PEPPERELL -- What makes a modern heroine?

Three Sisters in Crime authors, Leigh Perry, Connie Hambley, and Susan Oleksiw, will be at the Lawrence Library to talk about their female protagonists through the prism of modern expectations of femininity and the concept of heroism.

Leigh Perry writes the Family Skeleton series featuring a walking talking skeleton named Sid. The series debuted with "A Skeleton in the Family" in September 2013, and the fifth, "The Skeleton Takes Makes a Friend," is due out in November. As Toni L.P. Kelner, she's the author of the eight Laura Fleming mysteries and the three books in the "Where are they now?" series.

Connie Johnson Hambley grew up on a small dairy farm just north of New York City. When she was a young girl, an arsonist burned her family's barn to the ground. From that experience grew the novels that have become "The Charity," "The Troubles" and "The Wake."

Susan Oleksiw is the author of three series. The Pioneer Valley series follows Felicity O'Brien, who has just inherited her parents' farm in rural Massachusetts. In the first book, "Below the Tree Line," Felicity discovers a woman's body in her woods, and copes with a stranger digging secretly on her land. She also writes the Mellingham series and the Anita Ray series. Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Please register for this event at lawrencelibrary.

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This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. For more information about this event, please contact Donna Andreason at 978-433-0330 or by emailing