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International Mystery Book Group

International Mystery Book Group: Come join us for the library’s new International Mystery Book Discussion. It is a monthly drop-in book discussion which meets at the library the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. Our informal discussions last about one hour. Books are available for checkout at the library, from interlibrary loan and area libraries with whom this library has reciprocal borrowing.
For more information, please call the Adult Information Desk at 329-4542, ext 600.

2014 International Mystery Book Group Suggestions

Brazil
Silence of the Rain (Inspector Espinosa #1) by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
Thursday, January 9th
In a parking garage in the centre of Rio de Janeiro, young executive Ricardo Carvalho climbs into his car, takes a few drags of his cigarette and shoots himself dead. But when the police arrive at the scene, Carvalho’s death looks like a straight-forward case of robbery gone wrong, since the victim’s gun and briefcase are missing. And so Inspector Espinosa is called in to investigate. Not your typical detective, the world-weary Espinosa has the mind of a philosopher, the heart of a romantic, and enough experience to realize that things are not always as they seem.

China
Death of a Red Heroine by Que Xiaolong
Thursday, February 13th
In this Anthony Award-winning debut, Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police must find the murderer of a National Model worker, and then risk his own life and career to see that justice is done. Qiu’s Inspector Chen is the newly appointed head of the Shanghai Police Bureau’s special case squad. The squad was formed to handle cases that have a political angle so Chen has to conduct his investigations while taking care not to step on powerful political toes.

Cuba
Havana Red (Mario Conde #1) by Leonardo Padura
Thursday, March 13th
The first of the Havana quartet, set in Havana in 1980, features Inspector Mario Conde, a tropical Marlowe. A young transvestite in a beautiful red dress is found strangled in a Havana park. Conde’s investigation into a violent murder exposes a stifling, corrupt society, a Cuban reality where nothing is as it seems.

Germany
The Double Game by Dan Fesperman
Thursday, April 10th
A story about spies and their secrets, fathers and sons, lovers and fate, duplicity and loyalty, The Double Game ingeniously taps the espionage classics of the Cold War to build a spellbinding maze of intrigue. A few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, novelist Edwin Lemaster revealed to journalist Bill Cage that he’d once considered spying for the enemy. More than two decades later, Cage, now a lonely, disillusioned PR man, receives an anonymous note hinting that he should have dug deeper into Lemaster’s pronouncement. Spiked with cryptic references to some of Cage’s favorite spy novels, each instruction draws him closer to the complex truth.

Scotland
Still Midnight by Mina, Denise
Thursday, May 8th
The story opens as two men break into the house of a family of immigrants. They repeatedly ask for a man named Bob, demand a huge ransom and when none of the individuals confess to being Bob the men take the elderly father, Aamir. TAs the story unfolds and police officer Alex and her colleagues delve into precisely who Bob is and whether the family was erroneously targeted or not we begin to see how complicated each individual is and how wrong the assumptions and prejudices we as the reader bring to the story.