Weekend Update: September 16-17, 2023

Next week at Maine Crime Writers there will be a posts by Sandra Neily (Monday), guest Anne Britting Olseson (Tuesday), Dick Cass (Thursday), and Matt Cost (Friday).

In the news department, here’s what’s happening with some of us who blog regularly at Maine Crime Writers:

It’s Maine Crime Writers “Where Would You Put the Body?” contest – late summer/early fall edition. How do you enter? Send a photograph of your chosen spot to: WritingAboutCrime@gmail.com with “Where Would You Put the Body?” in the subject line. There will be prizes for First, Second, and Third place–books of course and other Maine goodies. You may enter no more than three photographs, each one entered separately. They must be of Maine places and you must identify the place in your submission. Photos must be the submitter’s original work. Contest will run through the middle of October.

Do you love an interactive mystery event?

The Waterville Public Library Hosts the 5th Annual Nosh & Knock Off: An Interactive Mystery Event Fundraiser on Saturday, October 28th @ 6:30 pm 


Waterville, Maine – The Waterville Public Library is planning to get away with criminal mischief again this October as it hosts “Nosh & Knock Off: An Interactive Mystery Event” — an evening of mystery and magic at the Waterville Public Library on Saturday, October 28, 2023! This 5th annual fundraiser will be a live-acted, not-to-be-missed once-in-a-lifetime event! Nosh & Knock Off 2023 will feature an original script, Murder at the Epilogue Club, written and directed by a local playwright and beloved friend of the Library, Emilienne Ouellette. The mystery will be live-acted and feature some of our region’s most illustrious and remarkable theatrical talent! Nosh & Knock Off is a sure bet for an evening full of delight and frivolity. All proceeds go to a fantastic cause: supporting Waterville Public Library programs and services. Be a part of the “welcome back, better than ever year!”


The cost to attend is $50 per person and includes a wide array of delightful libations and refreshments throughout the evening. Tickets are limited and go quickly! Buy tickets at https://wplnk23.eventbrite.com. For more information, call the Waterville Public Library at 207.872.5433 or email librarian@watervillelibrary.org. This is a 21+ event, and tickets will likely not be available at the door as they’ll be sold out. Yes, it’s that good!


Murder at the Epilogue Club: 

The time, the roaring 1920s. The place, The Epilogue Club, an after-hours speakeasy at the Waterville Public Library teeming with flappers, gangsters, and ladies of the night. Nearly everyone becomes a suspect when scandalously sexy nightclub singer, Trixie Harridan, dies onstage mid-performance. Work with your teammates to discover whodunnit as the story unfolds around you at this interactive comedic murder mystery. Featuring local acting talent and an original script by Emilienne Ouellette.


Cast of Characters: 

Trixie Harridan – Bee Tyler

Thomas Gunn – Art Meneses

Scott – Paul Herard

Fitzgerald – Erik Hyatt

Zelda Harridan – Sarah Johnson

Mort Pestle – Tim Croce

Jade Chatelaine – Lisa St. Hilaire

Lily LaFleur – Serena Sanborn

Norwood Helm – Nathan Sylvester

Taffeta Slick – Samantha Delorie

Clara Copper – Lauren Ouellette

Amethyst – Dawn Wiers

Diamond – Jennifer Day

Emerald – Phoebe Sanborn

Ruby – Dana Bushee

Sapphire – Hana Valle

The Johns – John Buys, Richard Meng, Matt Stanford, Stevie Webb, Greg Wiers


An invitation to readers of this blog: Do you have news relating to Maine, Crime, or Writing? We’d love to hear from you. Just comment below to share.

And a reminder: If your library, school, or organization is looking for a speaker, we are often available to talk about the writing process, research, where we get our ideas, and other mysteries of the business, along with the very popular “Making a Mystery” with audience participation, and “Casting Call: How We Staff Our Mysteries.” We also do programs on Zoom. Contact Kate Flora

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