Meets 3rd Monday of the month
at 1:30 p.m.
The Ground Floor, Hedberg Public Library lower level
Participants receive a 20% discount at the Ground Floor during the meetings.
No registration is necessary. Come to one or all of our discussions - and bring a friend!
Mystery Fan Favorites
Sample titles by
the favorite authors of HPL’s most devoted mystery readers.
Monday, September 17, 2012 | 1:30 p.m.
In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a
woman start to make love, trapping Luther Whitney, a career break-in artist, behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and Luther
is running into the night. Because what he has just seen is a brutal
murder involving Alan Richmond, the president of the United States,
the man with…Absolute Power.
Diane Mott Davidson
Dying for Chocolate
Monday, October 15, 2012 | 1:30 p.m.
Determined to take control of her life, Goldy Bear moves her catering business and her son to ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club. Just as she’s beginning to think she’s got it made -- catering decadent dinners and being wooed by both the handsome local shrink and the rugged neighborhood cop -- the dishy doctor inexplicably drives his BMW into an oncoming bus. Goldy, convinced that the doctor’s death was no accident, starts sleuthing between souffles and uncovers some of the psychiatrist’s unpalatable secrets which places the cunning caterer in a sticky, and possibly deadly, situation.
Monday, November 19, 2012 | 1:30 p.m.
Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Andy will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want. It will take more than Andy’s usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved golden retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that anyone around him is in danger, including his long-time girlfriend Laurie, and he will have to muster all of his wits to save those he holds most dear.
Along Came a Spider
Monday, January 21, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.
A missing little girl named Maggie Rose. A family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. The thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher. A psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who calls himself the Son of Lindbergh. He is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him – even after he’s been captured.
Three Day Town
Monday, February 18, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.
While in New York, Judge Deborah Knott has been asked to deliver a package to Lt. Sigrid Harald of
the NYPD. Sigrid offers to swing by the apartment with her husband to pick up the box, but when they reach the apartment, they discover that it is missing and the doorman has been murdered.
Monday, March 18, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.
Mary DiNunzio gets a terrifying telephone call while she’s working
late, then goes home
to find a shadow lurking at her front door. When
lawyer close to her turns up dead,
Mary begins to suspect that the
case she’s been working on – involving the suicide of an
an internment camp during World War II – may not be ancient history after all.
Monday, April 15, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.
In 1896, the newly appointed NYC police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, enlists New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore and his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or “alienist,” in the murder investigation of an adolescent boy. The two men are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret, the unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology -- amassing a psychological profile of the man they’re looking for based on the details of his crimes.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
Monday, May 20, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.
Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the
neck with a faint
trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official
verdict is suicide, his wealthy father
hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and
the strong scent of murder.
Monday, June 17, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.
Another heart-pounding chapter in the career of Lucas Davenport, the brilliant, hard-bitten detective from the Twin Cities. The Iceman is Lucas Davenport’s most determined foe – a serial killer driven to cover his brutal tracks with blood. Winter Prey unfolds in the cold and driving snow of the north country, the perfect setting for the chilling terror caused by the Ice Man, a killer who knows Lucas’ every move – a coldly brilliant madman who can’t be stopped.
Fall 2011-Spring 2012
The Evolution of the Mystery
The mystery novel has grown and changed over the years. Take a look back - way back - to see where it all began. Journey through time as we explore the evolution of the mystery!
1868: The First True English Mystery
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
1887: Crime Solving
as a Science
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1920: Queen of the
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
1930: Hard-Boiled PI Novel
Monday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m.
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
1980: Police Procedural
Monday, February 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Ghosts by Ed McBain
1982: Strong Female Protagonist
Monday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m.
A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
1990: Ethnic Mystery
Monday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
1993: Featured Forensic Science
Monday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell
2011: Northern European Mystery
Monday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m.
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
Find it on RockCat
Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
Passport to Murder
Readers "traveled around the world" as they enjoyed novels by authors who used distant lands as their setting.