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South Forsyth library branch holding murder mystery game
Similar in theme to Downton Abbey

SOUTH FORSYTH — Some people just need to get a clue.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Sharon Forks Library will be holding “The Mysterious Affair at Stirling Hall,” a role-playing murder mystery game set in Victorian England.

Attendees will be in charge of questioning suspects, examining evidence and solving the murder.

“We’ll have library staff playing the suspects, and there’ll be various characters — we have six of them actually — and then the audience of library patrons will try to solve the mystery become detectives, become crime scene investigators and try to solve the crime,” said Laura Bradley, program manager.

Meredith Bowermeister, Sharon Forks’ information services supervisor, said interest in the event has grown due to a current television program.

“It’s set in the same time period as the TV show ‘Downton Abbey,’ and all of the suspects are part of the family in the upstairs house or the servants of the downstairs,” Bowermeister said.

According to Bradley, the event is “something that some of our patrons had suggested to us, and we thought it sounded like fun.”

“We had a Downton Abbey-themed tea last January and it was very popular,” she said. “… We just bumped up the capacity to 75 [this year], so we can accommodate more patrons.”

“Downton Abbey” tote bags and DVD sets will be given as prizes during the event.

“We hold a lot of children’s programs and they’re very well attended … but we definitely want to focus on offering lots of adult programs as well, so something like this is a good way to get new patrons in to learn about the library and have fun,” Bradley said.