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Mystery Book Discussion Group at North Torrance Library

Mystery Book Discussion Group at North Torrance Library

All discussions are free - no registration is required. 

Just read the book prior to the meeting!

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Monday August 3, 2015 at 6:30pm
On a three-day journey through the snowbound Balkan hills, Hercule Poirot must weed through an array of international suspects to find the passenger who murdered a gangster on the Orient Express. -Novelist

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Monday September 14, 2015 at 6:30pm
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. Novelist

One Corpse too Many by Ellis Peters
Monday October 5, 2015 at 6:30pm
When Shrewsbury Castle falls during a war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud, Brother Caedfael makes another grim discovery--a strangled corpse lying among the dead--and vows to find the murderer. Novelist

The Bookman's Wake by John Dunning
Monday November 2, 2015 at 6:30pm
Surprised by a visit from a difficult-to-manage former cop from his old precinct, bookstore owner Cliff Janeway is unable to resist Slater's invitation to help recover a stolen edition of a rare and valuable book. Novelist

The Woman in White by Wilke Collins
Monday December 7, 2015 at 6:30pm
When Walter Hartwright encounters a solitary, terrified, beautiful woman dressed in white on a moonlit night in London, he feels impelled to solve the mystery of her distress. Novelist

Caves of Steel by Issac Asimov
Monday January 4, 2016 at 6:30pm
Fearing a violent confrontation between Earthmen and Spacers, Detective Baley and his new partner, a robot, investigate the murder of a Spacetown scientist. Novelist

Some Dead Genius by Lenny Kleinfeld
Monday February 1, 2016 at 6:30pm
Author Lenny Kleinfeld brings together a smart cop, a sleazy art dealer, outlandish artists and a hilariously stupid knuckle-breaker in a rollicking caper that you constantly think you've got figured out until you don't. NPR

Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
Monday March 7, 2016 at 6:30pm
In Edinburgh, Detective Rebus must put together conflicting clues to find a psychopathic killer and finds his own life threatened.

Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean
Monday April 4, 2016 at 6:30pm
Visiting Bellfield Hall to comfort her niece, who has been seemingly abandoned by her wealthy fiance, Miss Dido Kent investigates the possibly related death of a young woman, a situation that is complicated by surprising secrets. Novelist

Out by Natsuo Kirino
Monday May 2, 2016 at 6:30pm
Kirino's searing novel tells a story of random violence in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works a night shift making boxed lunches brutally strangles her deadbeat husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime.

Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
Monday June 6, 2016 at 6:30pm
P.D. James has based this novel on Pride and prejudice, written by Jane Austen, and upon the characters within it. Six years after her marriage, Elizabeth Darcy is happily living with her husband and two sons at Pemberley, when, after the end of their annual autumn ball, an uninvited guest arrives in a chaise from the woods surrounding the estate screaming that her husband has been murdered, thereby shattering Elizabeth's peaceful life. Novelist

The Beach House by James Patterson
Monday July 11, 2016 at 6:30pm
When his brother turns up drowned in the ocean off exclusive East Hampton, law student Jack Mullen sets out to unravel the truth about Peter's death. Novelist

Boy's Life by Robert McCammon
Monday August 1, 2016 at 6:30pm
Twelve-year-old Cory Mackenson's father finds a dead man handcuffed to a car's steering wheel that has plunged into Zephyr's Lake in 1964, and they realize that all is not as it seems in their quiet town. Novelist

Old Bones by Aaron Elkins
Monday September 12, 2016 at 6:30pm
When members of a prominent Breton family suddenly die, and the parts of a human skeleton are found dating back to 1940, anthropologist Gideon Oliver is called in to investigate. Novelist

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Monday October 3, 2016 at 6:30pm
All her life, beautiful and privileged Cadence Sinclair Eastman has spent idyllic summers on her family's private island. But during her 15th summer, a mysterious accident that she cannot remember befell her, causing pain both physical and emotional. Now 17, Cadence returns to the island and struggles to piece together what has happened. NPR

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North Torrance Library
3604 Artesia Blvd., Torrance