Traps, Poisons, and Malice: Meet three authors from Encircle Publications and Publisher Eddie Vincent.

Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Phoenix Zoom Channel

Please join us as we welcome authors  BJ Magnani, Matt Cost, and Kevin St. Jarre to our Zoom stage for readings and a discussion of their most recent books.  Their conversation will be moderated by Eddie Vincent, the Publisher of Encircle Publications.  

About the books and authors:

Mouse Trap: From award winning author Matt Cost comes a riveting thriller where the fate of the world hinges upon a mouse. Diane Donovan of the Midwest Book Review says: "This isn't just any rodent. It's a resident of a genetics lab that has been subject to a well-meaning genome editing experiment gone awry. And the mouse's fate could determine the fate of humanity, if what it harbors also gets loose".

Summer on the coast of Maine can be an idyllic time. That is, until Wolfe and Baker are hired to find who tried to steal a mouse. What starts out as innocuous as a fireman saving a cat from a tree quickly morphs into something far deadlier. Johnson Laboratories is involved with genome editing on mice in an attempt to eradicate diseases including cancer. But it seems that somebody else has designs on the technology of altering traits within living organisms. Clay and his colorful group of cohorts must once again pull together to uncover the seething evil that threatens Port Essex and the world in a race against time.

Matt Cost was a history major at Trinity College. He owned a mystery bookstore, a video store, and a gym, before serving a ten-year sentence as a junior high school teacher. In 2014 he was released and began writing. And that’s what he does. He writes histories and mysteries.

He has begun the Clay Wolfe/Port Essex Trap series with Wolfe Trap and Mind Trap. Mouse Trap will be published on April 13, 2022 and Cosmic Trap in the fall of 2022. Cost has also written the Mainly Mystery series as well as the historical novels, Love in a Time of Hate, Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War; At Every Hazard and I am Cuba which was recently awarded the silver award for historical fiction from Kops-Fetherling. 

Cost now lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Harper. There are four grown children: Brittany, Pearson, Miranda, and Ryan. A chocolate Lab and a basset hound round out the mix. He spends his days at the computer, writing. 

Absence of Grace: Former NYPD detective Jack Killarney attempted to leave the darker side of society behind when he moved to a small coastal town in Maine. However, when a horrific crime is committed there, Jack realizes there is no place so idyllic that evil does not eventually come calling. Jack becomes obsessed with understanding evil, and how and why such atrocities can occur. His investigation and research lead him to Professor Vivian Rueil, an expert on the topic of evil. She is brilliant and skeptical, and is as emotionally scarred as he is. Jack and Vivian discover a pattern to evil, and this launches them on an international search, from South Sudan to Israel to Pakistan, pursuing the pattern and attempting to thwart the next human tragedy. Ultimately, they are hunting for something older than psychology, philosophy, and religion. They just might find it.

Kevin St. Jarre is the author of Absence of Grace (April 2022), The Twin (Oct. 2021), Celestine (May 2021), and Aliens, Drywall, and a Unicycle (Nov. 2021), all from Encircle Publications. His next novel, The Book of Emmaus, is due to be published in July 2022. He’s a published poet, an essayist, and his Pushcart-nominated short fiction has appeared in journals such as Story and Solstice Literary Magazine. Kevin has been invited to present at numerous conferences.  He has worked as a teacher, a newspaper reporter, an international corporate consultant, and he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast program. Twice awarded scholarships, he studied at the Norman Mailer Writers Center on Cape Cod, MA, with Sigrid Nunez and David Black. He is a member of NHWP, MWPA, and International Thriller Writers. Follow Kevin on Twitter @kstjarre. He now lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, but grew up in the state’s northernmost town of Madawaska.


A Message in Poison (A Dr. Lily Robinson Novel)

Sparks fly as Dr. Lily Robinson, the brilliant academic pathologist and covert assassin for the U.S. Government, investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths alongside her lover, Agent Jean Paul Marchand, and D.C. Medical Examiner Dr. Logan Pelletier.

A Message in Poison, the third part of the Art of Secret Poisoning trilogy (The Queen of All Poisons and The Power of Poison), continues with twists and turns as Dr. Lily Robinson travels the globe, stares down death, and finds herself at “another crossroad, another choice between life real or imagined…”

A U.S. Senator and the president of a developing nation are found dead in their beds. As governments thousands of miles apart react to the fallout and begin their investigations, no one claims responsibility, and no motives are clear. Yet, the cause of death implies a link between the two—one that only a mind versed in poisons and politics can decipher. With her personal relationships teetering on the brink and her loved ones facing foreign threats, Lily must unravel the mystery and uncover a plot more calculating than anyone could imagine—but it may be too late.

BJ Magnani, PhD, MD, is Professor of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. As an award-winning pathologist and speaker, she has authored over a hundred scientific abstracts, articles, and book chapters and was named one of The Pathologist’s Top 100 Most Influential Laboratory Medicine Professionals in the World. In addition, she’s one of the editors of The Clinical Toxicology Laboratory: Contemporary Practice of Poisoning Evaluation, 2nd edition (AACC Press), and Clinical Toxicology Testing: A Guide for Laboratory Professionals, 2nd edition (CAP Press).  Now, in a twist of fate, Dr. Magnani uses her knowledge of toxicology to create medical thrillers featuring Dr. Lily Robinson, who doubles as an assassin for the U.S. Government. 

Dr. Magnani is committed to helping women receive free breast and cervical cancer screening through the College of American Pathologists Foundation’s  See, Test, & Treat program. A portion of the proceeds from her novels helps support this effort.


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