Dec 24, 2013

January 2014

The Mystery Book Discussion Group will meet at the Middlebury Public Library on Thursday, January 9th at 6:00 PM to discuss Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. New members are always welcome, and light refreshments will be provided. Please call Joan at 203-758-2634 or e-mail for more information.

Book Description:

On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy disappears. There are signs of struggle in the house and Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect. Told from alternating points of view between Nick and Amy, Gillian Flynn creates an untrustworthy world that changes chapter-to-chapter. Gone Girl is a psychological thriller. As revelation after revelation unfolds, it becomes clear that the truth is far more darker, more twisted, and more creepy than you can imagine.

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Nov 20, 2013

December 2013

The Mystery Book Discussion Group will meet at the Middlebury Public Library on Thursday, December 12th at 6:00 PM to discuss The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. New members are always welcome, and light refreshments will be provided. Please call Joan at 203-758-2634 or e-mail for more information.

Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark, have again joined forces to create a suspenseful and humorous holiday tale.

The folks who picked a beautiful eighty-foot blue spruce from Stowe, Vermont, to be Rockefeller Center’s famous Christmas tree don’t have a clue that Packy Noonan, a scam artist just released from prison, hid priceless diamonds in it more than twelve years ago. But when Packy learns that his special tree will be heading to New York City, he knows he has to act fast.  With a missing tree, missing person and mistletoe, you will enjoy reading this light Christmas mystery.

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Nov 5, 2013

November 2013

The Mystery Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, November 14th at 6:00 PM to discuss a title from Robert B. Parker’s Spenser Series as chosen by the group. Books will be available at the circulation desk. As always, new members are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Joan Arnold at 203-758-2634 or

Upcoming books to be discussed:

December 12th: The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark

January 9th: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

February 13th: Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich

March 13th: Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis

Aug 15, 2013

September 2013

 The Mystery Book Discussion Group will meet at the Middlebury Public Library on Thursday, September 5th at 6:00 pm to discuss In the Woods by Tana French. Books are available at the library. Please call the library at 203-758-2634 or e-mail Joan Arnold at for more information. All are welcome!



Book Description:


In The Woods has won several awards for being a best first novel. The plot of the story circles around the murder of a twelve year old girl, Katy Devlin, whose case Rob and his partner Cassie Maddox are assigned to investigate. Twenty years prior to the novel's events, twelve year old Adam and his two best friends failed to come home after playing in the same woods. Adam is found shivering, clawing the bark of a nearby tree, with blood on his shoes and slash marks on his back. He is unable to tell them what happened or where his friends are. They are never found and his amnesia holds to the present day. He now goes by his middle name, Rob, to avoid media attention and is a detective. The same detective is now investigating this crime.


Katy’s murder takes the detectives along many lines of investigation. Her death might be related to her father’s protests against a new motorway meant to go straight through a dig site, one of the students on the dig might have attacked her, or it might be related to the fact that Katy might have been abused by her father or someone else in the family.


Jul 16, 2013

August 2013

The Mystery Book Discussion Group will meet at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 8th to discuss Aunt Dimity & the Village Witch by Nancy Atherton.

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Book Description:
"When Amelia Thistle moves to Finch, her new neighbors welcome her with open arms - and inquiring minds. Lori Shepherd quickly discovers that Amelia isn't the ordinary woman she appears to be. Instead, Amelia is a world-famous artist with a rabid pack of fans intent on stalking her.

To keep the peace in Finch, Lori helps Amelia to conceal her true identity and sets to work solving the riddle that brought Amelia to the village in the first place. A fragment of a family diary hints that Amelia might be a direct descendant of Mistress Meg, the Mad Witch of Finch. The diary's clues take Lori on a whirlwind treasure hunt through Finch's darkest and most secret nooks and crannies, all the while dodging nosy neighbors and Amelia's obsessed fans. With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly guidance, Lori pieces together the remarkable true story of Mistress Meg and uncovers a tragic chapter in Finch's past."

The book can be requested by clicking HERE.

Jun 14, 2013

July 2013

The Mystery Book Discussion Group will meet at 
6 pm on Thursday, July 11th to discuss 
"Last to Die" by Tess Gerritsen.

"For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at fourteen, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn—until the Boston PD puts detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is instead just one horrifying part of a relentless killer’s merciless mission.

Jane spirits Teddy to the exclusive Evensong boarding school, a sanctuary where young victims of violent crime learn the secrets and skills of survival in a dangerous world. But even behind locked gates, and surrounded by acres of sheltering Maine wilderness, Jane fears that Evensong’s mysterious benefactors aren’t the only ones watching. When strange blood-splattered dolls are found dangling from a tree, Jane knows that her instincts are dead on. And when she meets Will Yablonski and Claire Ward, students whose tragic pasts bear a shocking resemblance to Teddy’s, it becomes chillingly clear that a circling predator has more than one victim in mind.

Joining forces with her trusted partner, medical examiner Maura Isles, Jane is determined to keep these orphans safe from harm. But an unspeakable secret dooms the children’s fate—unless Jane and Maura can finally put an end to an obsessed killer’s twisted quest".

The book can be requested here.

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May 9, 2013

June 2013

The Mystery Book Discussion group will meet on
Thursday, June 13th @ 6 pm to discuss 
"To Fetch a Thief: A Chet and Bernie Mystery" by Spencer Quinn.


"When Peanut, the elephant star of the Drummond Family Traveling Circus, goes missing, along with elephant tamer Uri DeLeath, Uri's tearful clown partner, Popo, seeks the help of canine detective Chet the Jet and Chet's human partner in cracking crimes, Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency, in Quinn's terrific third Chet and Bernie mystery set in "the Valley" of an unnamed Western state (after January 2010's Thereby Hangs a Tail). Sgt. Rick Torres of Missing Persons adds his considerable expertise, but it's Chet's fearless nose for clues that leads them on a strange odyssey that becomes downright hairy after Uri's found dead in the desert from the bite of an illegal African puff adder". 

The book can be requested here.

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