Bestselling Mystery Novelist MICHAEL CONNELLY reads The Late Show
Brookline Booksmith welcomes MICHAEL CONNELLY with his latest mystery novel: The Late Show. A once up-and-coming detective, Renée Ballard is stuck on the Hollywood night shift since accusing a supervisor of sexual harassment. But after catching two cases she can’t let go of—the brutal beating of a prostitute, and the shooting of a young woman in a nightclub—Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.
This event is not ticketed.
Author STEPHANIE GAYLE reads Idyll Fears, the 2nd in her LGTBQ crime series
Attention crime-novel enthusiasts! A new series is underway, and you can meet the author, STEPHANIE GAYLE, at Porter Square Books for a reading of the second novel in her crime series: Idyll Fears.
It’s two weeks before Christmas 1997, and Chief Thomas Lynch faces a crisis when Cody Forrand, a six-year-old with a life-threatening medical condition, goes missing during a blizzard. The confusing case shines a national spotlight on the small, sleepy town of Idyll, Connecticut, where small-time crime is already on the rise and the police seem to be making mistakes left and right. Further complicating matters, Lynch, still new to town, finds himself the target of prank calls and hate speech that he worries is the work of a colleague, someone struggling to accept working with a gay chief of police.
This event is free and open to the public.
How do male and female authors differ when writing crime stories?
Moderator, Christine Bagley, author of five short mystery stories, and a finalist for the Al Blanchard Award in Best Short Crime Fiction, will discuss the differences between male and female authors when writing crime stories. Guest authors will be Bruce Robert Coffin, a former detective sergeant, short story writer, and author of the novel, Beyond The Truth, Christine Eskilson, a finalist for both the Al Blanchard Award for Best Short Crime Fiction, and Women’s National Book Association, and Gabriel Valjan, short story writer, and author of the Roma series, and The Company Files: The Good Man. Differences to be discussed include violence, sex, swearing, POV, whether readers prefer female or male crime writers, and who publishes more often. Authors will read from their stories appearing in Level Best Book’s Best New England Crime Stories: Landfall and Snowbound. A Q&A and signing will wrap up the panel discussion.