Cathy Pageau will read from her latest book next week

By Cathy Sherman For The Cordova Times

Coming up on Tuesday, July 12 local author Cathy Pegau will present a book reading from her newest release and the second in the Charlotte Brody series – Borrowing Death. This continuation is part of the series set in Cordova in the early 1900s.

Here’s a short excerpt:

Suffragette and journalist Charlotte Brody is bracing herself for her first winter in the frontier town of Cordova in the Alaska Territory. But the chilling murder of a local store owner is what really makes her blood run cold…

After three months in Cordova, Charlotte is getting accustomed to frontier life. She is filing articles for the local paper–including a provocative editorial against Prohibition–and enjoying a reunion with her brother Michael, the town doctor and coroner. Michael’s services are soon called upon when a fire claims the life of hardware store owner Lyle Fiske. A frontier firebug is suspected of arson, but when Michael determines Fiske was stabbed before his store was set ablaze, the town of Cordova has another murder to solve.

Her journalist’s curiosity whetted, Charlotte begins to sort through the smoldering ruins of Lyle Fiske’s life, only to discover any number of people who might have wanted him dead. As the days grow shorter, Charlotte’s investigation turns increasingly complex. She may be distant from the trappings of civilization, but untangling the motives for murder will require plumbing the very depths of Charlotte’s investigative acumen. . .

The author reading will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at the fireplace nook in the Cordova Center Library. For more information call 424-6667 or go to Books will be available for purchase and are now available at the Cordova Museum.