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
Tanzania, (East Africa)
Death in Zanzibar by MM Kaye (a classic)
Thursday, September 12
From one of our most beloved and renowned authors, here is a new edition of this classic masterpiece of mystery and romance. Dany Ashton is invited to vacation at her stepfather’s house in Zanzibar, but even before her airplane takes off there is a stolen passport, a midnight intruder—and murder. In Zanzibar, the family house is Kivulimi, the mysterious “House of Shade”, where Dany and the rest of the guests learn that one of them is a desperate killer. The air of freedom and nonchalance that opened the house party fades into growing terror, as the threat of further violence flowers in the scented air of Zanzibar. Richly evocative, Death in Zanzibar will charm long-time fans and introduce new ones to this celebrated writer.
Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley
Thursday, October 10
At the beginning of this mystery, Assistant Superintendent David “Kubu” Bengu, a Botswana police detective of massive size, appetite and personality. Is contacted by an old school friend —- named Khumanego. He would like Kudu to investigate a trio of Bushmen who have been accused of the murder of a game ranger. Kudu reluctantly agrees to intervene in order to provide the proceedings with a fresh perspective. At first, he is vehemently directed by his boss to stay out of the matter. Subsequent circumstances result in his being sent to assist in the investigation. Similar murders occur, and it appears that the Bushmen are indeed behind the mayhem. Kudu’s thirst for justice, however, is as great as his appetite for food and drink. His persistence at uncovering the truth at the expense of what appears to be obvious is unsettling at times to those around him, but he is compelled to do so, even when the evidence leads him to places where he wishes it had not.
Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
Thursday, November 14th
The hero of Christine Falls, Quirke, is a surly pathologist living in 1950s Dublin. One night, after having a few drinks at a party, he returns to the morgue to find his brother-in-law tampering with the records on a young woman’s corpse. The next morning, when his hangover has worn off, Quirke reluctantly begins looking into the woman’s history. He discovers a plot that spans two continents, implicates the Catholic Church, and may just involve members of his own family. He is warned—first subtly, then with violence—to lay off, but Quirke is a stubborn man. The first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of John Banville’s writing to the dark, menacing atmosphere of a first-class thriller.
Show and Share Book Exchange
Thursday, December 12
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, and then each participant may choose a new author and series to start the new year.