AUBURN – P.D. LaFleur will return to the Auburn Public Library Thursday, Sept. 18, on the heels of his latest novel, “Mill Town,” for a free book talk and supper.

LaFleur, who has family in Lewiston-Auburn and whose father grew up here, uses his knowledge of small town New England to enhance his mystery tales. As an example, Bates Mill No. 5 served as the inspiration for one of the scenes in the book.

“There are a lot of stories in small towns and people,” he said. “Sometimes they stumble across something that’s a lot bigger than they have ever dealt with before.”

In “Mill Town,” a former factory town turned middle class suburb becomes the setting for a murder investigation. The unexplained death of a high-school girl comes back into focus when the victim’s twin brother reappears. Out of a small town’s darkest hour comes an unexpected story about the power of honesty.

Following the book discussion and a light supper at 5:30 p.m., LaFleur will lead a workshop at 7 p.m. to explore the writer’s craft. With an emphasis on the suspense and mystery genres, he will discuss how to get started on a novel, how to develop characters and how to enhance a novel through layering.

Readers may attend one or both presentations. For more information, call the Auburn Public Library at 333-6640.

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