Through the Heart

One of the issues with running a crime and mystery book discussion is the level of violence, abusive language and sexual content of the books I select.  While I have a tendency to skew to the more hardboiled and noir type stories, there are plenty of good traditional crime and mystery novels that would work well for a group.

Then add in an element of romance and you might be made.

Kate Morgenroth’s Through the Heart is a perfect example.  It has quirky characters in a Kansas setting.  It features the age old conflict between men and women.  It has snappy dialogue.  There is suspense, but it is more the we-are-warned-there-is-a-cliff-ahead suspense than the slam bang action of a runaway thriller. 

But it does have a slam bang ending.

I would think this book would work for any book discussion group looking for romance with a little crime thrown in.  It does feature big issues which should lead to great discussion.

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About the Author:

Gary Niebuhr is the author of Make Mine a Mystery (2003), Caught up in Crime (2009), and other readers' guides to mystery and detective fiction. He was a Booklist contributor from 2008-2014.

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