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Two New Murder Mysteries With Maryland Roots

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Two new mystery novels may be exactly what you'd like to have with you at the beach this summer. Tracy Kiely already has a following from her four “Elizabeth Parker” mysteries that pay homage to the wit and humor of Jane Austen. Now, Kiely is channeling another writer, Maryland-born master of mystery Dashiell Hammett. Just a few pages into Kiely’s new novel, "Murder with a Twist", and you feel you’ve burrowed into one of the Thin Man movies from the 1930s.

Novelist Allison Leotta worked in Washington for 12 years as a federal sex-crimes prosecutor before turning to fiction. We’ve talked to her before about some of her suspense novels, based on real-word events. Now she’s published another: "A Good Killing".

Leotta will be speaking next Tuesday evening at 6:30 at the Enoch Pratt Central Library. She’s sharing a “Writers Live" program with former NPR and BBC correspondent Mary Louise Kelly whose new suspense novel is "The Bullet".

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.