About the Mystery Lovers’ Book Club

Finding Great Stories Since 2014

Mystery Lovers’ Book Club is focused on mysteries (as the name implies), usually meeting the third Thursday of every month since March 20, 2014. MLBC continues as a casual group of serious readers located (mostly) in Founders’ Grove, a Central Illinois neighborhood filled with character and characters. We’re not formal or focused on prepared questions, but avid readers who chat about and around what’s on the page. It’s no problem if everyone hasn’t read the book, but spoilers rip after fair warning. One (or two or three or none) might bring drinks or snacks, but it’s loose without R.S.V.P.s or meeting sign-ups. In any case, our discussion is always engaging.


Mystery Lovers’ Book Club Reading List


  • February: Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
  • March: Harlem Shuffle: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
  • April: A Town Called Solace by New York Times bestselling author Mary Lawson
  • May: The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths
  • June: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  • July: Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews
  • August: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
  • September: How to Find Your Way in the Dark by Derek B. Miller
  • October: Lemon by Kwon Yeo-Sun
  • November: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
  • December (or January 2023?): Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke


  • February: Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
  • March: The Searcher by Tana French
  • April: Gentleman Thief by Arsene Lupin
  • May: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • June: Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
  • July: Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
  • August: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  • September: When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neil
  • Oct: Mrs.Sherlock Holmes: Missing Girl Case that Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca
  • November: Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson


  • February: Blanch on the Lam by Barbara Neely
  • March: Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
  • April: Dark Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine
  • May: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
  • June: Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
  • July: Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
  • August: The Island by Ragnar Joannason
  • September: The Passenger by Lisa Lutzhttps
  • October: Temper by Layne Fargo
  • November: A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate by Susanna Calkins


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


  • February: Human Acts by Han Kang
  • March: Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
  • April: A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes
  • May: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • June: Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
  • July: My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
  • August: Triptych by Karin Slaughter
  • September: Her Last Day by Jessie Cole
  • October: Himself by Jess Kid


  • January: Last Police Man by Ben H. Winters
  • February: A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie
  • March: Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling
  • April: Darktown by Thomas Mullen
  • May: The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  • June: Lady Copy Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
  • July: The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day
  • August: The Quiet Game by Greg Iles
  • September: Shall We Not Revenge by Diane Pirrone
  • October: The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller
  • November: Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg
  • December: Jar City by Amaldur Indridason


  • January: The Other Typist: A NOVEL by Suzanne Rindell
  • February: Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
  • March: You will Know Me by Meghan Abbott
  • April: Daughter of Time by Josephine They
  • May: Design for Dying by Renee Patrick
  • June: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • July: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia
  • August: Divers clothes lie empty by Vendela Vida
  • September: Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky
  • October: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia


  • January: Horrorstor: A Novel by Grady Hendrix
  • February: The Killing Circle by Andrew Paper
  • April: Death by Hitchcock by Elissa D. Grodin
  • May: In the Woods by Tana French
  • June: Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn
  • July: Belessing Way by Tony Hillerman
  • August: Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
  • September: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


  • March: How to Cook a Cherry Tart by
  • April: Chump Change by G.M. Ford
  • September: Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
  • October: Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  • November: Invisible Murder by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis


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