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Welcome to the Raleigh/Durham Mystery and True Crime Book Club for Women!
Typically, we meet the 4th Saturday of the month to discuss a mystery (fiction) novel and the 2nd Sunday of the month to discuss a true crime (non-fiction) book. Members are welcome to attend just one or both of these meetings—your preference!
This is a book club for significantly female-identified people—we use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.
No-show Policy:  After two no-shows in a row, or three no-shows overall, you will be permanently removed from the group. We define a no-show as either not showing at all, or canceling within a three-hour window of the beginning of a meeting.  Please be conscientious of the other members and keep your RSVPs up-to-date!
Annual Fee:  New members  will be given a 90 day period to try out the book club, at the end of which a $10.00 annual fee will be due to cover the costs of this Meetup site, as well as cover costs for any special events we may sponsor. The membership fee can be sent through meetup. Any extra funds will be donated to OneLove ( http://www.joinonelove.org/ ).
Book Selection: We select our books twice a year at planning meetings that are separate from a regular book club meeting.  Any group member who wants to attend a planning meeting may do so subject to the location space limitation—we welcome ideas for places to meet, including members homes, as well as suggestions for books and special events at planning meetings.

Our list of upcoming book selections and dates (and master list of book selections) can be found here.

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The Wicked Boy: the Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer

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From Amazon: "In the summer of 1895, Robert Coombes (age 13) and his brother Nattie (age 12) were seen spending lavishly around the docklands of East London -- for ten days in July, they ate out at coffee houses and took trips to the seaside and the theater. The boys told neighbors they had been left home alone while their mother visited family in Liverpool, but their aunt was suspicious. When she eventually forced the brothers to open the house to her, she found the badly decomposed body of their mother in a bedroom upstairs. Robert and Nattie were arrested for matricide and sent for trial at the Old Bailey.

Robert confessed to having stabbed his mother, but his lawyers argued that he was insane. Nattie struck a plea and gave evidence against his brother. The court heard testimony about Robert's severe headaches, his fascination with violent criminals and his passion for 'penny dreadfuls', the pulp fiction of the day. He seemed to feel no remorse for what he had done, and neither the prosecution nor the defense could find a motive for the murder. The judge sentenced the thirteen-year-old to detention in Broadmoor, the most infamous criminal lunatic asylum in the land. Yet Broadmoor turned out to be the beginning of a new life for Robert--one that would have profoundly shocked anyone who thought they understood the Wicked Boy.

At a time of great tumult and uncertainty, Robert Coombes's case crystallized contemporary anxieties about the education of the working classes, the dangers of pulp fiction, and evolving theories of criminality, childhood, and insanity. With riveting detail and rich atmosphere, Kate Summerscale recreates this terrible crime and its aftermath, uncovering an extraordinary story of man's capacity to overcome the past."

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017SCQKZG/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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Wicked autumn

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From Amazon: "The first in a delightful series, Wicked Autumn sharply skewers the quintessential English village in a cunningly modern version of the traditional drawing room mystery. Wickedly entertaining, it’s the perfect choice for Agatha Christie fans.

Max Tudor has settled happily into his post as vicar of St. Edwold’s Church in Nether Monkslip. The quaint English village seems to be the perfect new home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past serving in MI5, the British domestic counter-intelligence agency. But his serenity is quickly shattered when the wildly unpopular president of the Women’s Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max’s MI5 training quickly kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.The first in a delightful series, Wicked Autumn sharply skewers the quintessential English village in a cunningly modern version of the traditional drawing room mystery. Wickedly entertaining, it’s the perfect choice for Agatha Christie fans.

Max Tudor has settled happily into his post as vicar of St. Edwold’s Church in Nether Monkslip. The quaint English village seems to be the perfect new home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past serving in MI5, the British domestic counter-intelligence agency. But his serenity is quickly shattered when the wildly unpopular president of the Women’s Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max’s MI5 training quickly kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play."

https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Autumn-Max-Tudor-Novel-ebook/dp/B004TLHOVO/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1BC8RNOJ28M0T&keywords=%22wicked+autumn%22&qid=1656189783&sprefix=wicked+autumn+%2Caps%2C80&sr=8-1

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21 immortals (Mystery)

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