Nethercott’s newly released novel “The Séance Society” is the first installment of a series set in the 1950s. The detective team featured in it, O’Nelligan and Plunkett, have previously appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and in “O’Nelligan’s Glory,” winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award.
“The Séance Society,” called “a classically-styled Holmes-ian whodunit” by Publishers Weekly, is a traditional mystery a la Agatha Christie and Rex Stout. It’s 1956, and when murder intrudes on a group of ghost seekers, inexperienced private eye Lee Plunkett enlists the help of Mr. O’Nelligan, a scholarly, quirky, Irish immigrant who can freely quote Celtic poets, Shakespeare or Elvis Presley. The duo is drawn into a murder investigation involving the “Spectricator,” a machine designed to communicate with the dead.
Soon, Plunkett and O’Nelligan are knee-deep in a suspect pool that includes a surly medium, a former speakeasy queen, a mysterious Spanish widow, and a slew of eccentric servants.
Nethercott’s writings have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year, Thin Ice, and Crimestalkers Casebook. In addition to the Black Orchid Novella Award, he has won the Vermont Playwrights Award and the Clauder Competition (Best Vermont Play) and is a Shamus Award nominee.
Following the storytelling, Nethercott will read a short excerpt from “The Séance Society,” discuss the book, and field audience questions. Copies of the novel will be available and can be signed by the author.
The Irish Cultural Celebration will then continue with corned beef sliders and other Irish edibles for under $5, and then an Irish dance presentation from the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance, sponsored by the Memorial Hall Board.
It is a family-friendly event with Nethercott at 5 pm, corned beef sliders at 6 pm, and the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance at 7 pm. A donation may be made at the door for the evening’s festivities. Memorial Hall is located on West Main Street in Wilmington.
Call Pettee Memorial Library at (802) 464-8557 for information.