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Budding detectives get ready – crime season is coming to Penketh Library

The library is staging three crime-related events over the coming weeks, starting with a murder mystery evening based on the thriller, Bannocks and Blood, written by Ann Cleeves.

She is one of Britain’s most successful crime fiction novelists, with her bestselling books about north east detective Vera Stanhope and Shetland’s Jimmy Perez now major TV adaptations.

The season gets under way with the live action murder mystery on Thursday 27 April from 6.30pm to 8pm and tickets cost £2 from all LiveWire libraries and include a Highland Tea.

Each member of the winning team who successfully works out whodunnit will receive a copy of an Ann Cleeves novel.

After crime, comes justice and Cheshire Police will be bringing exhibits from the Warrington-based Museum of Policing in Cheshire to Penketh Library on Saturday 29 April, from 10am to 1pm.

There will be an exhibition of police memorabilia and budding bobbies will have the chance to try on uniforms and helmets and have their fingerprints taken.

Visitors can meet their local officers and there will be a children’s whodunnit as well as police-themed crafts. Entry is free and there is no need to book.

The final event in the ‘Crime in Penketh’ trilogy is a showing of the film noir classic Double Indemnity, presented in conjunction with Culture Warrington as part of its ‘Paint it Black’ season on Thursday 11 May.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets are £3 and available online from (subject to booking fee) or from any LiveWire library.

Susan Morris, Lead LiveWire Advisor at Penketh Library, said: “We are really excited to be breaking new ground at Penketh Library with a live action performance, the Museum of Policing in Cheshire, and certainly the first time it’s been used as a cinema. “

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