Historical mystery writer D. E. Johnson to visit the Jarrettsville library May 3

D.E. Johnson to appear at the Jarrettsville Library on May 3rd.

The Harford County Public Library is hosting a visit from historical mystery writer D.E. Johnson at its Jarrettsville branch May 3 as part of the library’s Journey Stories project. Here are the details:


The Detroit Electric Scheme by D.E. Johnson.



(Belcamp, Maryland – April 19, 2012)  Explore the beginnings of the car industry and discuss the writing of a mystery. The Detroit Electric Scheme by D.E. Johnson, takes you on a journey through turn-of-the-century Detroit and a look into the launch of the automotive industry. A mystery interwoven with vivid historical detail that includes a tale of murder and organized crime, Johnson has given the reader a well plotted mystery filled with memorable characters and taut suspense in his debut novel. Johnson will visit the Jarrettsville Library on Thursday, May 3rd starting at 6:30 pm for a lively discussion of his novel.


Critically acclaimed, The Detroit Electric Scheme was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Crime Novels of 2010 and won a Michigan Notable Book Award. Johnson, a history buff, has been writing fiction since childhood, but it wasn’t until he hit midlife that he realized he should get serious about it. So after taking classes, reading everything about writing he could find, and writing for hours every day, he hit on the right subject and genre — the early Twentieth Century, a time of big ambitions, huge achievements, and crushing poverty, which holds a special fascination for Johnson. His interest in this subject was passed down to him from his grandfather who was the Vice President of Checker Motors.


“A thoroughly enjoyable read!” exclaimed Jon A. Jackson, author of The Diehard. “What Johnson has accomplished is nearly magical: He has marvelously created the old Detroit, made it come to life in a way that is recognizable and yet is totally new. This is a completely convincing, believable historical place, populated by attractive and fascinating characters. The Detroit Electric Scheme is a phenomenal debut.”


The next book in the mystery series, Motor City Shakedown, was released in 2011 and he is currently working on a third book, Detroit Breakdown.


Registration is recommended for this program. Please call the Jarrettsville Library at 410 692 7887 for more information.


Meet the Author, D.E. Johnson is part of the Journey Stories project. More information on exhibitions and associated programming is available in the Journey Stories Official Guidebook, available at all Library branches and key outlets throughout the county; Headlines & Happenings Library Newsletter available at all branches; and by going to HCPLonline.org. Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities Council.  The Journey Stories exhibition and accompanying programs are offered to the public through a partnership between Harford County Public Library and the Harford County Department of Community Service.