The Stoughton Public Library’s “Thursdays with Murder” mystery book group meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30pm, January-November. Copies of the books are available near the Information Desk on the top floor. Call 608-873-6281 or email storef [at] stolib.org for more information, or to be added to the email reminder list for the group.
January 13: The Auntie Poldi series by Mario Giordano. Auntie Poldi is a 60-year-old Bavarian woman who retired to Sicily with hopes of a tranquil life, but when her handyman is murdered she begins her career as an amateur sleuth. Read Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions or any of the books in this series.
February 10: Is it Really a Mystery? I Found You by Lisa Jewell. A young woman’s new husband goes missing, but when she reports it to the police they tell her he never existed. Read it and discuss: do you consider it a mystery?
March 10: The Chloe Ellefson series by Kathleen Ernst. When Chloe starts a new job as collections curator at the Old World Wisconsin museum, a rare Norwegian artifact leads to a woman’s murder. Read Old World Murder or any of the books in this series.
April 14: The Books Came First. Which did you like better: the book or the show? Read The Surgeon or any other Rizzoli & Isles books by Tess Gerritsen, then place a hold on any of the “Rizzoli & Isles” DVDs at the library. Bonus title for this month: read The Black Echo or any other Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly, and watch the show Bosch on Amazon Prime.
May 12: The Searcher by Tana French. A Chicago police officer retires to Ireland for some peace and quiet. But when a teenager’s brother goes missing, Cal reluctantly investigates—and soon discovers his picturesque town is rife with dark secrets.
June 9: Mystery Box Night. We’ll work together to solve an “escape room in a box” from the Deadbolt Mystery Society.
July 14: Is it Really a Mystery? Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers. This book contains poison-pen messages, obscene graffiti and wanton vandalism, but no murder. Read it and discuss: do you consider it a mystery?
August 11: Black Authors. Read Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett or Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely, or any of the series books by these Black women authors.
September 8: Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok. Sylvie flies to the Netherlands to visit her dying grandmother, then vanishes. Her younger sister Amy follows her trail, interviewing the last people who saw Sylvie, in a desperate attempt to find her.
October 13: Diverse Cozy Mysteries. Read Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala or Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto, or any of the books in these series.
November 10: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes.
No meeting in December