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It's a mystery

August 9, 2012 - Diane Speer
In the course of a year, I typically read a lot of different types of books, but my standard go-to pick for pure escapism is mysteries. Give me a book by Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly or Sue Grafton any day of the week, and I am a happy reader. This means that I am particularly enthused about this year's Alpena County Library Authors in the Fall series. The library has selected "A Fatal Grace" by Canadian mystery writer Louise Penny as this year's Community Read book. Penny also will be the headline presenter for the Authors in the Fall series that is rounded out with three other mystery writers with local interest: Jonathan Rand of the Michigan Chiller books for youngsters, Alpena native Doug Allyn and Onaway resident Peg Herring.

But it keeps getting better. The library also has come up with a fun calendar of extra-curricular activities that revolve around the Community Read and the mystery genre in general. Film screenings, special talks, a Clue board game tournament, materials for hosting in-home mystery dinner parties and a Get a Clue game that involves a number of downtown Alpena businesses are just some of what's planned in the weeks and months ahead.

In the meantime, those who like reading are being encouraged to pick up a copy of "A Fatal Grace" ahead of Penny's Oct. 4 visit to Alpena. I've now got my copy in hand and have just started reading it. Penny is an author I've not read before, but I am told by the powers that be at the library that I'm really going to like her work. So here's hoping that lots of other area residents join in the simple fun of everyone reading the same book, talking about its merits and then, as a final big pay off, getting to meet and hear the actually author speak locally. I know I'm definitely on board!


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