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Former Laurel resident uses hometown in murder mystery novel

Former Laurel resident uses hometown in murder mystery novel

A flip of the novel's first page opens a window into the summer of 1986 in Laurel. People shuffle in and out of the Laurel Centre Mall, teenagers pack the house at the two-screen Laurel Twin Cinema and a school bell rings at a younger, sleeker St. Vincent Pallotti High School.

The only difference in the town's setting is the presence of a murder mystery, stemming from the mind of former Laurel resident Teddy Durgin in his first fiction novel, "The Totally Gnarly, Way Bogus Murder of Muffy McGregor."

A senior editor for professional association management company Smith Bucklin and East County Times film critic, Durgin, 45, adds "author" to his list of...

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