by Brenda Havens
prev. posted 2/6/2014

hank phillippi ryan       

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Keynote for The Write Stuff 2014, May 21-22 in Allentown, PA

The Wrong Girl, Hank Phillippi Ryan’s latest mystery novel, was nominated this week for the most prestigious mystery writers’ award, the Agatha. Ryan, Boston NBC investigative reporter, and author of six novels, is slated as the keynote speaker at The Write Stuff 2014.

Named in honor of Agatha Christie, the Agatha is awarded annually to the book that most exemplifies excellence  in writing the traditional mystery.   It is given by Malice Domestic, the revered Washington DC organization that has honored mystery writing for more than a quarter century. Ryan’s novel is nominated in the Best Contemporary Novel category. Other categories awarded by the group are Best Historical Novel, Best First Novel, Best Children’s/YA Novel, Best Short Story and Best Nonfiction.

Winners are announced May 3.  For more on the Agatha’s, check: 


The Wrong Girl, released in September, is the second in Ryan’s Jane Ryland series. The story presents a spine-chilling, heart-wrenching suspense experience that explores a terrifying scenario striking at the heart of every family. It’s a trail of twists and turns that takes them deep into the heart of a foster care system in crisis and threatens to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal. With a killer at large and an infant missing, time is running out…

The Wrong Girl