This mystery book discussion is for anyone who wishes to enjoy and learn about mysteries. Attendees will not always read the same title. Instead, we will sometimes read by author, by topic, or do comparisons. We meet on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, from January - November (no meeting in August).
Copies of each title will be available on the 2nd floor of the library near the Information Desk. There is no need to register for these discussions, but if you'd like to join our email list, please send your contact information to email@example.com.
January 9: Published in 2017, Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is described by its publisher as a fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller that weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.
February 13: Case Histories by Kate Atkinson was described by Stephen King as “not just the best novel I read this year, but the best mystery of the decade." It was published in 2005 and is the first book in the Jackson Brodie Series. (Bonus option: consider reading additional books in this series: One Good Turn; When Will There Be Good News; Started Early, Took My Dog.)
March 12: Either start or sample Simon Brett’s Fethering Series (Body on the Beach, The Corpse on the Court, or The Liar in the Library).
April 9: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart was published in 2015 and falls more into crime fiction or historical fiction. But it is great fun for mystery fans, and is based on true occurrences. (Bonus option: consider reading additional books in the Kopp Sisters series.)
May 14: This month will feature guest facilitator Helene Androski. She is a retired Senior Academic Librarian from Memorial Library at UW-Madison who remains very active with the Wisconsin Library Association. Further, she is known for her wonderful UW-Madison Continuing Studies History & Mystery classes. Tonight she’ll cover “Theme and Variations on the English Village Mystery.” The books to be discussed are Agatha Christie's Murder at the Vicarage, G. M. Malliet's Wicked Autumn, and Val Mcdermid's A Place of Execution.
June 11: Described in IndieNext as “a wild, compelling, politically complex, and sometimes funny tale that is a very rich read…highly recommended” Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller was published in 2013. (Bonus option: American by Day.)
July 9: Aussie/Outback Noir: The Dry by Jane Harper and/or The Broken Shore by Peter Temple will give us a feel for both the newest and the more established crime fiction out of Australia.
August: No discussion
September 10: Bookish Mysteries: Booked to Die by John Dunning and/or Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan will give us an excuse to talk even more about books!
October 8: Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George will be our pick this week, since we found the experience of reading the first book in the Inspector Lynley series (A Great Deliverance) so rewarding in 2019. We’ll also vote on the 2021 mysteries this month!
November 12: Mysterious Wisconsin: Take your pick from John Galligan’s Bad Axe County, Nick Petrie’s The Drifter, or Patricia Skalka’s Death in Cold Water this month!