Mystery Writers Chat About “The Mystery”

St. Augustine, FL

Doors open at noon – a fun, free afternoon for readers, writers, library staff and booksellers. See below for the bios of each panelist – and share with anyone you think might enjoy this afternoon event. A portion of the book sales will benefit the Friends of the Main Branch Library to support their programs and materials for the public!

Friends of the Main Library is pleased to present a panel of four mystery authors to discuss their writing and the sub-genre of mystery books. The discussion will include the types of mystery they each write, how location plays a role, how characters are constructed, and some of their own favorite authors. Nancy Quatrano will moderate this event.

This program is free, open to the public, and will take place at The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave., which shares a parking lot with the Main Library. Seating begins at 12:00 PM, and the presentation starts promptly at 1:00 PM. No reservations are required. For more information, please call the Main Library at 904-827-6940.

Nancy Quatrano is an award-winning novelist and short story author, developmental editor, speaker, and columnist. She’s presented workshops to readers, writers, businesses, and women’s groups, from New York to Florida. In addition to writing a mystery series and co-authoring a women’s fiction series with D.K. Ludas, she writes a semi-monthly column for the St. Augustine Record and runs On-Target Words. Among several awards, her mystery Still Shot won the Action category in the international 2019 Book Excellence Awards. For more information, visit

Judy Weber is the author of A House to Die For, the first in the Angela Rossi Realtor Mystery Series. The second book in the series, No Good Deed, is due out by the end of the year. She’s also one-half of the Amber Adams writing team, which produced the four-book Day McKelvey Mystery series set in St. Augustine. She has also had numerous short stories published, one of the latest being A Tale of Two Muses. She is the former editor and publisher of a regional trade magazine, American Builder. She is a long-time resident of St. Augustine, living in her home on the St. Johns River with her rescue beagle Barney.

A New Mexico transplant and Tony Hillerman protégé, Susan Slater’s first novel, The Pumpkin Seed Massacre, made her an international bestseller in 2000. Now, seventeen novels later, she’s added three stand-alones to her two mystery series and her quasi-memoir, 0 to 60, has been optioned by Hollywood. In addition to writing, two degrees in English Literature and a third in Adult education have supported a career in college teaching; course design for the American Embassy and the All Indian Pueblo Council’s teacher education program; plus two stints in the Defense Industry for both DoD and DOE as a Senior Instructional Specialist.

Vic DiGenti is the award-winning author of six novels, a collection of short stories, and six works of nonfiction. His novels include the Windrusher trilogy of adventure-fantasies featuring a four-legged feline protagonist and the Quint Mitchell Mystery series published under the pen name Parker Francis. The first in that series, Matanzas Bay, won the 2007 Josiah W. Bancroft Sr. Award and was named Book of the Year in the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition in the Pre-Published category. Bring Down the Furies, the second in the series, won the Gold Medal in the 2013 Florida Authors & Publishers Association’s President’s Award Competition. The third, Hurricane Island, is set in Cedar Key. In his former life, Vic worked as a producer/director for WJCT, Jacksonville’s PBS and NPR station affiliates, and also produced the Jacksonville Jazz Festival for eight years. He lives and works in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The Waterworks is available through the generosity of the City of St. Augustine and the St. Johns Cultural Council.

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