Monthly Meeting: 18 August 2018



PRIVATE TOUR, CHERRY HILL MUSEUM: “The 1827 Cherry Hill Murder”

Saturday, August 18, 2018


Cherry Hill Museum, 523 S Pearl St, Albany, NY 12202 (Directions below)


In 1827, a murder occurred at Albany’s Cherry Hill Farm, home of the Van Rensselaer family. The crime aroused tremendous interest, and the trial culminated in the last public hanging in Albany. The apparent crime of passion uncovered simmering issues of the day, including women’s roles and legal rights, social class, punishment and the law, and slavery in New York. Hear the words of those involved in the crime and decide whom you think was guilty or innocent.

February Meeting: True Crime with Frankie Bailey

Sisters in Crime February Meeting
February 17, 2018
11 AM
Community Room
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar


The Hendrickson Murder Trial: A Case of Poisoning?

University at Albany School of Criminal Justice professor and mystery writer Frankie Y. Bailey presents a true crime case. In 1853, in Bethlehem, New York, John Hendrickson was accused of poisoning his young wife, Maria. Hendrickson was tried, convicted, and executed based on the testimony of expert witnesses. Bailey discusses the social and historical context and the medical jurisprudence issues raised regarding this often-cited case.

Free and open to the public. Join us for coffee and mysteries.

Murder in the Libraries

Local reading groups you may want to know about:

The Mystery Book Club of the Cohoes Public Library meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Alex Kava’s tenth Maggie O’Dell novel, Fireproof, will be the subject of discussion at the February 20th meeting of the Mystery Book Club. A Nebraska native, Ms. Kava is a NY Times best-selling author known for her psychological suspense novels. Join us at the Cohoes Public Library at either 10:30 am or 6:30 pm (please let us know if you are coming to the 6:30 meeting) to discuss this exciting novel. Books are available at the Library. The library is located at 169 Mohawk St., Cohoes. For more information, go to or call 235-2570.

Snoops in the Stacks, the mystery book group at the Guilderland Public Library meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 pm. We’re a lively bunch that enjoys reading and talking about mysteries. Many are long-standing mystery lovers and others are new to the genre. What is really interesting is reading authors one might never think to try and being pleasantly surprised, or even better – hooked. February 4th’s book is End in Tears by Ruth Rendell and March 4th’s book is Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva. For more information go to