TEA WITH A SPOT OF MYSTERY : LIBRARY STARTING SERIES FOR ADULTS.Byline: Laurence Darmiento Daily News Staff Writer
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In that case, following the grand tradition set by the incomparable British mystery author Agatha Christie, one could nestle into a chair, tea cup in hand and tackle that most perplexing per·plex
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If that sounds like fun, then mark Sunday on your calendar and head to the Valencia Library, where three female mystery writers will headline the first of a series of ``Afternoon Tea'' programs aimed at adult patrons.
``Murder is Brewing'' is the oh-so-clever and appropriate title to this weekend's program, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
The two-hour, free program will feature readings by each author, and tips on unraveling mysteries - and the mystery of getting published.
``It's kind of a glutted market out there,'' said panel member Sandy Siegel, a journalist and former television writer from Playa playa
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``I tell people to keep their day jobs. New people are breaking in all the time. It's tough.''
Like any decent first novel, Siegel's revolves around something she knows about, the television business. Specifically, it's about a murder that takes place behind the scenes at a sitcom.
All three panelists are members of the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime, a national organization formed in 1986 to promote female mystery writing.
The other panelists are Rebecca Rothenberg, a Pasadena author whose novel ``The Bulrush bulrush: see sedge.
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The tea was organized by librarian Susan Hewitt and is planned to be just the first of a series. She said it was easy to choose the topic.
``We felt mystery writing would be a good draw. It's very popular with our patrons,'' Hewitt said. ``I love mysteries myself.''
Literary topics are not the only ones that may be covered at the afternoon events. Another topic being considered is a workshop on genealogy.
Tea will be served, courtesy of the group Friends of the Libraries of the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. ; finger foods will be served courtesy of the library. There is seating for about 65. For more information, call 259-8942.
Photo: (color) Librarian Susan Hewitt has organized an ``Af ternoon Tea'' series at the Valencia Library, beginning with mysteries.
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