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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 (269) 585-8739.

Winter/Spring 2015
International Mystery Book Group

2015 International Mystery Book Group

South Africa
Present Darkness by Malla Nunn
Thursday, January 8th 7:00 PM
Five days before Christmas, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper receives a call: a respectable, white couple has been assaulted and left for dead in their bedroom. The couple’s teenage daughter identifies the attacker as Aaron Shabalala—the youngest son of Cooper’s best friend and a man to whom he owes his life. Determined to ensure justice for Aaron, Cooper, Shabalala, and their trusted friend, Dr. Daniel Zweigman work together to hunt down the truth.

Sweden
The Princess of Burundi (Ann Lindell Mysteries #4 ) by Kjell Eriksson
Thursday, February 12th 7:00 PM
Winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel, The Princess of Burundi is the first of Kjell Eriksson’s series to be translated into English. This thriller opens when a young father disappears and a secret killer terrorizes an entire town. Despite being on maternity leave, Inspector Ann Lindell is determined to find John’s murderer. The cruel cat-and-mouse game that follows leads Ann to a deadly confrontation with a treacherous killer. Ann must decide whether to take a risk that could result in more dead bodies, including hers and her unborn child.

India/Great Britain
The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly (Joe Sandilands #1)
Thursday, March 12th 7:00 PM
In a land of saffron sunsets and blazing summer heat, an Englishwoman has been found dead, her wrists slit, her body floating in a bathtub of blood and water. Is it suicide of murder? The case fall to Scotland Yard inspector Joe Sandilands who is ordered to investigate, and soon discovers that there have been other mysterious deaths. As the sovereignty of Britain is in decline and an insurgent India is on the rise, Sandilands must navigate the treacherous corridors of political decorum to bring a cunning killer to justice knowing the next victim is already marked to die.

North Korea
Bamboo and Blood by James Church (An Inspector O novel #1)
Thursday, April 9th 7:00 PM
In the winter of 1997, trying to stay alive during a famine that has devastated much of North Korea, Inspector O is ordered to play host to an Israeli agent who appears in Pyongyang. When the wife of a North Korean diplomat in Pakistan dies under suspicious circumstances, O is told to investigate.The trail leads him from the dark, chilly rooms of Pyongyang to an abandoned secret facility deep in the countryside; and from the streets of New York to a bench beneath a horse chestnut tree at Lake Geneva. Stalked by the past and wary of the future, O is convinced there is no one he can trust, and no one he can’t suspect.

Istanbul
Belshazzar’s Daughter by Barbara Nadel (Inspector Ikmen #1)
Thursday, May 14th 7:00 PM
Balat, a decrepit neighborhood of Istanbul was home to Leonid Meyer, a reclusive elderly Jew who came here to escape one of Europe’s various bloodbaths. But Meyer’s refuge ultimately became his coffin, the carnage crowned with a gigantic swastika. A racist murder? Inspector Ikmen has his doubts, and begins tracking down the few people who might have known the old man, including a faded prostitute, a shadowy family of Russian émigrés, a despairing rabbi, and a high-strung young Englishman in the throes of erotic obsession. The first in a stunningly atmospheric new series from a writer who has deservedly been compared with Michael Dibdin and Donna Leon.

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