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September 17 Mystery Writing Group Meeting

Man in the Brown SuitSeptember’s book is The Man in the Brown Suit by mystery legend Agatha Christie. This book is a standalone not featuring any of Mrs. Christie’s usual detectives although Colonel Race, one of Mrs. Christie’s less well-known sleuths, makes his first appearance. The story concerns a young woman, Anne Beddingfeld who is the daughter of an elderly anthropologist who succumbs to illness at the beginning of the book. Her father’s death allows Anne to go off on her adventure. She is the standalone character.

The book was written after a round-the-world tour the Christies took with a trade mission. The mission was headed by a former teacher from Archie Christie’s college, a Major Belcher. During the trip Belcher convinced Agatha to write a book featuring him and his house. The character of Sir Eustace Pedler was based on Major Belcher. Other people on the mission tour were also written into the story and Belcher’s secretary was also Pedler’s secretary. Although the activity doesn’t appear in the story, Agatha and Archie learned to surf during the tour.

Discussion leader and SinC Border Crimes member Valerie Bonham tells us why she chose this book. “I like the story because of its unusual setting — South Africa — and because the story features a young woman setting off on her own.”

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

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Writing Class: Write Your Novel

Novels by Juliet Kincaid

Novels by Juliet Kincaid

Have you always wanted to write a novel, but you don’t even know how to start? Or do you have a novel hidden in a drawer that you’d like to revisit? In either case, please join former writing professor, current self-published novelist and life-long novel-lover and Sisters in Crime member JULIET KINCAID this fall in her Novel Writing class.

Topics include what you need to know to start your novel, what you need to do to write it, and essential aspects of fiction like structure, point of view, and characterization. In a typical class we’ll talk about the topic and then we’ll practice it. So be sure to bring something to write with and something to write on. I hope you can join us because we’re going to have a ton of fun.

Novel Writing includes eight 90-minute classes and is being offered through the Johnson County Parks and Recreation 50+ Program at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, OPKS 66204.

8 – 90 min. classes $40 residents/ $45 nonresidents

35313     MRCC           Session starts 9/6                 Tue 1:30 – 3

35314     MRCC           Session starts 11/8               Tue 1:30 – 3

To register online, go to or call (913) 831-3359.