Working the Beat: Talk and Book Reading



Worthington Library (1 Huntington Road, Worthington, MA 01098)

Author Joan Livingston will give a talk about how the hilltowns have inspired her Isabel Long Mystery Series and read from the fifth and latest, Working the Beat.

A former resident of Worthington, Livingston draws upon her own experience as a longtime journalist in Massachusetts and New Mexico to create Isabel Long, a sassy, savvy widow who uses the skills she acquired in the business to solve what appears to be impossible cases. She also relies on her deep knowledge of rural Western Massachusetts to create realistic characters and settings — from country bars (where Isabel works part-time) to a general store’s backroom where gossipy old men meet.

A Shelburne Falls resident, Livingston worked 35 years for newspapers, most recently as editor-in-chief of the Greenfield Recorder, Athol Daily News and Daily Hampshire Gazette.