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Mystery Book Discussion Group at North Torrance Library


The Nine Tailors
by Dorothy Sayers

Monday, August 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Tale of suspense in which the famous Lord Peter Wimsey is called upon to solve the murder of an unknown man in East Angila.


The Name of the Rose
by Umberto Eco

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

In 1327, Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Bakersfield arrives to investigate.  His delicate mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in the same number of days, and Brother William must turn detective to sort things out.


Countdown City
by Ben Winters

Monday October 6, 2014 at 6:30pm

Set three months before a deadly asteroid is due to hit Earth, this Last Policeman sequel chronicles the further adventures of Hank Palace. The Concord Police Department is now operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, and Hank is out of a job-until he's hired by a business tycoon to help find the man's estranged son. It isn't long before Hank's missing-person case turns into a murder investigation. -Novelist


A Study in Scarlet
by Arthur Conan Doyle

Monday November 3, 2014 at 6:30pm

In the first of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Dr. Watson, discharged from military service after suffering wounds, is at loose ends until a chance encounter leads him to take rooms with Sherlock Holmes. When Watson is drawn into the investigation of a bizarre murder in which Holmes is involved, he is unaware that it is the beginning of the most famous partnership in the history of criminal detection. -School Library Journal


Snake Agent

by Liz Williams

Monday December 1, 2014 at 6:30pm

Detective Inspector Chen and the demon Seneschal Zhu Irzh have conflicting agendas when they both want to escort the soul of a dead prostitute to the afterlife--Chen, to heaven, and Irzh, to hell. -Novelist



A World of Trouble by Ben Winters

Monday January 5, 2015 at 6:30PM

With the collision of the an asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in a well-stocked safe house in the woods of New England. Hank must decide between waiting for the asteroid in comfort or finding his only family in the time he has left. There's more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it's up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out .  Novelist


The Franchise Affair

by Josephine Tey

Monday February 2, 2015 at 6:30pm

Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep. -Novelist



by Stephen King

Monday March 2, 2015 at 6:30pm

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. -Novelist


Turn of Mind
by Alice LaPlante

Monday April 6, 2015 at 6:30pm

Implicated in the murder of her best friend, Jennifer White, a brilliant retired surgeon with dementia, struggles with fractured memories of their complex relationship and wonders if she actually committed the crime. -Novelist


by Jack McDevitt

Monday May 4, 2015 at 6:30pm

After the disappearance of an entire colony, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict finds a cup that appears to be from one of the colony's ships, and, in attempting to establish its provenance, follows a trail that leads to the ship. -Novelist


The Dark Place
by Aaron Elkins

Monday June 1, 2015 at 6:30pm

When bodies--killed by spears identical to those used by primitive hunters 10,000 years ago--appear in the primeval rain forests of Washington State, anthropologist Gideon Oliver must lure a terrifying predator out of his lair for a deadly final hunt. -Novelist



by Vera Caspary 

Monday July 6, 2015 at 6:30pm

Three very different men--gossip columnist Waldo Lydecker, Laura's fiance Shelby Carpenter, and Detective Mark McPherson, whose job is to find her killer--recount the story of an enigmatic woman called Laura's life and murder. -Novelist


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


All discussions are free - no registration is required. 

Just read the book prior to the meeting!

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North Torrance Library

3604 Artesia Blvd., Torrance