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Stealing History

A Julie Williamson Murder Mystery, Book One

Softcover, 218 pages, Fiction

ISBN: 978-0-9763231-7-4



About this Book:

She felt she needed to give herself the proverbial pinch to see if this was real. A week ago she was packing up her apartment in Delaware in preparation for the move. Now she was in Ryland, Maine, the director of the Ryland Historical Society. A real place, a real job. It felt like a dream.

Just a few days into her new job as director of a busy historical society and museum nestled in the mountains of quaint Ryland, Maine, flatlander Julie Williamson discovers all is not as it should be. Her dream job is more of a nightmare.

She expected to find an eccentric board of trustees, a cool reception from the assistant director who had wanted her job, and a necessary adjustment to small-town life, but she didn’t expect that some of the museum’s most valuable artifacts, including a letter from Abraham Lincoln to Hannibal Hamlin, would quickly turn up missing. And, when a murder hits especially close to home for Julie, she becomes embroiled in an ever-widening and complex mystery.

Stealing History is sure to enthrall readers who love to curl up with a good mystery, especially one that weaves details of small town life, delightful characters, and history into a suspenseful tale that keeps them guessing up until the last page.

Stealing History

"After reading Stealing History over a couple of evenings, I moved right on to Breaking Ground – couldn’t wait to see what happened next. The story is engaging, the reading easy and fun. You will like these novels a lot."
— George Smith,
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"It's a darn good story that's told in a straightforward narrative with lively characters that I wouldn't mind seeing in a series."
—Gumshoe Review

"...(A) well-crafted mystery, with believable characters, colorful narrative, and just the right amount of suspense and misdirection."
– Kennebec Journal

"Stealing History is a classic whodunit that kept me guessing until the very end."
—Lewiston Sun Journal

The small-but-steller Islandport Press has handed us readers William Andrew's STEALING HISTORY, which is one of the neatest entries in the history-is-a-mystery categories of fiction and one that deserves a much wider audience. Find out for yourself, I kept turning pages long after I should have been hard at work elsewhere.

–The Courier-Gazette

William D. Andrews is "Mapping Murder"

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Just in time for the summer reading season, fans of the popular Julie Williamson Mystery Series have a new historical whodunit to devour with the launch of Mapping Murder by Maine author William D. Andrews.

 The new book, published in June by Islandport Press, finds Ryland Historical Society director Julie Williamson at an annual convention where she meets a troubled colleague. Precious artifacts are missing and landing in the hands of unscrupulous dealers. When the colleague winds up dead, and the mysterious thefts continue, Williamson can’t resist setting a trap. Andrews brings back a beloved cast of characters to help his amateur detective solve one of her toughest cases yet.   

Mystery fans are invited to join Andrews for the official launch of his book on Saturday, July 15, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Bethel Historical Society, 10 Broad Street, Bethel on the Mason House grounds. The event is part of MollyOckett Day—a homecoming festival named for Native American woman who traveled all over western Maine in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Enjoy the festival and then visit with the author, learn more about the book, and try some locally made treats. Books will be available for sale and signing. The launch is free and open to the public.

Andrews turned to writing mystery novels after a long career in higher education as both a faculty member and administrator. He has served as a trustee of the Bethel Historical Society and director of the Mahoosuc Land Trust. He resides in Newry, Maine with his wife Debby. The couple also spend their time in Portland, where they keep a small boat for cruising the Casco Bay. Mapping Murder is the third installment of the Julie Williamson Murder Mystery series. Andrews’s other books include Stealing History––which was called “a classic whodunit” by the Lewiston Sun Journal––and Breaking Ground.

William Andrews

About this Author

William D. Andrews, author of Breaking Ground, Stealing History, and Mapping Murder spent summers in Maine for eighteen years until he could f



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