Book Discussion Group

Mystery Discussion Group

Mystery Discussion Group*

Leader: Julie Jezuit.

Date: December 15, 2018

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Title: What She Knew                    Author: Gilly MacMillan

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking...

*To attend and discuss this book with the Mystery Discussion Group you are required to buy the book at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. C&S carries the book by the prior month's meeting. Call to reserve your copy.


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ISBN: 9780062691002
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Published: William Morrow - January 30th, 2018

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Region) Meeting

Date: November 18, 2018

Day: Sunday

Time: 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Sean Cusick from Chicago's Own Second City.

Topic: How improv can help you write better.


Sean Cusick

Sean Cusick graduated from Tufts University and has been working in Chicago’s comedy scene since 2001. He has taught improv and writing, and designed curricula for the Second City Training Center and for the Annoyance Theatre. Previously, he wrote for the multiple DayTime Emmy Award winning children’s show “Green Screen Adventures,” and directed the Second City National Touring Company. He writes, facilitates, and directs for Second City Works and teaches television writing and comedy at Columbia College Chicago. His comedy writing and some performances can be found on the internet, and he considers himself incredibly lucky to spend so much time laughing.



Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Topic: What is Readers' Advisory

Speakers: Librarians Susan Gibberman and Becky Spratford

Date: September 15, 2018

Day: Saturday

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

How do librarians match books to readers, and how can we as authors be better partners with libraries? Join local librarians and Readers’ Advisory experts Susan Gibberman and special guest Becky Spratford in a conversation on how authors can work better with their local libraries to serve readers.


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Susan Gibberman has won multiple awards for her work in Readers’ Advisory, including the Librarian of the Year Award from the Romance Writers of America. She has published a reference work on Star Trek and has been a contributing author to two editions of The Encyclopedia of Television sponsored by the Chicago Museum of Broadcast Communications. She is a longtime member of Sisters in Crime Chicagoland.


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Becky Spratford is a Readers' Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the RA training blog RA for All and is on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table. Becky is also known for her work with horror readers as the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association who honored her as a special guest of honor at StokerCon 2017 for her contribution to the genre. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.



History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers) Meeting

History Discussion Group Meeting

Date; April 29, 2018

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM

Title: Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s

Author: Fredreick Lewis Allen

Group Leader: Jim Cuca

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ISBN: 9780060956653
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 29th, 2010

G.K. Chesterton Society Meeting



APRIL 14, 2018

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

TITLE: Come Rack, Come Rope

Come Rack, Come Rope is a gripping historical novel which takes place during Queen Elizabeth I's persecution of English Catholics. Based on the real sufferings of a real Catholic family in particular, and Catholics across the country, Robert Hugh Benson's classic novel is one of tragedy and loss, but also heroism and human and divine love. The novel follows Robin and Margaret, a young couple in love who forgo their affection when Margaret realizes Robin is called to the priesthood. Both play a critical role in caring physically and spiritually for their fellow Catholics during this time of terror. 
Discover their heroism, love, and sacrifice, and be inspired to live it out in our own frightful times in Come Rack, Come Rope.

AUTHOR: R.H. Benson

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ISBN: 9781505109191
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Published: Tan Books - December 22nd, 2016

Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.




11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

SPEAKER:  Edgar®  and Agatha Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest, Murder in the Bowery, was a May 2017 release. The 21st book in that series, Murder on UnionSquare, will be out in May 2018.  City of Lies is the first book in her new Counterfeit Lady series, a November 2017 release from Berkley.  She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook Many Genres/One Craft. Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master's program in writing popular fiction. She lives in Illinois with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.  

TOPIC: It’s Not a Mystery!  Victoria Thompson will show us an easy technique for creating a mystery plot that you can use for a true mystery novel or plug into a novel of any genre. We will actually use the technique to plot a mystery together from scratch.



Murder in the Bowery (A Gaslight Mystery #20) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101987131
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Published: Berkley - April 3rd, 2018

City of Lies (A Counterfeit Lady Novel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399586576
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Published: Berkley - November 7th, 2017

Murder on Union Square (A Gaslight Mystery #21) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399586606
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - May 2018


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