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Mystery Authors Panel Discussion

Authors Lucy Burdette, Liz Mugavero and Shari Randall will discuss the writing process, creating characters, and what inspires them to write mysteries. This event will be moderated by writer/reviewer John Valeri.  This event is free and open to the public.  Copies of their latest books will be available for sale and signing following the discussion.

Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 17 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, A Deadly Feast.  Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She blogs at and shares her love for food with the culinary writers at She lives in Madison CT and Key West FL. 

Liz Mugavero writes the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, the first of which was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. The seventh book in the series, Murder She Meowed, was released in January 2019. As Cate Conte, Liz also writes the Cat Cafe Mysteries. The third book in the series, Tell Tail Heart, is coming this summer. She lives in Connecticut with her rescue pals.

Shari Randall is the author of the Lobster Shack Mystery series. A native New Englander, she moved for years with her husband's Coast Guard career and now finds herself back home in Connecticut, living a short walk from a lighthouse. Shari, a graduate of Connecticut College and the Library and Information program of the University of South Carolina, worked as a children's librarian for many years. When she’s not committing murder (on the page, of course) Shari enjoys travel, classic movies, reading, and dancing.

John B. Valeri is a lifelong lover of crime fiction whose affinity for law and (dis)order has thus far been contained to the page. He currently contributes to Crimespree Magazine,, Mystery Scene Magazine, The National Book Review, the New York Journal of Books, The Strand Magazine, and Suspense Magazine. John is also a recurring guest on the Book Cougars podcast, where he offers genre commentary and reading recommendations as the show’s “Mystery Man.” He regularly moderates author events and book discussions at bookstores and libraries throughout Connecticut. Previously, John wrote the Hartford Books Examiner column (2009-2016), which author James Patterson called “a haven for finding great new books.” He made his fiction debut in the award-winning anthology Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors, published by Books & Boos Press in 2016.

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