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.


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Celine 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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Cold Earth
by Ann Cleeves  - January 10, 2019
In the dark days of winter in the remote Scottish Shetland Islands, torrential rain triggers a landslide that sweeps down to the sea smashing through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died.


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The Ranger by Ace Atkins - February 14, 2019
After years of war, Army Ranger Quinn Colson returns home to the rugged, rough hill country of northeast Mississippi to find his native Tibbehah County overrun with corruption, decay, meth runners, and violence. His uncle, the longtime county sheriff, is dead. A suicide, he’s told, but others—like deputy Lillie Virgil—whisper murder.  Now it’s up to Colson to discover the truth.



Still Waters


Still Waters by Viveca Sten - March 14, 2019
After two bodies are discovered In Sweden’s idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, the residents are reeling. Police detective Thomas Andreasson turns to his childhood friend, local lawyer Nora Linde, to unravel the riddles left behind by these two mysterious deaths—while also trying to make sense of the difficult twists their own lives have taken since the shared days of their youth. 


View a list of our previous selections here. 

View an annotated list of our previous selections here.