Mystery Book Discussion Group at North Torrance Library
All discussions are free - no registration is required.
Just read the book prior to the meeting!
Out by Natsuo Kirino
Monday October 3, 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. Amazon.com
The Beach House by James Patterson
Monday November 7, 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
Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Monday December 5, 2016 at 6:30pm
When a well-known bibliophile is found hanged, Lucas Corso is brought in to authenticate a fragment of a manuscript purported to be "The Three Musketeers." He is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and a swashbuckling cast that bears a suspicious resemblance to those in the famous work.
Devil's Detective by Simon Unsworth
Monday January 9, 2017 at 6:30pm
Something is changing in Hell. A man is found dead, murdered in a horrific manner--even by Hell's standards--and he is merely the first of many. Unfortunately, these deaths coincide with a political visit from a Heavenly delegation, so the pressure is on Thomas Fool, an Information Man, to track down and identify the murderer. It's critical that Fool solves these crimes, but how can he find a killer in a place where murder is common currency?
Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
Monday February 6, 2017 at 6:30pm
Brat Farrar has been carefully coached to assume the identity of Patrick Ashby, heir to the Ashby fortune who disappeared when he was 13. Just when it seems that Brat will pull off the deception, he discovers the truth about Patrick's disappearance, a dark secret that threatens to tear apart the family and jeopardize Brat's carefully laid plans. -- Amazon.com
Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
Monday March 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Ordell "Whitebread" Robbie makes a fine living selling illegal high-powered weaponry to the wrong people. Jackie Burke couriers Ordell's profits from Freeport to Miami. But the feds are on to Jackie-and now the aging but still hot flight attendant will have to do prison time or play ball, which makes her a prime "loose end" that Ordell needs to tie up permanently. Jackie, however, has other options. And with the help of Max Cherry-an honest but disgruntled bail bondsman looking to get out-she could even end up with a serious nest egg in the process, or dead.
Cover Her Face by P.D. James
Monday April 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM
"Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill."--Amazon.com
4:50 from Paddington Station by Agatha Christie
Monday May 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM
For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses--and no corpse.
Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner
Monday June 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Kate Connor is your average, everyday mom with two kids, a husband, and one very big secret ... she used to be a Demon Hunter for a secret arm of the Vatican. Now retired, she's more interested in the domestic than the demonic. So when she catches sight of a demon in Wal-Mart, she tells herself it's some other Hunter's problem. But when that demon attacks her in her kitchen, retirement is no longer an option. Now Kate has figure out why the creatures are trying to take her out and take over her home town and try to keep her past a secret from family. - Ingram
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