2017-04-06 / Community News

Sisters in Crime to appear at McArthur

Sisters in Crime began 30 years ago with a clear vision and a commitment to help women who write, review, buy or sell crime fiction. To celebrate this milestone, on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. McArthur Library in Biddeford will host an anniversary party featuring three Maine writers, Lea Wait, Kate Flora and Maureen Milliken.

Wait writes two mystery series and historical novels for children. Her Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series features antique print dealer Maggie Summer. “Shadows at the Fair,” which starts the series, was a finalist for a best first mystery Agatha Award. Wait also writes the Mainely Needlepoint mysteries that take place on the coast of Maine. “Twisted Threads,” first published in 2015, was a USA Today bestseller. “Tightening the Threads,” the fifth in the series, was published in March 2017.

Flora is a former international president of Sisters in Crime, a founding member of the New England Crime Bake Conference and the Maine Crime Wave. Her many books include eight Thea Kozak mysteries, five gritty police procedurals, a suspense thriller (written as Katherine Clark), two true crimes of which the first, “Finding Amy,” was nominated for an Edgar and optioned for a movie, and a co-written Maine game warden’s memoir. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Sara Paretsky edited collection, “Sisters on the Case,” and she is a former editor and publisher at Level Best Books, which puts out an annual anthology of New England crime stories.

Milliken is a former journalist, most recently as city editor of the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, a former columnist for the Sentinel, the Kennebec Journal and their website, centralmaine.com. She has more than 30 years experience at daily newspapers in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She now devotes her time writing the Bernie O’Dea mysteries which take place in the fictional Maine town of Redimere.

All three authors will be at the library to talk about their books. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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