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'Bells, Books and Murder' author coming to town

Local to sign first-time book release

Jane Svejk. (click for larger version)
March 10, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Author Jane Svejk will sign her murder mystery novel, "Bells, Books and Murder," from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at Sturbridge Coffee Roasters at 210 Hamilton St., Southbridge.

One can easily draw parallels between Svejk's life experience and the subjects in her writing, as she spent 20 years teaching St. Edward's, a kindergarten through eighth-grade Catholic school in Stafford Springs, Conn.

"It's a murder mystery set in a small town and begins with the murder of a Catholic school principal," said Svejk, born in Hartford, but has spent the majority of her life in Union, Conn. "As it develops, we meet several different characters who begin the search for the killer. The main character, a woman named Kate Shaw, is about to retire after teaching at the school for many years. Before she can leave, she becomes very involved with finding the killer. There is a lot of me in Kate, but none of the characters in the book are directly based off people I worked with, but compilations of people over many years."

Svejk firmly states that the underlying message of the novel is that everyone goes through loss in their personal lives in their own unique way. The loss could be a person in their life, the loss of their job or even a missed opportunity. A person's level of faith is what allows them to better deal with that loss.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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