Tuesday, March 2, 2021

April 2021 Book Selection

 

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday April 6, 2021. We will be discussing The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz. This is the first book featuring Horowitz himself and detective Daniel Hawthorne. Anthony Horowitz has written the Alex Rider series for young adults, and also created, and wrote the television series, Foyle’s War.

 The book description from the publisher’s website is, “Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes. One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper – the wealthy mother of a famous actor - enters a funeral parlor. She is there to plan her own service. Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain cord in her own home. Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric investigator who’s as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. Hawthorne needs a ghost writer to document his life; a Watson to his Holmes. He chooses Anthony Horowitz. Drawn in against his will, Horowitz soon finds himself at the center of a story he cannot control. Hawthorne is brusque, temperamental and annoying but even so his latest case with its many twists and turns proves irresistible. The writer and the detective form an unusual partnership. At the same time, it soon becomes clear that Hawthorne is hiding some dark secrets of his own.”

The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm using the Zoom App. For more information ask Sara at the Reference Desk.


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

March 2021 Book Selection

 

Join the Mystery Book Club on Tuesday March 2, 2021. We will be reading Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin. This is the first book featuring Inspector John Rebus. Rebus is a detective based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

From the publisher’s website, “Inspector John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer, he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle....”

We will be meeting using Zoom at 6:30 pm. For more information, ask for Sara at the Reference Desk.


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

February 2021 Book Selection

 Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday February 2, 2021. We will be discussing, The Good Detective by John McMahon. This is the first book featuring detective P.T. Marsh, who lives in works in a small town in Georgia.

The book description from the publisher’s website is, “Detective P.T. Marsh was a rising star on the police force of Mason Falls, Georgia–until his wife and young son died in an accident. Since that night, he’s lost the ability to see the line between smart moves and disastrous decisions. Such as when he agrees to help out a woman by confronting her abusive boyfriend. When the next morning he gets called to the scene of his newest murder case, he is stunned to arrive at the house of the very man he beat up the night before. He could swear the guy was alive when he left, but can he be sure? What’s certain is that his fingerprints are all over the crime scene.The trouble is only beginning. When the dead body of a black teenager is found in a burned-out field with a portion of a blackened rope around his neck, P.T. realizes he might have killed the number-one suspect of this horrific crime. Amid rising racial tension and media scrutiny, P.T. uncovers something sinister at the heart of the boy’s murder–a conspiracy leading all the way back to the time of the Civil War. Risking everything to unravel the puzzle even as he fights his own personal demons, P.T. races headlong toward an incendiary and life-altering showdown.”

We meet using Zoom at 6:30 pm. For more information, ask for Sara at the Reference Desk.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

January 2021 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday January 5, 2021. We will be discussing, Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews. This is the first book featuring Meg Langslow.

The summary from the publisher’s website is, “So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptials of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the lawn. Only help from the town's drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors. And, in whirl of summer parties and picnics, Southern hospitality is strained to the limit by an offensive newcomer who hints at skeletons in the guests' closets. But it seems this lady has offended one too many when she's found dead in suspicious circumstances, followed by a string of accidents--some fatal. Soon, level-headed Meg's to-do list extends from flower arrangements and bridal registries to catching a killer--before the next catered event is her own funeral...”

We will meet using Zoom at 6:30 pm. Have a Happy Holiday Season.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

December 2020 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday December 1, 2020. We will be discussing Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson. This is the first book in the Goldy Bear series, which also includes recipes.

The synopsis from the publisher’s website is “Even though working a wake isn’t Goldy Bear’s idea of fun, the Colorado caterer throws herself into preparing a savory feast featuring Poached Salmon and Strawberry Shortcake Buffet designed to soothe forty mourners. Her culinary efforts seem to be exactly what the doctor ordered . . . until her former father-in-law, gynecologist Fritz Korman, is struck down—and Goldy is accused of adding poison to the menu. Now, with the Department of Health impounding her leftovers, her ex-husband trashing her name, and her business close to being shut down, Goldy knows she can’t wait for the police to serve up answers. She soon uncovers more than one skeleton in the closet, along with a veritable slew of unpalatable secrets—the kind that could make Goldy the main course in an unsavory killer’s next murder.”

We will meet at 6:30 pm using the Zoom App.


 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

November 2020 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday November 10, 2020. We will be discussing Above Suspicion by Lynda La Plante. This is the first book featuring Detective Anna Travis. Lynda La Plante is known for creating the character Jane Tennison. 

The synopsis from the author’s website is “Young Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case – a series of killings that has shocked even the most hardened of detectives. They started eight years ago, and now the body count is up to six. The method of killing is the same, the backgrounds of the girls identical – all drug-users and prostitutes. Then a seventh body is found. The modus operandi is the same – but the victim is a young student with the ‘face of an angel’. The profile of the murderer has changed dramatically… Determined to earn the respect of her male colleagues, Anna stumbles on a vital piece of information that links one man to the killings, a much-loved actor on the brink of international stardom. His arrest would create a media frenzy. But if he were found innocent, his wouldn’t be the only career over – Anna’s hard-fought reputation would be destroyed once and for all…” 

We will be meeting on the second Tuesday, since the first is Election Day.  We will be meeting at 6:30 pm using the Zoom App.

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

October 2020 Book Selection


The North Providence Mystery Book Club will meet on Tuesday October 6, 2020. We will be discussing A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh. This book was published in 1934, during the “Golden Age” of British Mysteries. It is the first book featuring Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn.
The plot of the novel takes place during one of Sir Hubert Handesley’s weekend parties, which features a murder game, which was a popular house party game at the time. The game involved one guest acting as the murderer, and another the chosen victim, and the other guests asking questions. However, during this particular weekend, one of the guest actually ends up murdered. Scotland Yard Detective Roderick Alleyn is called in to investigate the crime. There are many motives and suspects, including jealous spouses, jilted lovers, and communist spies.
We will meet using the Zoom App at 7:00 pm.