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Frances McNamara

October 19, Copley Square
Frances McNamara is the historical and mystery author of the Emily Cabot mysteries. Her work, which often combines fictional mysteries with the historical settings and icons of the period, includes the Emily Cabot mysteries—Death at the Fair, Death at Hull House, Death at Pullman, Death at Chinatown, and Death at the Paris Exposition—which follow one of the first women graduate students at the University of Chicago. McNamara has also had work featured in the Des Plaines River Anthology and Malice Domestic. Her most recent releases, both part of the Emily Cabot mysteries, are Death at the Selig Studios, about the protagonist’s investigation into her brother’s death at a silent film studio, and Death at Woods Hole, which Reading the Past deems “a suspenseful recreation of a critical moment in American social history, as seen from the viewpoint of a strong-willed, engaging fictional heroine.”