Book Discussion Group

Mystery Discussion Group

Mystery Discussion Group*

Leader: Mary Beth Logas

Date: August 18, 2018

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Title: The Daughter of Time            Author: Josephine Tey

Description


"One of the best mysteries of all time" (The New York Times)--Josephine Tey recreates one of history's most famous--and vicious--crimes in her classic bestselling novel, a must read for connoisseurs of fiction, now with a new introduction by Robert Barnard. Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world's most heinous villains--a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother's children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England's throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower. The Daughter of Time is an ingeniously plotted, beautifully written, and suspenseful tale, a supreme achievement from one of mystery writing's most gifted masters.

About the Author


Elizabeth MacKintosh used two pen names during her writing career: Josephine Tey, who was also her Suffolk great-great-grandmother, and Gordon Daviot. She was born in 1897 in Inverness, Scotland, where she attended the Royal Academy. Miss MacKintosh later trained for three years at the Anstey Physical Training College in Birmingham, then began her teaching career as a physical training instructor. She gave up teaching to keep house for her father, who lived near Loch Ness, and pursue her writing. Her first book was The Man in the Queue (1929), published under the Gordon Daviot pseudonym, and it introduced the character of Inspector Grant, familiar now from the Tey novels. The author wrote chiefly under the signature of Gordon Daviot from 1929 to 1946, during which time her works included the play Richard of Bordeaux (1933), which ran for a year with John Gielgud in the lead part. The first of the Josephine Tey mysteries, A Shilling for Candies, was published in 1936 and was eventually followed by Miss Pym Disposes in 1947. Also included among the Tey mysteries are The Franchise Affair (1949), Brat Farrar (1949), To Love and Be Wise (1950), The Daughter of Time (1951), and The Singing Sands (1952). Elizabeth MacKintosh died in London on February 13, 1952.

*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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$16.00
ISBN: 9780684803869
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Published: Scribner - November 29th, 1995

Mystery Discussion Group

Mystery Discussion Group*

Leader: Karrie Major

Date: July 21, 2018

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Title: Jade Lady Burning                   Author: Martin Limon

Description


Meet Sergeants George Sue o and Ernie Bascom in their first investigation, set in 1970s South Korea

Almost twenty years after the end of the Korean War, the US Military is still present throughout South Korea, and tensions run high. Koreans look for any opportunity to hate the soldiers who drink at their bars and carouse with their women. When Pak Ok-suk, a young Korean woman, is found brutally murdered in a torched apartment in the Itaewon red-light district of Seoul, it looks like it might be the work of her American soldier boyfriend. Sergeants George Sue o and Ernie Bascom, Military Police for the US 8th Army, are assigned to the case, but they have nothing to go on other than a tenuous connection to an infamous prostitute. As repressed resentments erupt around them, the pair sets out on an increasingly dangerous quest to find evidence that will exonerate their countryman.

About the Author


Martin Limón retired from military service after twenty years in the US Army, including ten years in Korea. He is the author of eleven novels in the Sueño and Bascom series, including Jade Lady Burning, The Iron Sickle, The Ville Rat, and Ping-Pong Heart, as well as the short story collection Nightmare Range. He lives near Seattle.

 

*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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$9.99
ISBN: 9781616950903
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Crime - October 4th, 2011

Mystery Discussion Group

Mystery Discussion Group*

Leader: John Cline

Date: November 17, 2018

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Title: Art In the Blood                   Author: Bonnie MacBird

Description


London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend - until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris.

Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre.

Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man.

Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft.

This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson's friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes' own artistic nature to the limits.

About the Author


Bonnie MacBird was born and raised in San Francisco and fell in love with Sherlock Holmes by reading the canon at age ten. She attended Stanford University, earning a BA in Music and an MA in Film. Her long Hollywood career includes feature film development exec at Universal, the original screenplay for the movie TRON, three Emmy Awards for documentary writing and producing, numerous produced plays and musicals, and theatre credits as an actor and director. In addition to her work in entertainment, Bonnie teaches a popular screenwriting class at UCLA Extension, as well as being an accomplished water-colourist. She is a regular speaker on writing, creativity, and Sherlock Holmes. She lives in Los Angeles, with frequent trips to London.

 

*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.

 

 

 

Art in the Blood (a Sherlock Holmes Adventure, Book 1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780008129699
Availability: Backordered
Published: Collins Crime Club - July 12th, 2016

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.

 

What She Knew: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062691002
Availability: Special Order
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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$15.99
ISBN: 9780060956653
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 29th, 2010

G.K. Chesterton Society Meeting

G.K. CHESTERTON SOCIETY MEETIING

SATURDAY

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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$16.95
ISBN: 9781505109191
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tan Books - December 22nd, 2016

Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.

SISTERS IN CRIME (LOCAL CHAPTER) MEETING

SATURDAY

APRIL 14

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
$7.99
ISBN: 9781101987131
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - April 3rd, 2018

City of Lies (A Counterfeit Lady Novel #1) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399586576
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Berkley - November 7th, 2017

Murder on Union Square (A Gaslight Mystery #21) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399586606
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Berkley - May 1st, 2018

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