Women Killing It panel to be hosted online Saturday

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

Last week we talked about Women Killing It, the Crime Writers Festival that will feature Janet Kellough, Vicki Delany, Catherine Fogarty, S.C. Lalli, Alice Walsh and Lisa Unger.

You can find free tickets at peclibrary.org or by calling (613) 476-5962.

This week we wanted to share a little about the books that will be part of the panel conversation.

S.C. Lalli is the author of “Are You Sara?” Two women, each named Sara, get into separate rideshares . . . but only one makes it home alive. Which Sara was the real target? Despite a scholarship, law student Saraswati “Sara” Bhaduri holds down two jobs in order to make her way through school, but it’s still a struggle. She’s working at the bar one night when her boss demands that she deal with a drunk girl. The two become fast friends. Why? Because they have the same name. At the end of the evening, each orders a rideshare home. Later, Sara wakes up to find she’s on the wrong side of town—the rich side—and realizes that she and Sarah took the wrong cars home. Sara walks home to see police lights flashing, illuminating a body crumpled on her doorstep: Sarah. But was the target Sarah Ellis or Sara Bhaduri? And why would anyone want them dead?

Death on Darby’s Island by Alice Walsh is a murder mystery set in rural Newfoundland. Nothing exciting ever happens on Darby’s Island. That is until one summer afternoon in 1975 when the renowned hypnotist, Prospero, is scheduled to perform. However, after he suggests his subjects are seagulls, Jake Pickford, with arms flapping, leaves the building and does not return. Later, the archbishop is found stabbed to death on the beach and Jake becomes the number-one suspect. The only problem: he can’t remember anything.

Lisa Unger will soon release “Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six” What could be more restful than a weekend getaway with family and friends? But the dreamy weekend is about to turn into a nightmare. A deadly storm is brewing. The personal chef reveals that their beautiful house has a spine-tingling history. And the friends have their own complicated past, with secrets that run blood deep. How well does Hannah know her brother, her own husband? Can she trust her best friend? And who is the new boyfriend, crashing their party? Meanwhile, someone is determined to ruin the weekend. Who is the stranger among them?

These three titles, as well as books by Janet Kellough, Vicki Delany and Catherine Fogarty who are also participating in the festival, are available at the library.

-Liz Zylstra