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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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More Mysteries for discussion

More Mysteries for discussion

Gary will be pleased to know that I’m finding more of the above for my book groups and this summer I’ve read three that I’ll be suggesting to the local mystery novel discussion groups. All are forthcoming this fall, but it’s never too soon to start looking for titles to add to the list of […]

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More Help for Mystery-Loving Bookgroups
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More Help for Mystery-Loving Bookgroups

Serving as a resource for book group members and facilitators is one of the most interesting aspects of my job. I love learning what other groups are reading and discussing. The titles a group selects can tell so much about the group’s personality. The most frequent request I receive from area readers who are in […]

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