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Mystery/suspense book discussion group

Mystery/Suspense Book Discussion Group

Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10:00 am at the Henderson Library.

View a list of our previous selections here.

View an annotated list of our previous selections here.



Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

by Sara Gran

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

In he first of anew mystery series featuring quirky private investigator Clare DeWitt, Claire investigates the disappearance of a top prosecutor in post-Katrina New Orleans.

The Curiosity

by Stephen Kiernan

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 10:00 am

A gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller that raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity--man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid plaything, as a living being, as a curiosity.... Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. Remarkably, the frozen man is brought back to the lab and successfully reanimated.

The Cuckoo's Calling

by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 10:00 am

Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.  After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story. His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier.

Watching the Dark (Inspector Banks Novels)

by Peter Robinson

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague DI Annie Cabbot are back in a case riddled with corruption. A decorated policeman is murdered on the tranquil grounds of the St. Peter's Police Treatment Centre, shot through the heart with a crossbow arrow, and compromising photographs are discovered in his room. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is well aware that he must handle the highly sensitive and dangerously explosive investigation with the utmost discretion. And as he digs deeper, he discovers that the murder may be linked to an unsolved missing persons case from six years earlier and the current crime may involve crooked cops.

Live by Night

by Dennis Lehane

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:00 am

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing.

A Share in Death

by Deborah Crombie

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 10:00 am

A week's holiday in a luxurious Yorkshire time-share is just what Scotland Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But the discovery of a body floating in the whirlpool bath ends Kincaid's vacation before it's begun. One of his new acquaintances at Followdale House is dead; another is a killer. Despite a distinct lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised dramatically when a second murder occurs, and Kincaid and James find themselves in a determined hunt for a fiendish felon who enjoys homicide a bit too much.


by Stephen King

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, 'Joyland' tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Murder at the Book Club

by Maggie King

Thursday, August 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

Hazel Rose never dreamed that the murder mystery book group she and her friend Carlene started would stage a real murder.  Nevertheless, the normally composed Carlene is unusually angry and rattled one night during a book group discussion and dies after drinking cyanide-spiked tea. Despite a suicide note, Hazel is skeptical; Carlene never seemed suicidal--she was busy making plans for her future. Incidentally, Carlene was married to Hazel's ex-husband, and Hazel has always suspected there might be something more to her past than she let on. How much does anyone really know about Carlene Arness? And did she die by her own hand or someone else's? Hazel begins a search for the truth that produces no shortage of motives, as she unearths the past that Carlene took great pains to hide. And most of those motives belong to the members of her very own book group....