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Former Somers Resident Publishes Novel

The cover of Somers native Nina Mansfield's debut novel.
The cover of Somers native Nina Mansfield's debut novel. Photo Credit: Contributed

SOMERS, N.Y. — Former Somers resident Nina Mansfield’s debut young adult mystery novel, "Swimming Alone," will be released by Fire & Ice Young Adult and New Adult Books, an imprint of Melange Books, on Aug. 27.

Mansfield is a graduate of the Somers Central School District, which she attended from kindergarten to 12th grade. She began her writing career as a playwright; she has written numerous plays, which have been produced throughout United States and in Canada, Australia, England, Ireland and Peru.

Her short plays have been anthologized in Smith & Kraus’ "The Best Ten-Minute Plays" (of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and YouthPlays’ "Middle Schoolin’ It." Her one-act play "Clean" is published by Original Works Publishing. A collection of her plays titled "Three More Marriage Plays," along with her plays "No Epilogue," "Crash Bound," "Text Misdirected" and "Missed Exit," are available from One Act Play Depot.

Her short mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Mysterical-E. Mansfield is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Sisters in Crime and the Dramatists Guild.

In "Swimming Alone," the Sea Side Strangler is on the loose in Beach Point, where 15-year-old Cathy Banks is spending the summer with her aunt (who happens to be mystery writer Roberta McCabe). Although thrilled to be away from her psychotic, divorcing parents, with no cellphone or Internet access, Cathy is positive that her summer is going to be wretched.

Just when she begins to make friends, and even finds a crush to drool over, her new friend Lauren vanishes. When a body surfaces in Beach Point Bay, Cathy is forced to face the question: Has the Sea Side Strangler struck again?

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