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March 29, 2013

Library launches Merrimac Reads Local Mysteries

MERRIMAC — Calling all mystery and crime-solving enthusiasts! The Merrimac Public Library is hoping to bring readers of all ages together through the excitement of the mystery genre. This shared community reading experience includes public book discussions of two local mystery novels, “Defending Jacob” by William Landay, and “Deadly Cove” by Brendan Dubois.

Events planned include murder mystery movie screenings; visits from crime authors such as Hank Phillipe Ryan and Brendan Dubois; an interactive murder mystery play, co-sponsored by Merrimac Old Home Days; a crime vehicle day at the Merrimac Police Station; and a visit from a real-life CSI investigator.

The Merrimac Reads Local Mysteries program is made possible through a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and runs from March through September. All events are free and open to the public, so stop by the library to pick up a copy of the full schedule of events or go to and click on the events calendar link. The schedule is also listed below.

April 8: 7 p.m., book discussion: “Defending Jacob”

All are welcome to join in the discussion of this mystery/thriller. This event will be held in the meeting room at the Merrimac Public Library, and is free and open to the public. Hosted by the Merrimac PTO Book Club.

April 25: 7 p.m., speaker: Hank Phillipe Ryan

Award-winning mystery author and investigative reporter Hank Phillipe Ryan will introduce her newest thriller, “The Other Woman.” Copies of her books will be available to purchase at the program.

May 16: 7 p.m., Criminal Minds, Killer Events

Forget the television show “CSI” … come hear real stories from Paul Zambella, a practicing Massachusetts forensic scientist and forensics professor at Salem State College and Northeastern University. This interactive program will include the history of forensic science, State Police Crime Lab, fingerprint processing, DNA collection, the use of crime scopes, and more.

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