patricia

This month we visit the “beautiful, crime-ridden town of Acker's Gap in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains when we read and discuss A Killing in the Hills by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller.  It is the author’s debut novel, and it introduces us to prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins. Nominated for numerous mystery awards, it won the Barry award for Best First Novel, and will be a new author for our group to enjoy! As for the story...

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The 2017 Agatha Award Winners Announced at the "Malice Domestic" Mystery Con

written by Patricia

The winners of the prestigious Agatha awards were announced last Saturday at the 29th annual Malice Domestic mystery convention. Among them are names you'll all know -- and who have spoken with our group!

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Our Discussion and Call On: "Them Bones" with Carolyn Haines

written by Patricia

There are two things we can definitely tell you about Carolyn Haines and her books: her setting and characters are Southern – down to the bone, and if she doesn’t tickle your funny bone – you don’t have one! 

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The 2017 International Thriller Award Nominees Have Been Announced!

written by Patricia

An ever more popular mystery/crime award, the International Thriller Awards are given at Thrillerfest in New York City each year. The catagories are: Best Hardback Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original Novel, Best Short Story, Best Young Adult Novel, and Best e-Book Original Novel. To check out this year's nominees...

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Just a Few Fun Moments at the First Annual "Murder & Mayhem in Chicago" Convention!

written by Patricia

MAF members attended this brand-new mystery con in force on Saturday, March 11th -- where a great time was had by all!

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Our Discussion and Skype On: "No One Knows" by J.T. Ellison

written by Patricia

After our meeting there was one thing we all knew – J. T. Ellison rocks! 

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