Murder by the Book by Laura Teasdale
The town of Two Spruce is about to lose their beloved library. A team of volunteer actors come to its financial rescue by staging a murder mystery. But on opening night a real murder most foul threatens to thwart their theatrical aspirations. Lucy the Librarian and a team of quirky volunteer actors scramble to solve the crime before the curtain rises and the library is lost forever.
Playwright Laura Teasdale was sponsored by mystery novelist Louise Penny to offer this comedy script free to libraries for their fund -raising endeavors. All interested producers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about performance rights.
Clever “fill in the blank” jokes and adaptable casting make this script easy to produce in any community.
Keywords: Louise Penny, Murder mystery/comedy, adaptable, free, library, fundraiser, literary, books
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Run time: 75 minutes
Suitable for students 12+
Cast size: 8 actors
Male roles: 3
Female roles: 5
Casting notes: Casting is very flexible in terms of age, ethnicity, and gender.