This group reads selections from a wide variety of mystery genres.
Selections for 2014:
January 21, 2014 – Butterfly Clues / Kate Ellison -- engaging mystery starring a teenage girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder layered on top of her almost supernatural loneliness
February 18, 2014 – Standing in Another Man’s Grave / Ian Rankin -- Rankin has moved on since Rebus’ retirement party, beginning a new series starring another Edinburgh cop, Malcolm Fox, but Fox couldn’t be more different from Rebus: a reformed drunk rather than a functioning one; a rule follower rather than a habitual rule breaker; an internal-affairs officer rather than a detective. So who could resist the temptation to put them together in the same novel?
March 18, 2014 - Shadow Account / Stephen Frey – thriller featuring Connor Ashby, a young Wall Street player who uncovers corporate conspiracy and White House intrigue
April 15, 2014 - Bad Day for Sorry / Sophie Littlefield-- introduces Stella Hardesty, a widow and survivor of domestic violence, who owns a sewing shop in a sleepy Missouri town. On the side, Stella solves problems and metes out justice on behalf of battered women,
May 20, 2014 - China Lake / Meg Gardiner -- Evan Delaney learns that not only has her ex- sister-in-law joined a religious cult, but the unstable young mother plans to regain custody of her son and disappear with him into the fold of the fanatical group
June 17, 2014 – Woman in White / Wilkie Colins -- large and sweeping, with skillfully drawn characters, lovely passages and absolutely haunting scenes, a fully formed 19th century mystery novel with all the trimmings
July 15, 2014 – Shanghai Factor / Charles McCarry -- absorbing tale of global skullduggery that leaves the reader guessing at every turn
August 19, 2014 – The Doorbell Rang (Nero Wolfe) / Rex Stout -- Wolfe and his sidekick Archie Goodwin face the malevolent forces of J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI minions. Luckily, Stout's heart and his writing style are more than equal to the challenge.
September 16, 2014 – Case Histories / Kate Atkinson -- Private detective Jackson Brodie finds himself entangled in three distinctly different cases with remarkable connections between them.
October 21, 2014 - Simple / Kathleen George – set in Pittsburgh featuring a fully realized cast of characters, a close-knit group of detectives who deal with shades of gray in crime-solving.
November 18, 2014 - Constant Lovers / Chris Nickson -- July, 1732: On a hot summer morning, Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, is called out when a young woman is found stabbed to death among the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey.
December 16, 2014 – Beautiful Place to Die / Malla Nunn -- darkly romantic crime novel set in 1950s apartheid South Africa, featuring Detective Emmanuel Cooper
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