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I Love a Mystery Book Club - Printable Version of Schedule

Mystery readers everywhere are invited to join in the fun.  This a morning book club, meeting at 10:00am for coffee and tea with discussion beginning promptly at 10:15am.  We expect to adjourn in time for lunch, approximately 12:00pm.  Meetings will be held the second Wednesday of each month.  Members of the group take turns leading the discussion or bringing refreshments.  We are interpreting the term Mystery very loosely so we can look at a variety of authors.  Come and bring a friend.  Everyone welcome.  Suggestions encouraged.

January 9, 2013, Laura Lippman, Author Series

Read any title by Laura Lippman.  Lippman, herself a former newspaper reporter, is the author of the Tess Monaghan series of mysteries.   Lippman’s books have won the Agatha, Anthony Edgar, Nero, Gumshoe and Shamus awards.  Her first title to make the New York Times Bestseller List was the 2007 publication, What the Dead Know. Join us for lively discussion.

February 13, 2013, Kate Morgenroth, Cozy Mystery

They Did It With Love.  Publisher’s Weekly writes, “Agatha Christie meets Desperate Housewives in this Stepfordesque mystery….The character development and local color are so strong that this would be a hit even without the dazzling surprise ending.” Come and bring a friend!

March 13, 2013, Joseph Finder, Thriller/Suspense

Vanished is the story that introduces Nick Heller to the world.  When Nick’s brother and sister in law are attacked and brother Roger is missing, Nick steps in to help.  Nick is tough, former Special Forces and specializes in digging up the things he wants to know.  “Finder is that rare thriller author who actually writes well.  He manages deft characterization, offhand one-liners and a fine sense of place. “ –SmartMoney.  Everyone Welcome!

April 10, 2013, Charles Todd, British Mystery

A Duty to the Dead is the first of a new series featuring Bess Crawford, an Army battlefield nurse, during World War I.   Bess becomes close to one of her patients and promises to deliver a message to his family after he dies.  Bess could not have expected the reception his family gave to his dying words or the danger that soon develops.  First in a Series. Connect with a Book Club!

May 8, 2013, William Kent Krueger, Author Series

Read any title in the Cork O’Conner series.  In 2005 and 2006 he won back to back Anthony Awards for best novel.  His love of the land, respect for Native Americans and sense of honor and duty create a series that is sure to please.  He has also won the Anthony Award, Minnesota Book Award, Loft-McKinght Fiction Award and The Barry Award. Please come to enjoy our discussion.

June 12, 2013, Donald Bain, Cozy Mystery

Donald Bain writes with Jessica Fletcher of “Murder She Wrote” fame.  Read any title in the Series.  Remember Cabot Cove and Jessica Fletcher played by Angela Lansbury as a mystery writer and amateur detective?  Murder She Wrote aired for 12 seasons and had many nominations for awards.  Enjoy Cabot Cove all over again. Share with the group other books that you have read.

July 10, 2013, Brad Meltzer, Thriller

Inner Circle. In this political thriller with historical-conspiracy overtones, Meltzer creates his most engaging protagonist in years. Beecher White is an archivist with the National Archives, who stumbles upon an old book hidden away in a room used exclusively by the president. Did the president know that the book was there?  Are there people willing to kill to obtain this book?  Beecher’s old girlfriend shows up and wants Beecher to help her find her father.  The twists and turns mount up while Meltzer does an excellent job of putting us in Beecher’s corner and making us care about what happens to him. –Booklist Join us for a lively discussion and lots of laughter!

August 14, 2013, British, Colin Dexter, Any Title

Norman Colin Dexter is an English writer best known for his crime novels.   He began writing while off on a family holiday on a rainy Saturday.  Those beginning paragraphs featured Inspector Morse who is a testy character who likes cryptic crosswords, English literature, cask ale and often reflects Dexter’s own passions.  Many of his works were make into television segments.  He has received many awards for his writing. –Goodreads. Come and Bring a Friend!

September 11, 2013, Author Series Cozy, Susan Wittig Albert, Any Title

The China Bayles Herbal Mysteries feature herbalist China Bayles, who abandoned her career as a  Houston criminal attorney to buy an herb shop in a small town in Texas.  China wants: a quieter life, rewarding work, a close relationship, friends, and community. Each of her mysteries has a signature herb that is connected to a major theme, and each is liberally sprinkled with information on growing and using herbs. The China Bayles novels have been praised for their intelligent plots, quirky and appealing characters, interesting settings, and strong writing. Everyone Welcome!

October 9, 2013, Cozy, Spencer Quinn

Fistful of Collars. Everyone’s favorite detective team returns in a new adventure as canine narrator Chet and human partner P.I. Bernie find that Hollywood has gone to the dogs. Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry.  Bernie and Chet are handpicked to watch over Thad so he doesn’t get into trouble, but Thad has secrets.  How are Bernie and Chet to keep the cat lover on the straight and narrow and alive?  Connect with a mystery book club!

November 13, 2013, Thriller, Lisa Gardner, Any thriller title

Lisa Gardner is an American author of fiction. She is the author of several thrillers including The Killing Hour and The Next Accident.  Lisa has been reviewed as an incredibly gifted author.  Her thrillers “team with crisp, realistic dialogue and engaging characters.” Publishers Weekly."Her writing is seamless carrying the reader along on quite a trip through murder and mayhem," wrote Marilyn Heyman for the Best Reviews website. Please come to enjoy our discussion!

December 11, 2013, British, Debbie Crombie

In a Dark House. Crisply British might best describe this contemporary London thriller in which various murder cases converge after a young woman firefighter discovers a charred corpse in a warehouse, various women go missing, and a 10-year-old is abducted. Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James investigate.  Crombie is a Macavity Award Winner, and has Agatha and Edgar Award nominations.  New York Times best selling author.  –Booklist.The I Love A Mystery Book Club is full of bibliophiles who enjoy sharing. Come be a part of the fun.


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