Mystery Author’s Panel: Making Mystery *Holiday Improv Edition*

Main Library, Community Room

Dec 5

Wed 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

In this fun, fast-paced & fascinating improv game, Sisters in Crime authors Elisabeth Elo, Lisa Lieberman, Arlene Kay and Maureen Milliken will brainstorm on their feet to create a brand new mystery using suggestions provided by the audience- with a seasonal twist! All are welcome!  

About Sisters In Crime New England

Sisters in Crime New England is a chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We welcome Sisters and Brothers in Crime from anywhere who have an interest in the New England mystery community.

About the Authors 

Elisabeth Elo: Elo's suspense novel, North of Boston, was named one of Booklist's Best Crime Novels, 2014 and was published in six countries. Elisabeth worked as an editor, an advertising copywriter, a high-tech project manager, and a halfway house counselor before earning a PhD in American Literature at Brandeis University. Since then, she's taught writing and literature at colleges in the Boston area. Her essays and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, and a comic novel, Save Your Own, was published in 2006 under the name Elisabeth Brink. Elisabeth lived near the ocean for many years and now resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Arlene Kay: Kay spent twenty years as a Senior Executive with the Federal Government where she was known as a most unconventional public servant. Experience in offices around the nation allowed her to observe both human and corporate foibles and rejoice in unintentional humor. Those locations and the characters she encountered are celebrated in a series of mysteries including Intrusion (2011) and Die Laughing (2012) both from Mainly Murder Press; The Abacus Prize (available now on Amazon); and the Swann Series (Swann Drive; Mantrap; and Gilt Trip); which released from BelleBridge Books in Spring, 2014. The fourth installment of the Swann Series, Swann Song, was released in February 2016.

Lisa Lieberman: Lieberman writes the Cara Walden Series of historical mysteries featuring blacklisted Hollywood people in exotic European locales. All the Wrong Places and Burning Cold are available from Passport Press wherever books are sold. Trained as a modern European cultural and intellectual historian, Lieberman abandoned a perfectly respectable academic career for the life of a vicarious adventurer through dangerous times and places. She has written extensively on postwar Europe. Her most recent essay on the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution, Stalin's Boots, was the inspiration for the second Cara Walden mystery. This one is set in Budapest just as the Soviet tanks roll back in, evoking Carol Reed's classic film of intrigue and betrayal, The Third Man, based on a story by Graham Greene. Keeping with the Graham Greene theme, the next book takes place in Saigon in 1957, during the filming of The Quiet American.

Maureen Milliken: Milliken has written three books in her small town, Maine-based Bernie (Bernadette) O'Day Series: Cold Hard News, No News is Good News, and Bad News Travels Fast. Like her newspaper editor, heroine, Milliken is a long-time journalist, whose books reflect her newsroom experience, as well as her love of Maine. She grew up in Augusta, where she now lives after a number of years away.