Kittanning News carries latest books by Boarts and Creel – Tribune-Review

A Kittanning newsstand is becoming the go-to place for a unique holiday gift: books by local authors.

Kittanning News on Market Street is the only shop to carry the latest works by two authors who took part in the borough’s popular Light Up Night celebration last week.

“A lot of the books this time of year will go as Christmas presents to people who lived here and moved away,� said Kittanning News Manager Connie Peters.

“Family will purchase a copy and send it to a relative with local connections.�

Though Jeff Boarts’ “Murder Among the Mummies� and Judy Creel’s “Shades of Time� are also available through online retailer, Peters said customers are already snagging up copies at her store.

Peters credits Boarts’ tradition of releasing a new mystery around Kittanning’s Light Up Night each year for making the borough a destination for faithful readers.

“We have people who automatically know that, on Light Up Night, he will release a new book,� she said. “And if they can’t make it then, they come here.�

This year, Creel followed suit, signing books last Friday during the festivities.

“I got a lot of people that were interested in purchasing the book — some for Christmas presents,� said the 68-year-old East Franklin woman.

Her book, “Shades of Time,� includes poetry and a mystery story. That collection, as well as her first foray into writing, “Windows to My Heart,� were inspired by her mother.

“It’s heartfelt poetry, often designated for certain people or certain occasions,� she said. “My mother always wanted me to write a book. When she passed away, it was the one thing I hadn’t done to fulfill her wishes.�

Boarts’ “Murder Among the Mummies� unravels a mystery in Egypt in 1920. It is the fifth in the 60-year-old Kittanning resident’s series about a fictional couple with local connections, George and Ruth Cooper.

“There’s a pharaoh’s curse they have to deal with, tomb robbers and smugglers,� Boarts said. “They are trying to find out who the killer is in a strange land they don’t know very well.�

According to Boarts, there is something to be said for selling locally.

“I’ve got a lot of support from the community,� he said. “People come up to me and ask, ‘when is your next book coming out?’�

“It’s really nice. But also really humbling.�

Julie E. Martin is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1315 or