Greenwich resident launches young adult mystery novel

Greenwich resident, Nina Mansfield’s debut young adult mystery novel, Swimming Alone will be released by Fire & Ice Young Adult and New Adult Books, an imprint of Melange Books on Aug. 27, 2015.

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Mansfield began her writing career as a playwright; she has written numerous plays, which have been produced throughout United States and in Canada, Australia, England, Ireland and Peru. Her short plays have been anthologized in Smith & Kraus’s The Best Ten-Minute Plays (of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and YouthPlays’ Middle Schoolin’ It. Her one-act play Clean is published by Original Works Publishing. A collection of her plays entitled Three More Marriage Plays, along with her plays No Epilogue, Crash Bound, Text Misdirected and Missed Exit are available from One Act Play Depot. Her short mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Mysterical-E. Mansfield is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Sisters in Crime and the Dramatists Guild.

In Swimming Alone, the Sea Side Strangler is on the loose in Beach Point, where fifteen-year-old Cathy Banks is spending the summer with her aunt (who happens to be mystery writer Roberta McCabe). Although thrilled to be away from her psychotic, divorcing parents, with no cell phone or internet access, Cathy is positive that her summer is going to be wretched. Just when she begins to make friends, and even finds a crush to drool over, her new friend Lauren vanishes. When a body surfaces in Beach Point Bay, Cathy is forced to face the question: has the Sea Side Strangler struck again?

Mansfield will be appearing at the Byram Shubert Library on Saturday, Sept. 26 as part of Authors [email protected] at 3 p.m. She will be reading from Swimming Alone. Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.

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