Award-Winning Mystery Novelist Visits MCC

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 23, 2008) - Award-winning mystery novelist Claire Hamner Matturro will discuss her four popular novels on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 12:30 p.m. in the Selby Room at Manatee Community College (MCC) Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, and at 7 p.m. in room 147 of the Student Union at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The former partner at a Sarasota law firm, Matturro combines her legal knowledge with quirky humor to relate the adventures of her main character, a neurotic vegetarian attorney named Lilly Belle Rose Cleary.

Matturro is the daughter of Sarasota Herald-Tribune columnist John Hamner, who is a former editor of the Bradenton Herald and of the Manatee AM edition of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. After practicing law in Sarasota for approximately 10 years, Matturro taught legal writing at the Florida State University College of Law before writing fiction. She also has taught at the University of Oregon and is a former MCC student.

Matturro's first book, "Skinny-Dipping," was named "Best First Mystery" by Romantic Times and one of the "Best Debut Novels" by the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel in 2004. She also won first place in the SEAK Contest for Legal Fiction, and was nominated for a Barry Award in 2005 and for Georgia Author of the Year in 2006. Her other novels include "Bone Valley," "Wildcat Wine" and "Sweetheart Deal" and are set in Sarasota and Manatee counties and Georgia, where she now lives.

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the MCC Language and Literature Department and the Student Government Association. Directions and maps to the MCC campuses may be downloaded at For more information, call Dr. Doug Ford, literature professor, at (941) 408-1501 or e-mail him at

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