The Friends of Seaside Library will host a book launch with author K. B. Tobin at the March "Third Thursday" Visiting Author event for Tobin's just-released mystery, "Poetic License to Kill." This is a "cozy" mystery which takes place in Portland and features a mother/daughter amateur detective team. The reading, which will be the first public reading of Tobin's for this novel, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the library community room. The event will include time for the author's reading, questions and answers, book sales and signings and refreshments.

Tobin has worked as a teacher, high tech marketing executive and business consultant. She is the founding editor and publisher of the Portlandia national poetry chapbook series since 1999. An award-winning poet, she has published four collections of poetry and won two national poetry prizes.

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The publisher, Salvo Press, describes "Poetic License to Kill" as follows:

Someone is murdering the top poets in Portland. When retired executive, now stay-at-home poet Laura Ryan and her teenage daughter Zoe Chang try to help police investigate a suspicious death, they discover Tarot cards and possible clues in verse. From high tea at a mansion to Zen tea at a bachelor pad, from a barroom open mike to an upper crust feast at a vineyard, "Poetic License to Kill" provides a satiric romp through Portland as Laura Ryan tries to find suspects in the poetry and Tarot communities. Can Zoe Chang Ryan, a Sherlock Holmes buff and brilliant fiddle player, help her mother catch a murderer before that killer catches them?

"Poetic License to Kill" has it all: A mother-daughter detecting team, poetry, Zen, Tarot, and a teenage Asian American fiddle player. Oh yes, and murder in Portland. Submitted photo