Murder on the Menu scheduled for Feb. 9

Published 5:23pm Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wetumpka’s popular Murder on the Menu event will be back for the 10th consecutive year in February. Two dozen authors will participate in panel discussions throughout the afternoon event.

“We will be back to a Sunday afternoon this year,” said Susan Hayes, director of the Wetumpka Public Library. Last year’s event was on a ­Saturday.

In addition to hearing from published mystery writers during panel discussions, attendees will have opportunities to meet and talk to the authors while contributing to a fundraiser to benefit the library.

Confirmed authors to date are: Robert Dugoni, Kaye Wilkinson Barley, Paula Benson, Brynn Bonner aka Brenda Witchger, Susan Boyer, Jennifer Brooks, Don Bruns, Karen Cunningham, Flo Fitzpatrick, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Kaye George, Bert Goolsby, Polly Iyer, James. M. Jackson, Toni L.P. Kelner, aka Leigh Perry, Linda Lovely, Mike Orenduff, Dee Phelps, Neil Plakcy, Denise Swanson, Earl Staggs, Jaden Terrell, Jane Tesh and Ellis Vidler.

In addition to providing interaction with writers from around the country, event amenities also include a catered lunch; books for sale, which can be autographed by the authors; goodie bags; a raffle for a Kindle Paperwhite; and character silent auctions – some authors have agreed to name one of their characters after winners of auctions in their next books.

Murder on the Menu is hosted by the Friends of the  Wetumpka Library (FOWL). The event will be held Feb. 9, beginning at 12 p.m. at the Wetumpka Civic Center. Tickets are $40 per person.

“Murder on the Menu has developed into a highly anticipated event featuring top-notch mystery writers from around the country,” said Hayes.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Wetumpka Public Library.

Those interested in attending can also call the library at 334-567-1308 or visit www. wetumpkalibrary.com. Authors’ names are linked to their own websites from the library site.

“This event usually sells out, so I encourage everyone to get their tickets early,” Hayes said.

Funds raised are used by FOWL to help support needs not covered by the library’s regular funding, such as summer library programming for children, furnishings and materials and subscriptions for the library to offer its patrons. Recently, FOWL has purchased yearly subscriptions to Heritage Quest and Ancestry.com for the library to offer its patrons.

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