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The Game's Afoot Mystery Group
Meets the third Monday of the month except December at 7:00 p.m.

For sixteen years this group has read all genres of mystery fiction; from cozies and amateur detectives to police procedurals, legal thrillers and classic noir. Discussion titles are chosen on a quarterly basis and suggestions from group members are welcomed. So far the group has never read the same author twice.

Copies of the book selections are available for check out at the Library approximately one month before the discussion.

What We Are Reading:


January 20, 2014

The Beggar's Opera
by Peggy Blair
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Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit, has a suspect in the brutal assault and murder of a young boy, but under Cuban law, the police have only 72 hours to formally charge or release him. Meanwhile Ramirez must deal with his own personal fears. Are the hallucinations he is having caused by a form of dementia or does he really see the ghostly victims of his unsolved cases? An atmospheric and haunting look at modern Cuba where communism and the ancient belief in spirits coexist.


February 10, 2014

   Date change due to library closing on Presidents' Day.

Nine Coaches Waiting
by Mary Stewart
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Soon after arriving at Chateaux Varmy, Linda Martin the new governess to 9-year-old Philippe begins to suspect sinister forces threatening her young charge who is heir to the family's land and fortune. A classic in romantic suspense: Cinderella meets Jane Eyre with a dash of Rebecca and Wuthering Heights.


March 17, 2014

King of Lies
by John Hart
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Struggling North Carolina criminal defense attorney, Jackson Workman Pickens finds himself the prime suspect when the body of his missing father is found murdered.  An illuminating anatomy of a murder and the ripple effect it produces within a family and a community.

Look for future discussion titles to be posted later this year.