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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