Lanier Library Mystery Festival

 Cocktails & Clues

Friday, October 4, 5-9 pm

(But come early if you can, the bar opens at 4:30!)

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 4 for the annual sell-out Lanier Library Mystery Festival, which pays homage this year to Clue, the murder-solving detective game introduced to the US in 1949. 

“The game has sold more than 150 million sets since then,” said Amber Keeran, Library Director. “There are  two to six players in each game, each one a detective competing to solve the murder.  Over 70 years, that’s a lot of amateur detectives! Well we know a thing or two about sleuthing here at Lanier and we are more than capable of taking our own murder solving game up a notch with a few twists.  How the game will play out remains a mystery, but you can definitely count on mingling with some of the iconic characters from the game!” ( We are told Lynn Montgomery has already assembled her purple ensemble.)  Go to 10 Facts About Clue for more fun and interesting information about the game.


“Some things you don’t fool around with though,” Keeran adds .  “The Bloody Mary bar and the killer buffet remain the same, with perhaps a tweak to the desserts. But that’s a secret hospitality chair Pam Herres will keep a mystery until October 4th.  Surprises are always fun.”

Also, as in the past, there will be a speaker you will not want to miss.  Forensic psychologist, professor and mystery author Rick Helms will give us a peek into the criminal mind as well as the mind of the writer.  A lifelong North Carolinian, Helms retired from active practice as a forensic psychologist in 2005, after working in the field for over two decades. At one time, he was the only court psychologist covering four counties in NC. A court-recognized expert in sex crimes and the psychology of sex offenders, mystery writing was an easy transition and a logical next step after Helms left his professional career to become a college professor in Charlotte. He retired from teaching in the summer of 2016 to become a full time writer and now counts 19 published novels to his name.  He has been nominated five times for the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award and six times for the Short Mystery Fiction Society Derringer Award.  He will open the Festival with a talk and Q & A at 5 pm.  You don’t want to miss this evening of mystery and fun…and lots of great food.  And did we mention that the team that solves the murder first wins prizes? 

Doors open at 4:30 PM and the evening begins with a cocktail fit for the evening plus lovely hors d’oeuvres.  Pam Herres, our Queen of Hospitality, will again be in charge of the menu and we will all eat like kings, from first course to decadent dessert and other surprises… including this year’s signature cocktail.

All of this for $35 per person!  Reservations are limited to 50 people and tickets sold out the last two years. Registration has begun!  Stop by the circulation desk with cash, check or credit card, or call the library at 828-859-9535.  We ask that all registration fees please be paid prior to the event this year.

Come with an appetite and thinking caps, and maybe a costume, and join the fun Friday night, October 4th, 4:30 – 9:00 pm… in the library… with a dagger…!