AMESBURY — The Amesbury Public Library presents "Sisters in Crime" at the Amesbury Cultural Center in the Upper Millyard on Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. The event features a trio of popular mystery authors.

Newburyport author Tempa Pagel's first book, "Here's the Church, Here's the Steeple" introduces Andy Gammon, a former history teacher and transplanted Detroiter, now living in a New England coastal town with her dyed-in-the-wool Yankee husband, two children and crusty mother-in-law. In addition to the tightly woven mystery itself, which spans two centuries, this story's characters and settings will ring true for locals.

Award-winning investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan is currently on the air at Boston's NBC affiliate, where she's broken big stories for the past 22 years. Her first mystery, "Prime Time," won the prestigious Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and its sequel, "Face Time" was a Book Sense Notable Book.

Clea Simon is the author of the Theda Krakow and Dulcie Schwartz mysteries and also a handful of nonfiction books. Simon was born and raised in East Meadow, N.Y., and now resides in Cambridge. She graduated Harvard University with an A.B. in English and American language and literature magna cum laude.

The authors will have books available for purchase and for signing at the event. No registration is required for this program, and light refreshments will be served.

Learn more about Think Ahead Amesbury by visiting the library's Web site at

For more information about this program, please call assistant library director Patty DiTullio at 978-388-8148 x 612 or e-mail her at

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