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Who Done It? Book Club 2017
It's a brown bag affair!

Lunch and a mystery will be the thing during the noon hour on the second Tuesday of each month at the Grand Forks Public Library.  This book club comes with a list of suspects and a pile of evidence.  Bring your lunch to the library and discuss the detectives, the mysteries, or even guess who really did it!

Hope to see you there!

 Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell  Post-mortem by Patricia Cornwell     January 10, 2017
      A brilliant human monster--a "Mr. Nobody"--moves undetected through a paralyzed city, leaving behind a gruesome trail of carnage, but few clues.  With an unerring eye and the latest advances in forensic research, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta sets out to unmask a maniac.  But someone is trying to sabotage Kay's investigation from the inside.  And someone wants her dead.
 Open Season by C. J. Box  Open Season by C. J. Box     February 14, 2017
      Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden, especially one like Joe, who won't take bribes or look the other way, is far from popular.  When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally.  Unsatisfied with the explanation offered by the local police, Joe continues to investigate even after the "outfitter murders" are solved.

 The Square of Revenge by Pieter Aspe
 The Square of Revenge by Pieter Aspe     March 14, 2017
      The beautiful medieval architecture of Bruges belies the dark longings of her residents.  When the wealthy and powerful Ludovic Degroof's jewelry store is broken into, nothing is stolen, but the jewels have been dissolved in jars of aqua regia, an acid so strong it can even melt gold.  In the empty safe is a scrap of paper on which a strange square has been drawn.  At first, Inspector Van In pays little attention to the paper, focusing on the bizarre nature of the burglary.  But when Degroof's offspring also receive letters with this same square, Van In and DA Hannelore Martens find themselves unraveling a complex web of enigmatic Latin phrases.

 Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo  
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo     April 11, 2017
      When a serial killer strikes buccolic Painters Mill, Ohio, the killer's signature matches the MO of four unsolved murders from 16 years earlier.  Police Chief Kate Burkholder, reluctant to dredge up the past, keeps secret that she knows why the old murders stopped.  Not satisfied with the case's progress, local politicos set up a multi-jurisdictional task force to assist.  Adept at creating characters with depth and nuance, Castillo smoothly integrates their back-stories into a well-paced plot that illuminates the divide between the Amish and English worlds.
 Killing Floor by Lee Child  Killing Floor by Lee Child     May 9, 2017
      Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter.  He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder.  Not much of a welcome.  All Jack knows is that he didn't kill anybody.  At least not here, not lately.  He doesn't stand a chance of convincing anyone.
 Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer
 Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer     June 13, 2017      
      Private Investigator Liz Talbot is a modern southern belle.  She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag and Rhett, her golden retriever, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape.  When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer.  She's fit to be tied when her police chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own.  Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated.  When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter, and catch a psychopath before he catches her.

 The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith  The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith     July 11, 2017
      This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives."  After setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man and follow a wayward daughter.  The case that tugs at her heart and lands her in danger is that of a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witch doctors.
 Still Life by Louise Penny  Still Life by Louise Penny     August 8, 2017
      Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal.  Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods.  The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bow hunter.
 A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane  A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane     September 12, 2017
      Private Investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are asked by a trio of politicians to retrieve missing documents.  The trail leads them into the midst of a gang war and reveals an act of child abuse.  Kenzie struggles with memories of his own past while Gennaro deals with her abusive marriage.
 Naked in Death by J. D. Robb  Naked in Death by J. D. Robb     October 10, 2017
      Naked in Death is the first in the Death series by writer Nora Roberts, writing under the pseudonym J. D. Robb.  In this first novel, Eve Dallas investigates the murder of Sharon DeBlass, a senator's daughter who worked as a licensed prostitute for no reason other than to embarrass her influential family.  As Dallas begins the investigation, she discovers clues that this may be the first of six planned killings.  In a rush to catch the killer before five other women die, Dallas finds herself hindered by people who should be most interested closing the case, including the victim's own grandfather.  Naked in Death is a futuristic mystery novel that transcends multiple genres, leaving the reader breathless to the final page.

 Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon  Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon     November 14, 2017
      In Simenon's first novel featuring Maigret, the laconic detective is taken from grimy bars to luxury hotels as he traces the true identity of Pietr the Latvian.  Is Pietr a gentleman thief?  A Russian drinking absinthe in a grimy bar?  A married Norwegian sea captain?  A twisted corpse in a train bathroom?  Or is he all of these men?  Tracking a mysterious adversary and a trail of bodies, Inspector Maigret must bide his time before the answer comes into focus.

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 Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards     December 12, 2017
      Christmas is a mysterious, as well as a magical time of the year.  Strange things can happen.  This helps explain the hallowed tradition of telling ghost stories around the fireside as the year draws to a close.  Christmas tales of crime and detection have a similar appeal.  Over the years, many distinguished practitioners of the genre have given one or more of their stories a Yuletide setting.  The most memorable Christmas mysteries blend a lively story line with an atmospheric evocation of the season.  This book introduces readers to some of the finest Christmas detective stories of the past.  Martin Edwards' selection blends festive pieces from much-loved authors with one or two stories which are likely to be unfamiliar even to die hard mystery fans.  The result is a collection of crime fiction to savor, whatever the season.

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