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15 Years of Mysteries: Part Four

Welcome to Part Four of 15 Years of Mysteries! The Mystery Book Club (at my local library) continued its tour of mystery fiction with several women authors. Perhaps the biggest mystery of the year, however, was why there wasn’t a selection for May 2007. I’ve not been able to find a single document, file, listing,… Read More ›

15 Years of Mysteries: Part Three

Welcome to Part Three of 15 Years of Mysteries! The Mystery Book Club (at my local library) kicked off its third year of reading with a tie in to a local community initiative. In the late 1990s / early 2000s, several communities across the United States created “If all of {city name} read the same… Read More ›

15 Years of Mysteries: Part Two

Welcome to Part Two of 15 Years of Mysteries! The first full year of hosting a Mystery Book Club at my local library included a variety of titles in the mystery genre, including cozies and private investigators. In 2004, I began a book discussion group focused on the mystery genre. In the 15 years since… Read More ›

15 Years of Mysteries

Working at my local library over the years has been a perfect fit for my varied interests, particularly literary ones. In 2004, I began a book discussion group focused on the mystery genre. This Mystery Book Club has evolved over the years and continues to meet at the library today. In the 15 years since… Read More ›

Classic Spy Thrillers

Begin a new year by reading some of the best crime novels from years past. I invite readers of The Poisoned Martini to join me—online that is—in reading classic spy thrillers. These four titles appear on both the Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time and the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time lists… Read More ›

Baker Street Irregulars

Read along with The Poisoned Martini … A master of detection and deduction, Sherlock Holmes has inspired countless books and movies since his first appearance over a century ago. Join me in reading the novels selected for the series, “Baker Street Irregulars.” As before with previous discussion series, “A Taste of Murder” in 2011; “Unusual… Read More ›

Armchair Sleuths

Read along with The Poisoned Martini … Armchair Sleuths tend to solve their cases with acuity and without venturing far from home. From some of the earliest examples of the genre to the most recent crime thrillers delving into dark corners of the mind, this selection of titles will you a cursory look at the… Read More ›

Murder in the British Isles

Read along with The Poisoned Martini … The British Isles have long been a source of intriguing mysteries.  In fact, Judith Flanders’ 2013 book, The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime, touches on this very topic.  True crimes perpetrated by Jack the Ripper, infamous body snatchers… Read More ›

Grande Dames of Mystery

Some of the best, most enduring mysteries have been written by women.  Such authors as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, and Margery Allingham have been dubbed as “Queens of Crime,” rising to prominence during the period known as the Golden Age of Detective Fiction (in the 1920s and 1930s).  Sample some of these… Read More ›

Murder by Decade

Read along with The Poisoned Martini … Mysteries are timeless, but these tales of murder are a reflection of their times.  From the 1920s to the 1950s, the mystery novel experienced what could be called its “Golden Age.” As before with previous discussion series, “A Taste of Murder” in 2011, “Unusual Sleuths” and “Unearthing Murder”… Read More ›

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