Author Ingrid Thoft at the Hoffman Center

Author Ingrid Thoft

Ingrid Thoft will read from her latest book, “Duplicity,” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.

“Duplicity” is the fourth in Thoft’s series with Boston-based private investigator Fina Ludlow.

Thoft was born in Boston and is a graduate of Wellesley College. Although always wanting to be an author, her first real-life job was at a radio station in coastal Massachusetts, ripping wires and running the board for a Sunday talk show. She’s worked in human resources at Harvard, and did a stint with an interactive software company.

Thoft wrote two novels about an amateur sleuth that did not sell. When she decided an amateur sleuth character led to limitations, she decided to focus on a professional private investigator instead. In order to create a believable character, she enrolled in the private investigation certificate program at the University of Washington. Thoft’s first book, “Loyalty,” was followed by “Brutality,” which was awarded the Shamus Award for best P.I. novel by the Private Eye Writers of America.

Thoft lives in Seattle with her husband.

Thoft will teach a workshop, “Mastering Murder,” from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40. Register at http://hoffmanblog.org.

Following Thoft’s reading and Q&A, the center presents an open mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read five minutes of their original work. The suggested theme for the evening is “Mystery and Murder.“

Admission for the evening reading is $7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts, across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave.

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