Lanier Library Mystery Festival

 Two days of Mystery Fun!

Excitement was key as the Lanier Mystery Festival once again entertained the crowd!  Two days of mystery, with an evening of murder, clues and other assorted fun for mystery aficionados and a workshop for writers!

Day I – Friday, October 19, 5-9 pm

Cocktails & Clues

The evening began with a talk by Wofford College History Department Chair Tracy Revels.  Sound dry? Uh-uh.  Dr. Revels is a Sherlock Homes scholar and the topic of the evening’s program was “Historical Mysteries and Scandals” where she spilled the beans on “all the fun, naughty stories you don’t get to hear in [my] regular classes.”  Read more about her passion for Sherlock Holmes in this Lanier Library interview with Dr. Revels.

Pam Herres, our Queen of Hospitality, refined her menu and we all ate like kings, including the decadent new dessert and other surprises… including Bloody Marys with all the fixin’s as this year’s  signature cocktail.

The Clues committee led by Sandra McCall came up with some new twists to make  the popular scavenger hunt for clues in the stacks even more thrilling:  a custom murder mystery written exclusively for Lanier Library by local mystery author Mark Schweizer!  Teams attempted to actually solve the murder based on Mark’s clues to the culprit (and the suspects are all locals). And once again there were prizes for the winning team.

Tickets were $35 per person and include cocktails, wine, food and fun.  Plan to attend next year’s Mystery Festival – you won’t want to miss it!







Day 2 – Saturday, October 20, 1-4 PM
Telling a Story Through Dialogue with Phillip DePoy

Edgar Award-winning playwright and author (and actor and director and composer) Phillip DePoy led the Lanier Library’s Mystery Writers Workshop on Saturday, October 20, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the library.  The author of 20 novels and 43 plays says dialogue is “an essential element of both novels and plays and lots of fun to write, workshop and read aloud.”  Read more about Phillip DePoy in our Lanier Library interview.  Writers spent a lively afternoon with Phillip, and received lots of great writing experience.

Phillip’s publications include the Flap Tucker mysteries published by Dell (one was a Shamus finalist), seven Fever Devilin novels and two Christopher Marlowe mysteries from St. Martins, and the Foggy Moscowitz series of novels put out by Severn House of London. Non-fiction publications include The Tao and the Bard and Messages From Beyond.  Produced theatrical work includes the Edgar Award-winning mystery play Easy, and the Suzi Award-winning Edward Foote, a folk version of Oedipus mythology set in Depression era Appalachia. And his Appalachian Christmas Homecoming has been produced nationally since 1994.

Workshop attendance was $35 per person.