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Mystery Book Discussion Group

Bring your lunch and join us the third Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 in the conference room on the second floor of the Main Library, at 361 Washington Street.

Copies of the book to be discussed will be available at the front desk 4 weeks before the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact reference librarian Liz Mellett at (617) 730-2369 or via email.

The complete list of books the group has read in the past.

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Robert Crais, L.A. Requiem (1999)

Dec 16, 2014 Main Library, Conference Room

P.I. Joe Pike and his partner Elvis Cole are asked to investigate the brutal murder of Pike’s former lover because her father, a powerful politician, doesn’t trust the police. Pike himself becomes a suspect, and it becomes increasingly clear that the killer is connected to the death of Pike’s old partner on the police force. Nominated for multiple awards, L. A. Requiem won the Dilys Award for the mystery members of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association most enjoyed hand selling in 2000.

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Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2002)

Jan 20, 2015 Main Library

Precious Ramotswe sets up her detective agency in Botswana because she “wants to help people with problems in their lives.” She is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter, but when she looks for a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been taken by witch doctors, things turn dangerous. Voted one of the international books of the year and the millennium by the Times Literary Supplement, and the basis for the HBO series of the same name.

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Helene Tursten, Detective Inspector Huss (2003)

Feb 17, 2015 Main Library

Inspector Irene Huss is called to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy financier. But the “Society Suicide” is in reality a carefully plotted murder, leading Huss and her colleagues to Sweden’s underworld of drug dealers and biker gangs. First in the bestselling Swedish mystery series.

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Briuan McGilloway, Borderlands (2008)

Mar 17, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room

Small town Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin investigates his first murder when the body of local teenager Angela Cashell is found on the Tyrone-Donegal border. Shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award 2007, Borderlands was called one of the most impressive debuts of that year by The Times.

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Sarah Paretsky, Blood Shot (1988)

Apr 21, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room

Chicago private eye V. I. Warshawski reluctantly agrees to look for the father of an old childhood friend. Her search turns dangerous when the body of another old friend turns up and V.I. herself is warned off by a powerful man with a lot to hide. Paretsky was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, their highest honor.

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Jonathan Kellerman, Billy Straight (1998)

May 19, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room

Street kid Billy Straight witnesses the brutal murder of a woman whose ex-husband is a TV celebrity with a history of domestic violence. LAPD homicide detective Petra Connor searches for the murderer, and for Billy, who is running for his life. The Los Angeles Times called this “Riveting . . . nobody evokes Los Angeles better than Jonathan Kellerman.”

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Rennie Airth, River of Darkness (1999)

Jun 16, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room

Scotland Yard Inspector John Madden, physically and emotionally scarred by his time in the trenches during the Great War, is sent to a small Surrey village to solve a gruesome crime that local police are inclined to dismiss as a burglary gone awry. This New York Times Notable Book is the first in an award- winning series.

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Richard Stark, Comback (1997)

Jul 21, 2015 Main Library, Conference Room

The heist was a success – half a million dollars stolen from a televangelist. The double- cross came later. Legendary thief Parker is not a man whom it is wise to betray, and even on the run, chased by those on both sides of the law, he is a force to be reckoned with. Publishers Weekly said “Energy and imagination light up virtually every page, as does some of the best hard-boiled prose ever to grace the noir genre.” A New York Times Notable Book.