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Subject: Need Recommendations for a Mystery/Thriller for Book Club
Date Posted: 10/26/2010 1:21 PM ET
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Next Thursday 11/4 my book club is going to nominate and decide on all of the books that we'll read next year.  I would REALLY like to nominate a mystery or two, but in general mysteries don't offer enough "meat" for a discussion at a book club.  There are definitely some out there that would work for a book club, though.  The Da Vinci Code, for example (and no, I'm not nominating that one).

Any ideas?  I've only got one idea so far - Blood Hollow by William Kent Kreuger.  It's the third or fourth book in the Cork O'Connor series, and was pretty deep (had to do with religious issues).  Plus it's a Minnesota book - and we try to have at least a few books by Minnesota authors every year.

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Date Posted: 10/26/2010 1:53 PM ET
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We did Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear in my book group. It is set before during and after WW1 so a long with the mystery you can discuss a lot of how War changes people, and how society reacts to them. Also discuss about veteren homes and hospitals. I was a good discussion, but it is one of my favorite historical mysteries.


Date Posted: 10/26/2010 2:54 PM ET
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Lynne - these are some of the authors that I found on that website (mysteryplaces.net) that I want to read and it's mainly because they DO sound "meaty":

Deon Meyer

Colin Cotterill

Margie Orford

Jassy MacKenzie

You may find even more -oh, and BTW, have you read any of Thomas Perry's books?

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Date Posted: 10/26/2010 5:51 PM ET
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is a big fave with book clubs, in case you haven't read that yet.  It's a special book and a quick read.

Shoulder the Sky, by Anne Perry is set in WWI and is deeper than your average mystery.  There are at least 3 in this series, but Shoulder is the first.

There's a great series by a Chinese author and set in China so there's lots of cultural information and context. The first in the series is Death of a Red Heroine by Qui Xiaolong.

Great question - Good luck!


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Date Posted: 10/27/2010 6:45 AM ET
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Yes the Anne Perry WWI series is very good. The first book is No Graves yet. An excellent book. It is set in July 1914 right before WWI starts.