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Mystery Book Club

Mystery Book Club meets the first Monday of every month. Each member reads a mystery fitting that month's discussion topic, and shares it at the meeting.

April 1 – An LGBT mystery (this meeting will be offsite at Lake Boone Trail Starbucks, 3800 Lake Boone Trail Raleigh, NC 27607). Lots of options – Laurie King’s Kate Martinelli series, Anthony Bidulka has a series that has me at the tagline: Russell Quant, an ex-farmboy, half-Ukrainian, half-Irish, gay private detective, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

May 6 – With a bookstore setting or featured. There is always Lawrence Block (Bernie Rhodenbarr), Joan Hess (Claire Malloy), and Carolyn Hart (Annie Laurance)

June 3 – Set in a university. Sarah Caudwell wrote 4 books in the Hilary Tamar series and they are all gems. Amanda Cross (Kate Fansler), Aaron Elkins (Gideon Oliver), Charlotte MacLeod (Peter Shandy), Sarah Shaber (Simon Shaw, set in Raleigh).

July 1 – involving a railroad

August 5 – by an author you have never heard of before!

September 9 (second Monday) – set on a cruise ship

October 7 – set in Venice, Italy

November 4 – involving a religious theme

December 2 – involving food

Discussion guidelines:
1. How long did it take you to get involved in the story?
2. Were the main characters interesting? Realistic? Did you like them?
3. Did the characters change and learn something by the end of the story?
4. Was the plot simple or complex? Were there multiple plot lines or red herrings?
5. What was the structure of the book - continuous or back and forth? Did the structure help tell the story or distract from it?
6. Was the resolution satisfying?
7. Will you read another book by this author?