Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Mysterious New Jersey"

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Mystery of Marie Roget” was inspired by the real-life murder of a young woman whose body was found floating in the Hudson River near Hoboken, and ever since then, the Garden State has been a fertile source of ideas for mystery writers. Join author Peggy Ehrhart at Bernardsville Public Library on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 pm for a tour of mystery novels whose settings range from New Jersey's Pine Barrens and Chesapeake Bay region to the state's cities, suburbs, and small towns. Ms. Ehrhart will discuss the work of authors such as Janet Evanovich, Harlan Coben, Robin Hathaway, Chris Grabenstein, and Richard Price.

Peggy Ehrhart is a former college English professor who lives in Leonia, New Jersey, where she plays blues guitar and writes mysteries. She has won awards for her short fiction, and her stories have appeared in Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine and numerous e-zines. Sweet Man Is Gone (2008), whose title comes from a Muddy Waters tune, was her first mystery. As Margaret J. Ehrhart, she has also published widely in the field of her academic specialty, medieval literature. She is a longtime member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. As a guitar player, she has performed with The Last Stand Band and other bands in the New York/TriState area.

There is no charge to attend the program, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at www.bernardsvillelibrary.org and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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