Historic Belmont Mansion about to be Haunted by Modern Day Murder Mystery
Local Author Tom Collins to Host “The Plot Thickens” to Promote Adult Literacy in Middle Tennessee
One of Nashville’s most notorious mansions will soon play host to a mystery presented by one of the city’s most notable authors. Tom Collins’ The Plot Thickens mystery event takes place July 30th at the famous Belmont Mansion. It will feature characters, clues, and a heaping helping of Collins discussing his newest book, The Claret Murders.
The event will raise money for the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, a non-profit organization that teaches adults to read “When people can read, they have opportunities far greater than those available to people who can’t read,” Collins explains. “I find it mind-boggling that one in eight adults in the U.S. can’t read. I want to do my part to change that.”
“We are so thankful to Tom Collins for supporting us in his unique event,” says Meg Nugent, Executive Director of Nashville Adult Literacy Council. “Our program would not be as successful without the help of people like Tom. Each year, our learners are able to achieve critical life goals, like getting jobs, helping their children with schoolwork, and earning their GED.”
The Plot Thickens takes place July 30th at 5:30 p.m. The Belmont Mansion is located on the Belmont University Campus at 1700 Acklen Avenue in Nashville. The cost of admission is $35.00, and includes participation in the mystery, a tour of the Belmont Mansion, hearty appetizers, and a copy of The Claret Murders.
The Plot Thickens will feature actors who will portray characters in a mystery, in which Collins plays the lead role. Audience members will help solve the mystery.
The Claret Murders – the fourth installment in a series of books – tells of yet another unforgettable adventure of its main character, Mark Rollins. In The Claret Murders, Rollins becomes entangled in the life of attractive, young attorney, Ann Sims, who has “gotten herself in over her head.” Collins masterfully weaves the essentials of a great mystery – greed, lust, and crime – into what some critics are calling a “Tom Collins with a twist.”
“All of my books feature Nashville as a backdrop,” Collins explains. “But this story is different because the city’s historic flood of 2010 plays a central role in the story. It becomes an adversary that even character Mark Rollins’ money and powerful friends are no match for.”
Collins will sign copies of The Claret Murders at the Belmont mystery event.
The Mark Rollins Adventure series of books – including The Claret Murders – is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers, for $15.99. An e-book edition is also available, for $2.99.
To learn more about Tom Collins and the Mark Rollins Adventures series, visit www.markrollinsadventures.com
ABOUT TOM COLLINS
In addition to his novels, Tom Collins writes a newsletter, I-65 North….The Language of Excellence and is the host of two active blogs, I-65 North Blog and What About E-Books.
Collins is the founder and former president of Juris, Inc., one of the top providers of financial and business information systems for multi-attorney law firms. The company was acquired by LexisNexis in 2007, one of the leading providers of computer-assisted legal research services.
ABOUT NASHVILLE ADULT LITERACY COUNCIL
Since 1982, the Nashville Adult Literacy Council has been teaching reading to U.S.-born adults and English to adult immigrants. Annually, they serve more than 1,500 learners, work with more than 500 volunteer tutors, and conduct more than 30 classes throughout the community. To sign up to become a volunteer tutor, or for more information, call 298-8060, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website: www.nashvilleliteracy.org.