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.

Magpie Murders
by Anthony Horowitz - June 14, 2018

Ignoring the troubling behavior of an eccentric crime writer with whom she has worked for years, London book editor Susan Ryeland is dismayed when a subplot hidden in the author's latest manuscript reveals a real-world murder. A clever and original combination of two stories: a classic Agatha Christie-style whodunit wrapped in a contemporary mystery.


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Murder on the Quai by Cara Black - July 12, 2018
Paris, 1989: Aimee Leduc is going through a rough patch when she volunteers to take on a case involving an executed distant relative, in which her only task is to follow up on a lead, not to solve the murder. She soon finds herself dragged into a revenge scheme that leads back to the ravages of the Second World War and a missing treasure trove of stolen Nazi gold. A flashback installment starring a young Aimee Leduc.


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 Before the Fall by Noah Hawley - August 9, 2018
The stories of ten wealthy victims of a plane crash intertwine with those of a down-on-his-luck painter and a four-year-old boy, the tragedy's only survivors, as odd coincidences surrounding the crash point to a possible conspiracy. Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between the painter and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

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Killers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann - September 13, 2018
From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. The book investigates a series of murders of wealthy Osage people that took place in Osage County, Oklahoma in the early 1920s—after big oil deposits were discovered beneath their land.



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by Peter Heller - October 11, 2018 
Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons nobody else can find. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for Celine's help to find her father, a nature photographer who went missing years ago, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. As Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park to investigate a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed and that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed. 

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A Tap on the Window
by Linwood Barclay - November 8, 2018

Private investigator Cal Weaver is driving home one night when a rain-drenched girl taps on his car window and asks for a ride. After letting her in, Cal soon senses that something’s not right with the girl or the situation. But it’s too late. He’s already involved. Drawn into a world of secrets, lies, and cover-ups in his small, upstate New York town, Cal knows that the only thing that can save him is the truth. And he’s about to expose the town’s secrets one by one—if he lives long enough.

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Fields Where They Lay
by Timothy Hallinan - December 13, 2018

The Edgerton Mall isn’t exactly the epicenter of holiday cheer with stores closing and a rampant shoplifting problem. The Russian mobster who owns the place hires Junior Bender, burglar extraordinaire who sidelines as a private eye, but Junior’s surveillance operation doesn’t go well.  As Christmas Eve approaches, two people are dead and it’s obvious that shoplifting is the least of the mall’s problems. To prevent further deaths, possibly including his own, Junior must confront his dread of Christmas—both present and past.


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