Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick?
No, not that sort of murder!
Murder in the Library is an annual series of national events put on by the Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Auckland Libraries, for book lovers featuring talented local crime writers.
Ngaio Marsh Awards: "Over the past century, crime writing has evolved from puzzle-like reading into modern novels delving deeply into people, places, and psychology. Still the world's most popular form of storytelling, crime fiction can take readers into all aspects of society, providing page-turning entertainment and memorable characters while also addressing real-life social issues."
And this year, as well as a number of authors I know and admire, I'll be one of the panelists at the New Lynn Library in Auckland, on the 12th April 2018.
I remember attending a Murder in the Library event at the Takapuna Library in 2016 when novelist Ben Sanders was on the panel with Linda Olsson (one half of the Adam Sarafis pen name) and Ken Smith. At that stage I'd only published Fifteen Postcards, and I never imagined I'd one day be sitting on the other side of the table. I was there to soak up their advice and to hopefully glean some useful information I could use for The Last Letter which I was half way through writing. Also in the audience with me was author Madeleine Eskedahl.
This year we'll be discussing crafting authentic characters and narrative tension, and the impact of setting on tales of crime and mystery. Auckland lawyer and Ngaio Marsh Awards judge Darise Bennington will play referee and prosecute the offenders.
It's a free event, and it would be wonderful to see some familiar faces in the audience. xxx
WHEN: Thursday, 12 April 2018
WHERE: New Lynn War Memorial Library, 3 Memorial Drive
WHEN: 6.15 for a 6.30pm panel discussion
This is a free event but you do need to RSVP.
RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org