Michelle Karol, author of Ripped, an award-winning Jack the Ripper time travel mystery, will thrill and inspire Beacon Hill Women’s Forum members at their February 4 meeting.
Ripped is Karol’s first novel, a young adult thriller published last year under the pen name of Shelley Dickson Carr. Ever since she was ten years old and first read He Wouldn’t Kill Patience, the classic mystery written by her grandfather John Dickson Carr, Karol’s been hooked on the genre and dreaming of the mystery she’d someday write.
The idea for Ripped came while, as a Huntington Theater board member, she was in London on a scouting trip for new plays. While there, she began researching the mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper, one of the greatest unsolved murder cases in history. The book is filled with facts she researched about everything from fashion to architecture to 1888 police practices.
Now that she so successfully reached her goal and is in the process of writing a second novel, she’ll share with her audience ways they, too, can write and publish the book they’ve have always dreamed off.
Karol has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College and an undergraduate degree in education. She and her husband have three daughters and a bulldog named Becket, and live on Louisburg Square.
The meeting, which includes appetizers and a cash bar, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hampshire House. There is an annual $50 joining fee and $20 charge for each meeting. Members may register online at www.beaconhillwomensforum.com. For more information, email [email protected]