Maine Authors

'Katahdin Drowning' author speaks at library

Posted:  Friday, July 19, 2013 - 6:30pm

Wiscasset author Janet Morgan will introduce her new mystery novel at the Wiscasset Public Library on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. She will discuss researching the backdrop for “Katahdin Drowning.” A question and answer session and book signing will follow.

“Katahdin Drowning” is a slight departure from her series. Set in northern Maine, this book explores Baxter State Park and all it has to offer. The book is also filled with murder, secrets, love triangles, and much more. Amateur sleuth and librarian Jessie Tyler: a curious, smart, and strong-willed heroine with a tragic past – is on vacation at Baxter when she finds a body floating in Katahdin Stream. To the dismay of the police, Jessie becomes involved and eventually discloses the solution to the case.

During an interlude at Killdeer Farm on the coast of Maine, readers once again meet ghost-in-residence Ben Ames. Ben not only helps Jessie cope with personal heartbreak, but provides the key to the solution of the murder. The gentle specter’s ongoing presence also draws Jessie into his mysterious past, which lends itself to the individuality of the series. Ben’s wisdom keeps Jessie on the right track through the power of love.

Susan Connelly, author of the Nell Prentice Mystery Series and resident of St. George, has this to say about Morgan’s latest book: “Fans, new and old, of smart and inquisitive Jessie Tyler will love going along on her latest adventure, as a relaxing family trip to beautiful Baxter State Park lands Jessie right where she isn’t wanted – in the middle of a murder investigation.”

Goose River Press of Waldoboro published “Katahdin Drowning.” Morgan’s future projects include a work of non-fiction about homesteading in central Maine and her fourth Killdeer Farm mystery.

Morgan was born and raised in Wiscasset. She received a bachelor's degree in English from UMA while working full-time as the director of the Wiscasset Public Library. Morgan took early retirement in order to follow her dream as an author. She continues, however, to be active at the library as a volunteer and a Friend of the Library. As a Friend, she organizes programs.

Morgan is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime New England, the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and the Wiscasset Public Library Writing Group. Janet has been published a number of times in “Goose River Anthology” and “The UMA Scholar.” She has two prior Killdeer Farm mysteries: “Poetic Justice” and “Composted Tyrant.” Learn more about the author on her web site at Janet has twice been featured on the Maine Crime Writers blog at

On August 1 at 7 p.m., Phil Di Vece will talk about his new book, “Wiscasset and Its Times: Stories of Maine’s Prettiest Village.”

All programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and there will be a drawing for bag of books.

Event Date: 
Thu, 07/25/2013 - 7:00pm