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Mystery Book Discussion Group at North Torrance Library 

All discussions are free - no registration is required. 
Just read the book prior to the meeting!
For more information, contact: North Torrance Library 3604 Artesia Blvd., Torrance 310-323-7200

You can view a list of our previous selections here.

Monday February 3, 2020
A Gentleman's Murder by Christopher Huang

London, 1924. Lieutenant Eric Peterkin, a veteran of the Great War, is a member of the Britannia Club, an exclusive gentlemen’s club that caters only to military men. When the club’s newest member is murdered, Peterkin is convinced the killer is a fellow Britannian. But which one? And how to prove it? As more killings follow, Peterkin realizes he’s up against a wily and ruthless foe – Booklist.

Monday March 2, 2020
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery (after 2009's The Brutal Telling), Gamache is recovering from a physical and emotional trauma, the exact nature of which isn't immediately disclosed, in Québec City. When the body of Augustin Renaud, an eccentric who'd spent his life searching for the burial site of Samuel de Champlain, Québec's founder, turns up in the basement of the Literary and Historical Society, Gamache reluctantly gets involved in the murder inquiry. – Publishers Weekly.

Monday April 6, 2020
10,000 Bones by Joe Ollinger

What if you live on a planet where one of the basic nutrients of life is so scarce that it has been made official currency? That’s what happened on the planet of Brink, where calcium is the precious commodity everyone wants. Then Calcium starts to disappear and Agent Brady Kearns decides to unearth just what is causing the shortfalls in planetary calcium - LJ Express Reviews.

Monday May 4, 2020
The Old Contemptibles by Martha Grimes

Richard Jury, London police superintendent, is a suspect himself in Grimes's 11th mystery named after English pubs--this one in the Lake District of poets Wordsworth and Coleridge. Following a passionate and troubled love affair with a pretty widow named Jane Holdsworth, Jury finds himself, unaccountably, a suspect in a murder investigation - Publishers Weekly.

Monday June 1, 2020
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

Kate Burkholder, the newly appointed chief of police of Painters Mill, OH, must deal with the return of a vicious serial killer-a murderer whom Kate had killed 16 years earlier when she was a young Amish woman – Library Journal.

Monday July 6, 2020
The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

On June 24, 2009, a break in occurred at the British Natural History Museum at Tring. Nothing of value seemed to be missing, but several months later, the museum discovered that hundreds of rare birds, some of them collected by Darwin competitor Alfred Russell Wallace, had been stolen by fishing-lure aficionados. The author, a fly fisherman himself, stumbled on this story and found himself tumbling down a rabbit hole of obsessed Victorian fly-tiers, who need the feathers of now-endangered or extinct bird species to replicate the artistic lures created decades ago – Library Journal.

Monday August 3, 2020
Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara

Mas Arai, Hiroshima survivor, part-time Los Angeles gardener, and reluctant detective, goes to a party honoring the Japanese American winner of $500,000 in Las Vegas. When Randy Yamashiro is murdered in the parking lot during the party, Mas must uncover the reason for his death and why a broken shamisen was found next to the body – Library Journal.