Craft a mystery with the Sisters in Crime – Sentinel & Enterprise

LEOMINSTER — On Thursday, Sisters in Crime celebrates 25 years and the community has been invited to this year’s interactive show “Sisters in Crime: Making a Mystery” from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the library, located at 30 West St.

Join authors Sharon Daynard, Janet Raye Stevens, and Sharon Healy-Yang as they riff on the art of making a mystery.

“The authors will invite the audience to participate in creating a mystery, developing setting and characters, and determining the perfect murder weapon,” said Alyssa White, Adult Services Assistant, Leominster Public Library.

Sharon Daynard’s writing runs the gamut from light and quirky to downright dark and troubling. Her debut novel, Murder Points North, puts a humorous spin on murder in a small town. Her short stories include “The Boss of Butler Square” which received Honorable Mention for the Al Blanchard Award and “Widows Peak” which was short-listed for a Derringer Award.

She’s been offered the services of a professional hitman, crossed paths with a serial killer, testified before grand juries, and taken lie detector tests.

Award-winning author Janet Raye Stevens writes smart, stealthily romantic WWII-set mysteries, paranormal suspense, and time travel adventures with humor and heart. A Derringer and Silver Falchion award finalist for mystery fiction, and Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery Fiction winner, Stevens lives with her family in central Massachusetts.

“As a baby boomer, I grew up surrounded by World War II vets and hearing their stories,” said Stevens, “So it is no surprise that I would turn my interest in history and that time period into short mystery stories and novels set primarily in Massachusetts and New England.”

Her novel “A Moment After Dark” is a suspense set in December 1941 on the Massachusetts coast.

“When I wrote Beryl Blue, Time Cop, in which a contemporary librarian time travels to 1943 on a mission to save a WWII soldier, I wanted to set the story even closer to home and created Ballard Springs, a fictional wartime city loosely based on Fitchburg – with a bit of Worcester thrown in and a fictional version of Fort Devens right down the street,” she added.

She also shared a fun fact – Stevens went to summer camp at Fort Devens, a program she recently learned was called Project Summertime.

“I don’t remember much except for swimming in a murky pond, and eating in the mess hall,” she said with a smile.

Sharon Healy-Yang, a former college professor at Worcester State University, writes smart and sassy mysteries that evoke the wit and suspense of her beloved 1940s films. Her Jessica Minton mystery series (“Bait and Switch”, “Letter from a Dead Man”, and “Always Play the Dark Horse”) features a sharp female lead who faces espionage, murder, Nazis, a femme fatale with henchmen, and even horse thieves, aided by her madcap sister; her wise alec cat Dusty; and a dashing, mysterious man.

“We are so pleased to have these talented folks hosting the program this year and for the wonderful engagements we’ve had with Sisters in Crime for over two decades,” said White. “Join us in celebrating the many opportunities we’ve had to meet talented authors and learn from them about the craft of writing and the business of publishing.”

For more information on this event, or other library events, call 978-534-7522 or visit

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