Mystery in the NYPL Reader's Den
Annotation:A mystery-fantasy-satire in which LiteraTec Thursday Next must rescue Jane Eyre from an evil kidnapper or a literary classic will be forever altered. The first book in the Thursday next series.
Annotation:Discussion led by Elizabeth Waters.
Annotation:Discussion led by Melissa Scheurer.
Annotation:Discussion led by Thomas Knowlton.
Annotation:A retired Dr. Watson takes up his pen to tell the tale of a Holmes case that has remained secret for years. This is the first new Sherlock Holmes novel to receive official authorization from the Conan Doyle estate.
Annotation:Discussion led by Nilda Lopez.
Annotation:This historical mystery set in London between the World Wars features a young female sleuth. Maisie Dobbs is a private investigator and psychologist. The first in a series.
Annotation:Part crime noir, part allegory, Amberville takes place in Mollisan Town, a dark, seething metropolis. Oh, and all the characters are stuffed animals.
Annotation:Set in the romantic but turbulent post-war Barcelona in the late 1940s and 50s, it is the story of young Daniel Sempere, son of a widowed bookseller, who finds a mysterious book by an enigmatic author, Julian Carax.
Annotation:Discussion led by Ursula Murphy.
Annotation:The story of a young Indian man named Balram Halwai, who makes it out of the "darkness" by brutally killing his rich master. Winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize.
Annotation:Margaret Lea has been requested to write the biography of the mysterious and prolific fiction writer, Vida Winter. Margaret is at first hesitant to take on the job, but dark secrets and mysteries are unveiled as the dying Vida Winter reveals her life's story.
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Mysteries and suspenseful fiction discussed in the Reader's Den, NYPL's online book discussion group. Titles here range from classic hard-boiled noir to literary suspense to novels with fantasy or science fiction elements combined with the mystery. It's never too late to join the discussions and post a comment on one of the books listed, so we've included links back our blogs for each title. Please join in!