The setting for Kathryn Long’s 2011 comic mystery “Whips, Cuffs and Little Brown Boxes” was a town that resembled the author’s hometown of Barberton, down to the lake in the center. Her new book “Buried in Sin” is set in a less familiar location, a northwestern Pennsylvania community that’s home to many Seneca residents.

Sarah Blue Mackenzie owns a bar called Moe’s Deja Blue, and does research for her cranky, high-maintenance uncle’s Chaz’s work for a Pennsylvania historical society. She’s in a Seneca cemetery taking down information from headstones when she comes upon an open grave, complete with a fresh body. The man looks like someone Mac knew years ago and was close to, but she knows him to have died in a fire 10 years before.

Mac waits in her truck for the sheriff to arrive and, upset as she is, falls asleep. She gives her statement and goes about her business. That night she gets a text message from an unknown number, with a warning: “Wise people say it’s best to leave matters alone that don’t concern you.” The message is signed “Spirit Talker.”

Mac consults with Papa Birdsong, a respected elder and museum curator, who recalls some of the circumstances of the fire and local feuds. Mac is surprised to learn that the sheriff has some evidence that might incriminate her and she’s made to give some DNA samples. Unlike the heroines of some other mysteries, Mac doesn’t interfere with the investigation. Then a second body is found in another grave in the same cemetery, and her friend at the sheriff’s office lets her know that an arrest is imminent.

The book is filled with Native American history and lore.

“Buried in Sin” (213 pages, softcover) costs $12.99 from online retailers. Kathryn Long will sign “Buried in Sin” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Barberton Public Library, 602 W. Park Ave. She lives in Green.

 

Events

Mustard Seed Market & Café (6025 Kruse Drive, Solon): Stephanie Evanovich, author of “Under the Table,” billed as an update of “My Fair Lady” with a caterer trying to make over a geeky computer programmer, appears from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday. Register at attend.cuyahogalibrary.org.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (Beachwood branch, 25501 Shaker Blvd.): Irena Reyn signs her novel “Mother Country,” about a Russia-born Brooklynite waiting for her daughter to be cleared to enter the country, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Register at 216-831-6868.

Akron-Summit County Public Library (Ellet branch, 2470 E. Market St.): Tim Carroll signs “World War II Akron,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Akron-Summit County Public Library (Firestone Park branch, 1486 Aster Ave.): Scott Longert signs “Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years, 1937-1941,” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (3512 Darrow Road, Stow): Kent State University alumna Emily A. Duncan signs her supernatural debut novel “Wicked Saints,” 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (North Royalton branch, 5071 Wallings Road): Stephanie Evanovich signs “Under the Table,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Register at 440-237-3800.

Mac’s Backs (1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights): Erin Hosier signs her memoir “Don’t Let Me Down,” her memoir about growing up in an evangelical church in Bainbridge, and Sophia Shalmiyev signs her memoir “Mother Winter,” about her youth in Leningrad and parental abduction to America, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights): Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax sign “What We Keep: 150 People Share the Touching Stories Behind Their Most Prized Possessions,” 6 p.m. Thursday; Mary Norris (“Between You and Me”) signs “Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen,” 6 p.m. Saturday.

Appletree Books (12419 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights): Christine Howey, executive director of Literary Cleveland, leads a reading with poets Theresa Brightman, Rebecca Ferlotti and Marie Vibbert, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday; on Independent Bookstore Day, children’s author Jessica Laurel Kane reads from “A Book of Hearts” and “Feed it to the Worms,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma-Snow branch, 2121 Snow Road): Austin Kleon discusses “Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Register at 216-661-4240.

Cleveland Public Library (325 Superior Ave.): Bexley poet Maggie Smith, author of “Good Bones” and “The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison,” observes National Poetry Month with a visit, noon Saturday.

Barberton Public Library (602 W. Park Ave.): Poet Cat Russell reads from “Soul Picked Clean,” accompanied by musician Ed Amann, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday; Kathryn Long signs “Buried in Sin,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Timothy Carroll signs “World War II Akron,” 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Columbus Metropolitan Public Library (96 S. Grant Ave.): The 18th annual Ohioana Book Fair features about 100 authors, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. See the schedule and names at ohioana.org/programs/ohioanabookfestival.

Learned Owl Book Shop (204 N. Main St., Hudson): Western Reserve Academy senior Harley Fisher, bound for Rhode Island School of Design, signs her poetry collection “It Gets Worse,” 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Barnes & Noble (381 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman): Former bank robber Amil Dinsio signs “Inside the Vault: The True Story of a Master Bank Burglar,” 1 p.m. Saturday.

Barnes & Noble (28801 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere): Jacqueline Acho, author of “Empathy Deficit Disorder,” appears at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cuyahoga County Public Library (Southeast branch, 70 Columbus St., Bedford): Susan Petrone appears at an Author Tea to discuss her novel “The Super Ladies,” about three Cleveland-area women who develop superpowers, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Register at 440-439-4997.

Barnes & Noble (198 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake): Debbie Michuck visits Storytime with her book “Those Dirty Fire Boots,” 4 p.m. Saturday.

 

Send information about books of local interest to Lynne Sherwin, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309 or lsherwin@thebeaconjournal.com. Event notices should be sent at least two weeks in advance.