Brookline firefighter-author to appear at the Peterborough bookshop

PETERBOROUGH – Philip Soletsky, a decorated 13-year volunteer firefighting veteran and member of the Brookline Fire Department, has completed the fourth novel in his ongoing firefighter mystery series.

All four novels – “Embers,” “A Hard Rain,” “Dirty Little Secrets” and “Little Girl Lost” – combine actual fire calls and training events against the backdrop of fictional mysteries.

Soletsky will be at The Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, to discuss his books, tell some tall firefighter tales, perform a reading and sign all four books from the series.

Set in the fictional southern New Hampshire town of Dunboro and including many recognizable New Hampshire landmarks, the first novel, “Embers,” tells the story of volunteer firefighter Jack Fallon, who discovers the body of a woman chained to a bed in a house fire.

Her murder, and the brutality of it, is an image he is unable to escape. It haunts him through sleepless nights and drives him to search for her killer. This brings him into conflict with the town sheriff, a simple man elected through small-town politicking, and causes friction with his wife, who believes he is risking his life and getting involved in something that is none of his business.

When the killer strikes again closer to home, Jack comes to realize exactly what is at stake and that his life will be changed forever.

This event is free, and all are welcome. For more information, call 924-3543.