A week ago yesterday, several of my book club friends attended a murder mystery hosted by the Chesterfield Library. It was a sold out event, and exceeded our expectations.
We were divided into two groups, in which we all landed in Group B. While Group A was investigating the murder of a very grumpy librarian, our group was sitting in on a panel of local mystery authors. I didn’t know this was part of the event, so it was a nice surprise. There were tons of authors, and listening to them talk about their writing styles, their favorite mystery books, and the road each took to publication was interesting and funny.
And then it was onto the mystery! There were tons of suspects, and at one point I was convinced it was a Murder on the Orient Express kind of murder, but eventually we figured out whodunit (kudos to Kim V of our book club, who went above and beyond with her detective skills, she put the fake detective to shame). We had so much fun interrogating characters, and I have to really acknowledge the amazing performances of the library staff- they really committed to their characters.
After the big reveal (and yes, we were right!), there was a chance to buy books and get them signed by the authors. I really wanted to buy them all, but unfortunately, two was my budget. We had a lot of fun chatting with the authors, and several have offered to come to our book club in the future! I ended buying one of LynDee Walker’s books, although I was thoroughly frustrated that the first book in the series had already sold out, and one from Tina Glasneck. LynDee has experience as a journalist and Tina was a former criminal paralegal, and I was really impressed with both of them. Now, to actually find the time to read the books, that’s the real mystery, my bookish friends.