Folly mystery writer to sign copies of book

Bill Noel will sign copies of his new novel, "Final Cut: A Folly Beach Mystery," noon-2 p.m. March 23 at Bert's Market, 202 E. Ashley Ave., and 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 25 at The Lost Dog Cafe, 106 W. Huron Ave. (both on Folly Beach).

Noel, the author of a series of eight Folly Beach mystery books, also is a photographer and retired university administrator living in Louisville, Ky.

In "Final Cut," a movie production entourage invades Chris Landrum's close-knit South Carolina island community and he learns that nothing is what it appears to be in the magical world of the movies.

Published by iUniverse, the book is available in softcover for $17.95 and hardcover for $27.95 at retailers and at www.billnoel.com.

'Panic' author to stop at Blue Bicycle Books

Lauren Oliver, author of the new young-adult novel "Panic," will stop in Charleston on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. book signing at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St.

Oliver's previous books are "Before I Fall" and the "Delirium" trilogy. "Panic" has been optioned by Universal Pictures.

The new book is a "high-concept contemporary novel with an edge," according to HarperCollins, which published the novel. At the center of the plot is a game called Panic, played by high school seniors in a small dead-end town.