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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.


Barbara Cleverly, Last Kashmiri rose (2001)

May 20, 2014 Main Library, Conference Room

In a land of saffron sunsets and blazing summer heat, an Englishwoman has been found dead, her wrists slit, her body floating in a bathtub of blood and water. But is it suicide or murder? The case falls to Scotland Yard Inspector Joe Sandilands, who survived the horror of the Western Front and has endured six sultry months in English-ruled Calcutta... Publishers Weekly called this “a well-written fair-play mystery… and an impressive debut…Classic whodunit fans should look forward to Cleverly's future efforts.” Winner of the Crime Writer Association's Debut Dagger competition.


Ann Cleeves, Raven black (2007)

Jun 17, 2014 Main Library, Conference Room

Long a celebrated crime writer in Britain, Ann Cleeves' fame went international when she won the coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger for this series debut set in the remote Scottish Shetland Islands. Inspector Jimmy Perez launches an investigation when the body of a teenage girl turns up in the winter snow. Locals are quick to suspect Magnus Tait, the proverbial loner who was accused of kidnapping a girl eight years ago. But Perez and his colleagues from the mainland are not convinced. Originally intended as a standalone novel, Raven black proved so popular that the author wrote more, until she had a quartet covering all four seasons.