Author celebrates release of new mystery


BETHEL — William D. Andrews will celebrate the release of “Breaking Ground” with a talk and book signing at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Bethel Historical Society’s Mason House exhibit hall on the Bethel Common.

“Breaking Ground” is Andrews’ second novel. His first, “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 celebrating the construction of an important new building. As in “Stealing History,” Julie wants to solve the murder, much to the dismay of those around her.

Andrews, former president of Westbrook College in Portland, is a consultant, freelance editor and writer, who with his wife, Debby, divides his time between Newry and Portland.

For more about the talk, call the historical society at 824-2908. For more information on the book, call Islandport Press at 846-3344, email [email protected] or visit