Crime talks

a-mystery-month-tag3In the last post I talked about resources for book group leaders in selecting titles for discussions. For those facilitators in a hurry, here’s a short list of titles recently published that would make excellent choices.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin–a quiet portrait of a boyhood friendship and the choices young men make that lead them away from and back to home. A small town police officer must investigate his childhood friend for the disappearance of a young woman. This incident is eerily reminiscent of another that happened while both boys were in high school. Book groups will find conversation focused on the characters and their life choices rather than the whodunit.

startedearlytookmydogStarted Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson–The latest entry in the Jackson Brodie set of novels which are more companion books than a series. In this newest title, the “crime” is the rescue/kidnapping of an abused toddler by a retired police officer. An elderly actress, teetering on the bring of early onset dementia witnesses the act. The dogged pursuit of Jackson Brodie, investigating the disappearance of another child decades earlier, brings all three characters together in a wholly believable climax that will have readers discussing choices and consequences.

The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron–The relationship between fathers and sons will drive most of the discussion in this debut mystery. Rookie game warden Mike Bowditch investigates the murder of a businessman and a state trooper after both appeared at a volatile town meeting. Bowditch’s father disappears the night of the murder leaving behind a cryptic message.tracesmoke

Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell–Readers will enjoy discussing the background of this debut mystery set in pre-war Belrin during the hedonistic “life is a cabaret” days. Fledgling crime report Hannah sees her brother’s photo on the wall of a police station and begins investigating his life and proclivities, an effort that may threaten her own as it takes her deeper and deeper into the rising Nazi party.

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Kaite Mediatore Stover refuses to give up her day job as director of readers' services for The Kansas City Public Library to read tarot cards professionally or be the merch girl/roadie for her husband's numerous bands. Follow her on Twitter at @MarianLiberryan.

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