October 1, 2021
Shelves of books behind yellow crime scene tape
Whodunit? During online program, tweens and teens can try to solve author's murder

This month, there will be a murder at the Library.

Rowan Holmes, a critically acclaimed mystery writer, will meet his untimely death in the library's meeting room, where he is promoting his newest release, If Books Could Kill.

The author visit was attended by a number of people, including:

  • Fabien is Holmes' number-one fan. Fabien is devoted to the man, some might say obsessed, and is at all the author's public functions.
  • Clifford is a book critic whose real passion is investigative journalism.
  • Luna is hosting Holmes' visit. The librarian has known Holmes for years-- she remembers when he was just another patron attending a writer's workshop series at the library.
  • Wren participated in the library's writer's series with Holmes. Surely, she'd be thrilled to celebrate the successes of an old friend, wouldn't she?

But did Fabien, Clifford, Wren or Luna have a reason to kill Holmes?

Detectives ages 9 to 17 must answer that question during It's a Library Whodunit, an online-only mystery that runs throughout October.

After emailing, sleuths can examine the virtual crime scene and conduct an online investigation at their own pace. They'll meet Kit, a library staff member moonlighting as a private investigator, who's ready to help. Working with Kit, they'll collect clues spread throughout the library, among them a threatening note found near the accounts desk, missing titles in the teen area, an open laptop in a study room, a flier on a book display from a library program long past.

After questioning suspects, participants will use their problem-solving skills to solve the mystery and then, accuse a killer.

Rowan Holmes was a high-maintenance, difficult-to-like writer. His agent, Aneesa, was tired of his constant disrespect, especially since she was keeping so many secrets for him. Does that make her a suspect?

You decide.

Hillary K

I'm the library's communications specialist. I love reading— especially fantasy, mystery and historical nonfiction. I'm also a fan of cats, old houses and costume parties.

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