Top mystery writers to discuss craft, new novels at library

Mystery writer Wendy Corsi Staub will discuss her craft and her newest novel,

Mystery writer Wendy Corsi Staub will discuss her craft and her newest novel, "The Perfect Stranger," during a program at the Westport Library on Saturday, Aug. 2. Westport CT. July 2014.

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A pair of prolific, best-selling mystery writers will talk about their craft and discuss their latest novels during a program on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 2, at the Westport Library.

The program is from 2 to 4 p.m. and features authors Wendy Corsi Staub ("The Good Sister," "Don't Scream," "Live to Tell") and Alison Gaylin ("You Kill Me," "And She Was" and "Hide Your Eyes").

The discussion is free and open to the public in the library's McManus Room.

It will be moderated by Chris Knopf, a member of the New York Chapter of the Mystery Writers Association of America who has as published 11 mysteries of his own.

Staub has written more than 70 novels, including both mysteries and romances. Her most recent book, "The Perfect Stranger" (Harper Collins), is her second novel that explores Internet predators, following "The Good Sister."

Best-selling mystery writer Harlan Coban has called Staub "one of my favorite authors," the library said in a news release.

Gaylin's new book, "Stay With Me" (Harper Collins), is the third installment of her Brenna Spector series. The series' protagonist has a rare disorder that gives her a perfect autobiographical memory. In the latest installment, library officials said, Brenna's world is turned upside down as she faces her most deeply personal case yet -- the disappearance of her own daughter.

Of the book, the British thriller writer Lee Child said, "One of my favorite writers raises the bar -- again," according to the news release.

Knopf lives in the Hartford suburb of Avon and by day is chief executive officer of an advertising agency there, Mintz + Hoke.

Of the novels he's written in his spare time, "Dead Anyway" won the 2013 Nero Award presented by the Wolfe Pack, an association of fans of the late mystery writer Nero Wolfe. A sequel, "Cries of the Lost," was named Best Mystery 2013 by Library Journal, according to the release.