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The Lycoming College Snowden Library will host mystery writer Margaret Murray to give a talk on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. Following the talk, Murray will have a signing of her book, “Forging Justice: A Restorative Justice Mystery.” These events are free and open to the public.
“Forging Justice: A Restorative Justice Mystery” is the story of Claire Cassidy, a police detective in Bethlehem, Pa., who becomes tired of watching kids go from juvenile centers to jails, from minor scrapes with the law to full-time careers in crime. She feels she has made no difference in making her city a safer place and considers turning in her badge. In a search for three girls who robbed a convenience store, Cassidy meets Daniel Pierce, a vice principal at a local high school. Frustrated by an education system that throws kids out onto the street at the first sign of trouble, Pierce claims he knows a better way. Cassidy thinks Pierce is naïve but she needs his help so she decides to put up with him just long enough to find her suspects. But as they work together in what may be her last case, Cassidy begins to see that Pierce’s methods may have merit both in her work as a cop and in helping her confront personal trauma from her past.
Murray is an academic librarian, lifelong mystery fan and author. While a reference and instructional librarian at the Lycoming College Snowden Library, she wrote and submitted her first manuscript that placed as a finalist in the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic contest. She is currently working on a second book in a planned series that features Claire Cassidy, a Bethlehem police detective trying to find a new way to deal with crime. Murray holds a Master of Arts in English literature, a Master of Science in Restorative Practices and is a licensed restorative practices trainer.