The Cry of the Hangman: A Conversation with Susanna Calkins and Lori Rader-Day

The Book Stall welcomes two of our favorite mystery writers, Susanna Calkins and Lori Rader-Day, as they discuss Susanna's new novel The Cry of the Hangman, the 6th book in the Lucy Campion series. Register HERE to attend this free virtual event!

About the BookMurder always sells. But when a series of dark and puzzling crimes takes place in seventeenth-century London, will printer's apprentice Lucy Campion be publishing the news - or starring in it? London, 1667. Printer's apprentice Lucy Campion is unsettled when, on a frozen December morning after church, an elderly woman dressed in mourning clothes whispers an ominous warning in her ear. Lucy sternly tells herself it's nonsense, but then her much-loved former master, Magistrate Hargrave, is viciously attacked with a brass hourglass during a break-in. But what exactly was the intruder searching for? And why did they first stop to steal a piece of Cook's lamb and lentil pie? The puzzling case is just the start of a series of dark, bizarre crimes. Lucy's determined to uncover the truth and see that justice is done. But someone is equally determined to stop her - whatever it takes. This page-turning historical mystery set in Renaissance London is a great choice for readers who like their heroines lively, their mysteries twisty and their historical settings brimming with authenticity.

Booklist says, "Set just after the Great Fire, which destroyed large swaths of London, the story is packed with intriguing historical details, which ably support a clever plot and a captivating heroine. Another winning entry in Calkins’ popular series!"

About the AuthorSusanna Calkins is the author of the award-winning Lucy Campion mystery series, set in seventeenth century London, and the Speakeasy mysteries, set in Prohibition-era Chicago. She has a PhD in history and works at Northwestern University. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she currently lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons.

About the Conversation PartnerLori Rader-Day is the Edgar® Award-nominated and Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Death at Greenway , The Lucky OneUnder a Dark SkyThe Day I DiedLittle Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She lives in Chicago, where she is co-chair of the mystery readers’ conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and the immediate past national president of Sisters in Crime.


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Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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ISBN: 9780727850331
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Published: Severn House Publishers - November 2nd, 2021