Mystery Book Club

The Mystery Book Club meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month, September through May. A light luncheon is served at noon and the book for the month is discussed. Club members take turns hosting lunch and dessert. Books are ordered by the Library and handed out at each get together for the next month. Extra copies of the book are available at the Library if you are unable to make the meeting.

New members are always welcome. Please call the Library at 715-445-4330 to let us know you would like to attend and to reserve a copy of the book.

Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 12:00pm
Title: An Unwated Guest
Author: Shari Lapena

A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway ... but when the storm hits, no one is getting away.

It is winter in the Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing-maybe even romantic-weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge wood burning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skin, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.

So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity-and all contact with the outside world-the guests settle in for the long haul.

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead-it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something-or someone-is picking off the guests one by one.  And there’s nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm.

Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 12:00pm
Title: I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Author: Michelle McNamare

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer-the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade-from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

"You'll be silent forever, and I'll be gone in the dark."

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark-the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death­ offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. lt is also a portrait of a woman's obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle's lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic-and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 12:00pm
Title: Breaking Creed
Author: Alex Kava

New York Times- and internationally bestselling author Alex Kava's thrilling new series introducing Ryder Creed, ex-marine turned K9 search-and-rescue dog trainer as he teams up with fan-favorite FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell.

Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They've intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta's airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention.

Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O'Dell is investigating a series of murders - the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. She suspects it's the work of a cunning and brutal assassin, but her politically motivated boss has been putting up roadblocks.

By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed's name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already

sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him.

But Creed and his dogs have a few surprises in store on their compound in Florida. Will it be enough to stop a ruthless cartel determined to remove the thorn in its side once and for all?

Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 12:00pm
Title: Turn of the Key
Author: Ruth Ware

When she stumbles across the ad, she's looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss-a live-in nanny post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten-by the luxurious "smart" home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn't know is that she's stepping into a nightmare-one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an un-put-downable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.