Mystery Making—How Stories Are Made


October 29, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you have what it takes to solve a good mystery? If so, you don’t want to miss working with a panel of mystery writers, headed up by Cape’s own mystery writer Richard Cass, to help solve a mystery on the fly. Our esteemed panel of authors will draw audience-generated facts for a mystery to be solved, then, with your help, they’ll open up about how they make decisions when they create their stories.

When this panel was here last October, it was fascinating – and hilarious!  

Meet the panel!
Kate Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine attorney general’s office. Deadbeat dads, people who hurt their kids, and employers’ discrimination aroused her curiosity about human behavior. That curiosity led her to the world of crime. The author of twenty books and more than twenty short stories, Flora’s been a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer awards. She won the Public Safety Writers Association award for nonfiction and twice won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction. Death Warmed Over, her 8thThea Kozak mystery, was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award.  

Brenda Buchanan grew up in Western Massachusetts and studied journalism at Northeastern University. She worked as a reporter trainee at the Boston Globe and studied creative writing with Robert Parker, creator of the Spenser series, among others. After Northeastern, she moved to Maine to work as a journalist at the York County Coast Star in Kennebunk, then went to law school in the late eighties. About ten years ago, she moved from Peaks Island to America and got serious about her fiction writing. She is the author of three Joe Gale mysteries: Quick Pivot, Cover Story, and Truth Beat.

Richard Cass grew up in Boston, lived through the bussing years, and graduated from Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the United States. He is the author of the Elder Darrow jazz mystery series, set in Boston, which is the story of an alcoholic who walks into a dive bar and decides to buy it. Solo Act was published in 2016 and was a finalist for a 2017 Maine Literary Award in the Crime Fiction category. The prequel to Solo Act, In Solo Time, was published in 2017 and won the 2018 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. The third book in the series, Burton’s Solo, will be published in 2018. Dick serves on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s New England Chapter and lives in Cape Elizabeth.

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