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February 24, 2014

Points East: Discovering whodunit

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

 The audience was tasked with locating and deciphering the clues and, ultimately, determining who committed the murder. 

 We were supposed to form and work as investigative teams.  Lo and I were team “Sherlock ain’t Home” but we rather quickly disbanded when Loretta asked one of the librarians, “What do you do when you can’t come to agreement with the rest of your your team?”   She was told she could go out on her own and she promptly did just, which left yours truly working in a very familiar vacuum. 

 Someone asked if this was how we got along at home and we harmonized when we both said, “Yes!”  It is a system that has survived and served us pretty well for nearly 40 years.

 As you might guess, all the murder suspects were avid readers and we were provided with a list of their individually-favorite books.  Needless to say the titles ran us all over and into every section of the library in search of books that might contain a clue.  We were also given access to the actors’ dressing rooms where we found a variety of clues that would provide ample motive for either one of them or someone else closely associated with the play to want to kill off, Austin Jane, who would have been the star of the show.  

 The prime suspects included cleverly-named, leading lady, Holly Wood; supporting actor, Hugh Mann; director/producer, Bea Goode; stage manager Justin Thyme; and volunteer usher Anita Mann.   As the suspects’ names implied, we participants were to have fun and not take ourselves too gravely serious. 

 As far as I’m concerned the event succeeded in spades.  I certainly know a lot more about my library now than I did last Saturday morning and, if that were possible, I probably appreciate it more. I’ve already told you I had more fun than I might have had if I’d shelled out $100 for entertainment.

 If asked what reasons I like most about living in Paint Lick, I would list among the top five, the fact that I can be in one of three wonderful public libraries in less than 15 minutes when I find myself bored.   Fewer than 20 Garrard Countians were at last Saturday’s event and that’s a pity because the worst Scrooge in the county would have enjoyed it.  

        

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