International Mystery Book Group
International Mystery Book Group: Come join us for the library’s new International Mystery Book Discussion. It is a monthly drop-in book discussion which meets at the library the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. Our informal discussions last about one hour. Books are available for checkout at the library, from interlibrary loan and area libraries with whom this library has reciprocal borrowing.
For more information, please call the Adult Information Desk at 329-4542, ext 600.
International Mystery Book Group Suggestions
The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin (Erast Fandorin # 1)
Thursday, September 11th 7:00 PM
The novel opens on May 13 1876 with a university student, Pyotr Kokorin, committing suicide in the public park in front of a beautiful young noblewoman, Elizabeta von Evert-Kolokoltseva. His will leaves his large fortune to the newly opened Moscow chapter of Astair House, an international network of schools for orphan boys founded by an English noblewoman, Lady Astair. The apparently open-and-shut case falls to inexperienced falls in love with her Further investigation reveals that Kokorin was playing Russian roulette with another university student Akhtyrtsev.
England (Cold War)
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwen (not in a series)
Thursday, October 9th 7:00 PM
Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named “Sweet Tooth.” Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves his stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one. Once again, Ian McEwan’s mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love and the invented self.
Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher #1) by Kerry Greenwood
Thursday, November 6th 7:00 PM
Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher solves theft in 1920s London High Season society, and sets her clever courage to poisoning in Melbourne Australia. She – of green eyes, diamanté garters and outstanding outfits – is embroiled in abortion, death, drugs, communist cabbies – plus the erotic Russian dancer Sasha de Lisse. The steamy end finds them trapped in Turkish baths. The series “Miss Fisher” is available on streaming from Netflix including Cocaine Blues.