Mystery Lovers’ Book Club and Reading List

Finding Great Stories Since 2014

The Mystery Book Lovers’ Club started in March of 2014 as a casual group of serious readers located (mostly) in the Founders’ Grove Neighborhood, Central Illinois. We all love to read (duh) and do talk about the books, but we’re not formal or focused on prepped questions. Likewise, it’s no problem if you haven’t read the book, but expect spoilers. Someone (or two or three or none) might bring wine or snacks, but I don’t have sign-ups or R.S.V.P.s for meetings. Sometimes I’m scrambling for chairs or there will be just a few of us — but the discussion is always enjoyable!

This book club is focused on mysteries (as the name implies), and usually meet the third Thursday of the month at 7 PM Central.

Finding Great Titles Together Since 2014!


  • 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


  • 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
  • November
  • December: Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason


  • 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:
  • 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: The Killing Circle by Andrew Paper
  • December: Jar City by Amaldur Indridason


  • March: How to Cook a Cherry Tart
  • April: Chump Change by G.M. Ford


  • January: The Perfect Nanny by Leila slimani’s
  • 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: The Widows of Malabar by Sujata Massey
  • 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


  • January:
  • February:
  • March:
  • April:
  • May:
  • June: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • July: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • August: Divers Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
  • September: Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky
  • October:
  • November: Just One Look by Harlan Coben
  • December: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis


  • January: Horrorstor: A Novel by Grady Hendrix
  • February:
  • March:
  • April:
  • May:
  • June:
  • July: Death by Hitchcock by Elissa D. Grodin
  • August: Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
  • September:
  • October:
  • November:
  • December: