FEBRUARY 5, 2022-Homewood Library




What a year!  I'm happy to report that with the diminishing of COVID-19 restrictions and an increase in vaccinations, we are planning for MURDER IN THE MAGIC CITY 2022. The event will be on Saturday, FEBRUARY 5, 2022 with MURDER ON THE MENU the following day in Wetumpka, AL.

We are recruiting authors of all types of mystery subgenres. If you are an author and are interested in our event, or have someone you would  like us to invite, shoot me an email at m h fenton @ charter. net or through the contact button above.  I'm afraid due to the travel restrictions, we are limiting the author search to the US only.  Can't wait to see you all in February.  Tickets will go on sale December 1, 2021.




​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.!

Art is a multi-award winning author of short stories (seriously, I think he's won them all!).  Specifically, He won the 2019 Edgar Award for Best Short Story for “English 398: Fiction Workshop,” originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, he won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel for On the Road with Del & Louise, and he has won three additional Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, four Macavity Awards, and four Derringer Awards for his short fiction. 

Tara's debut suspense novel One Night Gone won the Agatha Award, Macavity Award, and the Anthony Award and was a finalist for the Lefty, the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark, the Strand Critics, and the Library of VA Literary awards. Her second novel, The Mother Next Door, will be published in October 2021.

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