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Hosted by the Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop


A Virtual Event on

Sunday, August 21st, 2022

at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time

This is a FREE event however, reservations are required so that each person receives the code to sign into the event.

Join us on a wonderful Sunday afternoon as we dissect a murder mystery with authors Marcia Rosen and Claudia Riess. Make sure to jot down your detective notes as they led us through an examination of its components—from suspects and sleuths to dialogue and character development.

A discussion will take place on how to examine some of the problems they have each encountered in their writings and what remedies they use to overcome such obstacles. It is sure to be an interesting talk with some focus on how to maintain an exciting, inviting mystery series and an open discussion with readers, and writers alike, will follow.

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Marcia Rosen (aka M. Glenda Rosen), an award winning author of ten books including The Senior Sleuths, the Dying To Be Beautiful Mystery Series and The Gourmet Gangster: Mysteries and Menus. She is also the author of The Woman’s Business Therapist and  My Memoir Workbook. A member of Sisters in Crime Albuquerque, Southwest Writers, Women Writing the West, New Mexico Book Association, New Mexico Book Co-Op, Public Safety Writer’s Association, National Association, Independent Writers and Editors—for which she is also a board member. She has presented topics on: Encouraging the Writer Within You, Getting Published, Marketing for Authors, Writing Mysteries…Not A Mystery, and Writing Your Memoir. 

Marcia Rosen


"My earliest recollections of word-spinning are of my father, an English professor, telling me stories at bedtime—funny stories about a little girl (me AKA “Jeanie”) and her daddy going on riotous adventures. These were interspersed with lively readings of Winnie the Pooh and Mary Poppins. Other times we would sit around the kitchen table—with my mother moderating—and discuss Will and Ariel Durant’s The Age of Reason. I like to think the combination of these influences, both literary and familial, have had a positive effect on my humor and open-mindedness."

Claudia Riess, a Vassar graduate, has worked in the editorial departments of The New Yorker and Holt, Rinehart and Winston and has edited several art monographs.

Claudia lives in New York City and the Hamptons. Her latest novel is To Kingdom Come. Claudia has received honorable mention in Fiction from 2021 Paris Book Festival for Knight Light.

Claudia Riess

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