Murder mystery fans and fiction buffs won’t want to miss a pre-Hallowe’en free reading by Vancouver author Miriam Clavir from her novel Insinuendo: Murder in the Museum at Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, 502 Vernon St., on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Costumes are optional at the reading, part of this fall’s Oxygen Art Centre’s Presentation Series.
Clavir is no stranger to the inside of museums, having spent her career as an art and artifacts conservator at the Royal Ontario Museum, Parks Canada’s Historic Sites Service, and for many years at the UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA). Insinuendo: Murder in the Museum, is set at UBC’s MOA.
“Protagonist Berry Cates, a mid-life divorcée at the edge of a new career, finds herself in a maze of shady art collectors and curators with a climb-the-ladder agenda of murder,” wrote the Hamilton Spectator in reviewing Clavir’s novel.
“There are plenty of suspects in this anthropological pond of malfunctioning malcontents but Cates get to the bottom of it. Insinuendo is a strong debut that should lead to more by Clavir in this fertile new ground for mysteries.”
BC Bookworld’s summer 2013 issue described the novel as “a story of intrigue in the world of art and artifacts, told with humour. It’s not just a whodunit. It’s also a novel about growing older, and growing up, examining more closely one’s actions, body and beliefs, including what is right.”
The Oxygen Art Centre’s 2013-2014 Presentation Series is supported by the Columbia Basin Trust and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.