Mystery Lovers’ Book Club January 2019

Great meeting in December! Here’s information on our next title, and a few literary tidbits about authors we’ve read, local writers, and anything else that struck my fancy. Kareem Jabar and Sherlock Holmes anyone? 

 

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.

Upcoming selections:
February 2019: Give me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
March 2019: The Mystery of Three Quarters: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) April 2019: Caged (Agent Sayer Altair #1) by Ellison Cooper
May 2019: The Frangipani Tree Mystery
June 2019: Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King
July 2019: The Widows of Malabar by Sujata Massey
August 2019: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
September 2019: The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem,
October 2019: Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told  by Poso Wells
November 2019: The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

 

Literary Tidbits:
BBC Article: Northern Ireland: Generation Crime steps out of the Troubles, including an Interview with Ian McKinty, author of our selection, Gun Street Girl.
Anthony Horowitz writes “I had enormous fun writing The Word is Murder and I’m already half-way through the sequel, Another Word for Murder.” Sounds like perfect timing if you need a quick follow-up after we finish Word in November!Read THE DETECTIVE STORY AS META-FICTION, Anthony Horowitz on Centuries of Self-Referential Literature in Crime Reads.
While you’re on the Crime Reads site, check out KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR AND THE
EVOLVING SHERLOCK CANON. Because where else can you find Kareem and Sherlock together?
Gillian Flynn reviewed our March 2019 selection: Sophie Hannah’s A MYSTERY OF THREE QUARTERS in Goodreads:
“We Agatha Christie fans read her stories — and particularly her Poirot novels — because the mysteries are invariably equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging. Sophie Hannah had a massive challenge in reviving the beloved Poirot, and she met it with heart and no small amount of little grey cells. I was thrilled to see the Belgian detective in such very, very good hands. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home.”
Finally, I saw this podcast list for those who love mysteries, thrillers, and true crime. I know our members have great podcasts they recommend, so send me your favorites and I’ll post them next time!
Happy Reading!