Award-winning author Dr. Tess Gerritsen will sign her most recent Rizzoli & Isles novel “Last to Die,” other Rizzoli & Isles titles and “Girl Missing” at the Beyond the Sea Book Festival Saturday, July 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. Beyond the Sea is located on Route 1.

In “Last to Die,” 14-year-old Teddy Clock has survived a massacre, for the second time in his short life. Orphaned once more when his foster family is murdered, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Jane spirits Teddy to the exclusive Evensong boarding school, a sanctuary where young victims of violent crime learn vital skills of survival. But even behind locked gates, Jane fears that Evensong’s benefactors aren’t the only ones watching.

In “Girl Missing,” a beautiful young woman’s corpse is found dumped in a garbage-strewn alley. Now laid out in the office of medical examiner Kat Novak is an unidentified body that betrays no secrets — except for a matchbook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside. When a second victim is discovered, Kat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the streets, using a deadly drug to do his dirty work. As the death toll rises, Kat races to expose a deadly predator who is close enough to touch her.

Readers familiar with Gerritsen’s graphic autopsy scenes and forensic details may be surprised to learn that her first published novels were romantic suspense. Her first medical thriller, “Harvest,” sparked initially by a dinner conversation, was released in hardcover in 1996 and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. In 2001, her books took another abrupt turn, to forensic thrillers.

Gerritsen lives not far from Lincolnville Beach. For more information about the signing and the rest of the festival, visit or its Facebook page; email; or call 789-5555.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or