Tess Gerritsen to headline mystery festival

Camden-based mystery writer Tess Gerritsen

BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library will become a crime scene for murder, mayhem and more at the third annual “Murder by the Book,” a mystery festival for readers and writers, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 27-28.

From 5:30 to 8 p.m., avid mystery readers can meet the authors, peruse their books and hear some of the writers speak about and read from their works in progress at the reception.

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Sherman’s Books & Stationery are co-sponsoring the event featuring Camden-based mystery writer Tess Gerritsen as the keynote speaker at noon on Saturday, Oct. 28. Gerritsen recently published her 12th book, “I Know a Secret,” in the Rizzoli & Isles series.

On Saturday, the dozen featured authors will sign copies of their books. Writing workshops and panel discussion also will be held.

This year’s lineup of authors includes: Brenda Buchanan (southern Maine writer, Joe Gale Mystery Series), Dorothy Cannell (Belfast, Ellie Haskell mystery series), Richard Cass (Cape Elizabeth, “Solo Act,” Bruce Coffin (North Windham, “Detective Byron Mysteries”), Sarah Graves (Eastport, “Home Repair Is Homicide” series), Vaughn Hardacker (Stockholm, Maine; “Wendigo”), Maureen Milliken (South Portland, Bernie O’Dea mystery series), Katherine Nichols (Boston, “Deep Water”), Stephen Pickering (Blue Hill, “Bad Moon Rising”) and Lynne Raimondo (Evanston, Ill. “Dante’s Wood.”)

Tickets to the Friday evening reception cost $25 per person. The Saturday events are all free and open to the public. To sign up, call 288-4245 or email Kayla Chagnon at [email protected] and visit www.jesuplibrary.org.

Then on Oct. 28, the library transforms into a mecca for all things mystery. Starting at 9 a.m., the library will be full of panel discussions, writing workshops and a keynote talk with Tess Gerritsen at noon. Authors will also be signing copies of their books which will be on sale courtesy of Sherman’s Books. There is no charge for any of the events on Saturday – it’s all free and open to everyone.

For more information about the whole event contact the Jesup at or 207-288-4245.

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