Aubuchon Hardware might be gone, but a few doors down on the Summer Street Plaza stands the home base for an aspiring local author and his growing franchise of magical murder mystery books.
Andrew Kirschbaum of 3 Trolls Games and Puzzles is hoping to gain some acclaim with “Monday and the Counterfeit Corpse,” the second novel in his series of stories about Zach Monday, a hardboiled detective who lives in a world of magic and urban noir flair.
A Chelmsford resident since 1977 and a Chelmsford High graduate, Kirschbaum believes being within the community helped here in his latest work.
“Chelmsford is a part of me, it affects everything I do,” he says. “It definitely impacted the book, but I’m not sure how.”
Kirschbaum has sold a few hundred copies of his first book “Monday and the Murdered Man,” and got stuck about 80 pages into an initial attempt at a sequel, leading to something of a change of pace with “Counterfeit Corpse” while keeping some of the original world in the first saga.
“It was different than I was expecting, but I am really pleased with the result,” he said. “It’s better than the first one, more focused and more fun.”
The book will become available on March 1 and Kirschbaum says he is already working on his third book, as well as more expansive space opera fantasy epic that will take place outside of the first two novels.