Friday, February 26, 2010

10 Years of Mystery Book Club Favorites

Mystery Book Club

members gathered

recently for a photo.

At the end of each year members of the Mystery Book Club review the books we read as a group that year and vote on one or two favorites.

In 2009 the group’s favorite book was Still Life by Louise Penny. Tied for second favorite were Case Histories by Kate Atkinson and A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George.

Our 2008 favorite was Nancy Pickard’s The Virgin of Small Plains. That year our group also enjoyed The Indian Bride (Karin Fossum), The Jury Master (Robert Dugoni) and Savage Garden (Mark Mills).

2007’s favorites were two popular authors who have written multiple series: Anne Perry, especially the William Monk series, and M. C. Beaton’s Hamish MacBeth series. Also earning a number of votes that year was Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger.

The Mystery Book Club’s favorite title read in 2006 was The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. There were two titles tied for second: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear and The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey.

In 2005 we especially enjoyed reading Blood at the Root by Peter Robinson and Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers.

Nevada Barr was our favorite author for 2004 with most members reading either Track of the Cat or Deep South. Second favorite that year was Allana Martin’s Death of the River Master.

In 2003 club members selected The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King as our favorite read, with The Sculptress by Minette Walters generating a very interesting discussion that year.
Club members chose The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte as the favorite book read in 2002. John Dunning’s Booked to Die earned the most votes in 2001.

2000 was the Mystery Book Club’s inaugural year and our reading list concentrated on the classics including The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey), Gaudy Night (Dorothy Sayers), The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett), And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie) and (always a worthwhile challenge) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

Members of the Mystery Book Club invite you to try some of our favorites and, if you think you would enjoy discussing books like these, to join us at noon on the third Thursday of each month. We are looking forward to many more years of satisfying reading, good company and interesting conversation.

Maryellen @Warrenton