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November 29, 2023
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Ashland Public Library

Schiesske Meeting Room
66 Front St

Ashland, MA 01721
11.29.2023 Tess and Hank Collage
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Mystery/Thriller Writers Tess Gerritsen and Hank Phillippi Ryan In Conversation

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

We are so excited to welcome Tess Gerritsen to the Ashland Library to celebrate the book birthday of a brand-new espionage series about retired CIA operative Maggie Bird and her colleagues—the Martini Club—which launches with THE SPY COAST, which was just published on November 1, 2023. Tess will be in conversation with mega-mystery writer, Hank Phillippi Ryan whose most recent book, "The House Guest", is the quintessential cat-and-mouse thriller which asks the age old question, "who is REALLY the cat and REALLY the mouse?". We hope you can join us for this every special, in person only, event.

Exciting News: **There will be an ASL interpreter at this event.

Books by both authors will be available for purchase and signing from Aesop's Fable, our favorite independent bookstore!


In the novel, Maggie Bird has left her spying days behind and is enjoying a quiet retirement as a chicken farmer in a small town on the coast of Maine. But when an agent turns up at her door with a warning that there’s been an agency breach regarding her mission from sixteen years ago, Maggie realizes she and her former colleagues may be in danger, and their grey hair and advanced ages are no longer a protective disguise. When the agent turns up murdered in her driveway, she gets the message, and turns to her local circle of old friends—all retirees from the CIA—to help uncover the truth about who is trying to kill her, and why. Complicating their efforts is Purity’s novice police chief, Jo Thibodeau, who’s perplexed by this eccentric group of senior citizens who seem to know much more than they’re sharing with the authorities. Maggie’s hunt for answers will force her to revisit a clandestine career that spanned the globe, from Bangkok to Istanbul, from London to Malta. The ghosts of her past have returned, but with the help of her friends—and the reluctant Jo Thibodeau—Maggie might just be able to preserve the tranquil life she’s made for herself.

About Tess: 

Tess Gerritsen is the internationally bestselling writer of thirty novels published in forty countries, with more than forty million copies sold globally. She was a trailblazer in the mystery/thriller genre when she created her Rizzoli & Isles series, as she wrote about the partnership between two powerful female characters who used their respective skills to solve crimes. The series became a global hit and inspired the long-running TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

About Hank: 

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 psychological thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, five Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. National book critics call her “a superb and gifted storyteller”; she’s the only author to win the Agatha in four categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her newest is the page-turning standalone thriller The House Guest–a story of psychological manipulation that explores the dark heart of marriage and friendship—it’s Gaslight meets Thelma & Louise. Bestselling author Lisa Scottoline says, “Ryan is one of my favorite authors and The House Guest shows why,” EMMY-winning host Tamron Hall says, “The House Guest kept me on the edge of my seat…” and the Publishers Weekly rave review says, “Ryan is a master of suspense!” and the Library Journal starred review calls it “Binge-worthy.”

Watch for her newest thriller One Wrong Word, coming February 2024.

Hank is a founder of MWA University, host of CRIME TIME on A Mighty Blaze, and co-host of First Chapter Fun and The Back Room.

Registration is Requested so we can have enough chairs out but walk-ins will be welcome!

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

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