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June 24, 2008

Mystery writer Deborah Crombie reads for 'Live from Prairie Lights' July 7

WSUI's "Live from Prairie Lights" will welcome Texas mystery writer Deborah Crombie for a free reading at 7 p.m. Monday, July 7, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Web site

The event will be recorded for broadcast on Iowa Public Radio's "Live from Prairie Lights" series. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.

Crombie will read from her new novel, "Where Memories Lie," the latest installment in the acclaimed Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.

After living in both England and Scotland, Crombie wrote her first novel, "A Share in Death," which was nominated for both an Agatha and a Macavity Award. Her fifth novel, "Dreaming of the Bones," was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was chosen by the Independent Mystery Booksellers of America as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century. Mystery News proclaimed, "Deborah Crombie writes on the best British police procedural series in publication."

In "Where Memories Lie," Kincaid and James are drawn into a web of deceit and treachery that has its roots in the turmoil of 1939, as England and Germany hovered on the brink of war. Gemma learns that her friend Erika Rosenthal lost a valuable brooch during her escape from Berlin, a piece made by her father, a noted Art Deco jeweler.

Now that heirloom has turned up for sale at a venerable London auction house, and Erika asks Gemma's help in discovering its whereabouts for the last 50 years.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jan Weissmuller, Prairie Lights,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),