2017 Events

April 28 to 30, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda, MD

Malice Domestic 29


September 8 to 10, 2017
Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, Norwalk, CT

Connecticut Fiction Fest 2017


November 10 to 12, 2017
Hilton Boston / Woburn, Woburn, MA

New England Crimebake

Past Events

May 14, 2015, Thursday, 7:00PM-8:30PM
Leominster Public Library
Community Room
30 West Street
Leominster, MA, 01453

Sisters in Crime 2015: Death in Shorts

Join New England mystery writers as they discuss short stories with a murderous twist at the library‘ s annual Sisters in Crime gathering.

This year‘ s panel discussion, titled “Death in Shorts” will include authors Kate Flora, Janet Halpin, Ruth McCarty, and Susan Oleksiw, all of whom contributed short stories to Level Best Books‘ new mystery anthology Rogue Wave, or other Level Best mystery anthologies in past years.

Copies of the authors‘ books will be available for purchase and signing at the program. The event is free and no reservations are required.


June 20, 2015, Saturday, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Thayer Memorial Library
717 Main Street
Lancaster, MA 01523

With Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative, Level Best Books will present a “Death in Shorts” mystery short story panel with Rogue Wave authors, Janet Halpin, Ruth M. McCarty, Dale T. Phillips and co-editor Leslie Wheeler.


January 13, 2013, Sunday, 3:00 PM
The Concord Bookshop
65 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742

Ruth will appear on a Level Best Books panel with authors Leslie Wheeler, Katherine Fast, Beth and Ben Oak.


June 7, 2012 6:30
North Adams Public Library
74 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247

Ruth is on a panel, “Death in Shorts," with Leslie Wheeler and Michael Nethercott.


May 10, 2012, 7:00 PM
Leominster Public Library
30 West Street
Leominster, MA

Ruth will be hosting a Sisters in Crime panel “It’s a Mystery to Me” - Panelists are Lucy Burdette, Rosemary Herbert and Katherine Hall Page.


April 27-29, 2012
Malice Domestic 24
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Bethesda, MD.

Panel: 8:45 a.m. Sunday, April 29th:
They Love Lucy: If Lucy Ricardo Were A Sleuth - The moderator will be Ruth M. McCarty.

This panel will address how some amateur sleuths and their sidekicks seem to run into trouble at every turn, sometimes the trouble's wry, sometimes it's slapstick, but it's always funny. Is this a function of the plots or the character or both? Does this trait help sleuthing or hinder it or both? What kind of zany situations have your characters gotten themselves into? Have you ever found you've written yourself into a corner that you didn't know how to rescue your sleuth, and what did you do?

The panelists will be Karen Cantwell, Jessie Chandler, Cindy Sample, and Nancy Glass West.


April 10, 2012, 6:30 PM
Athol Public Library
568 Main Street
Athol, MA 01331

Ruth will appear on a “Death in Shorts” panel with Kate Flora and Sharon Daynard.


February 4, 2012, 10:00 AM to 12:00
Bruce’s Browser
1497 Main Street
Athol, MA

Ruth will be joining local authors to celebrate Bruce’s Browser’s 7th Anniversary.


November 13, 2011, 10:10 AM
New England Crime Bake Conference
Ruth will be moderating the “Torn from the Headlines” panel on Sunday morning at Crime Bake. The panelists are: Rosemary Herbert, Margaret McLean, Mike Cooper and Gary Braver.