William D. Andrews will read from and sign his new novel “Breaking Ground” Friday, Aug. 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop, 32 Washington St. in the Knox Mill complex.

“Breaking Ground” is Andrews’ second novel. The first, the highly acclaimed “Stealing History,” introduced readers to Julie Williamson, the inquisitive director of an historical society in a western Maine mountain town. In “Breaking Ground,” Julie is embroiled yet again in another mystery set at the historical society. This time, a well-known benefactor is murdered on the morning of the ceremony to celebrate construction of an important new building. As in “Stealing History,” Julie cannot help but want to solve the murder, much to the dismay of those around her. From the familiar board of trustees and the tireless town police chief to Julie’s professor boyfriend, Andrews presents another suspenseful novel filled with Maine characters and history.

Andrews is the former president of Westbrook College in Portland. Now a consultant, freelance editor and writer, he divides his time between Newry and Portland.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.