Hank Phillippi Ryan sees her career as both detective and mystery novelist

Hank Phillippi Ryan
Mary Schwager
Hank Phillippi Ryan

When Boston investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan was a little girl in rural Indiana, she’d ride her pony to the library to bring home Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes stories to read in her hayloft.

“The little girl in that hayloft . . . wanted to be either a detective or a crime fiction author. . . . Now I’m a detective and a crime fiction author,” said Ryan with a chuckle.

A 34-time Emmy winner for her work as an investigative reporter at Channel 7 WHDH-TV, Ryan has also earned five Agatha Awards, among others, for her work as a mystery novelist.


She’ll discuss her 10th mystery, “Trust Me,” on Oct. 3 at An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe in Plainville.

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“Trust Me,” like many of Ryan’s award-winning novels, is set in Boston. It’s a twists-keep-coming story of a young mother accused of murdering her daughter, and the Boston reporter assigned to write the true-crime book about the high-profile trial.

“There are three sides to every story — yours, mine, and the truth. How do we know what to believe? It’s very timely right now,” said Ryan.

Ryan speaks at a number of Massachusetts events peppered throughout the fall. See her schedule at

Lauren Daley

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