Tuesday, May 1, 2018

June 2018 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday June 5, 2018 as we discuss, The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker. This is the first book by Parker featuring Spenser, a private investigator in Boston, Massachusetts. These books were the inspiration for the 1980's television series, "Spenser for Hire".
The summary of the book from the author's website is, "Spenser earned his degree from the school of hard knocks, so he is ready when a Boston university hires him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript. He is hardly surprised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest. The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up marked "D" -- for dead."
We will be meeting in the Second Floor Meeting Room at 7:00 pm. This will be the 100th title that the book club has read.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

May 2018 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday May 1, 2018. We will be discussing Christine Falls by Benjamin Black. This book is the first featuring Quirke, who is a pathologist in Dublin, Ireland during the 1950s. Benjamin Black is the pen name of author John Banville, an award-winning writer.
The book summary from the author’s website is:” It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse-and concealing the cause of death.
It turns out the body belonged to a young woman named Christine Falls. And as Quirke reluctantly presses on toward the true facts behind her death, he comes up against some insidious-and very well guarded-secrets of Dublin's high Catholic society, among them members of his own family.”
We will be meeting in the Second Floor Meeting Room at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

April 2018 Book Selection

Please join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday April 3, 2018. We will be discussing And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander. This is the first book in the Lady Emily series. This book features a young widow living in Victorian London. She starts to discover facts about her late husband, and becomes embroiled in a mystery that involved him.
The book synopsis is "Emily agreed to wed Philip, the Viscount Ashton, primarily to escape her overbearing mother. Philip's death while on safari soon after their wedding left Emily feeling little grief, for she barely knew the dashing stranger. But her discovery of his journals nearly two years later reveals a far different man than she imagined -- a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who apparently love his new wife deeply. Emily's desire to learn more of her late husband leads her through the quiet corners of the British Museum and into a dangerous  mystery involving rare stolen artifacts. To complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions go beyond matrimony into darker realms..."
We will be meeting in the Second Floor Meeting Room at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

March 2018 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday March 6, 2018. We will be discussing The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill. This is the first book featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun. Siri is state pathologist in the newly communist country of Laos.
The book summary is, “Laos, 1978: Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old medical doctor has unwillingly been appointed the national coroner of the new socialist Laos. His lab is underfunded, his boss is incompetent, and his support staff is quirky, to say the least. But Siri’s sense of humor gets him through his often frustrating days. When the body of the wife of a prominent politician comes through his morgue, Siri has reason to suspect the woman has been murdered. To get to the truth, Siri and his team face government secrets, spying neighbors, victim hauntings, Hmong shamans, botched romances, and other deadly dangers. Somehow, Siri must figure out a way to balance the will of the party and the will of the dead.”

We will be meeting in the Second Floor Meeting Room at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

February 2018 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday February 6, 2018. We will be reading The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty. This is the first book featuring Detective Sean Duffy. The book takes place in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles”, notably, after the death of Bobby Sands and other hunger strikers. Duffy is in an odd position, he is a Catholic working for the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).
The book summary from the publisher’s website is:” Spring 1981. Northern Ireland. Belfast on the verge of outright civil war. The Thatcher government has flooded the area with soldiers but nightly there are riots, bombings, and sectarian attacks.
In the midst of the chaos, Sean Duffy, a young, witty, Catholic detective in the almost entirely Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, is trying to track down a serial killer who is targeting gay men. As a Catholic policeman, Duffy is suspected by both sides and there are layers of complications. For one thing, homosexuality is illegal in Northern Ireland in 1981. Then he discovers that one of the victims was involved in the IRA, but was last seen discussing business with someone from the Protestant UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force).”

Join us in the Second Floor Meeting Room at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

January 2018 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday January 2, 2018. We will be reading Bubbles Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer. This is the first book featuring Bubbles Yablonsky. Bubbles is a hair stylist who takes journalism classes in hopes of landing a better job. She soon becomes involved in a mystery. This book won the 2001 Agatha Award for Best First Novel.
      The book description from the author’s website is: “…Convinced there’s more to life than giving blue dye jobs at Sandy’s House of Beauty, Bubbles Yablonsky has done what few in Lehigh, PA, would dare: she’s gone back to school. And if her day gig, journalism classes, and on-the-job training at a local paper aren’t enough, there’s always her family to liven things up-from her bottom-feeding, social-climbing ex-husband to her precocious teenage daughter to her gun-toting mother, who just escaped from the Polish Old Folks Apartments. But when Bubbles stumbles on a crime scene on the way home from an assignment, she is suddenly up to her roots in a nasty murder investigation . . . with suspects ranging from a greedy steel tycoon to a sexy photographer named Stiletto. It could be the Big Break she’s been waiting for. If it doesn’t kill her first. With her big hair and even bigger heart, Bubbles Yablonsky is a delightful and winning protagonist that readers will root for every step of the way.”
      We will meet in the Second Floor Meeting Room at 7:00 PM. Have a happy holiday season.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

December 2017 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday December 5, 2017. We will be discussing Christmas is Murder by C.S. Challinor. This is the first book featuring Scots barrister Rex Graves. This cozy mystery takes place during the Christmas holiday season in an English manor house that has been converted to a hotel.
The book summary is: “Not even a blizzard can keep Rex Graves away from Swanmere Manor, a secluded Victorian hotel in the English countryside owned by the eccentric Dahlia Smithings. But instead of Christmas cheer, the Scottish barrister finds a dead guest. Was it a stroke that killed old Mr. Lawdry? Or an almond tart laced with poison? When more guests die, all hopes for a jolly holiday are dashed. Snowbound and terrified, no one can escape the cold-blooded killer. Rex takes it upon himself to unravel the mystery. A biography of President George W. Bush found charred in the fireplace might offer a few clues. Could the killer be the sherry-swilling handyman? The gay antiques dealer with the biting wit? The quarreling newlyweds? Surely it's not Helen D'Arcy, the lovely lass Rex seems to be falling for...”
Join us at 7:00 pm in the Second Floor Meeting Room.