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SHIRLEY — Mark your calendar to attend the mystery author panel discussion at the Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way, Shirley, on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. and find out who the “new heroine” is.

Three published authors of mystery novels (all hailing from New England) will illustrate how today’s heroines balance relationships and careers, leap over sexist obstacles and rescue themselves from danger. Find out how strong woman characters are created.

Returning this year is Gary Braver (aka Gary Goshgarian), English professor at Northeastern University, who captivated and motivated aspiring authors (and those just curious!) at the Hazen Memorial Library last year, and is the author of five critically acclaimed suspense novels. His latest release, “Flashback,” was the number one best-selling medical thriller on the Doubleday Book Club and was named the top medical thriller of the year by critics.

Vicki Stiefel, author of “Body Parts,” and “The Dead Stone,” is our second panelist. Her writing style has been likened to Mary Higgins Clark and Sue Grafton.

M.E. Kemp (aka Marilyn Rothstein), whose mystery series features two naughty Puritans as detectives, is our third panelist. Her book, “Murder, Mather and Mayhem,” received rave reviews on WAMC Northeast Public Radio and was Bookpick of the week in June 2004.

Reservations are appreciated but not necessary. Call the library at (978) 425-2620 to let them know you’ll be attending.

Delicious refreshments will be served. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library.

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