Book Discussion Group

Murder By The Book has a book discussion group that meets at the store.  Meetings are generally on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (the third Monday may be substituted if the Wednesday is not available) The meetings are FREE and open to all. You are welcome to join having read both, only one, or neither of the books.

(Selections subject to change.) 


Monthly Discussion Group -topics for each month


January: First novels or new authors

Date: Wednesday, January 21 at 7:00 pm 

Books: Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer 


February: Mysteries with a social conscience

Date: Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. 

A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke 


March: Performance by an old pro

Date: Monday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Buried in a Bog by Sheila Connelly

Black Box by Michael Connolly


April: Award nominees/winners

Date: Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Books: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger


May: Historicals

Date: Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. 

Books: The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier


June: UK/Irish

Date: Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00

Books: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Into the Blue by Robert Goddard


July: Suspense/thrillers

Date: Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Books: The Trinity Game by Sean Chercover

Defending Jacob by William Landay


August: Escape Houston (cold settings and/or international)

Date: Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Books: Misterioso by Arne Dahl

Roseanna by Per Wahloo & Maj Sjowall 


September: American


October: Supernatural/paranormal


November: Traditional/classics


December: Holiday party 


The noir book group MBTB hosted has disbanded due to low attendance. Thank you for your interest!

ISBN: 9780143123866
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Published: Penguin Books - July 30th, 2013

The Edgar Award-winning psychological thriller that asks the question: How well can you know anyone?

On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two eleven-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder.

ISBN: 9780312374877
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 16th, 2010

In Olen Steinhauer's explosive "New York Times "bestseller, Milo Weaver has tried to leave his old life of secrets and lies behind by giving up his job as a "tourist" for the CIA an undercover agent with no home, no identity and working a desk at the CIA's New York headquarters.

ISBN: 9781250028754
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 11th, 2013

In "A Killing in the Hills," a powerful, intricate debut from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller, a mother and a daughter try to do right by a town and each other before it's too late.

ISBN: 9780061735851
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 20th, 2010

Jay Porter has long since made peace with not living the American Dream. He runs his fledgling law practice out of a dingy Houston strip mall where his most promising client is a low-rent call girl and he's determined to leave the sins of his past buried: the guns, the FBI file, the trial that nearly destroyed him.

ISBN: 9780425251898
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Published: Berkley Books - February 5th, 2013

National bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author Sheila Connolly introduces a brand-new series set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland, where buried secrets are about to rise to the surface...

ISBN: 9780446556729
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 15th, 2013

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

ISBN: 9781439177730
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Published: Atria Books - December 2nd, 2014

Critics are calling I AM PILGRIM:
"Unputdownable." " Booklist "
"The best book of 2014." "Suspense Magazine "
"The next "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."" "The New York Post"
A breakneck race against time and an implacable enemy.
An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid.

ISBN: 9781451645859
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Published: Atria Books - March 4th, 2014

" That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word. "

ISBN: 9780451232151
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Published: New American Library - March 1st, 2011

A rich, compelling historical novel-and a mystery of royal intrigue.

ISBN: 9780380730407
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 5th, 2006

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew.

ISBN: 9780385339193
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Published: Delta - January 31st, 2006

Harry Barnett lives the life of an Englishman on permanent vacation in Greece, house-sitting for a powerful friend and hiding from a past disgrace. That is, until a guest at the villa disappears on a walking tour, and Harry is the number one suspect. While a Greek detective tries to trap him, and the British tabloids pillory him at home, Harry's conscience is his worst enemy of all.

ISBN: 9780316206853
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Published: Mulholland Books - April 29th, 2014

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

ISBN: 9780345533661
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Published: Bantam - September 3rd, 2013

"Entertainment Weekly The Boston Globe Kansas City Star"
A legal thriller that's comparable to classics such as Scott Turow's "Presumed Innocent" . . . Tragic and shocking, " Defending Jacob" is sure to generate buzz. Associated Press

ISBN: 9781612183183
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - July 31st, 2012

Sean Chercover shows a stellar hand through a coiling plot, weaving one taut drama. The story is tense, intelligent, harsh, and surprising just what a reader wants in a thriller. This one goes on your keeper shelf. Steve Berry, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Columbus Affair"

By Arne Dahl, Tiina Nunnally (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780307388032
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Published: Vintage Books - July 10th, 2012

The first novel in Arne Dahl's gripping Intercrime series considered one of Sweden's best "Misterioso" is a piercingly dark and absorbing detective thriller.

By Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo, Lois Roth (Translator)
ISBN: 9780307390462
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - September 30th, 2008

The masterful first novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, finds Beck hunting for the murderer of a lonely traveler.On a July afternoon, a young woman's body is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern.