Greetings Fellow Mystery Lovers,

Industry experts confirm that book sales were up 10% in 2020, and another 10% in 2021. Just think about that. Nobody can say American's aren't reading books any more. Do you know anyone who isn't? Occasionally or voraciously? Gathering with family and friends, we can't help catch recommendations for new favorite books. 

Writing is the "big much" of authors' fun. But hearing that readers loved our work and wondering when the next one will be released makes a year's work even more special. Thank you!  

My belief in Yankee ingenuity and the incredible contribution proved true. We have vaccines and Americans willing to tolerate the inconvenience of masks and social distancing for others' protection. Americans gave without counting the cost, struggled without heeding the discomfort, labored without seeking any rewards, except to know they are serving others and their higher power. 

I can’t thank my readers and friends enough for buoying my spirits and encouraging me to keep writing. My author friends have created an explosion of talent in myriad genre. I’ve been humbled to read some excellent ARCs and asked to comment on new releases. Prepare for your favorite authors' exceptional offerings!

Be safe. Be happy. Thank a Vet. And keep the faith!


p.s. Books make great birthday, graduation and hostess gifts. Visit your favorite authors' websites to learn about their contributions. And don't forget to post those 5-star reviews. Happy reading!

Announcing! Buried Trust, my sixth mystery and the fourth in my Trust series to be released June 11, 2022.

Vanished Reviewed by Kirkus

"An Engrossing read that's built around a chilling premise."--Kirkus Reviews. Read the entire review here: Reviews by Kirkus

Redeeming Trust, the sequel to A Matter of Trust, was in the news!

Click here
to read the full article that appeared in the Sunday, December 17, 2017 newspaper facing the best-seller list.


Finally! We've been sprung. I’ll be participating and/or attending the following events. I would love to see you there.


I'll be attending a flurry of rescheduled and new events, some of which were forced into a two-year hiatus. Check my twitter and FB pages, both at hughescribe1.

I attended Penn Writers Conference May 13-14. Writers of any genre, please visit their website @pennwriters.org, and see what's in it for you! 

On Saturday, June 11, I'll attend MWA-NY's brunch at Playwright Irish Pub in Manhattan, 27 W 35th St. Will love seeing many of you there.

On Saturday, June 4, I attended the Sacred Oak Visitation in Oley, Pennsylvania. Google their website, learn about this awesome 500-year-old tree and legend, and watch for the next public event, hopefully fall, 2022.

On Saturday, July 30, from 1 to 3 p.m., I will be presenting "Great Beginnings" to Pagoda Writers at Barnes & Noble, Wyomissing PA.

On the Last Saturdays of each month, I'll attend the BOLD Authors' Group Meetings, lately at B & N. Weather and Covid has made for challenging venues. Writers of all genre are welcome to join us. Google BOLD for specifics.

And, Pre-Covid...

Catch "GOOD DAY PA, abc 27 News," on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The show is broadcast live from their studio in Harrisburg PA, from 10 to 11 a.m.  Nancy will be a featured guest to talk about her new suspense novel, The Innocent Hour, and its  relevance to today's breadking news about wrongful convictions. It's the sequel to her debut novel, The Dying Hour.


MWA-NY presents “A Universe of Mysteries” panel presentation

Free Library Springfield Township, 8900 Hawthorne Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038

Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m. No reservation required.


 Edgar Symposium

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Grand Hyatt Hotel, 109 E 42nd St, New York, NY



Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Cloud Nine Bistro, Wyomissing, PA


The Write Way Café Tuesday Special

Featuring Nancy’s mystery/suspense novel, “The Dying Hour”

April 30, 2019, thewritewaycafe.blogspot.com


Guest Speaker, 11th Annual Author’s Tea

The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, NY, May 2, 2019

Sponsored by the Ocean City Free Public Library Friends & Volunteers

2019 Pennwriters Conference May 17-19

Volunteer “Published Pen”

Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, 777 Aten Rd, Coraopolis, PA


York Book Expo

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 11 to 4 p.m.

Wisehaven Event Center, 2985 E. Prospect Road, York PA 17402

GOOD DAY PA  ABC 27 (Nov 2019 exact date TBA)

Nancy will be interviewed on Good Day PA ABC 27’s “Author Spotlight” to talk about her newest novel, “The Innocent Hour,” to be launched Saturday, Octoer 19, 2019. It’s the long-awaited sequel to “The Dying Hour,” which was her dubut novel in 2016. Good Day PA’s lifestyle TV program airs at 10:30 each weekday


Guest Speaker, "Writing A Trilogy: It's Murder." 

Nancy Hughes Vanished  Click here to view full size flyer.  

Cloud Nine Cafe, 84 Commerce Drive, Wyomissing, PA

Saturday, January 26, 9:30 to 10:30


Wyomissing Public Library: Guest Speaker

Monday, December 3, 6 p.m.

9 Reading Blvd., Wyomissing PA 19610



Books for Children & Adults of All Ages

Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10 to 12 noon.

550 Penn Avenue, West Reading, PA 


Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Cupboard Maker Presents Local Authors

157 North Enola Road

Routes 11 & 15

Enola, PA 17025

1 to 3 p.m.


Past Events:

The Mysterious Bookshop

Friday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m.

The Mysterious Bookshop hosted a book signing for Nancy’s new mystery novel, the third in the Trust trilogy. The oldest mystery bookshop in the country is located at 58 Warren Street, NYC, in Tribeca, and shelves works of 1300 mystery writers and 541 Sherlock Holmes items.



Nancy was interviewed on Good Day PA ABC 27’s “Author Spotlight” on Tuesday, October 30, to talk about her newest novel, “Vanished: A Trust Mystery.” The third mystery in the Trust series will be launched October 27. Good Day PA’s lifestyle TV program airs at 10:30 each weekday afternoon.
Click here to view the program on the ABC27 website.


Barnes & Noble Authors Event

Nancy celebrated the occasion at a book signing at Barnes & Noble, 2751 Paper Mill Road, in Wyomissing, PA

Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m.

2751 Paper Mill Road, Wyomissing, PA


The Write Way Café guest post

Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Click here to to read the post on The Write Way Café.


YORK BOOK EXPO —  “Where Readers and Writers Come To Meet”

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 11 to 4 p.m.

Wisehaven Event Center, 2985 E. Prospect Road, York PA 17402


Jungle Red Writers

On Thursday, November 1, Jungle Red Writers hosted Nancy as their blog guest, which coincided with the release of Vanished: A Trust Mystery. Her topics include what inspires her writing, particularly her shade garden. Click to read the entire post.


Sharing With Our Writers: Guest Speaker

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 6 p.m.

5000 Wegmans Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18017


MWA-NY presents A Night with author Chris Grabenstein

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Playwright Irish Pub
27 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001


Saturday August 11, 2018

Murder As You Like It symposium

5000 Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg, PA


Monday, July 9, 2018

ITW Firearms Workshop

Grand Hyatt Hotel

109 East 42 Street

New York, NY



Saturday, June 9, 2018

Nancy and co-MWA author Don Helin book signing at the Camp Hill Barnes & Noble at 1 p.m.

Nancy and Don would love to have you stop by 

Camp Hill Shopping Center

58 South 32 Street

Camp Hill, PA


Wednesday June 6, 2018

Nancy will be attending the MWA-NY’s meeting presentation by Detective Derick Waller

He will discuss life in the NYPD during the era of minority arrest quotas.

New York


Friday through Sunday, May 18-20

PennWriters 31st Annual Conference

Eden Resort & Suites

222 Eden Road

Lancaster, PA


Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Cupboard Maker Presents Local Authors

157 North Enola Road

Routes 11 & 15

Enola, PA 17025


Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018

Barnes & Noble Local Authors event

Broadcasting Square Shopping Center

2751 Paper Mill Road Wyomissing, PA 19610

1:00 to 4:00 p.m. both afternoons


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hershey Public Library Local Author’s Event

701 Cocoa Avenue

Hershey, PA 17033

9:30 to 5 p.m.

I’ll be speaking around at 10:30



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Edgar Symposium

Grand Hyatt Hotel


You don’t have to be a member of MWA to register for this amazing symposium.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street

Pre-Edgars party. Stop by to meet this year’s Edgar nominees and your favorite authors.



Thursday, April 19, 2018

When Death Imitates Art

A suspense novel by mystery novelist P. D. Halt

The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street

New York, New York

6:30 p.m. launch party. Come meet my friend Phyllis if you possibly can!


Mysterious Pennsylvanians Return to the Muhlenberg Community Library

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11:00am – Noon: Panel Discussion Noon-12:30 pm: Meet and mingle with authors

Muhlenberg Community Library 3612 Kutztown Road, Laureldale, PA 19605


Stop by Barnes & Noble’s Wyomissing store on
Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19, from 1 to 3 p.m.
I’d love to see you!



Lancaster PA Barnes & Noble graciously hosted Local Authors Event on November 4.

Please stop by my book-signing event at the Lancaster Barnes & Noble
on Saturday, November 4. I’ll be greeting book lovers between 2 and 4 p.m. at their Local Author Event.
The Lancaster B & N is located at 1700 Red Rose Commons, Lancaster Pa.

Hope to see you there.


What: Collingswood Book Festival
Why: Participating Author

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 • 10 to 4 p.m.

Where: Outdoor Street Festival along Haddon Avenue
Collingwood, New Jersey


What: Meet and Greet
Why: Welcome readers to hear Nancy Hughes odyssey from journalist to a life of crime—fiction, that is.
When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Where: West Lawn – Wyomissing Hills Library
101 Woodside Avenue
West Reading, PA 19609


What: "Murder As You Like It”
Why: Mystery Conference Panelist
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017 • 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Where: Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
5000 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg, PA


Greetings Fellow Mystery Lovers,

Spring, 2017

Who would have thought? Spring, the most beautiful time for my shade garden, a washout. Rather than writing in my restful summer office built by my hero-husband from 100-year-old barn boards, I was stuck inside, watching invigorated weeds choke my perennials. But hat better time to write as deadlines loomed and summer relinquishes its grasp!

This summer, Vanished: A Trust Mystery, Book 3, is in the capable hands of my Black Opal Books editor. Their talented artist has designed a beautiful cover. I’m busting to share, but the release date isn’t until October 27. So far away! But the day will arrive, along with our raking the explosion of leaves this rain encouraged.

In the works: I’m hoping to launch Vanished in NYC, as I did with The Dying Hour. Details will follow. And I’ll be participating in author events in late summer and fall. I’ll keep you posted here and on social media. I hope you’ll stop by—I’d love to see you. All the best!




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