A Two-Booksigning Weekend in Fall River, MA
DOUBLE WEEKEND OF BOOKSIGNINGS AT THE FALL RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY
FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS, June 18, 2017 – Murder, Manslaughter, and Mayhem on the SouthCoast, by John B. “Red” Cummings, Jr. and Stefani Koorey, PhD, and Point Road, by Michael Thomas Brimbau, will be featured during booksigning events the weekend of June 24 and 25 at the Fall River Historical Society.
Murder, Manslaughter, and Mayhem on the SouthCoast (volume one) is a non-fiction account of 68 murders that occurred on the SouthCoast during the years 1800 to 1969.
The booksigning will take place on June 24, 2017, from noon until 3 p.m. Softcover, 217 pp., profusely illustrated; $22.00
SYNOPSIS: “The murderers in these pages used guns, knives, axes, fists, fire, rope, and other tools—including their hands—to commit their dastardly deeds. Mothers killed their children, husbands and wives killed each other, and children murdered their parents. Police officers were killed in cold blood while doing their jobs. Deaths occurred in physicians’ offices during abortions, and some victims were cut into pieces. Murders were committed in the suburbs and the city. Many of the accused were proclaimed insane—others committed suicide after the killing. Either the slayer went to jail, an insane asylum, or did themselves in by their own hand—murder does not discriminate. Some killers were just ‘bad’ people who did not regret their actions and had no qualms about how they slayed their victims. Some of these murderers were released to kill additional innocent victims. Such is Murder, Manslaughter, and Mayhem on the SouthCoast.”
John B. Cummings, Jr. is a life-long resident of Greater Fall River. His roots go deep, as his grandfather was a Fall River Mayor and his father a practicing attorney in the area for over fifty years. In 2011, the author continued writing local historical books; The Last Fling-Hurricane Carol 1954; Cream of the Crop: Fall River’s Best and Brightest; and most recently Lobstah Tales: The History of the Moby Dick/Back Eddy Restaurant in Westport, Massachusetts. This current venture took two years to research and write and includes well over 68 solved and still mysterious murders, manslaughters, and mayhem in the eight SouthCoast cities and towns around Greater Fall River. His extensive research was conducted in the Fall River Public Library, The Fall River Herald News Library, and the clerk’s office of the Bristol County Superior Court.
Point Road is a murder mystery that takes place in Westport, Massachusetts in 1861. Point Road is a suspense novel that can be appreciated by anyone interested in murder mysteries and sea adventures. The story takes place during the Civil War in a New England whaling town. It is spiced with nautical exploits and burnished with historical incidents. Though it is filled with factual accounts of ships and real people from the era, the entire story is woven out of fiction.
The booksigning will take place on June 25, 2017, from noon until 3 p.m. Softcover, 368 pp., $16.95
SYNOPSIS: “Emily White lives with her grandmother, Charlotte, in a somnolent whaling village at the end of Point Road in Westport, Massachusetts—where nothing much ever happens. The year is 1861. Civil War has broken out between North and South and some in town have heeded the call for service to their country. Yet, life at Point Village continues with a quiet routine. Emily loves living in Point Village and finds her adventures in books. She is a dedicated member of the Drift River Readers Club, which has recently taken up a book about the suicide death and hanging of Sarah Cornell in Tiverton, Rhode Island—an incident which occurred many years previous. Emily believes that the Club should investigate the thirty-year-old hanging. In her virtuous endeavor to solve the Cornell mystery, the mission at hand becomes derailed when a servant girl is found hanged on a nearby island and her passing regarded as a suicide. Death has become a tormenting companion for Emily and she is determined to solve this crime. As circumstances unfold, the Drift River Readers Club is assigned a puzzle they cannot ignore when one of their members becomes the prey, and the war in the south moves north, complicating things and drawing Emily into the conflict. Follow Emily and Samuel Cory as they set out to sea on the grand schooner Sphinx to unravel a murder and rescue a friend from being the next possible victim.”
Michael Thomas Brimbau is co-founder and poetry editor for The Literary Hatchet. He is a life-long resident of Massachusetts. This is his second work of fiction—his previous work being Lizzie Borden: The Girl with the Pansy Pin, published by PearTree Press. Michael is single-handedly building a home in Westport, which he hopes to complete soon.