Tuesday, August 3, 2021

September 2021 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday September 7, 2021. We will be discussing A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch. This is the first book featuring Charles Lenox, a Victorian Era gentleman who solves crimes.

The description from the publisher’s website is, “Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery. Prudence Smith, one of Jane's former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prue had dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by the motive for the girl's death. When another body turns up during the London season's most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence Smith? Or was it something else entirely? And can Lenox find the answer before the killer strikes again—this time, disturbingly close to home?”

We will be meeting at 6:30 pm in the Community Room, and also using Zoom. For more information, call Sara at the Reference Desk, 353-5600, ext. 809.

 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

August 2021 Book Selection

 

Join the Mystery Book Club on Tuesday August 3, 2021. We will be discussing Buried in a Bog by Sheila Connolly. This is the first in the County Cork Mysteries which, as the series title suggests, takes place in a small village in County Cork, Ireland.

The book description from the author’s website is, “Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where Gran was born—never expecting to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.

In the pub, she's swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of an almost 100-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body is connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she's about to become mired in a homicide investigation. Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head...”

We will be meeting at 6:30 pm using the Zoom app. For more information, and the link, call Sara at the Reference Desk, 353-5600. Ext. 809.



Tuesday, June 1, 2021

July 2021 Book Selection

 

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday July 6, 2021. We will be reading The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. This story takes place in Japan, and is the first featuring Manabu Yukawa, known as “Professor Galileo”.

The book description from the publisher’s website is “Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor. Overhearing the commotion, Yasuko's next door neighbor, middle-aged high school mathematics teacher Ishigami, offers his help, disposing not only of the body but plotting the cover-up step-by-step. When the body turns up and is identified, Detective Kusanagi draws the case and Yasuko comes under suspicion. Kusanagi is unable to find any obvious holes in Yasuko's manufactured alibi and yet is still sure that there's something wrong. Kusanagi brings in Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a physicist and college friend who frequently consults with the police. Yukawa, known to the police by the nickname Professor Galileo, went to college with Ishigami. After meeting up with him again, Yukawa is convinced that Ishigami had something to do with the murder. What ensues is a high level battle of wits, as Ishigami tries to protect Yasuko by outmaneuvering and outthinking Yukawa, who faces his most clever and determined opponent yet.”

We will be meeting at 6:30 pm using the Zoom App. Contact Sara at the reference desk for more information, and the link.


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

June 2021 Book Selection

 

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday June 1, 2021. We will be discussing, In the Woods by Tana French. This is the first book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. This book focuses on detectives Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox. Subsequent books in the series focus on different detectives on the squad. 

The summary from the author’s website is “As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.”  

We will be meeting at 6:30 using the Zoom App. For more information and the link, contact Sara at the Reference Desk.


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

May 2021 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday May 4, 2021. We will be reading, Bangkok 8 by John Burdett. This is the first book featuring the detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, who lives and works in the Southeast Asian city of Bangkok, Thailand. His character stands out because he is one of the only policemen who is not corrupt.

 The book description from the publisher’s website is, “Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G.I.—is hell-bent on wreaking revenge. On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process. In a city fueled by illicit drugs and infinite corruption, prostitution and priceless art, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him into a world much more sinister than he could have ever imagined.”

We will meet using the Zoom app at 6:30 pm. For more information and link, call Sara at the Reference Desk. 353-5600 ext. 809.

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.