Mystery Book Lovers’ Club August 2018

Whew! Whatever happened to the summer doldrums? Remember when that was a thing? No doldrums here but trying to keep up with family, writing, and READING while enjoying our lovely season. With that in mind, I’ll try holding August book club on my patio but if it’s too wet or buggy we can always head inside. Are you ready? Our August book selection is TRIPTYCH by Karin Slaughter. We’ve got two more books on our reading list (below), so lets start thinking about our next titles. Maybe some below will provide inspiration? In any case, happy reading, and I hope you enjoy these bookie tidbits below.

September 20, 2018: Her Last Day by T. R. Ragan

October 18, 2018: Himself by Jess Kid

Hercule Poirot is back! Sophie Hannah is continuing Agatha Christie’s famous detective series, and I hear that the first, MYSTERY OF THREE QUARTERS is great. This sounds like it could generate some fun discussion at an upcoming meeting.

Rita Mae Brown Releases Latest Mystery

I love the premise of Rita Mae’s newest, which might sound familiar to anyone whose listened to me talk about tying a contemporary mystery into local history. Brown said there’s a new book in her “Sister Jane” series that features the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a “Sneaky Pie” mystery featuring the National Beagle Club, which is housed at a spectacular (and real) historic property in western Loudoun County. I’m a fangirl of Rita Mae for sure — check out the article to find out why (at least partially).

Local Literary Tidbits:

Terence Faherty’s novel “Play a Cold Hand” and Kristen Lepionka’s “The Last Place You Look” are nominees for Shamus Awards from the Private Eye Writers of America.

Lori Rader-Day – UNDER A DARK SKY (William Morrow) launched August 7, and she’s out on the road promoting it. Her website is packed with events, including a couple of events with Willian Kent Krueger below.

William Kent Krueger – DESOLATION MOUNTAIN (Atria) releases in August, too. From his website: In an early review, Publishers Weekly called it “haunting… Krueger skillfully combines the otherworldly setting of the Minnesota wilds with Native American lore to create a winning mystery with more than a few surprises.

Julia Buckley also is releasing A DARK & TWISTING PATH.

Her next novel (VIRTUAL SABOTAGE, coming Oct. 23) will be offered as an ARC in a drawing entered by e-mailing, putting “VS Giveaway” as the subject, and telling her your favorite story or stories (books, movies, TV shows, etc.) that feature an element of science fiction. Then sign up for her newsletter at and check your e-mail to see who won.

VIRTUAL SABOTAGE is not about the gadgets and gizmos that power its Science Fiction setting. Rather, it’s about the characters—some you’ll love, some you’ll hate—and how they interact with one another in a society addicted to virtual reality.

Good luck!



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