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Norwalk's First Poet Laureate To Launch Mystery Novel At Library

Norwalk’s first Poet Laureate, Laurel S. Peterson, will launch her new mystery novel, "Shadow Notes," at the Norwalk Public Library on Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m., in the main auditorium.
Norwalk’s first Poet Laureate, Laurel S. Peterson, will launch her new mystery novel, "Shadow Notes," at the Norwalk Public Library on Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m., in the main auditorium. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Laurel S. Peterson, Norwalk’s first Poet Laureate, will launch her new mystery novel, "Shadow Notes," at the Norwalk Public Library on Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. in the main auditorium.

A professor of English at Norwalk Community College, Peterson teaches expository writing, creative writing, and interdisciplinary courses in the arts. She has served as the editor of the literary journal, "Inkwell," and two poetry chapbooks, "That’s the Way the Music Sounds" and "Talking to the Mirror."

Working on the novel served as a nice contrast to writing poems , Peterson told the Daily Voice in an earlier interview.

“I like long-form fiction, novels. The poems are a balance to that — shorter pieces that let me look at at individual moment in depth, which is really different from the intent of a piece of fiction,” she said.

In her novel "Shadow Notes," protagonist Clara Montague doesn't want to go home to Connecticut for Christmas. Growing up, her mother, Constance, never seemed to like her—or the intuitive dreams she had about the people she loved.

Now living in Europe, Clara dreams her mother is in terrible danger, and can no longer ignore it. Shortly after she returns, her mother’s therapist (and former lover) Hugh Woodward is murdered -- and Constance is jailed for the crime. Since Constance won’t talk to her about the case, Clara decides to investigate by rubbing elbows with her mother’s former best friend, wealthy socialite Mary Ellen Winters, as part of her brother Andrew’s election campaign team. Mary Ellen insinuates that Constance has many sordid secrets to hide -- and Hugh is just the tip of the iceberg.

As Clara gets closer to the truth about Hugh’s murder and its connection to her mother’s past, threats against her own life escalate. Can Clara’s intuition help her uncover the high-stakes secrets that everyone is hiding?

Shadow Notes is being published by Barking Rain Press.

To register for this program, or for further information, contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of Library Information Services at 203-899-2780, Ext. 15133, or clahey@norwalkpubliclibrary.org.

The Norwalk Public Library is at 1 Belden Ave.

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