International Mystery Book Group

Interested in joining? Contact Rudy by email or call (269) 585-8713

The International Mystery Book Group is a drop-in book discussion group that enjoys traveling the world vicariously through mystery novels. Our informal discussions last one hour.

We meet at the library at 7 PM on the second Thursday of every month September through May. See below for previous titles, and check out our events calendar for upcoming reads!

2016 Winter/Spring

The Expats by Chris Pavone

Luxembourg & Greater Europe

January 14

When her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, Kate jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. Then another American couple arrives. Kate soon becomes suspicious that these people are not who they claim to be, and terrified that her own past is catching up to her. So Kate begins to dig, to peel back the layers of deception that surround her. She discovers fake offices and shell corporations and a hidden gun; a mysterious farmhouse and numbered accounts with bewildering sums of money; a complex web of intrigue where no one is who they claim to be, and the most profound deceptions lurk beneath the most normal-looking of relationships; and a mind-boggling long-play con threatens her family, her marriage, and her life.

A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson

Portugal

February 11

Winner of the prestigious Gold Dagger Award in the U.K. for the best mystery of 1999, this complex literary thriller switches back and forth between 1941 and 1999. The reader is treated to a wonderful portrait of Lisbon in the aftermath of the 1974 revolution that ousted Salazar from power, and the scars from that conflict are still close to the surface for the citizens of Lisbon. We also see World War II through the eyes of the Germans and the Portuguese. The pace of the book is leisurely but compelling as the events of 1941 and those in 1999 merge in an extraordinary climax.

Night Soldiers by Alan Furst

Bulgaria/Paris

March 10

Bulgaria, 1934. A young man is murdered by the local fascists. His brother, Khristo Stoianev, is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and sent to Spain to serve in its civil war. Warned that he is about to become a victim of Stalin’s purges, Khristo flees to Paris. Night Soldiers masterfully re-creates the European world of 1934–45: the struggle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia for Eastern Europe, the last desperate gaiety of the beau monde in 1937 Paris, and guerrilla operations with the French underground in 1944. Night Soldiers is a scrupulously researched panoramic novel, a work on a grand scale.

The Broken Shore by Peter Temple

Australia

April 14

The novel’s central character is Joe Cashin, a Melbourne homicide detective. Following serious physical injuries he is posted to his hometown where he begins the process of rebuilding the old family mansion and his physical and mental strength. But soon the whole community is thrown into unrest by the murder of a local philanthropist, a man with some very disturbing secrets. The Broken Shore is a brilliantly intricate crime procedural, and a moving novel about a place, a family, politics, and power.

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Falklands

May 12

In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely… When another child goes missing, and then a third, it’s no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation. And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise.

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