Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Moscow, May 1876. What would cause a talented student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public? Decadence and boredom, it is presumed. But young sleuth Erast Fandorin is not satisfied with the conclusion that this death is an open-and-shut case, nor with the preliminary detective work the precinct has done–and for good reason: The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder, witnessed firsthand by Fandorin himself.
Relying on his keen intuition, the eager detective plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe, landing him at the center of a vast conspiracy with the deadliest of implications."
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The North Providence Mystery Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday April 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The book we will be discussing is Medicus: a novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie. The main character is Gaius Petrius Ruso, an army doctor who takes a posting in Roman Britain. The book's blurb states "Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on his luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. His arrival in Deva (more commonly known as Chester, England) does little to improve his mood, and after a straight thirty six hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. Now he has a new problem: a slave who won't talk and can't cook, and drags trouble in her wake. Before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar. A few years earlier, after he rescued Emperor Trajan from an earthquake in Antioch, Ruso seemed headed for glory: now he's living among heathens in a vermin-infested bachelor pad and must summon all his forensic knowledge to find a killer who may be after him next. Who are the true barbarians, the conquered or the conquerors? It's up to Ruso--certainly the most likeable sleuth to come out of the Roman Empire--to discover the truth. With a gift for comic timing and historic detail, Ruth Downie has conjured an ancient world as raucous and real as our own."
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Join us on Tuesday March 5, 2013 as the North Providence Mystery Book Club discusses Fortune like the Moon by Alys Clare. This book is the first in the Hawkenlye series. The synopsis from the publisher's website states: "It is 1157, and a young nun from Hawkenlye Abbey has been found with her throat slashed. The people of rural Kent are quick to jump to conclusions: Surely the murderer must be one of the felons released by the new king, Richard Plantagenet, as a sign of his goodness and charity. When King Richard dispatches a soldier of fortune, Josse d'Acquin, to investigate the shockingly brutal crime, Josse understands that his true mission is to absolve the king from blame. But neither the king nor Josse has reckoned with the one person who is determined to find the truth at all costs--the remarkable Abbess of Hawkenlye, who ultimately joins with Josse to uncover the menace lurking behind the orderly facade of life in the convent and the surrounding manors. Fortune Like the Moon not only recreates the violence and beauty of medieval times but introduces a truly wonderful new pair of detectives."
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The next North Providence Mystery Book Club will be held on Tuesday February 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM. We will be discussing Cover Her Face by P. D. James. This is the first book featuring the detective Adam Dagliesh. In it, a young unwed mother, Sally Jupp is found murdered, and Dalgliesh must sift through the many suspects and motives before finding her killer. This title, and others in this series have been dramatized and shown on PBS. Please join us.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Join us on January 8th, 2013 as we discuss A trouble of fools by Linda Barnes. This is the first in the Carlotta Carlyle series based in Boston. From the author's website --"It's the kind of case that has "NO!" written all over it. But ex-cop Carlotta Carlyle has a P.I. license getting moldy from disuse, so she takes on the search for a little old lady's missing brother. After all, how much trouble could an aging cabbie get into? Plenty, Carlotta learns, as she uncovers a scam of laundered money and drug running, all mixed together in that dangerously powerful brew known as Boston-Irish politics."