Sherlock's Last Case : A Conversation with Jungle Red Writers

10/13/2018 Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre

Join us after Sherlock's Last Case for a special conversation with members of the Jungle Red Writers. The Jungle Reds speaking after today’s performance of Sherlock’s Last Case are: Lucy Burdette, Hallie Ephron, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Julia Spencer-Fleming. This follows the 2pm matinee performance. 


Jungle Red Writers, an award-winning blog started in 2007, is a salon of eight mystery writers. Fans of classic films may recognize the name, Jungle Red, as a tip of the hat to Clare Booth Luce’s The Women. Like that eclectic group, the Jungle Reds go through their highs and lows, fun and feuds with just an occasional unsheathing of their nails. Join them daily as they discuss (and occasionally diss) the world of reading, writing, publishing, and anything else that strikes their fancy. All you need is an appreciation for a thoughtful turn of a phrase, admiration for a clever twist in a plot, an appetite for the best in crime fiction — and a sense of humor. The other Jungle Reds that you’ll meet on the blog: Rhys Bowen, Deborah Crombie, Ingrid Thoft, and Jenn McKinlay.

Lucy Burdette, aka clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib, is the author of 15 mysteries, including the Key West food critic mystery series. The latest in the Key West series, Death on the Menu, was published by Crooked Lane Books in August. A Deadly Feast will be out in April, 2019. Ms. Burdette’s books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime International.

Hallie Ephron is The New York Times bestselling author of ten crime novels. The Boston Globe praised her new book, You’ll Never Know, Dear (Wm. Morrow), for the way it “deftly integrates the mystery genre with women’s fiction, it’s made compelling by the depth and resonance of the relationships.” It tells the story of a little girl’s disappearance and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to her fate. It was named one of the top ten mystery/crime novels of 2017 by Audiofile Magazine. Ms. Ephron’s Never Tell a Lie (Wm. Morrow), was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network. She is a five-time finalist for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel (Writers Digest Books) was an Edgar Award finalist. For 12 years she wrote an award-winning “On Crime” book review column. Ms. Ephron lives near Boston with her husband.

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, winning 34 Emmys and dozens more journalism honors. Nationally bestselling author of 10 mysteries, Ms. Ryan’s also an award-winner in her second profession — with five Agathas, three Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and Mary Higgins Clark Awards. Critics call her “a master of suspense.” Her novels are Library Journal’s Best of 2014, 2015, and 2016.Ms. Ryan’s newest book is the acclaimed standalone psychological suspense thriller Trust Me (August 28, 2018) — the Booklist starred review says “a knockout!” It’s named one of the Best Thrillers of Summer 2018 by New York Post, BOOK BUB, Real Simple Magazine, and CrimeReads.

Julia Spencer-Fleming is a former military brat, New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist. She grew up in places as diverse as Montgomery, Rome, Stuttgart, and Syracuse. A graduate of Ithaca College, George Washington University, and the University of Maine School of Law, she took up writing while still a stay-at-home mother of two. During the time it took to finish her first novel, she got a full-time job at a Portland, Maine law firm and had a third child. Ms. Spencer-Fleming didn’t want to write yet another lawyer-sleuth, so she used her army past and a keen eye for the goings-on at her Episcopal church to create Clare Fergusson, first female priest in the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill. The resulting series has won or been nominated for every American mystery award available, including the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Agatha. Her most recent book is Through the Evil Days.

About Sherlock's Last Case

Take a trip to Baker Street with the legendary Sherlock Holmes and his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, to solve the seemingly perfect crime. When a threat is made against Holmes' life by the son of his longtime nemesis, Moriarty, not everything is as it appears. The game’s afoot with equal parts hilarity and intrigue in the long-overdue Boston premiere of this murderously funny comedy-thriller, directed by Huntington favorite Maria Aitken (Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 StepsBedroom Farce).

Approximate run time: Sherlock's Last Case run approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one ten-minute intermission. Please note: This production includes theatrical haze, a strobe lighting effect, and the smoking of cocoa shell cigarettes (100% nicotine free).


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Maria Aitkin“I have spent an uneasy year away from the Huntington, working all the time, but feeling deprived of my true theatrical home. Now, thank heaven, I'm doing Sherlock’s Last Case in the fall – a brilliant and eccentric comedy – and I will be united with my favorite theatre in the world, staffed by wonderful people who anticipate my every whim. I can't wait.”— Maria Aitken

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