Mystery Book Discussion Group at North Torrance Library
All discussions are free - no registration is required.
Just read the book prior to the meeting!
Monday June 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner
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
Monday July 10, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is intrigued by a portrait of Richard III. Could such a sensitive face actually belong to one of history's most heinous villains--a king who killed his brother's children to secure his crown? Grant determines to find out once and for all what kind of man Richard was and who in fact killed the princes in the tower - Ingram.
Monday August 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM
The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker
The first in the series featuring private detective Spenser, sees Spenser hired to return a rare stolen fourteenth-century manuscript to its rightful owners, a Boston university who has hired him. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up marked "D" for dead - Goodreads.
Monday September 11, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh
Who in the quiet village of Chipping would kill wealthy spinster Idris Campanula? Plenty of people, among them her fellow cast members from a troubled charity production. Inspector Roderick Alleyn quickly realizes that the murderer might have killed the wrong woman--and may soon stage a repeat performance - Novelist.
Monday October 2, 2017 at 6:30PM at 6:30 PM
Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
"It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred. A gifted young Black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four." On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right--with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself - Ingram.
Monday November 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM
A Cloud of Witnesses by Dorothy Sayers
Rustic old Riddlesdale Lodge was a Wimsey family retreat with country pleasures and the thrill of the hunt--until the game turned up human and quite dead - Ingram.
Monday December 4, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Sins of the Fathers by Lawrence Block
The pretty young prostitute is dead. Her alleged murderer--a minister's son--hanged himself in his jail cell. The case is closed. But the dead girl's fatherhas come to Matthew Scudder for answers, sending the unlicensed private investigator in search of terrible truths about a life that was lived and lost in a sordid world of perversion and pleasures - Ingram.
Monday January 8, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham
Judge Crowdy Lobbett has found evidence pointing to the identity of the criminal mastermind behind the deadly Simister gang. After four attempts on his life, he ends up seeking the help of the enigmatic and unorthodox amateur sleuth, Albert Campion. It's a race against time for Campion to get the judge to safety.
Monday February 5, 2018 at 6:30 PM
The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry
His name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detective. But the accident that felled him has left him with only half a life; his memory and his entire past have vanished. As he tries to hide the truth, Monk returns to work and is assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a Crimean War hero and man about town. Which makes Monk's efforts doubly difficult, since he's forgotten his professional skills along with everything else - Ingram.
Monday March 5, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently...Amazon.com
Monday April 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Midsummer's Equation by Keigo Higashino
Speaking at a conference in a once-grand summer resort town, Detective Galileo investigates a murder that might have been spurred by an ongoing, local development dispute - Novelist.
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