Based on a 1953 crime in Charleston, “Murder on Staunton Road” will be the next book to be read and discussed in the Charleston Reads citywide virtual book club initiative.

Book club members will discuss the book written by Charlie Ryan and Mitch Evans virtually, starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. Following the online discussion, a question-and-answer session will be conducted with Ryan and Evans.

“’Murder on Staunton Road’ is a riveting book that shares a tragic piece of Charleston history,” Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said in a media release. “I’m thrilled that Charlie and Mitch will be with us to share stories about their creative process and also give updates since the book was published.”

“It is an honor to receive this invitation. It is gratifying that ‘Murder On Staunton Road’ has received such enthusiastic response,” Ryan said in the release. “I look forward to a vibrant Q & A with our readers.”

“It is gratifying that our book has had such impact that readers are contacting us, almost daily, with their theories on who the murderer of Juliet Staunton Clark might have been. The upcoming Zoom session may provide even more insight regarding that question,” Evans added.

As summarized on Amazon.com, “Murder on Staunton Road” is a “is a fast-paced narrative of a sensational, unsolved homicide that captured the attention of the nation in 1953.

“On the night of Aug. 21, in the haute monde neighborhood of South Hills, in Charleston, Juliet Staunton Clark was savagely beaten to death. She was the owner of the Charleston Daily Mail, the capital city’s prosperous afternoon newspaper.

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