Book Discussion Group

Sisters in Crime Meeting

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Guest Speaker: Christopher Brennan is an author, speaker, and independent researcher. He is a duty-disabled firefighter. Chris will talk about his fire service career & how his experiences have shaped his writing. He will also answer questions about fire service topics and offer suggestions for writers looking to incorporate firefighting characters into their work.


Bring your pens, pencils, notebook, pad, smartphone, tablet, stylus, or etc. to record information for your next scorchingly hot mystery novel.


Mystery Discussion Group

Title: Twelve Drummers Drumming: A Father Christmas Mystery

Author: C. C. Benison

Leader: Marsha Boblitz

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Father Tom Christmas moves to the picturesque English hamlet of Thornford Regis to become its new vicar and to seek a peaceful haven. But inside the empty village hall, the huge Japanese o-daiko drum that’s featured in the May Fayre festivities has been viciously sliced open—and curled up inside is the bludgeoned body of Sybella Parry, the daughter of the choir director. Realizing this village is not the refuge he’d hoped for, Father Tom comes to a disturbing conclusion: Sybella’s killer must be one of his parishioners. No one is above suspicion—not Sebastian John, the deeply reserved verger, nor Mitsuko Drewe, a local artist, nor Colonel Northmore, survivor of a World War II prison camp. And over all hangs the long-unsolved mystery of a sudden disappearance, one that brought Father Tom to this picture-perfect place to live—or die.

About the Author

C. C. Benison has worked as a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines, as a book editor, and as a contributor to nonfiction books. A graduate of the University of Manitoba and Carleton University, he is the author of four previous novels, including "Death at Buckingham Palace." He lives in Winnipeg. "From the Hardcover edition."

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ISBN: 9780440246466
Published: Bantam - October 30th, 2012

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: No Less Blood

Author: D. M. Pirrone

Leader: Diana DiStefano

About the Book


In 1893, seventeen-year-old Mary Anne Schlegel left her uncle’s Chicago home and vanished. The revelation of her fate a century later upends the life of Rachel Connolly, an adoptee seeking her roots, in this gripping novel of past and present.


"Partly set in a mysterious old house in the bleak far north as winter closes in and told from multiple points of view, both past and present, this fast-paced, compelling story resolves both mysteries and ends on a hopeful note."
--Booklist, Feb. 1, 2011


"An 1893 missing-person case has unexpected repercussions more than a century later in Pirrone's intriguing debut... Readers will hope to see more historical crime fiction from Pirrone, the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman."
--Publishers Weekly Review, Dec. 6, 2010

"Pirrone cleverly shifts between Mary Anne's tale and Rachel's search, creating a page-turner for fans of both history and mystery."
--Kirkus Reviews, 9/​30/​10

"This may be a debut mystery, but Pirrone writes like a veteran. Her ability to create characters, whether a present-day adoptee seeking her roots, or the author of a beautifully written 1893 diary who just might be her ancestor, and then place them both in jeopardy, is the mark of a talented, accomplished, nuanced author. Don't miss NO LESS IN BLOOD."
--Libby Fischer Hellman, author of SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE


About the Author

D.M. Pirrone is the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman, a freelance writer and editor with more than twenty years' experience in publishing. An Evanston native, history buff and avid mystery reader, Ms. Piron-Gelman is also an adoptee, with personal knowledge of the desire to find one's roots. She lives on Chicago's Northwest Side with her husband Stephen and two sons, David and Isaac. Check out her website at



Mystery Discussion Group

Title: The Tainted Coin

Author: Mel Starr

Leader: Karrie Major


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By Mel Starr



It is the autumn of 1367. Master Hugh is enjoying the peaceful life of Bampton when a badly beaten man is found under the porch of St. Andrew's Chapel. The dying man is a chapman---a traveling merchant. Before he is buried in the chapel grounds, an ancient, corroded coin is found in the man's mouth.

Master Hugh's quest for the chapman's assailants, and his search for the origin of the coin, begins to make progress--but there are men of wealth and power in league with his old nemesis, Sir Simon Trillowe, who wish to end his search . . . permanently.

But Master Hugh, and his assistant, the groom Arthur, are determined to uncover the thieves and murderers, and the source of the chapman's coin. They do, but not before they become involved with a kidnapped maiden, a tyrannical abbot, and a suffering monk--who needs Master Hugh's surgical skills and in return provides clues that assist Hugh in solving the mystery of the tainted coin.


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ISBN: 9780857212504
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Monarch Books - September 21st, 2012

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: Beyond Reach

Author: Karen Slaughter

Leader: Madelin Moon


In a small Georgia town, Detective Lena Adams is accused of a vicious murder. A hundred miles away, Police Chief Jeffrey Tolliver learns that his young detective has been arrested. And Jeffrey's wife, pediatrician and medical examiner Sara Linton, fighting a heartbreaking malpractice suit, is thrust into the center of a bizarre and murderous case. 
For Lena has fled to the place where she grew up, careening back through the shadows of her past. Now only Jeffrey and Sara can free Lena from the web of lies that has trapped her as this powerful novel races toward its shattering climax and a final, unforgettable twist. 
Praise for Karin Slaughter and "Beyond Reach" 
Will leave you breathless. "USA Today"
Slaughter writes with a razor. "The Plain Dealer" 
Slaughter will have you on the edge of your seat. " Seattle Post-Intelligencer" 
Powerful and complex . . . Slaughter gradually unspools her fascinating story, all the way up to its shocking conclusion. " Chicago Sun-Times"

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestselling standalones, Cop Town and Pretty Girls. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print around the world.




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ISBN: 9780440242932
Published: Dell Publishing Company - July 29th, 2008

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: Bruno Chief of Police (Set in France)

Author: Martin Walker


Meet Benoit Courreges, aka Bruno, a policeman in a small village in the South of France. He's a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes all that. Now Bruno must balance his beloved routines living in his restored shepherd's cottage, shopping at the local market, drinking wine, strolling the countryside with a politically delicate investigation. He's paired with a young policewoman from Paris and the two suspect anti-immigrant militants. As they learn more about the dead man's past, Bruno's suspicions turn toward a more complex motive.


About the Author

MARTIN WALKER is the author of 20 books of fiction and non-fiction, including seven novels featuring police chief Captain Bruno Courreges. He lives with his family in the southwest of France and Washington, DC. He is also senior director of the Global Business Policy Council as well as editor emeritus and international affairs columnist of United Press International, the global news agency. 




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ISBN: 9780307454690
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Published: Vintage - April 6th, 2010

G.K. Chesterton Society Meeting

Title: Autobiography by G.K. Chesterton


Here is a special two-in-one book that is both by G.K. Chesterton and about Chesterton. This volume offers an irresistible opportunity to see who this remarkable man really was. Chesterton was one of the most stimulating and well-loved writers of the 20th century. His 100 books, and hundreds of essasy and columns on a great variety of themes have made G.K. Chesterton the most widely quoted writers of modern times. Here is Chesterton is his own words, in a book he preferred not to write, but did so near the end of his life after much insistence by friends and admirers. Critic Syndey Dark wrote after Chesterton died that perhaps the happiest thing that happened in Gilbert Chesterton's extraordinarily happy life was that his autobiography was finished a few weeks before his death. It is a stimulating, exciting, tremendously intresting book. It is a draught - indeed, several draugts one after the other - of human and literary champagne." Full of Chesteron's wonderful and unique writing, humor, inspiration and humilty, with some 40 rare photos, this book will be greatly desired by Chesterton fans, as well as by anyone interested in learning who this colorful and brilliant persons was.

About the Author

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England, in 1874. He went on to study art at the Slade School, and literature at University College in London. Chesterton wrote a great deal of poetry, as well as works of social and literary criticism. Among his most notable books are "The Man Who Was Thursday", a metaphysical thriller, and "The Everlasting Man", a history of humankind's spiritual progress. After Chesterton converted to Catholicism in 1922, he wrote mainly on religious topics such as "Orthodoxy" and "Heretics". Chesterton is most known for creating the famous priest-detective character Father Brown, who first appeared in "The Innocence of Father Brown". Chesterton died in 1936 at the age of 62.



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ISBN: 9781586170714
Published: Ignatius Press - April 30th, 2006


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