Madison Tea Room packed for book–signing event

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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Best selling author, Mary Kay Andrews, appeared at the Madison Tea Room last Thursday for an exclusive book signing of her latest novel, Weekenders, which debuted at number three on the New York Times Best Seller List.

The standing room only event was sold out, with all the proceeds going to benefit the Madison-Morgan County Boys and Girls Club.

The Weekenders is Andrews’ 24th novel. The story revolves around a seemingly idyllic island of Belle Isle, off the coast of North Carolina. Riley Griggs and her husband have a weekend home on Belle Isle and as Riley arrives there for another relaxing weekend, she is receives word that her beloved house is being foreclosed upon and her husband goes missing. As she reaches out to her friends on Belle Isle, she discovers disturbing secrets “as the clock ticks and the mystery deepens.”

Andrews, a former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and graduate from the University of Georgia, has written 10 critically-acclaimed mystery novels and has been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards. Her works include Beach Town, Save The Dave, Ladies’ Night, Christmas Bliss, Spring Fever, Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues.

Andrews, who lives in Atlanta, became interested in crafting fictional tales of crime and mystery after covering real-life murder trials during her career as a journalist.

Andrews captivated the audience at the Madison Tea Room as she discussed the details of her latest book and shared stories from her personal life.

“Mary Kay Andrews was enthusiastically greeted by her fans. Mary Kay held the attention of the audience as she revealed some of her secrets and highlights about her life,” said Connie Bryans, co-president of the Madison-Morgan County Boys and Girls Club.

The event was catered by Boys and Girls Club committee members, receiving donations from Clover House, Chop House, Ricardo’s and Hallie Jane’s.

“The committee wanted to be sure all the proceeds went to the Boys and Girls Club,” said Bryans, who noted the final numbers were still being tallied. “BGC board members would like to thank the community for their ongoing support.

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