Reading Roundup: Mystery Book Club Bids Farewell to Longtime Discussion Leader

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The Mystery Book Club said farewell to Mary Ellen, long time discussion leader, at the January book group discussion. Mary Ellen led the Mystery Book Club for fifteen years and is known for her Mary Ellen & Mystery Book Clubknowledge of mystery genre.

The group also chose their favorite selections from 2014. P J Tracey’s Monkeewrench was chosen by members as their favorite title, with Jusssi Adler-Olsen’s Keeper of Lost Causes coming in second. The least liked was unanimous, as everyone agreed Donald Westlake was the least favorite for 2014. (The group read any Westlake title, it was not restricted to one.)

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (also known as J.K. Rowling)

The first selection of 2015 generated a great book discussion, as the group had many opinions about this selection. The discussion ceCuckoos Callingntered on a woman (Rowling) writing as a man (Galibraith). The main character, Cormoran Strike, a gruff, large and somewhat unhappy man who works as a private investigator, was liked well enough. The group liked the character of Robin, who fills in as Strike’s office assistant in a “temporary” role. They were many unanswered questions, leading to the group’s decision to continue with the series and the second book, Silkworm.

Defending Jacob by William Landay

In February, the group ventured out in the frigid cold for a discussion of Defending Jacob. The group was split, as half liked it and the other half found it boring, with “the ending being the only interesting part.” Others stated they didn’t think it “deserved the time it took to read”. There was a consensus that the book was far too long.  Defending Jacob is the story of a former district attorneyLanday Andy Barber, who is dismissed from a case when his son becomes a suspect in a case that involves a classmate of his son Jacob. As the title suggests, Andy spends the entire book defending his son, though the group felt the parents knew to some extent, that their son was in fact “guilty.” We won’t give away the ending – if you’re curious to see how the story unfolds, the Fauquier County Public Library has copies available.

Coming Next Month

The Mystery Book Club will read Steve Berry’s The Amber Room and will celebrate their anniversary on March 19th at the John Barton Payne building at 12 pm. New members are always welcome. Join Us!

Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. For online book lists published prior to January 2015, visit Book Notes, our blog all about books.

Jody, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library

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