​Every year, Murder in the Magic City does a gift basket auction to raise money for charity.  The baskets contain gift items and one mystery novel--often, but not necessarily, by one of our guest authors.

In past years, we have given money to Adult Literacy causes and The Crime Lab Project.  Many of the baskets are put together by my extremely wonderful and talented mother-in-law, Lynda Fenton.  So  I let her pick the charity.  

This year the money will be donated to R.E.A.L.

R.E.A.L.--Rehome. Educate. Adopt. Love.

R.E.A.L is a volunteer group in the Shoals area of  North Alabama, serving Franklin, Colbert, and Lauderdale counties.  
Our goals are to help individuals to directly find their pet a new home with responsible and caring new owners, and to provide education to the public on the proper care of their pet.

R.E.A.L. has recently launched an educational outreach program titled Classroom Pet Education.  Through this program in schools we will teach the core responsibilities of pet ownership.

As our organization grows we will expand our public education on the proper care of pets, and we will offer more programs beneficial to the rehoming of pets in the Shoals.

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Thank you for your support!

The baskets will be on display and auctioned silently throughout the day at Murder in the Magic City.  They start at very affordable prices.  Please consider bidding and therefore donating to this extremely important cause.

February 6, 2016 - Homewood Library




I would to extend a special thank you to all of our authors on the left that attended Murder in the Magic City 2016 and made it so much FUN.  We wouldn't be able to do this without the writers.

I'm pleased to say that the generous folks of Birmingham raised $603 dollars for REAL.  Thank you for your bids on baskets and for giving to this important cause.  We also raised $100 in memory of Joyce Lavene, which will be given to an animal rescue in her neighborhood.  Jim was very grateful.  

Pictures from the day are available from Shutterfly.  Thanks to Steve Herring for taking all those shots that day.

We are planning MMC 2017 already.  Our Guests of Honor will be a married mystery writing couple, Andrew Grant and Tasha Alexander.  Stay tuned!