Mystery in the Library 2021

As one does on a Friday evening, I yesterday made a point of heading along to the Dunedin Public Library’s event, Mystery in the Library. This was a panel of local crime-fiction writers, and a follow-up to a similar one in April 2019 (no prizes for guessing why there was no April 2020 event).

The authors in question were Vanda Symon, Robert W Fisk, Ella West, and Maxine Alterio.

There were approximately twenty-five people in the audience, mostly leaning towards the mature age-group (I would place good money that I was the youngest person in the room), and female. Women actually outnumbered men in the audience by a ratio of about seven to one. But that’s by-the-by. It was a fun hour-and-a-half, with the panel discussing such things as the ways they conduct research, and the juggling acts required to keep crime fiction in the YA category. West has apparently written a novel set on the West Coast of the South Island, featuring copious rain and closing coal-mines. I haven’t read the book in question, but as a West Coast native myself, hearing her talk about it brought a smile to my face.

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