St Helens Detective Club workshops at Central Library

St Helens Star: Hwa Young Jung, Laura Ellis, Julie Lemarquis, Julie Phillips and Dave Mee get into detective mode. Hwa Young Jung, Laura Ellis, Julie Lemarquis, Julie Phillips and Dave Mee get into detective mode.

IF YOU fancy yourself as a super sleuth the newly-formed St Helens Detective Club is the perfect place to hone your skills.

Central Library users came under the magnifying glass when our photographer called round to find Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple getting set to explore the ‘Golden Age’ of detective fiction.

“Technically Sherlock is not from the Golden Age,” said artist and club leader Hwa Young Jung, doffing her deer stalker hat.

“That covered the inter war years between 1918 and 1939 when detective material reached its peak when Agatha Christie reigned as Queen of Crime and other famous names were Dorothy Sayers, Marjorie Allingham and Ngaio Marsh.”

Now you can join like-minded enthusiasts expand your grasp of logical deduction, puzzle solving, powers of observation and writing skills.

The crime scene area will be in the library and the club will meet there for on Monday, May 19 (4.45pm-6.45pm) for the first of five fortnightly workshops.

“They’re just made for those who love a good whodunnit!” said Hwa.

Budding writers will get the opportunity to suggest victims and relate to real events from the history of St Helens to create a mystery in the library which the public have to solve.

“We’ll give them enough rope and they can hang themselves...,” she said with a smile.

“During the Golden Age detective clubs came up with a set of rules to ensure fair play to the reader. You have to give the reader a chance to solve the mystery.”

Further workshops will be held same place, same time on June 2, June 16 and July 14.

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