September & October Book Clubs

Join us for an in person discussion of Jonathan Santlofer’s The Last Mona Lisa on Sunday, September 19 at 2p.m. or via zoom on Wednesday, September 22, at 7 p.m.  Both books are available from our online store.  Email us for a zoom link or meeting address: store (at) auntagathas.com or message us on facebook.  Here’s a precis of The Last Mona Lisa: August, 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Exactly what happens in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. Many replicas of the Mona Lisa exist, and more than one historian has wondered if the painting now in the Louvre is a fake, switched in 1911. read more

June & July Book clubs

In June, we’ll meet on Sunday, June 13 at 2 p.m. to discuss Peter Swanson’s Eight Perfect Murders.  This book is available for purchase on our website.  From the  publisher: Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne’s Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History. read more

Book Club: Thin Ice

Paige Shelton will join our book club via zoom on Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m.  Message us on facebook or contact us at store (at) auntagathas.com for a zoom invitation.  We’ll be reading the first book in her Alaska Wild series, Thin Ice.   The second novel, Cold Wind, is nominated for a Mary Higgins Clark Award this year!

Here’s a precis of Thin Ice, and you can read my review of Cold Wind here.

Beth Rivers is on the run – she’s doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic’s obsession. After being held in a van for three days by her kidnapper, Levi Brooks, Beth managed to escape, and until he is captured, she’s got to get away. Cold and remote, Alaska seems tailor-made for her to hideout. read more

Book Club – January, February and March

All are welcome to joins us at upcoming book clubs via zoom.  Message us on facebook or at store (at) auntagathas.com to receive a zoom invitation.

On Sunday, January 17, at 2 p.m. join us when we discuss Kwei Quartey’s The Missing American, the first in his series featuring P.I. Emma Djan. When her dreams of rising through the police ranks like her late father crash around her, 26-year-old Emma Djan is unsure what will become of her life in Accra. Through a sympathetic former colleague, Emma gets an interview with a private detective agency tracking down missing persons, thefts, and marital infidelities. It’s not the future she imagined, but it’s her best option. read more

Book Club read: Murderous Mistral

Join our book club via zoom on Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m. when we’ll discuss Cay Rademacher’s Murderous Mistral.  Anyone is welcome – to receive a zoom invite, email store (at) auntagathas.com.  The book was recommended by author G.M. Malliet.

Here’s a description, courtesy of goodreads: An atmospheric murder mystery set in the south of France.

Capitaine Roger Blanc, an investigator with the anti-corruption-unit of the French Gendarmerie, was a bit too successful in his investigations. He finds himself removed from Paris to the south of France, far away from political power. Or so it would seem. read more

February Book Club: Allen Eskens

Join us at Seva (Westgate shopping center) on Thursday, February 20, at 6 p.m. to discuss The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens.  All are welcome!  In March we’ll be discussing The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.

The publisher’s description:  College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same. read more

Book Club read: The Stranger Diaries

Our next book club will meet on Thursday, January 16, 6 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Pie Company, 291 N. Zeeb Rd.  We’ll be disussing Elly Griffiths’ stand alone, The Stranger Diaries, a gothic style ghost story set in present day Britain on the grounds of a slightly creepy old school.  Griffiths introduces three strong female characters who share narrative duties.  Clever, hard to put down & beautifully written.  Purchase a copy on the website here. In February, we’ll be reading The Life We Bury by Alan Eskens, date to be announced.  All are welcome at book club! read more

August Book Club: A Double Life

Our August book club will meet Thursday, August 15, 6 p.m at the Classic Cup Cafe.  We’ll be reading Flynn Berry’s A Double Life.  It’s available on our store page at a discount. The publisher’s description:

A gripping, intense, stunningly written novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Under the Harrow

Claire is a hardworking doctor leading a simple, quiet life in London. She is also the daughter of the most notorious murder suspect in the country, though no one knows it. read more

Titles Read in Aunt Agatha’s Book Club

This is list of books we’ve read in our book club (updated in June of 2019), and it might be a good reading journey if you are looking for a new one.  Titles with an asterisk indicate a book the group was especially passionate about.  Fun trivia:  we’ve read 4 books by one author who writes under several different names and there are two father & daughter pairs, as well as one husband & wife pair. Happy reading!

Abbott, Megan (author appearance) The Song is You
Abbott, Megan You Will Know Me
*Adler-Olsen, Jussi The Keeper of Lost Causes
Ahmad, A.X. (author Skype call in) The Caretaker (Tori B. asked great questions)
Airth, Rennie River of Darkness
Akunin, Boris The Winter Queen
Alexander, Tasha And Only to Deceive
Alexander, Tasha Death in the Floating City
Allingham, Margery Sweet Danger
Allyn, Doug (author appearance) A Dance in Deep Water
Andrews, Donna (author appearance) Murder with Puffins
Arruda, Suzanne Mark of the Lion
Atkinson, Kate Case Histories
Ballantyne, Lisa The Guilty One
Bannister, Jo No Birds Sing
Beinhart, Larry The Librarian
Bell, David (author call in) Somebody I Used to Know
Black, Cara (author appearance) Murder in the Marais
*Bolton, Sharon (S.J.) Sacrifice (Linda A. brought in a book of Shetland Island Photos)
Bowen, Rhys Murphy’s Law
Box, C.J. Open Season
Branch, Pamela The Wooden Overcoat
Brand, Christianna Fog of Doubt (very small turnout, great discussion)
Brogan, Jan A Confidential Source read more