Mystery author Rader-Day to speak at Carmel Clay Public Library


Murder, mystery and mayhem are coming to the Carmel Clay Public Library when author Lori Rader-Day stops by Aug. 15 to discuss her new book, “Under a Dark Sky,” at 6:30 p.m.

“Lori is compared to a modern day Agatha Christie,” said Liz Hamilton, CCPL Foundation director. “It’s a little bit of psychological thriller that makes you question what you believe. She really works on capturing insecurities and damaged relationships of ordinary women.”


Rader-Day discovered Christie’s work at a young age in her hometown of Lebanon.

“When I was about 10 or 11, I had read everything in the children’s section of the public library, so they sent me up to the adult section,” Rader-Day said. “I was scared to pass by the big desk, so I turned before it into the first room and it was the mystery room. I found Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark there. Those are my first two mystery favorites.”

Rader-Day’s books have won several awards, including the Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Award.

“The award is for traditional mysteries,” Rader-Day. “It’s usually a woman character with a normal life going on when something happens, usually a murder, and she is compelled to get involved and help solve the crime.”

Hamilton is confident Carmel residents will connect with Rader-Day’s personal story.

“It’s fun for our guests to hear from an author what a library meant to them and how it helped them succeed on their path to becoming an author,” Hamilton said.

Rader-Day will discuss the process of writing “Under a Dark Sky,” including where the idea came from, her research and how she wrote the book. The book will be released Aug. 7. To register for the event email or call 317-814-3984.