Meet Sharon Yang, author of Bait and Switch, a noir-style mystery/romance

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Date & Time: Saturday, March 19, 2016
2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Suggested Audiences: High School, College, Adult
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Booklovers' Gourmet
55 East Main Street
Webster, MA 01570
Cost: Free, books available for purchase
Description: About the book: Set in wartime New York, Bait and Switch evokes the noir style of 30s, 40s, and 50s mystery novels and films, with a leavening of humor and heart that keeps it from lapsing into noir bleakness. When the novel opens, Jessica Minton, an up-and-coming young stage actress, is pondering the mixed blessings of rehearsals for a play that just doesnt seem to be jelling, the attentions of a reliable beau she isnt quite sure she wants to marry, and playing referee for her sister and brother-in-laws tempestuous marriage. Just when she thinks her life couldnt get any crazier, she becomes entangled with deceit, espionage, and murder when an unsettlingly attractive stranger makes her the unwilling custodian of a mysterious package in a Manhattan stalked by fifth columnists. Those who claim to be her allies may or may not be on the level, as Jessica is shot at, nearly stabbed in the midst of a performance, and held at gun point by a Nazi double agent. As if dodging homicide were not enough, Jessica finds herself romantically torn between her boyfriend and the elusive owner of the package  either of whom could be an Axis spy. With the help of her madcap sister Liz, Jessica is challenged to puzzle out whom to trust, with not just her country but her own life depending on her astuteness.

About the author: Sharon Yang, a huge fan of films and books created during the 1930s-50s, with their blend of sharp wit, humor, and dark suspense, also has a day job as teacher in the English Department at Worcester State University. Her favorite courses, some of which she developed, are: Romantic and Victorian Gothic; Shakespeare; Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Literature; Screen and Page: Film and Literature; Shakespeare and Film; and Pastoral Literature of the 16th and 17th Century.
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Phone: 508-949-6232
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Created: February 19, 2016 at 5:06 PM

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