FEBRUARY 5, 2022-Homewood Library



Hello Everyone!  I have had a number of questions recently about COVID-19 and whether we are going to cancel, and the answer is NO, not if I can help it.  I have spoken to our contact at the library and she states that the library will be open and the space will be available.  They are going to sanitize the rooms we will be in before the event.  We will be handing out masks with your registration bags and will encourage the audience to wear them whenever they can. We will try to distance the chairs as much as we can and I will have hand sanitizer stations throughout the room.

I encourage everyone who can be vaccinated to get vaccinated.  This year has been hard for authors with a lot of live signings and events being cancelled.  We have had three authors so far who have had to withdraw over COVID concerns and I do understand why they have made that decision.  However, we are going forward and are going to be as safe as we possibly can.  See you all in February! Stay well.

-Margaret Fenton, Coordinator



​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.  Almost all 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 will be donating to Chloe's Fund.

Debby Nelson and her husband Glen founded Chloe’s Fund in 2017 after the death of their beloved pet, Chloe.  Chloe had a life of love, travel and joy.  Sadly, she had diabetes and Cushing’s Disease for many years and finally her little body just couldn’t survive.  Unlike our beloved furry family members, most of the animals at shelters have had lives of sadness and neglect.  One of the greatest needs continues to be a medical fund for the animals in the shelter. 

Chloe’s Fund was formed to provide for the medical needs of Florence Shelter animals. They take donations from the public and will be the recipient of this year’s money raised from the silent auction. Chloe’s Fund provides medical care for the animals and ensures the donations are spent responsibly, wisely and carefully. To date, they have been able to help over 400 animals.  They pay for emergency visits as well as surgeries for sick and injured animals.  They have raised over $87,000 since the beginning.  They are a 501c-3 non-profit, and checks should be made to Florence Shelter with Chloe’s Fund as the memo. Chloe’s Fund is so grateful to everyone who participates.

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.





I am so excited to announce our Guests of Honor for 2022 are Art Taylor and Tara Laskowski, and they happen to be Mr. and Mrs.!

Unfortunately, Reed Farrel Coleman has had to withdraw, but we hope to get him back one day.

Sara McFerrin has also had to withdraw but we hope to see her soon.

Matt Goldman sends his regrets but has decided not to travel at this time due to the risk of exposure.


Melissa Bourbon/Winnie Archer

V.M. Burns

Mary Dutta

Margaret Fenton

Victoria Gilbert

Bryan Gill

Debra Goldstein

Greg Herren

Diane Kelly

J.K. Kennedy

Bobby Mathews

S.C. Merritt

J. Michael Orenduff

Charles Salzberg

C. Matthew Smith

Christopher Swann

Michael Wiley

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