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Event: Author Visit and Lecture: The New Jersey Pine Barrens: Fertile Soil for Crime Fiction

Saturday September 16, 2017
2:00 PM until 3:00 PM

Less than 100 miles from Manhattan, less than 50 miles from Philadelphia, less than 20 miles from the Howell Library, you'll find more than one million acres of pine forests and cranberry bogs.  Towns have grown up in and amongst the forest, and some are now thriving cities, but, even today, there is vast acreage in the Pine Barrens that remains virgin forest. Deep in the forest, amongst the pitch pines and the cranberry bogs, the fragrant berries and the abandoned cemeteries, strange things abound.

Jeff Markowitz is the author of the Cassie O'Malley mysteries, an amateur sleuth series set deep in the New Jersery Pine Barrens.  He will discuss Pine Barrens history, geography and folklore and why the Pine Barrens offer fertile soil for crime fiction.

Jeff was 50 when he discovered he had a flair for murder.  Who is Killing Doah's Deer introduced readers to tabloid reporter and amateur sleuth Cassie O'Malley.  Cassie returned in A Minor Case of Murder and again in It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder. After penning three amateur sleuth mysteries, Jeff decided to embrace his dark side. His most recent book, a black comedy, Death and White Diamonds won the Lovey Award for Best Thriller and the Davey Award for Best Mystery.

He currently serves on the Regional Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and coordinates the Leon B. Burstein/MAZNYScholarship for Mystery Writing.


Location: Howell
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