Hilltown Digest: Author Joan Livingston to read from new mystery novel in Worthington 


Staff Writer
Published: 5/18/2022 8:32:19 PM

WORTHINGTON — Former Daily Hampshire Gazette editor in chief Joan Livingston will read from her latest mystery novel at an event at the Worthington Library this Saturday at 4 p.m.

Livingston, of Shelburne Falls, was a longtime resident of Worthington who covered the Hilltowns as a reporter for a number of years.

“It’s like going home again,” Livingston said of the event in Worthington.

Livingston’s latest book, “Working the Beat,” is the fifth book in her Isabel Long mystery series.

The series is named after its protagonist, who in the first book decides not to reapply for her job as the editor of a newspaper after it’s bought by a chain and decides to investigate an old missing persons case, while also tending bar at the Rooster Bar and Grill.

“The Hilltowns are definitely the inspiration for this series,” Livingston said.

She also said that “there’s a lot of me in Isabel” and that a lot of the skills she learned as a journalist she gives to her detective.

In “Working the Beat,” Isabel Long and her 93-year-old mother, who serves as Long’s “Watson,” is approached by a woman at a fair to ask her to investigate the death of her grandson, who was found dead behind the fair’s arena some years ago.

The new book is dedicated to Steve and Diane Magargal, the former owners of Listons Bar & Grill in Worthington.

Livingston said that she will go over the entire series at the Worthington event, take questions from the audience, and read from “Working the Beat,” and perhaps other books in the series as well.

She also said that she’s working on her sixth book in the series.

Books in the Isabel Long series can be purchased online, at several Franklin County bookstores and at Floodwater Brewing in Shelburne Falls — which is owned by one of Livingston’s sons and has all five books available.

Goshen Women’s Club to hold 100th celebration

The Goshen Women’s Club, which turned 100 last fall, will be celebrating the milestone on Sunday after the original celebration was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will take place in a tent outside of Goshen Town Hall at 1 p.m., with music provided by the local band Sidetracked.


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