Murders most foul in spotlight at Jesup

BAR HARBOR — Maine is home to some of the country’s best mystery writers. Join 12 of them for a killer good time at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19.

Authors Julia Spencer-Fleming, Dorothy Cannell, Paul Doiron, Kate Flora, Gerry Boyle, Brenda Buchanan, Bruce Coffin, Vaughn Hardacker, Chris Holm, Maureen Milliken, Lynne Raimondo and Lea Wait will share some of their thrilling work with readers and writers during the first annual Murder by the Book festival.

On Friday from 5:30-8 p.m., meet and mingle with all 12 authors during a wine reception and then hear about murders to come, as five of them –Spencer-Fleming, Cannell, Doiron, Flora and Holm – share from their unpublished works-in-progress. This is an exclusive ticketed event. Tickets are $25 each and can be bought at the Jesup or online at

Then on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Jesup is the place to be for readers, writers and fans of mystery, with 13 different programs filling the day. Readers can enjoy panels including “Real World vs. The Page,” “White Hats & Black Hearts” and “Finding Your Next Great Mystery Read.” Writers can sit in on workshops including “How to Add Suspense to Your Fiction,” “Getting the Word Out” and “Scene of the Crime.” The day will feature a keynote talk with Julia Spencer-Fleming at noon. All of the programs on Saturday are free and open to the public. A complete schedule is available online at

Downeast Deli is offering a special deal for Murder by the Book attendees – anyone who pre-orders lunch for Saturday, by Friday at 4 p.m., will receive $1 off anything on the deli menu. Visit their website ( to look at their menu and call 288-1001 to order, or stop by the deli at 65 Main St.

The Bluenose Inn, Havana, Bar Harbor Merchants Association, Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary, Graycote Inn and Downeast Deli are sponsors of this event along with Sherman’s Books, which is providing books for sale that day and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Jesup.

Contact the Jesup at [email protected] or 288-4245.

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