Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fall Reading List: Mystery Readers NorCal Berkeley

My Mystery Reading Group has been meeting every Tuesday night from September through June for more than 30 years. We're a dedicated group. We read a book a week, and usually we have assignments for about 10 weeks at a time. Sometimes we have themes such as Art Mysteries or Thrillers or Award Nominees. Sometimes I just put together a list of good books or controversial books. Let's face it, the reason we have so many different types of mysteries is that people like different kinds of books.

Recently I saw a great list from Nancy Pearl on NPR entitled Mysteries You Might Have Missed Along the Way. It definitely struck my fancy. We've read and discussed some of the books on the list, so I either chose another by the same author or substituted a different book entirely. We had already agreed to discuss The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for the first book. Nice variety of contemporary and older mysteries. I've added a few links with websites, interviews and other internet media.

Our reading group meets at my home in the Berkeley Hills (CA). Let me know if you're interested in joining us. The books may change. Check back after the first session.

9/15 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
9/22 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
9/29 The Juror by George Dawes Green
10/6 The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
10/13 No class
10/20 A Darker Domain by Val McDermid
10/27 Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
11/10 The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison
11/17 Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay
11/24 The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry


Lynn Miller said...

Love your book group's fall reading list! Ours is reading "In the Woods" by Tana French (a book I really like) this month.

Janet Rudolph said...

We read that last year in our group. Great discussion.

Barney Retallick said...

Thanks Janet. I missed this from Seattle's own Nancy Pearl. It looks like a good list for the Fall.
I love your office/library. The picture has everything I would want -- more books than self space, good lighting, a comfortable chair, and mans best friend !!!!!
Mystery Fanfare is always a welcome guest in my In-Box....
Barney Retallick

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks, Barney. Feel free to read along with us and send comments. Several people do!