It's a Mystery Book Group

2017 Book Selections

An Imperfect Spy book coverJanuary 11 : An Imperfect Spy by Amanda Cross

Professor and sleuth Kate Fansler uncovers more than she expects to while guest teaching at Schuyler Law School, including a secretary who fancies herself a spy, a faculty who distrust her, and a murder case involving the only tenured female faculty member on campus. Amanda Cross was the pen name of Carolyn Heilbrun, who was a professor of English at Columbia University.

Dragonfly book coverFebruary 8 : Dragonfish by Vu Tran

A woman goes missing and her husband, a police officer, tries to find her in the shady world of Las Vegas, where he learns more than he expected to about her past. It’s a mystery like any other, but in this case the missing woman is also a Vietnamese refugee, and Tran’s novel traces not only the quest to find her but her own quest to escape her past. Vu Tran is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop.

Something Missing book coverMarch 8 : Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

Normal burglars steal things of value, but Martin Railsback only steals things people won’t notice—a box of pasta here, a roll of toilet paper there. Then one day he accidentally knocks a toothbrush into a toilet and feels compelled to replace it, and he starts to rethink his whole approach to crime. Dicks’s humorous and heartwarming debut shows how Martin learns what it is that’s missing from his life.

In a Dark, Dark Wood book coverApril 12 : In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Nora gets invited to a bachelorette party at a cabin in the woods. The bride to be is her childhood best friend whom she hasn’t seen in a decade. Forty eight hours after the party, Nora wakes up in a hospital room. What happened? Ware’s debut novel is being developed into a movie. She also wrote the best-selling The Woman in Cabin 10.

A Madness So Discreet book coverMay 10 : A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Grace Mae is sent to an insane asylum for the crime of getting pregnant by her father. There she is discovered by a visiting doctor who sees beneath her silence and her diagnosis of insanity a brilliant mind and an uncanny knack for criminal profiling, and she becomes his assistant in a case that brings her dangerously close to her own past. McGinnis’s novel won the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Crime Novel in 2015.

Except the Dying book coverJune 14 : Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings

A naked, pregnant young woman is discovered in the streets of turn of the century Toronto, and Detective William Murdoch must find out not only who killed her but also who she was and why someone would want a servant girl dead. Jennings’s novels have been turned into a CBC TV series called Murdoch Mysteries.

Murder at the Roosevelt Hotel in Cedar Rapids book coverJuly 12 : Murder at the Roosevelt Hotel in Cedar Rapids by Diane Fannon-Langton

A true crime account of the murder of Byron C. Hattman, who checked into the Roosevelt Hotel on December 13, 1948 and never left—his body was discovered in his room two days later. Diane Fannon-Langton writes a history column for the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

City of the Lost book coverAugust 9 : City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Homicide detective Casey Duncan killed a man long ago, in another life. Now that past has come back to her, and she has to start her life again in a place where no one knows her name—a sleepy town in Canada that’s off the grid. But shortly after she arrives, the town experiences its first murder, and Casey must take up her profession again to keep herself—and everyone else—safe.

The Quiet American book coverSeptember 13 : The Quiet American by Graham Greene

A naïve American CIA officer named Pyle comes to Vietnam in the early 1950s, where he meets Fowler, a jaded British journalist stationed there. A tale of espionage, a love story, and a meditation on human nature, Greene’s classic is not only a crime novel but also a meditation on human nature and an eerie predictor of the Vietnam War.

Missing Pieces book coverOctober 11 : Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Sarah Quinlan’s husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother under mysterious circumstances. When Jack’s beloved aunt is in an accident, he and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded. Gudenkauf is an Iowa author.

Redemption Road book coverNovember 8 : Redemption Road by John Hart

Adrian Wall used to be a cop. Now he’s an ex-con whose been in prison for thirteen years for a crime he says he didn’t commit. The son of the man he was convicted of killing wants to kill him.  A cop whose life he once saved is under investigation for murder. Who is innocent and who is guilty, and how does the past determine the present? Hart is a back to back Edgar Award winner.

Maisie Dobbs book coverDecember 13 : Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (novel of your choice)

Take your pick of novels from this series about Maisie Dobbs, a private investigator who started out as a maid and who now solves crimes in the aftermath of World War I.

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