Scituate Mariner article

From a press release by Mo Walsh

Front Street Book Shop will host a panel discussion and book-signing at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, by four mystery authors whose stories appear in “Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers.”

Sheila Connelly, Barbara Ross, Mo Walsh and Virginia Young are among 25 writers published in the eighth annual anthology of crime fiction from Level Best Books.

Connolly, a resident of Middleboro, writes three mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime: the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries and, as Sarah Atwell, the Glassblowing Mysteries, which earned an Agatha Award nomination for Best First Novel for “Through a Glass, Deadly.” “Size Matters” is her first published short story.

Ross is the author of the mystery novel “The Death of an Ambitious Woman,” published in August 2010 by Five Star/Gale/Cengage. She earned honorable mentions in the annual Al Blanchard Award contest for short mystery fiction for “Key West,” published in “Thin Ice,” and “Winter Rental,” published in the Seasmoke Level Best Books anthology in 2006.

Walsh, a resident of Weymouth, won the 1998 Family Circle-Mary Higgins Clark Award for her first published mystery story, “Roadside Roulette,” and earned honorable mention in the Al Blanchard Award contest in 2009 for “Double Take,” published in Thin Ice. Walsh has published short mystery stories in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery magazine, Woman’s World and four Level Best Books anthologies: “Windchill,” “Still Waters,” “Deadfall” and “Thin Ice.” She is a regular news correspondent for three of Gatehouse Media’s weekly newspapers, the Weymouth News, Braintree Forum and Holbrook Sun.

Young, a resident of Hansen, is the author of the 2010 romantic novel “Out of the Blue,” and has been published in the literary journals Hoi Polloi and Shore Voices. “Inside Out” is her first published mystery story. Young is a former writer for the South Shore News and has contributed articles to The Patriot Ledger. A painter, sculptor and writer, her main interest is fiction.

For more information on the authors, “Thin Ice” and other New England crime anthologies, visit

Front Street Book Shop is at 165 Front St., Scituate Harbor. For information and directions, visit

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