True crime, thriller to be discussed at lecture series

Mar 12, 2022

MATTAPOISETT — Mattapoisett Free Public Library will host two authors with media backgrounds for its spring 2022 Purrington Lecture Series.

The spring series starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26 with a presentation by author Maureen Boyle on her book, “Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer.‘’

Boyle, an award winning journalist, has been a crime reporter in New England for more than 25 years and was the first reporter to cover the serial killings in New Bedford that are detailed in “Shallow Graves.’’ 

She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Conn. and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College in Paxton. She is director of the journalism program at Stonehill College in Easton.

This event will be held in person and can be viewed remotely. To participate virtually, email

In April, Hank Phillippi Ryan will speak about her new title, “Her Perfect Life,’’ via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

Phillippi Ryan, a former television reporter, is the bestselling author of 13 thrillers, winning five Agathas, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and 37 Emmys for investigative reporting. 

“Her Perfect Life’’ is a psychological standalone about fame, family, and revenge.

Registration is necessary to participate via Zoom; register on the library’s online calendar of events or email

The final event of the series is a concert at 2 p.m. Friday, May 20 featuring Larksgrove. Blending classical and traditional music, the duo Larksgrove presents interpretations of the classics and novel arrangements of traditional fiddle tunes.

For more information about these events or to register, email Check the library’s events calendar for more upcoming programs and book discussions at