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Mystery Making


Sarah Smith
Mystery Writers of America—New England

In international bestseller Sarah Smith's new novel, Crimes and Survivors, a young woman pianist struggles to survive Titanic and Jim Crow–era prejudice. William Martin says “Read it and be enthralled!” and it’s a 5-star book on a site beginning with A. Two of the earlier books in the series are New York Times Notable Books and one is a Waterstone’s Book of the Year. Her YA ghost thriller, The Other Side of Dark, set in Boston, won both the Agatha for best YA mystery of the year and the Massachusetts Book Award for best YA book of the year. Samuel Delany calls her Chasing Shakespeares “the best novel about the Bard since Nothing like the Sun.” Whenever she begins a new book, she’s convinced she knows nothing about writing. Until at least the third revision, she’s right. Smith lives in Brookline.

Clea Simon
Mystery Writers of America—New England

A former journalist, Clea Simon is the Boston Globe–bestselling author of nearly thirty mysteries. These alternate between cozies like her new A Cat on the Case, the third Witch Cat of Cambridge mystery, and darker psychological suspense (Hold Me Down, coming Oct. 5). 

Kate Flora
Mystery Writers of America—New England

Kate Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine attorney general’s office. Deadbeat dads, people hurting their kids, and employers’ discrimination aroused her curiosity about human behavior. The author of twenty-one books and many short stories, Flora’s been a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer awards. She won the Public Safety Writers Association award for nonfiction and twice won the Maine Literary Award. Her most recent books are Death Comes Knocking, A World of Deceit, the romantic suspense Wedding Bell Ruse, and a story collection, Careful What You Wish For.  Her nonfiction includes Finding Amy: A true story of murder in Maine and Shots Fired: The Misconceptions, Misunderstandings, and Myths about police shootings (both with Joseph K. Loughlin), and Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer To Justice.

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
Mystery Writers of America—New England

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs teaches prison inmates in Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband, two children, and joyfully idiotic standard poodle. She has published three novels, numerous short stories, and a smattering of memoir. She is a judge in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, a book reviewer for IndieReader.com, and an instructor at GrubStreet in Boston. She also sits on the board of Mystery Writers of America. 

Dale Phillips
Mystery Writers of America—New England

Dale Phillips has published novels, story collections, non-fiction, and over seventy short stories. Stephen King was his college writing teacher, and since then, Dale has found time to appear on stage, television, radio, in an independent feature film, and compete on Jeopardy! (losing in a spectacular fashion). He's a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Sisters in Crime. He's traveled to all fifty states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe. 

Leslie Wheeler
Mystery Writers of America—New England

Leslie Wheeler writes books about ordinary women thrust into dangerous situations, where they must find the inner strength to survive and prevail. In all her books, time and place become key characters driving the story forward, from early morning on the mist-shrouded Gettysburg battlefield to twilight at a desolate swamp on the Berkshires’ Rattlesnake Hill. Her two series are the Miranda Lewis Living History Mysteries and the Berkshire Hilltown Mysteries, featuring Kathryn Stinson.

Carolyn Marie Wilkins
Mystery Writers of America—New England

Carolyn Marie Wilkins is an author, a musician, and a psychic medium. She is the author of three mystery novels: Death at a Séance, Melody for Murder, and Mojo for Murder. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony and represented her country as a Jazz Ambassador for the US State Department. In addition, Carolyn maintains an active private practice as a psychic medium and Reiki healer. 


Pre-registration is required: Free on Eventbrite

In this fun, fast-paced improv game sponsored by Mystery Writers of America–New England, mystery authors Kate FloraTilia Klebenov JacobsDale PhillipsClea SimonSarah SmithLeslie Wheeler, and Carolyn Marie Wilkins will construct a brand new mystery using suggestions from the audience. This session will be introduced by Robin Young, host of Here & Now on 90.9 WBUR.


FREE; pre-registration required on Eventbrite