Friday, September 6th, 7PM
First Friday at Mechanics’ Hall Reading Series:
Mystery writer Edwin Hill discusses his new novel: THE MISSING ONES, a follow up to the 2018 Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel, LITTLE COMFORT. In conversation with Maine mystery author, Bruce Coffin
In partnership with Mechanics’ Hall
Mechanics’ Hall Library, 519 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Edwin Hill, author of the acclaimed LITTLE COMFORT, returns with his next book featuring Harvard librarian Hester Thursby—an intimate, intricate mystery as smart and complex as it is riveting.
Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before. Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm—and uncovers a murder. Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . .