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Our October book is The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter. It is described as "A delightful romp through Victorian gothic literature, with a decidedly feminist slant." The perfect "Halloween" read! We will be meeting at Azteca Restaurant in downtown Garden Grove. There is plenty of parking. Hope to see you there! A more detailed synopsis: Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this debut is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins. Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein. When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.
Hello! For our holiday book, we will be reading a thriller set in Scotland during Christmastime. "The Hunting Party" by Lucy Foley is the perfect book to get you in the “holiday spirit” while fulfilling your need for guilty pleasure reading! OC library has 22 copies of this book and 6 audiobooks available. We will meet at Urth Caffe in the Orange Circle. We will be meeting the 1st Tuesday in December because of Thanksgiving. Synopsis: During Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves. They arrive on December 30, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world. Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead. The trip began innocently enough: admiration of the stunning, if foreboding, scenery; champagne in front of a crackling fire; and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps. Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.