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Averett to read from mystery ‘Scablands’ Friday at Auntie’s

Ed Averett is a longtime Spokane resident, now living in Ecuador, who had a long career as a therapist. In his spare time, though, besides working and helping his wife Mary to raise their family, he wrote.

And he became pretty good at it. You'll be able to see just how good at 7 p.m. Friday at Auntie's Bookstore when Averett shows up to read from his new book, the mystery "Scablands."

Described by Kirkus as a tale of "forensic psychologist in the mid-1990s (who) consults on an investigation of the murder of her former intern," the novel is getting good reviews.

The Kirkus reviewer went on to write, "Readers may find some of the material that Carmen digs into, such as pornography, to be relatively tame, but they give the protagonist opportunities to view the case from a more clinical perspective, which adds credibility to the story. Her narration is rife with questions, effectively indicating the amateur sleuth’s tendency to constantly examine what she’s learned."

Pornography tame? That's a new one. Have to check out that book to see for myself.