The Owl & Turtle Book Shop will celebrate the publication of Rosemary Herbert’s “Front Page Teaser: A Liz Higgins Mystery” Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Owl & Turtle is in the Knox mill complex, 32 Washington St.

Herbert brings a decade of experience as the Boston Herald’s former book review editor and features writer to the writing of her first mystery novel. She is the Edgar Award-nominated editor-in-chief of “The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing”; co-editor, with Tony Hillerman, of “A New Omnibus of Crime”; and editor of several other mystery anthologies. A popular broadcast guest and public speaker, she divides her time between Rockland and Boston’s North Shore.

Herbert’s Down East Books mystery introduces Boston reporter-sleuth Liz Higgins. When devoted mother Ellen Johansson goes mysteriously missing from her comfortable suburban home, Liz must ask was she attacked, abducted or worse? Did she strew signs of struggle across her gleaming kitchen and flee her home for mysterious reasons of her own — and did an alarming New York City cab ride have anything to do with her disappearance?

A reporter on Boston’s scrappy tabloid newspaper the Beantown Banner, Liz chafes at being assigned only light features and community news – reporting that receives at best front-page teasers pointing to articles buried deep in the paper. She vows to change that when young Veronica Johansson begs her to find her missing mother. Liz finds ways to use even her silliest soft-news assignments to advantage while following up the missing woman story. Along the way, she falls for two very different men: the enigmatic forensics expert Dr. Cormac Kinnaird; and the warmhearted Tom Horton, who pastes up the ads on the huge billboard that dwarfs Liz’s quirky little house beside the Mass Pike.

Herbert will talk about her book. which she said was written “in a year of Sundays,” and sign copies during the free event.

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