Bookplate hosting holiday-themed events Dec. 1-2

CHESTERTOWN — The Bookplate is hosting two events at the Kent Cultural Alliance’s Raimond Cultural Center on Spring Street this weekend during Chestertown’s “Dickens of a Christmas” festival.

On Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m., popular local author Wendy Sand Eckel will talk about her newest mystery.

In “Killer in a Winter Wonderland,” the much-anticipated holiday-themed fourth book in the Rosalie Hart Cozy Mystery Series, Eckel once again brings the fictional town of Cardigan, Maryland to life and delights with suspense, humor and mouth-watering menus.

It’s December in the quirky town of Cardigan, and Rosalie Hart has been thrown several curveballs.

For one, her ex-husband has booked a semester break vacation to Dubai with their only daughter, Annie, leaving Rosalie alone for Christmas.

And following a renovation, Rosalie’s restaurant, the Day Lily Café, is open for business with an expanded dining room and a chef with an inflated ego. To make matters worse, when her head waiter and best friend Glenn Breckinridge is concerned about a neighbor who hadn’t returned home, they learn he had been murdered while riding his bike on River Road.

In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, Rosalie and Glenn pair up once again to uncover who killed Bill Rutherford on that raw wintry night.

A news release states, “With delectable menus, high stakes sleuthing, and the rich atmospheric scenes only the holiday season can provide, ‘Killer in a Winter Wonderland’ is a cornucopia of delicious fare, compelling new and returning characters, and a fast-paced tale that will keep one riveted to the last page.”

Degrees in criminology and social work, followed by years of clinical practice, helped Eckel explore her fascination with how relationships impact motivation, desire and inhibition.

“Combined with her passion for words and meaning, writing mystery is a dream realized,” the news release states.

Eckel, who now lives in Chestertown, is the award-winning author of the Rosalie Hart Mystery Series.

“Murder at Barclay Meadow” and “Death at the Day Lily Café” were published by Minotaur Books in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

“Death at the Day Lily Café” was selected “Best Cozy of 2016” by Suspense Magazine.

Eckel is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Association of Crime Writers.

On Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m., Katherine Charles, associate professor of English at Washington College, will speak on “The Making of A Christmas Carol.”

Charles’ teaching and research concentrate on 18th- and 19th-century literature, with a special focus on the history of the novel and experimentations in novel form.

Before returning to graduate school, Charles was a journalist, a professional background that contributes to her affinity for Charles Dickens, another jobbing writer who was under the pressure of continual deadlines.

Both Bookplate-sponsored events at the Raimond Cultural Center are open to the public. Admission is free. Reservations are not required.

Email contact@thebookplate.net or call The Bookplate at 410-778-4167 for more information.

The Vincent and Leslie Prince Raimond Cultural Center is located at 101 Spring Ave., Chestertown.

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