Two-part crime spree at the Lanier Library Mystery Festival

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Lanier Library is calling all sleuths, suspects, and culprits to the Mystery Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15. That’s mystery writers, crime readers, and anyone guilty by association with the likes of Holmes and Hammer, Marple and Wallander.

Part one is the Mystery Writing Workshop from 1-4 p.m. with mystery author Mark de Castrique teaching the pillars of writing that he’s used in his 16 novels. Participants should bring pen and paper to practice what they hear about character, setting, theme, and plot. For workshop interactivity, reservations are necessary and limited to 15 writers. There is a fee for this workshop.

Part two is Cocktails & Clues from 5-9 p.m., opened by Mark de Castrique with a reading and signing of his latest book, “The Singularity Race.” The evening continues with cocktails, food, and a puzzling case with hidden clues throughout the library. First team to solve “who done it” wins the McGuffin. Space limits the game to 50 players, and there is a fee to play.

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To reserve one or both parts of the festival, call 828-859-9535 or visit Lanier Library at 72 Chestnut Street, Tryon, NC 28782.

– article submitted by Vincent Verrecchio