Susanna Calkins: Death Among the Ruins

We are delighted to welcome mystery writer Susanna Calkins back to The Book Stall!  She'll be discussing and signing copies of her new novel, Death Among the Ruins, the seventh installment in her Lucy Campion Mystery series. Susanna will be in conversation with fellow author Lori Rader-Day!  Attendees are encouraged to enter a free raffle for fab prizes, and refreshments will be served! This program is free and open to the public. 

More about the Book: London, 1668. Printer's apprentice Lucy Campion is suspicious when she meets a young ragpicker who claims to have fine clothes to sell from a lady of quality. Are the garments stolen . . . or a sign of something worse? Her suspicions are soon realized when the clothes are identified as belonging to a recently deceased elderly aristocrat. Young Mercy Sykes has robbed a grave! Mercy is arrested, and it's only thanks to Lucy's intervention that the ragpicker, who's struggling to support her family, isn't locked up.

Lucy doesn't expect to see Mercy again, but their meeting soon has unexpected consequences. For when Mercy finds a dead woman in the ruins of Christchurch, dressed in unexpected finery, it's to Lucy who she turns for help.

Lucy Campion is a feisty working-class heroine, plying her trade as a printer's apprentice in Renaissance London. If you're new to the series (it's safe to jump right in), we can't wait for you to meet her in this twisty, puzzle-packed historical mystery, brimming with authenticity!

More About the Author: Susanna 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.

Conversation Partner Lori Rader-Day was the 2020 National President of Sisters in Crime. Lori is the Edgar Award-nominated and Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Death at Greenway, The Lucky OneUnder a Dark Sky, The 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. 


Event date: 

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
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ISBN: 9781448306145
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Published: Severn House - June 6th, 2023

Midnight assignations, dresses fit to meet the queen . . . and murder most horrid Printer's apprentice Lucy Campion investigates a puzzling death in this thrilling historical mystery set in seventeenth-century London.