Mayhem in the A.M. Mystery Book Discussion

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Henderson Library

4805 Emerald Street, Torrance, CA 90503 ~ (310) 371-2075

Discuss great mystery and suspense books every second Thursday of each month from 10 - 11 a.m.  All discussions are free and no registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library.

Silent Night Deadly Night

Silent Night, Deadly Night
by Vicki Delany - December 12, 2019

Residents of Rudolph keep the spirit of Christmas alive year-round—but their joy is threatened when a group of grinches visits the town, in the charming fourth installment of the Year-Round Christmas series.



The Woman in the Water


 The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch - January 9, 2020
In this prequel to Finch's long-standing historical series, set in 1850 London, a young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously, but when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime--and promising to kill again--Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself.


The Switch 

The Switch by Joseph Finder - February 13, 2020
Michael Tanner picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line, a mistake he doesn't notice until he arrives home in Boston. This simple mix up throws an innocent man into the cross-hairs of sinister government secrets and ruthless political ambitions in this timely, electrifying thriller.



The 7 and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton  - March 12, 2020
“Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m. There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit. We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer. Understood? Then let's begin." - These are the instructions given to Aiden Bishop as he is trapped inside a time loop. Each morning Bishop awakens in another guest's body and relives that same day until Evelyn's death with eight do-overs to solve the mystery. A masterfully written debut novel. 




Suspect by Robert Crais - April 9, 2020
Struggling to reclaim his career after the devastating murder of his partner eight months earlier, LAPD cop Max Kent is teamed with a traumatized military canine named Maggie who assists Max in an effort to track down his late partner's killer. Crais launches what looks like a stand-alone, but readers may hope that it's the beginning of a new series.


Down the River Unto the Sea


Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley - May 14, 2020
After serving time in Rikers Island solitary for assault, Joe King Oliver, who is an ex-NYPD investigator working as a private detective, receives a note from a woman who admits she was paid to frame him, compelling him to investigate. Mosley begins a new series, starring PI Joe King Oliver, and it rekindles some of the remarkable energy that drove his early Easy Rawlins novels.


The Library Book


The Library Book by Susan Orleans - June 11, 2020
On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. Susan Orleans re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to the beloved institution of libraries.


View a list of our previous selections here. 

View an annotated list of our previous selections here.