Thursdays With Murder is a mystery book discussion group for people who wish to enjoy and learn about mysteries. Attendees will not all read the same title for each meeting. Instead, we will read by author, by topic, or do comparisons. Each attendee will receive information about the reading for the upcoming discussion in advance. Information will be emailed, mailed or can be picked up at the Adult Services desk.
To sign up to receive email notices of upcoming meetings, please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of each monthly title and reading lists will be available on the 2nd floor. We meet on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.
January 11: The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
We begin the year with this roman noir classic which established James M. Cain as a major novelist. This book was acknowledged by Albert Camus as the model for The Stranger.
Optional additional reading: Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
February 8: Mysteries From Our 49th State
Tonight we compare the Alaska mysteries of Sue Henry with those of Dana Stabenow.
March 8: Meet Monona Quinn
Author Marshall Cook visits to facilitate our discussion of his Monona Quinn mysteries.
Additional optional reading: The Great Wisconsin Manhunt of 1961 by Marshall Cook.
April 12: Alexander McCall Smith
Tonight we compare the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency with the Sunday Philosophy Club.
May 10: Bookstore Mysteries
Enjoy mysteries in which the sleuth runs a bookstore. Authors include Lawrence Block, Carolyn Hart, Walter Mosley, M.K. Wren, and more.
June 14: The Wyoming Duo
Meet Joe Pickett, a game warden in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming (by C. J. Box); and Walt Longmire, veteran sheriff in Absaroka County (by Craig Johnson).
July 12: The Wisdom of Children
Tonight we explore mysteries written for adults, in which the sleuth is a child. Authors include Martha Grimes, Alan Bradley, John Grisham, Philip Pullman, and Kathy Reichs.
August 9: The crime fiction of S. J. Rozan
Share the adventures Lydia Chin, a 30-something Chinese American private eye, and Bill Smith, a 40-something Army brat private eye in New York City.
September 13: 1940s Los Angeles
Discover, compare, and contrast Los Angeles of the 1940s as portrayed in the mysteries of Raymond Chandler and those of Walter Mosely.
October 11: Legal Sleuthing
Tonight we explore attorneys as sleuths. Take your pick from an all-star group of authors including John Dickson Carr, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Greg Iles, Evan Hunter, Stuart Woods, and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, to name only a few.
November 8: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
Chabon’s 2007 novel is set in an alternative history version of the present day. Additional optional reading: The Final Solution by Michael Chabon. Tonight we also choose our reading for next year. Always an exciting event!
December: no discussion. See you January!