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A killer read, in Manzanita

Published on November 7, 2017 11:51AM

Seattle author Ingrid Thoft will read from her latest book, “Duplicity,” at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 18, preceded by a workshop on mystery writing.

“Duplicity” is the fourth in Thoft’s series featuring Boston-based private eye Fina Ludlow. The first book, “Loyalty,” sold to rave reviews while the second, “Brutality” was awarded the Shamus Award for best P.I. novel by the Private Eye Writers of America. The Fina Ludlow books are now in development for a TV series on ABC. The Boston-based investigator has been compared to V.I. Warshawski, Kinsey Milhone and even Lisbeth Salander.

Thoft was born in Boston and is a graduate of Wellesley College. Although she always wanted to be an author, her first real-life job was at a radio station in coastal Massachusetts, ripping wires and running the board for a Sunday talk show. She has worked in human resources at Harvard and did a stint with an interactive software company.

Before developing the Fina Ludlow character, Thoft wrote two novels about an amateur sleuth that did not sell. After deciding to create a professional private investigator, she researched the character by enrolling in the University of Washington’s private investigation certificate program.

Thoft lives in Seattle with her husband.

Her Nov. 18 reading will start at 7 pm, followed by a Q&A and then an open mic, where up to nine writers will read five minutes of their original work, with the optional theme “Mystery and Murder.”

Admission for the evening is $7, with doors opening at 6:30 pm at 594 Laneda Avenue.

For more information, go to hoffmanblog.org or email Kathie Hightower at kathiejhightower@gmail.com.

“Mastering Murder”

Earlier in the day on Saturday, Nov. 18, Thoft will teach a workshop entitled “Mastering Murder,” aimed at demystifying the process of writing a mystery

“We’ll examine the guts of the modern mystery and help you make progress on your idea or manuscript,” Thoft said. “How do you craft a suspenseful plot? Create memorable characters? Make it realistic? Write from the viewpoint of an assassin? And knock your readers dead?”

The workshop will run from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Tuition is $40. To register, go to http://hoffmanblog.org/register-for-workshops.

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