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Mystery/suspense book discussion group

Mayhem in the A.M.     
Book Discussion Group
Henderson Library
4805 Emerald Street
310-371-2075

Discuss great mystery and suspense books
on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10 - 11 a.m.

View a list of our previous selections here.

View an annotated list of our previous selections here.


Book selections for July 2016 - May 2017

Fade Away by Harlan Coben - July 14, 2016
For sports agent Myron Bolitar, the disappearance of a man he'd once competed against is bringing back memories. Now Myron must unravel the strange, violent life of a sports hero gone wrong, and come face to face with a past he can't relive--and a present he may not survive.

Under Orders by Dick Francis - August 11, 2016
Sid Halley, former jockey-turned-detective, returns. Death at the races is not uncommon, but three in one day--including a winning horse and champion jockey--are more than enough to raise Halley's suspicions.

The Society by Michael Palmer - September 8, 2016
At the headquarters of Boston's Eastern Quality Health, the wealthy and powerful CEO is brutally murdered. She's not the first to die - nor the last. A vicious serial killer is on the loose and the victims have one thing in common: they are all high-profile executives in the managed care industry.

The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo - October 13, 2016
Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett - November 10, 2016
Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.

All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming - December 8, 2016
After his wife kicks him out, Miller's Kill Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne figures it's nobody's business--until a neighbor finds the butchered corpse of Mrs. Van Alstyne. To many, the murder is proof that the rumors about Russ and Episcopal priest Claire Fergusson are true. But nothing is as it seems.

The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire Mysteries) by Craig Johnson - January 12, 2017
The body of a young man is found in Absaroka County, Wyoming. It is possible that Cody Pritchard is the victim of a hunting accident--or is someone seeking retribution for his part in raping a mentally disabled Cheyenne girl?

212 by Alafair Burke - February 9, 2017
Does a respected adoption agency have a frightening secret? Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.

The Wrong Girl (Jane Ryland Series) by  Hank Phillippi Ryan  March 9, 2017
Does a respected adoption agency have a frightening secret? Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.

The Anteater of Death (A Gunn Zoo Mystery) by Betty Webb - April 13, 2017
The Anteater has been framed. But if Lucy, the pregnant Giant Anteater from Belize, didn't kill the man found dead in her enclosure, who did? California zookeeper Teddy Bentley must find the real murderer before her furry friend is shipped off to another zoo in disgrace.

Rough Country (Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sandford - May 11, 2017
While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, Virgil Flowers receives a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a brutal murder at a nearby resort for women only. As Virgil begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented and popular country singer. The more Virgil digs, the more he discovers the arrows of suspicion point in many directions, encompassing a multitude of motivations: jealousy, blackmail, greed, anger, and fear. Then Virgil discovers something that sends his investigation reeling. This is not the first murder connected to the Eagle Nest Lodge. Nor will it be the last...

All discussions are free and no registration is required
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