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A former member
Post #: 9
At our inagural meeting, we decided that March's selection should be a mystery. But which one? There are so many to choose from. This is the place where you can make your case for your top recommendations.
user 5848719
Group Organizer
Durham, NC
Post #: 1
Some suggestions:

1) Christine Falls by Benjamin Beck

This debut mystery by Booker prize winner John Banville (Black is a pseudonym) stares the widowed and alcoholic Dublin coroner Quirke who investigates the death of Christine Falls and the disappearance of her newborn. With Black's characteristically lyrical writing, Christine Falls reaches down into the history of Quirke's family and up to the height of Catholic power in Ireland. This is the first in a projected series--and you will want to read them all.

2) Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom

Isreal Armstrong is a fish out of water. A Jewish, vegetarian librarian in a small town in Northern Ireland, he arrives from London to find his library is boarded up, he has to drive the bookmobile , and he is missing 15,000. Quirky and funny, this mystery stands out of the crowded librarian-detective field with a strong sense of place and fun characters.

3) Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (suggested by Sarah)

Kate Atkinson turns the small city of Cambridge, England into a small, intimate town when her hero Jackson Brodie begins to investigate three deaths that took place in and around London. Atkinson risks a lot when she infuses the plot-rich genre of the mystery novel with deep character studies, but her chance pays off. A mix of hard-boiled, plot-driven detective novel and emotional, in depth character novel, Atkinson's Case Histories takes the mystery novel to new heights.

4) Death of a Red Heroine by Xiaolong Qiu

Across the Pacific Ocean, in the Shanghai of the mid-90's, poet and translator Chen Chao has been assigned to be the city's chief inspector. When Guan Hongying, a Model National Worker, is murdered, Chen must break through the tightly sealed world of Chinese government politics and justice to solve the crime. A poet himself, Qiu includes references to classical Chinese literature, blending the past and the present in a novel where China's future seems challenged.

5) Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman

If you are one of the many people fascinated by the HBO show The Wire and the gritty streets of Baltimore, try this stand-alone mystery by Lippman, author of the award-winning Tess Monaghan series. Alice (the good girl) and Ronnie (the bad girl) are children when they kidnap and murder a baby. Sent to juvenile detention until they turn 18, their adjustment to live outside the detention center is made more difficult when children begin to go missing. Rich with suspense and horror, Lippman paints troubled Baltimore with such detail you will feel as if you are there.
user 6206272
Cary, NC
Post #: 2
I suggested Atkinson, but I'd be happy to read any of these...but I think Lippman is my last choice.
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