For our April discussion, we are reading two stories involving someone who is missing. One plot revolves around the hero’s missing brother. The other plot revolves around a missing baby. Join us at the Antioch Branch on April 23 at 7:00 p.m. to see if each is found.
For our July discussion, we are reading two very intense thrillers. The first one involves an undercover murder investigation in Dublin. The second one involves a Supreme Court nomination fraught with corruption and greed. Join us at the Antioch Branch on July 23 at 7:00 p.m. to express your views on both.
For the October meeting, the Monday Mystery Book Club read Murder on Bank Street by Victoria Thompson. This book is #10 in Thompson’s Gaslight Mysteries. This series follows Sarah Brandt, a midwife, and detective Frank Malloy through turn of the century New York City. In this particular story, Malloy has decided to solve the murder of Sarah’s husband from four years earlier.
Curl Up With a Cozy Mystery Featuring Granny Apples
I have never really been a fan of mystery books. Sure, an occasional Sherlock Holmes was fine. And if a mystery was contained within a broader story (usually a science fiction one), I could usually get into it. But the contemporary mysteries that a lot of people seem to find enjoyable, I just could never get interested in. However, my resolution this year is to expand my reading horizons. So, I recently picked one up and was pleasantly surprised. I actually loved it!
2013 has gotten off to a great start with a book everyone agreed is worthy of 5 magnifying glasses! Thursday’s Mystery Book Club discussed Hardball by Sara Paretsky. Vic Warshawski takes on a 40 year old missing person’s case. Lamont Gadsden was involved in the race riots of the sixties and disappeared soon after a young girl was killed during King’s march through the park. Little does she know how this will snowball out of control.
Ken Follet, author of thrillers and historical novels, said it best when he noted the power that a great story can have over a reader. He said, "If they're hoping it will turn out this way, and fearing it will turn out that way, they're going to turn the page." Follet knows what he is talking about, as he was just awarded the Grand Master prize by the Mystery Writers of America, which honors an author’s body of work.
A cozy mystery is a part of the mystery fiction genre. The violence is treated with humor, plus the crime and detective work takes place in a close community. I love reading cozy mysteries because of the variety of stories. I have read topics ranging from books about dog walkers to witches in this genre.
Okay, all you lovers of mystery novels and fans of Castle, who really writes the Richard Castle books? I have searched far and wide, interviewed scores of people (well, really just a couple of coworkers), and have gotten no answers. Is it a male? A famous author? Is it one of the TV show's writers or producers? Some speculate that it is James Patterson, Michael Connelly, or the late Stephen Cannell. These authors have appeared on the show, so is that a subliminal hint of the ghostwriter's (or ghostwriters') true identity?
I love a good mystery. When I’m looking for a good book, I head down those familiar aisles where my favorite authors reside: authors like John Grisham, Brad Thor, Stuart Woods, David Baldacci, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Lisa Scottoline, and Brad Meltzer. When I want to add some humor, I journey over and visit Janet Evanovich. These journeys are like visiting and enjoying old friends.
Have you ever looked up from the book you are reading and realized that (besides the names of the characters and the settings) it was the exact same as the book you had just read. And the one before that…and the one before that...and so on? That recently happened to me , so I decided to try something completely new.