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. We meet on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, from January - November.
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 2nd Floor Information 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.
Year 8 (2019)
· January 10: Martin Walker's Bruno Chief of Police series
We begin the year with stories set in the wine-producing countryside of southwestern France.
· February 14: Very Funny
This month we'll compare the humorous stories of Donald E. Westlake with those of Donna Andrews.
· March 14: A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
A Great Deliverance introduces Thomas Lynley, a Scotland Yard inspector and eighth Earl of Asherton. This novel won both the Anthony and the Agatha Best First Novel Awards and the received the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in 1990 (for best international crime novel).
· April 11: Famous Mystery Short Stories
The theme this month is famous mystery short stories, including one by an author who died in the Titanic disaster. Copies of the stories will be available at the 2nd Floor Information Desk.
· May 9: Early Women of Mystery (1900-1940)
Join us as we explore some lesser known female mystery writers whose work was published between 1900-1940. Examples include Mary Roberts Rinehart, Anna Katherine Green, Catherine Louisa Pirkis, and Carolyn Wells.
· June 13: Focus on Forensics
This popular subgenre includes novels by Aaron Elkins, Sharyn McCrumb, Elizabeth Peters, and Kathy Reichs.
· July 11: Turning to Crime Fiction
We'll focus on James D. Grant (aka Lee Child) and the redoubtable Jack Reacher as representative of this broader category of fiction.
· August 8: Mysteries with Recipes
Enjoy delicious mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson, JoAnne Fluke, and Laura Childs.
· September 12: The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Awarded the 1995 Anthony Award for Best First Novel, this book starts off the Kreizler series and takes place in 1896 New York City.
· October 10: The Victorian Mystery
Two series by Anne Perry exemplify this type of mystery. The Pitt Series features a police inspector and his wife (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt), while the Monk Series features the amnesiac William Monk, a police inspector and later a private detective.
· November 14: B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
Grafton's second book in her well-known series was awarded the 1986 Anthony Award for Best Novel. Additional optional reading: choose another letter in the same series if you'd like! This month we'll also choose our reading for 2020, always an exciting event!