Mystery Loves Company

Come join us for a book discussion group especially for Mystery Lovers!!!

When:  Third Wednesday of every month.

Time:  7:00 pm

Where:  Meeting Room (East Wing) at the Fishers Library

Topic:  Varies each month     

For more information: contact the Adult Services Department at 579-0307.


2013 Mystery Loves Company:

January:  The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams:  The first modern detective novel Charles Warren Adams’  The Notting Hill Mystery,  was originally published as an eight-part serial in Once A Week magazine in 1862 under the pseudonym Charles Felix.  The Notting Hill Mystery begins in London, where the wife of the sinister Baron R__ dies after drinking from a bottle of acid, apparently while sleepwalking in her husband’s home laboratory.  It looks like an accident, until insurance investigator Ralph Henderson learns that Baron R__ took out numerous life insurance policies on his wife.  As Henderson investigates the case, he discovers not one, but three murders.  Presented as Henderson’s evidential findings:  diary entries, family letters, chemical analysis reports, interviews with witnesses, along with a crime scene map, the novel displays innovative techniques that would not become common features of detective fiction until the 1920s.

February:  Any in the Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke.

March:  Stop the Presses!  It’s Murder:  any mystery featuring a newsman or newswoman.

April:  City of Dragons by Kelli Stanley:   February, 1940. In San Francisco's Chinatown, fireworks explode as the city celebrates Chinese New Year with a Rice Bowl Party, a three day-and-night carnival designed to raise money and support for China war relief. Miranda Corbie is a 33-year-old private investigator who stumbles upon the fatally shot body of Eddie Takahashi. The Chamber of Commerce wants it covered up. The cops acquiesce. All Miranda wants is justice--whatever it costs. From Chinatown tenements, to a tattered tailor's shop in Little Osaka, to a high-class bordello draped in Southern Gothic, she shakes down the city--her city--seeking the truth.

May:  Any in the Fethering mystery series by Simon Brett.

June:  Forensic mysteries

July:  “Mr. Churchill’s Secretary” by Susan Elia MacNeal:  After German Luftwaffe bomb London, Maggie Hope--trained in math and code breaking, but only able to find a job as Winston Churchill's secretary--uses the unfettered access her position demands to try to unravel a plot to assassinate Churchill himself.

August:  Any in the Inspector Coffin series by Gwendolyn Butler.

September:  It’s War!  Any mystery that uses war or wartime as a setting.

October:  1222 by Anne Holt:  A train on its way to the northern reaches of Norway derails during a massive blizzard, 1,222 meters above sea level. The passengers abandon the train for a nearby hotel, centuries-old and practically empty, except for the staff. With plenty of food and shelter from the storm, the passengers think they are safe, until one of them is found dead the next morning.   With no sign of rescue, and the storm continuing to rage, retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is asked to investigate. Paralyzed by a bullet lodged in her spine, Hanne has no desire to get involved. But she is slowly coaxed back into her old habits as her curiosity and natural talent for observation force her to take an interest in the passengers and their secrets. When another body turns up, Hanne realizes that time is running out, and she must act fast before panic takes over. Complicating things is the presence of a mysterious guest, who had travelled in a private rail car at the end of the train and was evacuated first to the top floor of the hotel. No one knows who the guest is, or why armed guards are needed, but it is making everyone uneasy. Hanne has her suspicions, but she keeps them to herself.  Trapped in her wheelchair, trapped by the storm, and now trapped with a killer, Hanne must fit the pieces of the puzzle together before the killer strikes again.

November:  Any in the Inspector Hardcastle series by Graham Ison.

December:  Death on Display:  mysteries set in museums and galleries.



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