Mystery

Book discussions are free and open to the public. No sign-ups are required. Copies of each month's selection can be picked up at the circulation desk, while supplies last.

Stone Cold Dead by James Ziskin
November 8, 2016 - 12:00pm
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211 E Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

This month's mystery read is Stone Cold Dead by James Ziskin. December 21, 1960, the shortest day of the year: Fifteen-year-old Darleen Hicks slips away from her school bus as it idles in the junior-high parking lot, waiting to depart. Moments later the bus rumbles away without her, and she is never seen again. Can Ellie Stone find the missing girl?

The Teller by Jonathan Stone
October 11, 2016 - 12:00pm
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211 E Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

This month's mystery read is The Teller by Jonathan Stone. Elaine Kelly doesn't earn much as a bank teller, and most of her salary goes toward caring for her terminally ill mother. When a lonely old man who deposits money at her bank every week gets hit and killed by a delivery truck, Elaine--a good Irish girl from Queens--thinks she's found the answer to her problems. She'll just transfer $1 million from the dead man's account into hers.

Zodiac Station by Tom Harper
September 13, 2016 - 12:00pm
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Santa Rosa, CA 95404

This month's mystery read is Zodiac Station by Tom Harper. Deep in the Arctic, the crew of a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker discovers the only survivor of a disaster at the Zodiac Station research base, who tells an incredible story of spies, greed, jealousy, and murder, but his tale simply doesn't add up.

See Also Murder by Larry Sweazy
August 9, 2016 - 12:00pm
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Santa Rosa, CA 95404

This month's mystery read is See Also Murder by Larry Sweazy. In 1964, a grisly murder is committed in the small town of Dickinson, North Dakota. Erik and Lida Knudsen are found murdered in their bed. Sheriff Hilo Jenkins is called to the scene and discovers a strange copper amulet clasped in Erik's hand.

The Secret Place by Tana French
July 12, 2016 - 12:00pm
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Santa Rosa, CA 95404

This month's mystery read is The Secret Place by Tana French. The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls' boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says "I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM." Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin's Murder Squad--and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo.

Detroit is Our Beat by Loren Estleman
June 14, 2016 - 12:00pm
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211 E Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

This month's mystery read is Detroit is Our Beat by Loren Estleman. During World War II, while most of the Detroit police department is fighting overseas, the "Four Horsemen" -- Lieutenant Max Zagreb, Sergeant Starvo Canal, and Detectives McReary and Burke -- struggle to keep the city safe from draft-dodging troublemakers, gangsters, racial tension and enemy saboteurs.

 

Come to Harm by Catriona McPherson
May 10, 2016 - 12:00pm
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211 E Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

This month's mystery read is Come to Harm by Catriona McPherson. For Keiko Nishisato, leaving Tokyo is a rare adventure, but it's living in the quiet little town of Painchton, Scotland, that shows her how far she is from home. For such a settled place, a lot of young women seem to leave. But the more Keiko discovers the less she believes, until she can't tell where her fears end and the real nightmares begin.

 

Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose
April 12, 2016 - 12:00pm
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211 E Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

This month's mystery read is Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose. Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who's made her life a nightmare for the past year - desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother's old house in Cincinnati offers sanctuary in which she can start her life anew, but requires that she face the dark memories that still resonate to this day.

The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page
March 9, 2016 - 12:00pm
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211 E Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

This months mystery read is The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page. At home on Sanpere Island, Maine, caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild discovers that real estate can be murder. After the Fourth of July celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early twentieth-century "cottage."