The Maine Writers Talk About … series of author talks at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., will continue with mystery novelist Gerry Boyle Tuesday Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Boyle will give a talk titled Maine, the Way Crime Should Be: a 40-year love affair with Vacationland's dark side. He will discuss his fascination with murder and mayhem in Maine and the reasons why the state is the perfect stage for crime fiction. Having just released the much anticipated 10th book in his crime-solving reporter Jack McMorrow series, “Once Burned,” Boyle will be reading and discussing it in his talk, as well.

Like many crime novelists, Boyle began his writing career in newspapers, a place he calls the best training ground ever. After attending Colby College, he knocked around at various jobs until he began his newspaper career in the paper mill town of Rumford. After a few months, he moved on to the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, where editors gave him a thrice-weekly column. He wrote about the stuff he saw in police stations, courtrooms and in the towns and cities of Maine. All the while, he also was typing away on a Smith-Corona electric typewriter, writing “Deadline,” which came out in 1993. Since “Deadline,” he has written nine additional Jack McMorrow stories.

The Maine Writers Talk About… series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Belfast Free Library. Upcoming are: Aug. 18, Poetry and the Natural World, with Gary Lawless; and Aug. 25, Great Nonfiction with Murray Carpenter. Books will be available to purchase for signing at each program. For more information, call 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or