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