Tuesday, January 6, 2015

February 2015 Book Selection

Join the Mystery Book Club on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM when we will be discussing Heresy by S. J. Parris. This is an historical mystery featuring Giordano Bruno, an Italian monk who was charged with heresy by the Inquisition. In this book, he flees to England, and begins to work for Queen Elizabeth I. The summary of the book is: "When fugitive Italian monk Giordano Bruno--philosopher, magician, and heretical scientist-- arrives in London, he's only one step ahead of the Inquisition. An undercover mission for Queen Elizabeth I and her spymaster provides added protection. Officially, Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe at Oxford University, unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen. But when his mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly deaths and the charms of a mysterious but beautiful young woman, he realizes that somewhere within Oxford's private chambers lurks a brutal killer..." S. J. Parris is the pen name of Stephanie Merritt, who is a  journalist in Great Britain.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

January 2015 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 when we will be discussing The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. This is the first book in the Spellman series, the Spellmans are a family of private investigators. In this book we meet Isabel "Izzy" Spellman who works for the family's firm. The book description is "This twenty-eight-year-old my have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors--but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm, Spellman investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Isabel. In fact, it comes naturally to all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman, tail a Spellman, dig up dirt on, and wiretap a Spellman.
Have a happy holiday season.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

December 2014 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm as we discuss, A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava. This is the first book in the Maggie O'Dell series. Maggie is an FBI profiler. From the author's website: "The brutal murders of three young boys paralyze the citizens of Platte City, Nebraska. What's worse is the grim realization that the man recently execute for the crimes was a copycat. When Sheriff Nick Morelli is called to the scene of another grisly murder, it becomes clear that the real predator is still at large, waiting to kill again. Morelli understands the urgency of the case terrorizing his community, but it's the experienced eye of FBI criminal profiler Maggie O'Dell that pinpoints the true nature of the evil behind the killings -- a revelation made all the more horrific when Morelli's own nephew goes missing. Maggie understands something else: the killer is enjoying himself, relishing his ability to stay one step ahead of her, making this case more personal by the hour. But out there, watching is a killer with a heart of pure and perfect evil."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

November 2014 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM as we will be discussing The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. This is the first book in the Cormoran Strike series.
The publisher's summary is: "After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He also has just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, know to her friends at the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man. You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

October 2014 Book Selection

The North Providence Mystery Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the library's first floor conference room. We will be reading The Bughouse Affair, which is a collaboration between two well known authors, Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. This is the first book in the Carpenter and Quincannon mysteries.
The summary from the large print edition is: "In 1890s San Fransico, former Pinkerton operative Sabrina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, undertake what appear to be two unrelated investigations. While Sabrina hunts for a ruthless lady pickpocket, Quincannon is after a slippery housebreaker who targets wealthy homes. The cases connect in a surprising fashion, not before two murders and other assorted felonies complicate matters. And not before the two sleuths are hindered, assisted, and exasperated by the bughouse Sherlock Holmes."

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

September 2014 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday September 2nd at 7:00 pm as we will be discussing, The Anatomist's Apprentice by Tessa Harris. This is the first in the Dr. Thomas Silkstone mysteries. Dr. Silkstone is an eighteenth century physician who specializes in dissection, and is a forerunner to a modern day medical examiner.
The book summary is, "The death of Lord Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. A few mourn the dissolute young man--except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist and pioneering forensic detective from Philadelphia. Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, the aging Dr. Carruthers, and finds hi unconventional methods and dedication to the grisly study of anatomy only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment he agrees to examine Sir Edward's decomposing corpse, examining his internal and external state, as well as the unusual behavior of those still living in the Crick household. Thomas soon learns that it is not only the dead, but also the living to whom he must apply the keen blade of intellect. And the deeper the doctor's investigations go, the greater risk that he will be consigned to the ranks of the corpses he studies."

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

August 2014 Book Selection

Join the North Providence Mystery Book Club on Tuesday August 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm as we discuss The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch. This is the first book in his Hangman's Daughter series.
The book summary is "Magdalena, the clever and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives with her father outside the village walls and is destined to be married off to another hangman's son--except that the town's physician's son is hopelessly in love with her. And her father's wisdom and empath are as unusual as his despised profession. It is 1659, the Thirty Years' War has finally ended, and there hasn't been a witchcraft mania in decades. But now, a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife, Martha Stechlin. Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. Convinced she is innocent, he, Magdalena, and her would-be suitor race against the clock to find the true killer." The author has based the characters and events in the book on his own family's history.