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DINNER NOTE: If you have dietary restrictions precluding you from eating any of our available meal options, please let us know well before the RSVP deadline. Kosher meals can be provided upon request, and we can work with the hotel to address any other dietary concerns if we are given enough notice. 

WEATHER: For any announcements regarding cancellation or postponement in the event of inclement weather, check the chapter email list or the announcement list, or email Donna Andrews at

IMPORTANT: We're now only accepting payment via check. Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting.

Our meetings are open to the public. You don't need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.

The game is afoot! Join us on February 10th for our premier Sherlock Holmes Trivia Contest. Dan Stashower will moderate as local Sherlockian experts Carla Coupe, Jacquelynn Bost Morris, and Liz Corson test their knowledge of the Holmes books and movies against you, the audience. We'll have prizes for the audience members who successfully answer questions, including the grand prize, a ticket good for free admission to any future MWA Mid-Atlantic chapter dinner meeting. Our guests will also give you the scoop on the world of Sherlock and his scintillating scion societies, including the Baker Street Irregulars, the country's preeminent Sherlockian society.

Stashower is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and is the author of numerous Sherlockian books, including Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle. Coupe's pastiches have appeared in Sherlock's Home, Irene's Cabinet, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. Morris is a member of the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, the Baker Street Irregulars, and the local Sherlockian group, Watson's Tin Box. She is also the organizer of A Scintillation of Scions, an annual Sherlockian conference. Corson is also a member of Watson's Tin Box and is the co-founder of GridLOCK DC, a convention for fans of Sherlock Holmes in the DC area.

Join us for what promises to be a fun and mysterious evening.

Tuesday, February 10th

Embassy Suites Hotel at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, Ballroom Level

4300 Military Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Garage parking under the hotel.

Metro: Friendship Heights.

6:30 p.m.         Reception/Cash Bar

7 p.m.              Dinner (including a complimentary glass of iced tea or soda, warm rolls and butter, crisp salad, coffee and tea): choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate.

8 p.m.              The Sherlock Holmes Trivia contest begins.

RESERVATIONS: Cost is $35 per person. The price is the same for members and non-members. To reserve your seat, email Val Patterson no later than 8 p.m. Thursday, February 5th, and let her know your entrée and dessert choices (choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate). Val's email address is

PAYMENT DETAILS: We no longer accept cash. Please remember to bring a check made out to Mystery Writers of America with you to the meeting. Payments will be collected at the door. Our in-person payment policy is based on trust, and we want to continue this practice. Please don't be a no-show/no-pay.


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