Mystery Writer Hank Phillippi Ryan Discusses Her Latest Effort, The Wrong Girl

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November 11, 2013
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Mystery Writer Hank Phillippi Ryan Discusses Her Latest Effort, The Wrong Girl

With her first published novel, Prime Time (2007), Hank Phillippi Ryan introduced Boston investigative reporter Charlotte "Charlie" McNally. The book won the Agatha Award given to the year's best new mystery.

Now Ryan - who divides her time between writing and heading the investigative unit at Boston's WHDH-TV - talks about her latest book, The Wrong Girl, on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The new novel finds Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland in an investigation of a respected adoption agency that may be guilty of the ultimate betrayal: reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.

Booklist raves that Ryan "blends a social issue - the cost to young children of an overworked and underfunded foster care system - into a crisp, fast-moving police procedural featuring reverberating illegalities, increasing danger and suspense, and crackling sexual tension.  ... Another winner."

Ryan, the winner of 30 Emmys for television reporting, is the national president of Sisters in Crime, a worldwide organization of authors, readers, publishers, agents and others supporting women who write mysteries.

This event is co-sponsored by Border Crimes (the local chapter of Sisters in Crime), the Bernardin-Haskell Lecture Fund, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Communication Studies, the UMKC Mercury Association, and Mysteryscape.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.  RSVP at or call 816.701.3407.

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