Virtual Mystery Book Group

This group is a permanently virtual book group focusing on all kinds of mysteries. We will explore a new Theme for 3 months in a row at 3 times during the year.

It meets 9 times a year by Zoom on a Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 during the months of January-March, May-July and September-November.

You can join for one session, all sessions or any time a book or theme interests you. Register in the library’s Event calendar to have a Zoom Link will be sent to you before the meeting.  Please send questions and theme or book suggestions to Jennifer Woodward , Facilitator. 

CURRENT THEME Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Masters – Books by recent recipients of the MWA’s Grand Master Award.

Met on January 12, 2022 The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver, 2021 co-recipient of the MWA’s Grand Masters Award . A paralyzed NYC detective, Lincoln Rhyme is talked out of committing suicide to hunt for a cab driver who tortures and kills. Paired with police beauty Amelia Sachs, Rhyme and Sachs they go after the killer who tantalizes police with clues to his next murder. This is the 1st book in the ongoing Lincoln Rhyme series which now includes 15 titles. PRINT ONLINE

Meeting on February 9, 2022 Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely, 2020 recipient of the MWA’s Grand Masters Award. Blanche White is a plump, feisty, middle-aged African-American housekeeper working for the genteel rich in North Carolina. But when an employer stiffs her, and her checks bounce, she goes on the lam, hiding out as a maid for a wealthy family at their summer home. That plan goes awry when there’s a murder and Blanche becomes the prime suspect. First in the 4 book Blanche White series.  The book won critical acclaim and is considered to be among the earliest mystery books by a Black woman with a Black woman as the heroine.  PRINT

Meeting on March 9, 2022 Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith, 2019 recipient of the MWA’s Grand Masters Award. A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center. Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko is brilliant, sensitive, honest, and cynical. To identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and New York police as he performs the impossible. This is the 1st book in the 8 book Arkady Renko series. PRINT PAPERBACK

UPCOMING THEME Short Stories

Meeting on May 11, 2022 MatchUp edited by Lee Child. Collects stories written by best-selling thriller authors partnered in male-female literary pairs.

Meeting on June 8, 2022 Sleep No More: six murderous tales by P.D. James. An anthology of six previously uncollected stories explores the memories, emotional machinations, rationalizations, and desires of people who get away with the perfect murder.

Meeting on July 8, 2022 Cape Cod Noir edited by Davin L Ulin. Youthful alienation and despair dominate these 13 stories.

UPCOMING THEME Cozy Mysteries Books that include the components of classic mystery —suspense, misdirection, intrigue, and some degree of criminality—while forgoing violence and profanity.

Meeting on September 14, 2022 Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. Miss Marple’s first mystery in what is considered the first cozy mystery series!

-Meeting on October 12, 2022 Murder on Cape Cod by Maddie Day. First in the Cozy Capers Book Club Mystery series set on the fictitious Cape Cod town of Westham, which is clearly based on Falmouth.

Meeting on November 9, 2022 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; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. This widely popular book is written by a well-known UK entertainer and in 2021 was the fastest-selling crime debut of all time.

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