Wicked-Writers' Group

Wicked, a group of six female mystery writers from New England, will be at White Birch Books on Sunday, Oct. 6. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONWAY — Things are going to be wicked fun when the Wicked, a group of six female mystery writers from New England, come to White Birch Books on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. They’ll be sharing their particular cozy brand of murder and mayhem in beautiful New England settings.

Maddie Day, Jessica Ellicott, Sherry Harris, Julia Henry, Barbara Ross and Liz Mugavero comprise the Wickeds and they all either live in or write about New England in their cozies. They have joined together to support each other in their writing and, when possible, to go out on the road and talk books, writing and more books.

A cozy is a very particular sub-genre of mystery in which the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. The detectives are nearly always amateurs and are frequently women, with jobs that bring them into constant contact with residents of their community. The violence in cozies often takes place off the page and, typically, there is a fair amount of humor or a sidekick of some sort.

Day will be talking about "Strangled Eggs and Ham" from her Country Store Mystery Series. Harris has taken her bargain hunting skills and turned it into the Garage Sale Mystery series. She’ll be talking about the seventh in the series, "Let’s Fake a Deal." Henry’s Garden Squad Mystery series is set in Massachusetts. "Tilling the Truth" is the second installment.

Ross is coming over from Portland, Maine, to talk about her Maine Clambake series and the latest installment, "Steamed Open." Liz Mugavero’s most recent book, "Murder, She Meowed," is from the Pawsitively Organic series and has gourmet pet recipes included in the book.

And finally, there’s Ellicott who hails from Milton Mills. She will be talking about "Murder Flies the Coop," her historical cozy featuring Beryl and Edwina, two ladies sharing lodging in the sleepy English village of Walmsley Parva.

White Birch Books is located in North Conway Village just south of the park, across from TD Bank. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event, contact White Birch Books at (603) 356-3200 or go to whitebirchbooks.com.

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