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MYSTERY BOOK CLUB

“No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmund Wilson

Read the book & Solve the Mystery!
Books are distributed at the previous month’s discussion, or check one out at the library.

Discuss at the library!
Meet to discuss on the 2nd Wednesday of Each Month, 10:00 – 11:00 am at Louisburg Library.


Contact Holly McLain at [email protected] or 837-2217 for more information.

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce Mystery #1
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together and examine new suspects, she begins a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself.
Wednesday, March 11 |  10:00 am  |  Louisburg Library
snacks provided by Rita

 

The Highway by C.J. Box
Cassie Dewell book #1
When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state. There's a serial killer out there roaming the highways, and Cody and Cassie must find him before he takes more lives.
Wednesday, April 8  |  Trip to Independence, MO
more information available at book club  |   Register Online

 

Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely
Elizabeth Parker Mystery #1
A die-hard fan of Jane Austen novels and the traditional English mystery, Tracy Kiely has combined elements of both for this truly delightful and witty debut.  Planning New Year's resolutions to rid her life of all things unhealthy, Elizabeth Parker has dumped fatty foods, processed sugar, and her two-timing boyfriend. Indeed, the invitation to join her Aunt Winnie for a How to Host a Murder Party on New Year's Eve at Winnie's new Cape Cod B and B comes just in time. But when the local wealthy miser ends up the unscripted victim, Elizabeth must unearth old secrets and new motives in order to clear her beloved aunt of suspicion. The suspects include the town gossip, a haughty rich woman, and an antiques business owner much enamored of his benefactress, a Mrs. Kristell Dubois. If that isn't bad enough, Elizabeth must also contend with her childhood nemesis, Peter McGowan---a man she suspects has only matured in chronological years---and her suspicions about his family's interest in Winnie's inn.   Yesterday, her only worry was of ever finding her Mr. Darcy. Now she has a murder to solve. Is it any wonder her resolution to achieve inner poise is in tatters?    By reimagining characters and themes lifted from the treasured classic Pride and Prejudice , and crafting an expert, intricate mystery, Tracy Kiely has brought to life something very special: a new cozy series that is clever, vibrant, and utterly disarming.
Wednesday, May 13  |  10:00 am  |  Louisburg Library
snacks provided by Bev C.

 

Death on Demand by Carolyn G. Hart
Death on Demand book #1
The prime suspect in the murder of author Elliot Morgan, Annie Laurance Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, embarks on an investigation in an attempt to clear her name.
Wednesday, June 10  |  10:00 am  |  Louisburg Library
snacks provided by Becky

 

Dead Cold by Louise Penny
(later published as A Fatal Grace)

Chief Inspector Gamache book #2
Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel!   Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder. No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter--and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death.  When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary. CC de Poitiers was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament. And yet no one saw anything. Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder--or brilliant enough to succeed? With his trademark compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find the dangerous secrets long buried there. For a Quebec winter is not only staggeringly beautiful but deadly, and the people of Three Pines know better than to reveal too much of themselves. But other dangers are becoming clear to Gamache. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.
Wednesday, July 8  |  10:00 am   |  Louisburg Library
snacks provided by Cheryl

 

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
Cork O'Connor book #1
Read the thrilling, universally acclaimed debut that introduced the award-winning Cork O'Connor mystery series to the world by New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger.  In eighteen novels over twenty years, William Kent Krueger has enthralled readers with the adventures of P.I. Cork O'Connor, former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota--selling more than 1.5 million copies of his books and winning the Edgar Award, Minnesota Book Award, Northeastern Minnesota Book Award, Dilys Award, Lovey Award, and Anthony Award along the way. Now, in this special anniversary edition, longtime fans and new readers alike can read the novel that first introduced Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor to the world.  Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Cork is having difficulty dealing with the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, getting by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago's South Side, there's not much that can shock him. But when the town's judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on this complicated and perplexing case of conspiracy, corruption, and a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.
Wednesday, August 12  |  10:00 am  |  Louisburg Library
snacks provided by Sandy B.

 

Select a Mystery
Everyone will share what mystery book s/he read over brunch.  Those that are interested will go visit the Olathe Library after we eat.
Wednesday, September 9  |  9:00 am  
Miss B's Cafe |  1006 S. Metcalf  |  Louisburg, KS

 

One Book, One Burg: Louisburg Reads 2020
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
Wednesday, October 14  |  10:00 am  |  Louisburg Library
snacks provided by Nancy

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

Wednesday, November 11  |  10:00 am  |  Louisburg Library
snacks provided by Bev S.

 

The Heist by Janet Evanovich with Lee Goldberg
Fox & O'Hare book #1
FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world's most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she's cared about is Nicolas Fox--an international crook she wants in more ways than one.  Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail--particularly Kate O'Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there's no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: He convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O'Hare.  Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who's hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O'Hare's patience and Fox's skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate's dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day's work . . . if O'Hare and Fox don't kill each other first.
Wednesday, December 9  |  10:00 am  |  Louisburg Library
snacks provided by Sandy R.

 

Celebrate the New Year!
Start the New Year with food, fun, friends, new people, and discussion of what everyone has read over the holiday season.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

 

 

 

 


Reading History

Download: Mystery Book Club List 2004-2019.pdf

Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Bradley
Highway by Box
Murder at Longbourn by Kiely
Dead Cold by Penny
Death on Demand by Hart
Iron Lake by Krueger
Where the Crawdads Sing by Owens
Heist by Evanovich
Curious Incident by Haddon