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Judith Yates Borger launches new Skeeter Hughes mystery on Wednesday, Aug. 24

On August 24, Once Upon a Crime booksellers will host a reception to celebrate the a launch of Judith Yates Borger’s chilling new mystery, “Whose Hand?,” (Nodin Press) the sequel to the 2009 release, “Where’s Billie?” (Nodin).

Although “Whose Hand?” was released in e-book format in the fall of 2010, the paperback edition comes out August 15, 2011.

"Whose Hand?" by Judith Yates Borger

In “Whose Hand?,” reporter Skeeter Hughes sets off on a wild search for the deceased owner of a hand that was pulled from Lake Harriet — and lost back to the depths — by a Vietnam vet out ice-fishing the previous fall. 

Skeeter narrows her list of possible victims to three people: Amber Thomas, a runaway with a scholarship waiting for her; Yuri Yudeshenka, a furrier and a holocaust survivor who emigrated from the former U.S.S.R.; and Pace Palmer, a 30-ish research director for a medical device company.

Despite a career in jeopardy, a husband on the lam and the 24/7 job of mother, Hughes is compelled to find the answer to whose hand?

According to Publisher’s Weekly, “Whose Hand?” is a diverting “regional mystery with appeal to readers beyond the Twin Cities.” 

Borger’s upcoming author appearances include:

“Whose Hand?” launch party
Time:  7-8 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011
Place: Once Upon a Crime, 604 26th St. W., Minneapolis, MN 55405

Reading and book signing
Time: 2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011
Place:  Valley Bookseller, 217 N. Main St., Stillwater, MN 55082

Reading and book signing
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011
Place:  Common Good Books, Western Ave. N., St. Paul, Minnesota, 55102

Mystery month feature
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
Place:  Barnes & Noble, HarMar Mall, 2100 Snelling Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113

For more details on “Whose Hand?” and Borger’s other work, as well as scheduled author appearances, visit Judith Yates Borger Mysteries.

Judith Yates Borger
Judith Yates Borger

A journalist for more than 30 years, Judith Yates Borger has written for The New York Times, Star Tribune and Pioneer Press, and currently reports on legal affairs, science and other subjects for She is also contributing blogger at Crime Fiction Collective, Algonquin Hot Dish, Suspense Novelist and Guilty Pleasures for Readers Who Don’t Have Time to Read. Although she spends most of her time these days writing fiction, Borger says she remains a journalist at heart.

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