The Tewksbury Public Library is offering a chance to get a close look at some of the real-life crime stories that have gripped New England, as well as some imaginary ones. For eight successive Tuesdays starting this past week, the library is offering talks by authors of crime books. The programs, which begin at 7 p.m., are free and open to all, but registration is required. On Tuesday, Michele McPhee will discuss her career as a journalist and author and her five best-selling true-crime books, including “A Date with Death: The Secret Life of the Accused Craigslist Killer.” The talks are sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library. For a full listing of the series, go to the library’s website, www.tewksburypl.org. To register, call 978-640-4490, ext. 205.