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An Elegant Evening of Mystery with Tom Collins at Lillie Belles

Tom Collins


Imported cheeses & assortment of wine


Signature butternut squash bisque with red chili cream and mint with homemade croutons

Melody of mixed greens with dried-cranberries, sunflower seeds and bacon served with house dressing, balsamic vinaigrette and coarse-ground French mustard

Beef Wellington with choice of red wine demi-reduction peppercorn sauce, horseradish sauce and béarnaise sauce

Marinated honey bourbon, fresh herb encrusted salmon

Classic French dauphinoise, thinly sliced potatoes, with nutmeg Parmesan cheese sauce

Roasted brussels sprouts with cracked brown pepper and sea salt

Sautéed young asparagus

Assorted artisan rolls and breads

Caramel infused bread pudding featuring a medley of apricots, apples and raisins

Traditional French crème brulèe with fresh fruit

What do you think of when you hear the words “Tom Collins?

If you think gin, lemon juice, sugar and fizzy water over ice you are halfway there. But, if your mind also conjures up feelings of murder and mystery, then there’s a can’t-miss event that is a must-attend in downtown Franklin.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Lillie Belle’s Tea Room will play host to their first-ever mystery dinner, featuring a to-die-for dinner of locally sourced products prepared skillfully by Lillie Belle’s gourmet chef, a specialty signature drink for the occasion, and Franklin resident and four-time author Tom Collins leading a night of intrigue and excitement and ... mystery that requires audience participation. Diners will also be treated to the music of guitar virtuoso and Ambassador of Music City David Andersen.

Guests will be treated royally in the more than century-old Queen Anne-style Victorian on 132 Third Ave. South and feast in the gracefully appointed dining rooms. Owner Bud Carman was thrilled when Collins approached him to hold the event at Lillie Billes. “I thought it was a great idea to host this here,” he said. “This house has such a rich history. Tom Collins has written some interesting things and I am looking forward to welcoming his fans and hosting a great dinner event.”

After a tour of the venue, Collins said, “This reminds me of a setting in one of my favorite author’s books – Agatha Christie.” With similar features to Christie’s hero Hercule Poirot, Collins’ passion for writing has become a second career for the former high technology company owner. 

Collins, a Lifetime Achievement Award winner so named by Law Technology News, retired from the high technology industry and has concentrated on his love of writing mysteries. His latest release, The Claret Murders, features Mark Rollins, a man whose adventurous nature places him amid situations where his love of technology and eagerness to help, along with an endless string of good connections, helps to sort out mysterious situations others have a tough time handling. As in the three previous Mark Rollins novels, “Mark Rollins’ New Career,” “Mark Rollins and the Rainmaker,” and “Mark Rollins and the Puppeteer,” Collins employs his knowledge of locale to entice the reader. The Claret Murders is set in greater Nashville during the May 2010 flood – and the 100-year event plays a key role in the story.

An Elegant Evening will begin with cocktails – a complimentary signature Tom Collins will greet you as you walk in the door – and music at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner, consisting of locally sourced delights will follow. Capping off the evening will be a presentation by the author, who will test diners’ abilities to reason out situations that challenge their mystery IQs.

The event serves as a book-signing event as well as The Claret Murders was released earlier this summer.

To attend the event, contact Brenda at Lillie Belle’s at 615-595-9557. Cost is $60 per person, includes a copy of The Claret Murders. For those who already own a copy of the book, cost is $50 – be sure to bring the book for the author to personalize.


Posted on: 11/9/2012


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