Mystery Lovers’ Book Club December 2018

Our next reading list is up, starting with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon. It’s quick story and a great read — perfect during the busy holiday season. Thanks to everyone who submitted stories and talked about titles for an interesting list for the next year.

Serendipitously, our March 2019 author, Sophie Hannah, will also be the keynote speaker at the March 23 2091 Murder & Mayhem Chicago, a one-day conference geared to readers and librarians looking for new books and aspiring authors hoping to learn about craft and publishing careers. It’s only $50 for a ticket (or $60 for a ticket and tee-shirt) until December 31, after which the price increases. Student pricing available. It’s a great day for those who love the genre!

Happy Reading!

December 2018: 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon -Time Paperback – May 18, 2004
“A bestselling modern classic—both poignant and funny—about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor’s dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.” Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

January 2019: The Perfect Nanny by Leila slimani’s

When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family’s beautiful apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.

February 2019: Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

A mesmerizing psychological thriller about how a secret can bind two friends together forever…or tear them apart.Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane’s academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them.

March 2019: The Mystery of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

Hercule Poirot returns home after an agreeable luncheon to find an angry woman waiting to berate him outside his front door. Her name is Sylvia Rule, and she demands to know why Poirot has accused her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. She is furious to be so accused, and deeply shocked. Poirot is equally shocked, because he too has never heard of any Barnabas Pandy, and he certainly did not send the letter in question. He cannot convince Sylvia Rule of his innocence, however, and she marches away in a rage.

Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?

April 2019: Caged (Agent Sayer Altair #1) by Ellison Cooper

FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair hunts for evil in the deepest recesses of the human mind. Still reeling from the death of her fiance, she wants nothing more than to focus on her research into the brains of serial killers.

May 2019: The Frangipani Tree Mystery isn’t your grandmother’s sedate English cozy whodunnit. That’s because Yu, best known for a modern-day Singapore-based mystery series featuring a restauranteur named Aunty Lee, has her eye on more than murder. You could say Yu is a woke Agatha Christie. She’s also a remarkable talent with a vivid sense of time, place, and character. She puts her skills to use to conjure a captivating Singapore where dramatically different cultures blend, unite and divide.

June 2019: Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Devil in the Grove, the gripping true story of a small town with a big secret. In December 1957, the wife of a Florida citrus baron is raped in her home while her husband is away. She claims a “husky Negro” did it, and the sheriff, the infamous racist Willis McCall, does not hesitate to round up a herd of suspects.

July 2019: The Widows of Malabar Hill Sujata Massey (Soho Crime) Set in India in 1921, this outstanding series launch introduces Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female solicitor, whose efforts to assist three widows in an estate case enmeshes her in a murder investigation. Thoughtful characterizations, especially of the capable, fiercely independent lead, bode well for future installments

August 2019: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

Verticality, architectural and social, is the lofty idea at the heart of Colson Whitehead’s first novel that takes place in an unnamed high-rise city that combines 21st-century engineering feats with 19th-century pork-barrel politics. Elevators are the technological expression of the vertical ideal, and Lila Mae Watson, the city’s first black female elevator inspector, is its embattled token of upward mobility.

September 2019: The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem,

Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer in the desert outside of Los Angeles. She’s on a quest to find her friend’s missing daughter, Arabella, and hears that Heist is preternaturally good at finding people who don’t want to be found…

October 2019: Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told  Poso Wells

When journalist Patrick Bracken returns to Gohen, the Irish village where he was born, he knows the eyes of the townspeople are on him. He has come home to investigate two deaths that happened decades earlier when he was a child, deaths that were ruled accidental. But Patrick knows—and believes the whole town knows—they were murders. He knows because he and his best friend, Mikey Lamb, were witnesses.

November 2019: The Word Is Murder Anthony Horowitz (Harper)mIn bestseller Horowitz’s metafictional crime novel, Horowitz himself joins forces with Daniel Hawthorne, a former detective inspector, in trying to solve the case of a well-to-do woman who scheduled her own funeral just hours before she was murdered in her London home. The author nicely balances deduction and wit in this tour de force.