Maryland-based mystery authors Mary Ellen Hughes, Marcia Talley and Tracy Kiely will be at the Broadneck Library on September 25 at 7:00pm for Maryland Can Be Murder, an event to discuss mystery and how authors write about their home states.
Hughes, Talley and Kiely will discuss their newest releases and how they incorporate Maryland in their novels. Their shared goal is to instill a love of mystery in the audience members.
“I hope they’ll be interested to see how three mystery writers can start with the same basic plan of writing about murder in the same area and come up with very different stories,” said Hughes.
Without giving away too many details, each author will discuss her newest novel and love for writing murder mysteries.
“I always look forward to talking with readers about mysteries. I hope they will all become fans both of the genre and of my novels,” said Talley.
Maryland Can Be Murder will encourage writers to include their hometowns in their works. “An old adage says ‘write what you know,’” said Talley. “The main reason I write about Maryland is that I love the area, and by writing about it, I get to share my love of Maryland with others.”
Maryland Can Be Murder will be an evening of entertainment, mystery and education among individuals who share a love of literature.
Hughes said she wants the audience to be “both interested and entertained, and to feel satisfied at the end that we’ve played fair with them by dropping enough clues along the way, but also a few red herrings. We don’t want to make figuring things out too easy!”
Originally from Milwaukee, Hughes lived in Anne Arundel County for many years. She has a degree in medical technology from Alverno College but left the medical field to pursue her love for writing mystery. After the release of her third novel in the Keepsake Cove mystery series in September, Hughes will have penned 11 mysteries.
Talley, who moved to Maryland in 1966, is the award-winning author of the Hannah Ives mystery series, which includes 17 novels. Talley is the former national president of the Sisters in Crime Inc., she serves as a member of the board of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and she is a current member of the Authors Guild. She and her husband split their time between Annapolis and Elbow Cove in the Bahamas.
Tracy Kiely, a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, became a writer after she quit her day job. She is the author of the Elizabeth Parker mystery series, a story inspired by Jane Austen. Most recently, she has written three installments of the Nic and Nigel mystery series. Kiely has a bachelor’s degree in English from Trinity College in Connecticut, and lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.