Tag: mysteries for book groups

Get to Know the Mysteries-in-Translation Discussion Group

Get to Know the Mysteries-in-Translation Discussion Group

Facilitator: Linda A. Perkins Years of operation: Five and a half years *      *      * Tell us about your book group. Our group began as a follow-up to a class, Murder on Ice: Crime and Detection in Scandinavian Literature, at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of California, Berkeley. It […]

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Get to Know the Cozy Corner Book Club

Get to Know the Cozy Corner Book Club

Leader/Organizer: Lindsey Tomsu, Teen/YA Librarian at the Algonquin Area Public Library in Algonquin, Illinois Years of operation: Six months! (Started January 2019) *      *      * Tell us about your book group. Cozy Corner Book Club is a book club for cozy mystery lovers! At my library, we have a lot of book clubs, […]

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Get to Know the Centuries & Sleuths Mystery Discussion Group

Get to Know the Centuries & Sleuths Mystery Discussion Group

Leader/Organizer: Augie Aleksy and John Cline Years of operation: 1992 to Present *      *      * Tell us about your book group. We’re a casual group that enjoys each other’s company, but we don’t always agree on the value of the mystery novel/author we’ve just read and are discussing. (The taste of the group […]

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Get to Know the Gwinnett County Public Library “Novel Crimes” Book Group

Get to Know the Gwinnett County Public Library “Novel Crimes” Book Group

Leader/Organizer: Danny Hanbery, Supervisory Librarian, Gwinnett County Public Library, Collins Hill Branch Years of operation: 2.5 *      *      * Tell us about your book group.  We wanted to start a book group, and in libraries, a lot of our circulation comes from the mystery section. As a mystery reader myself, I decided I’d try to […]

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Get to Know the Naperville Public Library’s Criminal Spines Book Club

Get to Know the Naperville Public Library’s Criminal Spines Book Club

Leader/Organizer: Shoshana Frank (current leader), Karen Toonen (founder), Naperville Public Library Years of operation: Since 2015 *      *      * Tell us about your book group. Criminal Spines peers into humanity’s darker nature via the world of criminals and detectives. This group discusses mysteries, thrillers, suspense novels, and true crime. Red herrings swim and […]

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Crime Fiction with Issues: El Gavilan

Crime Fiction with Issues: El Gavilan

Book groups like mystery novels and they like books that provide many topics for discussion. For book group facilitators who make great efforts to find crime fiction that fits the bill, have a look at El Gavilan by Craig McDonald. McDonald has been gaining popularity for his Hector Lassiter books, crime fiction with literary and […]

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Strangers on a Train and The Chameleon’s Shadow

Strangers on a Train and The Chameleon’s Shadow

As our local crime fiction book discussion group continues its genre study of crime and mystery fiction, we find ourselves reaching the category of psychological suspense. In writing Make Mine a Mystery, I proposed the idea that the after effects of war has changed how readers approach death in fiction.  After WWI, my idea is that […]

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CSI Crime Book Discussions:  Uncovered Secret Text Reveals All

CSI Crime Book Discussions: Uncovered Secret Text Reveals All

I once asked Sue Grafton what were the themes in her books.  She had to think a minute and then replied, “People should not kill each other.” For a crime fiction book discussion group, “people should not kill each other” is not sufficient textual content to handle a ninety minute discussion on a title.  The […]

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Crime talks

Crime talks

In 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 […]

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Reading partners in crime

Reading partners in crime

For Booklist’s Mystery Month, I wanted to remind all the book group leaders out there of some invaluable resources when it’s time to choose a mystery for discussion. First, our own Gary Warren Niebuhr, has written a guide just for this purpose. Read ‘Em Their Writes was published in 2006 and I’ve turned to it […]

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