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.
Laurie R. King, The Art of Detection (2006)
Mar 18, 2014 Main Library, Conference Room
San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli has seen her share of peculiar things at murder scenes but never anything quite like this: an ornate Victorian sitting room straight out of a Sherlock Holmes story – complete with gunshots in the wallpaper that spell out the initials of the late queen. Who killed Holmes fanatic Philip Gilbert? Could the motive possibly have anything to do with a century-old manuscript said to be written by Holmes himself? Multi award-winning author King won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery in 2007 for what Booklist called “a tour de force and a great read.”
Qiu Xiaolong, Death of a red heroine (2000)
Apr 15, 2014 Main Library, Conference Room
Chief Inspector Chen Cao, head of the Shanghai Police Bureau’s Special Cases Squad, homicide division, finds his career, and perhaps even his life, is in jeopardy when he investigates the murder of a woman who was a National Model Worker. The Communist Party wants the case solved without anything embarrassing to the Party coming out. A fascinating look at China in the 1990s. The Wall Street Journal called Death of a red heroine “a marvelously assured debut”. It was nominated for an Edgar Award and won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel in 2001.
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.