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Mystery Book Club 2016 Recap

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The Mystery Book Club (Warrenton) ended it’s sixteenth year with a holiday party and a discussion of titles we read throughout the year. Once again we voted for our favorite and least liked titles and discussed our upcoming reading list.  This year we also chatted about which authors members were likely to continue reading. Trust me, with this veteran group of mystery book lovers, finding the perfect reading list is no easy feat! Lucky for me, we are open-minded and can usually find good points in everything we read. 

Our Favorite Read of 2016

Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell was the clear winner.  This fictional historical thriller has a plot that included actual historic events as well as a new story line and introduction to one of our favorite characters, Emily (daughter turned amateur sleuth), the daughter of Thomas DeQuincey ( 1785-1859) on whom this book is based. DeQuincey finds himself the likely suspect in a series of murders and Emily sets out to prove his innocence. We enjoyed how Emily told this story, her point of view, details of the investigation and her support for her father.  The first in a trilogy, “Murder as a Fine Art” depicts the Victorian Era accurately for 1854 and our group is looking forward to the character development of Emily through the second and third titles in the series. Ruler of the Night, the third in the Thomas DeQuincey series is now available.

Our Least Liked Read of 2016

Untimely Death: Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan is the first in the Shakespeare in the Catskills mystery series and the group’s least favorite selection of 2016. Our group doesn’t usually favor the “cozy” mysteries on our reading list. This mystery – set at a theatre in the Catskills – was just that. The small town/location was a cozy setting, with plenty of red herrings. There is also an amateur sleuth, Charlotte, with ties to the murder or case to be solved, who happens to be dating the sheriff, Ray. Although it had the makings of a good mystery read, our group likely would not have read it on their own.

Favorite Character

Chief Inspector Gamache from the Louise Penny series and Emily DeQuincey from David Morrel’s “Murder as a Fine Art.”

Least Liked Character

Anna Blanc from the Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe.

Most Likely to Read More by

The Last Moriarty: A Sherlock Holmes Thriller by Charles Veley was also at the top of many favorite reads. The library has received the second of this Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James series. Give this one a try to learn about this new sleuth Lucy, who has a surprising connection to Sherlock  Holmes.

The Mystery Book Club (Warrenton) will hold its second meeting of 2017 on February 16 at noon. Join us at the John Barton Payne Bldg. to learn more about mysteries, join a lively discussion and – best of all – share your love of reading! New members are always welcome and if mysteries are normally something you read, that’s okay!

˜ Jody, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library

Reviews from our book clubs, book lists and staff suggestions are great resources when searching for your next book.? You can find more Staff Picks online or stop by the reference desk at your local library.

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