Belfast Free Library’s Maine Writers Talk About … series continues Tuesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. with a Sisters in Crime panel discussion dubbed The Good, the Bad, and the Imaginary: Writing a Lot of Crime in a Low Crime State. “Sisters” Jen Blood, Kate Flora and Lea Wait will discuss why they choose Maine as the setting for their crime novels.

Statistically, Maine is a low crime state, yet it is a magnet for crime writers. Why do so many choose Maine as the setting for their stories? Is it because Maine offers all the elements of a good mystery … and what are those elements? These esteemed mystery writers will try to answer those questions and more at the library, 106 High St.

Midcoast native Blood is a freelance writer, public speaker and author of the bestselling Erin Solomon Mysteries. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine and is a regular blogger with Maine Crime Writers.

Flora is the author of 14 mystery and true crime books. “Death Dealer,” her latest true crime, is an Agatha and Anthony finalist; and “Grant You Peace,” her latest Joe Burgess police procedural, won the 2015 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Flora is a former editor and publisher at Level Best Books, former international president of Sisters in Crime and a founding member of the New England Crime Bake conference and the Maine Crime Wave.

Maine author Wait writes the Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print mystery series, the most recent of which is “Shadows on a Maine Christmas”; and the Mainely Needlepoint series, the most recent of which is “Thread and Gone.” Wait also writes historical novels set in 19th-century Maine for readers age 8 and older. She contributes to the mainecrimewriters.com with other Maine mystery writers.

The Maine Writers Talk About … series, made possible with support from the Friends of the Belfast Free Library, is free and open to the public. The next talk in the series will be Tuesday, July 19, with humor essayist Tom Sadowski and Eddie Adelman giving a talk titled This is NO a Laughing Matter. Books are available for signing at all of the programs. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

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