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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.

2015 Fall International Mystery Book Group

Tibet
The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison
Thursday, September 10th 7:00PM
Winner of the 2001 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Skull Mantra was a sensation when first published and received wide acclaim from critics and readers alike. The Skull Mantra was ranked with Gorky Park and Smilla’s Sense of Snow as a novel as much about a people and a place—the Tibetans of the high Himalayas—as it is a gripping thriller. The corpse is missing its head and is dressed in American clothes. Found by a Tibetan prison work gang on a windy cliff, the grisly remains clearly belong to someone too important for Chinese authorities to bury and forget. So the case is handed to veteran police inspector Shan Tao Yun. Methodical, clever Shan is the best man for the job, but he too is a prisoner, deported to Tibet for offending someone high up in Beijing’s power structure. Granted a temporary release, Shan is soon pulled into the Tibetan people’s desperate fight for its sacred mountains and the Chinese regime’s blood-soaked policies. Then, a Buddhist priest is arrested, a man Shan knows is innocent. Now time is running out for Shan to find the real killer.

Iceland
Frozen Assets (Officer Gunnhilder #1) by Quentin Bates
Thursday, October 8th 7:00PM
A body is found floating in the harbor of a rural Icelandic fishing village. Was it an accident, or something more sinister? It’s up to Officer Gunnhildur, a sardonic female cop, to find out. Her investigation uncovers a web of corruption connected to Iceland’s business and banking communities. Meanwhile, a rookie crime journalist latches onto her, looking for a scoop, and an anonymous blogger is stirring up trouble. The complications increase, as do the stakes, when a second murder is committed. “Frozen Assets” is a piercing look at the endemic corruption that led to the global financial crisis that bankrupted Iceland’s major banks and sent the country into an economic tailspin from which it has yet to recover

France
The Vintage Caper (Sam Levitt #1) by Peter Mayle
Thursday, November 12th 7:00PM Set in Hollywood, Paris, Bordeaux, and Marseille, Peter Mayle’s newest and most delightful novel is filled with culinary delights, sumptuous wines, and colorful characters. It’s also a lot of fun. The story begins high above Los Angeles, at the extravagant home and equally impressive wine cellar of entertainment lawyer Danny Roth. Unfortunately, after inviting the Los Angeles Times to write an extensive profile extolling the liquid treasures of his collection, Roth finds himself the victim of a world-class wine heist.
Enter Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, cultivated crime expert, and wine connoisseur. Called in by Roth’s insurance company, which is now saddled with a multimillion-dollar claim, Sam follows his leads—to Bordeaux and its magnificent vineyards, and to Provence to meet an eccentric billionaire collector who might possibly have an interest in the stolen wines. Along the way, bien sûr, he is joined by a beautiful and erudite French colleague, and together they navigate many a château, pausing frequently to enjoy the countryside’s abundant pleasures.The unraveling of the ingenious crime is threaded through with Mayle’s seductive rendering of France’s sensory delights.

Show and Share Book Exchange
Thursday, December 10th 7:00 PM Join us to talk about your favorite authors and mystery series while mingling with other mystery lovers. Bring a book that you love and want to share and we’ll all give a three minute description of our favorites. We’ll put all the books in a pile, then each participant may choose an author and series with which to start out the new year.

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