Mystery Authors Festival: New England Crimes

Sherlock Holmes sleuthing

Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Ashland Public Library, 66 Front Street, Ashland MA

The 2017 Mystery Festival will add a writers’ workshop and a mystery feature film this year. The festival, focusing on the theme of “New England Crime,” will be held on April 7 and 8 in the Ashland Library, 66 Front St. For more information, call the library at 508-881-0134.

There will be time for questions from the audience and an opportunity to purchase books. Free and open to the public.

Friday April 7th at 7:00pm
Mystery Film: The Verdict (1982)

Saturday, April 8th
10:00am – noon: Mystery Writers Workshop led by Leslie Wheeler, author of the Miranda Lewis “living history” mysteries. Learn how to plot, construct, and populate the mystery short story. Sign up in advance by emailing: aplace@ashlandmass.com

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Mystery Authors Panel & Book Sale
The following New England authors will appear on the panel and take questions from the audience:

Ray DanielRay Daniel is an award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction and is the author of the Tucker Mysteries. His short story “Give Me a Dollar” won a 2014 Derringer Award for short fiction and “Driving Miss Rachel” was chosen as a 2013 distinguished short story by Otto Penzler, editor of The Best American Mystery Stories 2013.



Hallie EphronHallie EphronNew York Times bestselling author, is an Edgar Award finalist and four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Ephron writes suspense novels she hopes readers can’t put down. She teaches writing at workshops and writing conferences across the country. An award-winning crime fiction book reviewer, she wrote an ON CRIME column for the Boston Globe for 10 years.


Leslie WheelerLeslie Wheeler is an author of books about American history and biographies. Wheeler now writes the Miranda Lewis “living history” mystery series. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, serving as Speakers Bureau Coordinator for the New England Chapter.




The panel will be moderated by Alexis Christopher, a would-be mystery writer who says she is “always looking for potential murder sites, victims and unusual characters.” Christopher is an avid mystery reader and member of a local Mystery Circle and of Sisters in Crime.

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