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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.


Julia Spencer-Fleming, In the Bleak Midwinter (2002)

Feb 16, 2016 Main Library

“It was one hell of a night to throw away a baby”. Newly ordained Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne join forces to find an abandoned newborn’s mother in this debut novel, winner of St. Martin’s Malice domestic Award 2001.


George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1972)

Mar 15, 2016 Main Library, Conference Room

“Jackie Brown at twenty-six, with no expression on his face, said that he could get some guns”. Small time gun runner Eddie Coyle is facing a serious prison sentence unless he sells out one of his clients in this classic Boston crime novel that Elmore Leonard calls the best ever written.


Jussi Adler-Olsen, JussiThe Keeper of Lost Causes (2011)

Apr 19, 2016 Main Library, Conference Room

Copenhagen police detective Carl Morck has been exiled to a basement office and put in charge of Department Q, a cold case limbo. His colleagues may laugh, but the case of a politician missing and presumed dead for five years intrigues him, and she isn’t dead – yet. Adler-Olsen has won just about every Nordic crime-writing award.


Stephanie Barron, Jane and the Canterbury Tale (2011)

May 17, 2016 Main Library, Conference Room

“There is nothing like a sojourn in the environs of Canterbury, indeed, for the refreshment and further education of a novelist—albeit a secret one, like myself”. Jane Austen investigates the suspicious death of a man found on her brother Edward’s estate in this novel Oprah called one of the “9 mysteries every thinking woman should read”.


Josephine Tey, The Franchise Affair (1949)

Jun 21, 2016 Main Library, Conference Room

Robert Blair, a lawyer with a comfortable civil practice, is asked to defend two women accused of imprisoning and beating a teenage girl in this classic of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. The UK Crime Writers’ Association named it one of the top 100 crime novels of all time.


C.S.Harris, Why Kings Confess (2014)

Jul 19, 2016 Main Library, Conference Room

The gruesome murder of a young French physician in Regency London draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his pregnant wife, Hero, into a dangerous, decades-old mystery. Nominee for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery of 2014.


Katherine Hall Page, The Body in the Lighthouse (2003)

Aug 16, 2016 Main Library, Conference Room

To escape the misery of a sweltering August in Aleford, Massachusetts, caterer and minister's wife Faith Fairchild and her family head for their cottage on Maine's peaceful Sanpere Island in Penobscot Bay. But things have changed on Sanpere, courtesy of an aggressive developer. When Faith discovers a corpse she must track down a killer for the sake of a friend and the island she loves.