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Bestselling Mystery Writer Carolyn Hart To Speak at Area Libraries

Who is central Oklahoma’s best-known and bestselling writer of detective stories?  It’s no mystery to us.

Oklahoma’s Queen of Crime, Carolyn Hart, is coming to your Metropolitan Library System with a series of talks about her latest book, “Ghost at Work.”  And yes, the detective is a ghost.  Hart will be appearing at four libraries between February 1 and February 7.

Hart began to ponder the possibility of a specter crime investigator when another crime writer used the phrase “ghost of honor” at a mystery writers’ conference and the clever pun got stuck in her head.

The ghost in question is Bailey Ruth Raeburn of Adelaide, Oklahoma.  She was good at unraveling mysteries while she was alive and on arrival at Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions she is given the assignment of going home and continuing to do what she does best.

“Carolyn, like Bailey Ruth, is the best at what she does,” said Doug Bentin, co-host of the library system’s weekly book review and author interview television program “Read About It.”  “There’s no doubt that she is the reigning queen of the kind of mystery that Agatha Christie used to write.  Some people call them ‘cozies,’ but there’s a real sense of danger and evil in Christie’s

and Hart’s novels.  If you get a cozy feeling from reading them, you’re not reading them carefully enough.”

Carolyn Hart’s schedule of appearances is:

Sunday, February 1, 2-3pm at the Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard

Monday, February 2, 3-4pm at the Bethany Library, 3510 N. Mueller

Tuesday, February 3, 3-4pm at the Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th

Saturday, February 7, 10-11am at the Choctaw Library, 2525 Muzzy Street

Hart’s talks are suitable for all ages and are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org