It's a Mystery Book Group

2018 Book Selections

Extreme Prey by John Sandford (book cover) Wednesday, January 10 : Extreme Prey by John Sandford

The twenty-sixth entry in the long-running Prey series finds former Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Lucas Davenport is now on the trail of someone who is trying to assassinate a presidential candidate—which of course brings him to Iowa, home of the country’s first caucuses. Sandford is a native of Cedar Rapids.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (book cover) Wednesday, February 14 : Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Eleven people board a plane bound from Martha’s Vineyard to New York City. Only two survive—a painter and a four-year-old boy. As the story unfolds, the plane crash seems less like an accident and more like something planned—but by whom? And why? Noah Hawley’s Edgar Award winning novel takes us deep into the lives of each character as they try to solve the mystery.

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (book cover) Wednesday, March 14 : Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Darren Mathews is a black Texas Ranger with a complicated relationship with his home state—one that becomes even more complicated when he’s called to a small East Texas town to investigate the murders of a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman. Locke was a writer and producer for Empire before turning to fiction.

Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger (book cover) Wednesday, April 11 : Sulfer Springs by William Krueger

Former sheriff Cork O’Connor usually solves crimes in his northern Minnesota home, but when he receives a voicemail in which his son confesses to murder, he and his wife go to Arizona to find out what happened to his son and to the man he supposedly shot. There Cork finds more than he’d ever bargained for.

City of Jackals by Parker Bilal (book cover) Wednesday, May 9 : City of Jackals by Parker Bilal

It’s 2005 in Egypt, and President Mubarak has just been dubiously reelected. South Sudanese refugees are launching massive protests over their treatment. A university student goes missing and a severed head turns up next to the home of Makana, a Sudanese man who’s worked as a detective in Egypt for many years. Now he must find the missing boy and find out what happened to the man who lost his head—all the while negotiating the tricky political situation in Egypt.

Dead Soon Enough by Steph Cha (book cover) Wednesday, June 13 : Dead Soon Enough by Steph Cha

Juniper Song is a young Yale-educated private investigator finally able to take the lead on her own cases. Her first one starts out as a hunt for a missing woman but soon gets entangled in a bitter conflict between the Armenian community in LA and other groups in the city—one that may result in the missing woman losing her life. Don’t miss this modern day LA noir!

This is a Bust by Ed Lin (book cover) Wednesday, July 11 : This is a Bust by Ed Lin

Robert Chow is the only Chinese-American on the Chinatown beat of the NYPD in 1976. He knows he’s been hired as a token, and he drinks heavily to combat his memories of fighting in the Vietnam War. But when an old Chinese woman turns up dead, he’s the only one who can solve the crime.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (book cover) Wednesday, August 8 : Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

In the 1920s, oil was discovered in the Osage Indian Reservation, and its residents became among the richest people on earth. Then someone started killing them. New Yorker writer Grann tells the story of the tribe, the murders, and how an undercover FBI team finally began to uncover the truth.

The Unquiet Dead by Austma Zehanat Khan (book cover) Wednesday, September 12 : The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

A man falls to his death from a cliff, and Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty, officers in team of police officers that handles crimes involving ethnic minorities, are asked to look into it. At first they can’t figure out why, but then they discover that the man may actually be a Bosnian war criminal and that his death may not have been an accident.

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny (book cover) Wednesday, October 10 : A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

Winner of the Agatha and Anthony Awards and included on thirteen “Best of 2016” lists, Penny’s novel finds Inspector Armand Gamache with an old map and the body of a dead professor—and a new recruit at the police academy who was his protégé.

Hollwood Homicide by Kellye Garrett (book cover) Wednesday, November 14 : Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

Dayna Anderson had some success as an actress, but now she’s broke and not sure what to do next. After witnessing a deadly hit and run accident, she figures maybe she could solve the crime and get the $15,000 reward. Her chase takes her into the thick of Holly wood society—and then it turns out someone is trying to kill her, too.

The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry (book cover) Wednesday, December 12 : The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

Everyone always assumed that Olivia’s father killed her mother, but no one ever found what became of him. When new evidence emerges that he was actually killed the same day as his wife, Olivia must try to find the killer herself, lest the killer come for her next. Henry’s novel won the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Young Adult Mystery.

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