Tuesday 21st April 2020 and day 29 of the Coronavirus lockdown.
Well, last night saw the first meeting of the virtual crime book club on Zoom. On the whole it went really well, but there were a couple of hiccups that spoiled it a little. The email software I used to send the meeting room link and password out didn’t send the email straight away (I sent it three hours before the meeting). One member didn’t receive the email until over two hours AFTER the meeting had finished. I was gutted. But it’s a learning curve. Next time I will send the link out the day before. I don’t ever want to miss a member again.
Other than that, the meeting went well. I think all members enjoyed themselves. We had a great conversation about the book and the characters. If you want to check out what you might have missed you can view the video below and I hope to see you next time.
Now on to the next meeting. All members agreed a three week turnaround is doable. Especially in this time of lockdown. So we’re going to choose the book straight away and get on with it again – you’ll get three weeks once the book is chosen, not from now.
We also discussed what books might be placed on the voting list for this next meeting. It was suggested that because the list was so strong last time that we use the same list again and add one where Peter Swanson’s book has been used. So, that’s what we’re going to do this time. Do feel free to suggest books for future meetings or suggest themes or sub-genres we can do, like magical crime, historical crime etc.
To sign up to the book club and to make sure you get into the meetings and never miss a vote or meeting, sign up HERE.
Below are the books you can vote on. Leave your vote in the comments. Voting closes Thursday evening and I’ll post the winning book on the blog and email on Friday. The book club meeting will then be three weeks on the Monday, so Monday 18th May at 8 pm BST (UK).
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the author of The Hunting Party.
The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.
And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…
Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.
Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.
I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.
Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.
I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.
But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….
A disturbing, toxic and compelling novel that explores the power of fear and desire, jealousy and betrayal, love and hate, BLOOD ORANGE introduces a stunning new voice in psychological suspense.
Little Friends by Jane Shemilt
Their children are friends first. They hit it off immediately, as kids do. And so the parents are forced to get to know each other. Three wildly different couples. Three marriages, floundering.
There are barbecues, dinner parties, a holiday in Greece. An affair begins, resentments flare, and despite it all the three women become closer.
Unnoticed their children run wild. The couples are so busy watching each other that they forget to watch their children. Until tragedy strikes.
Because while they have been looking the other way, evil has crept into their safe little world and every parent’s biggest nightmare is about to come true…
Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks
Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.
In Lies Lies Lies, Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets
The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica
She tried to run, but she can’t escape the other Mrs….
Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.
But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.
Steph Rothwell says
My vote goes to Harriet Tyce.
candy denman says
I vote for Blood Orange. As a general comment, these all seem to be psychological crime, which is fine, so long as there is more choice other months- just a personal thing as it’s my least favourite genre, but happy to read the odd one…
Rebecca Bradley says
Of course we will read a variety of crime, it was, as mentioned in the above post, members that attended last night requested we vote again on the books that were listed last time. As you see in the post, we will be looking at a variety of themes and books, including historical, magical, procedural, etc. Members who attend the meetings will be able to suggest books as they did last night.
Candy Denman says
Thank you so much for doing this and very sorry I missed last night. I really enjoyed the book and it wasn’t one I’d have picked up otherwise. Happy to read anything
Marina Sofia says
Jane Shemilt: Little Friends
I still don’t seem to be getting the emails, although my subscription seems to be confirmed. I too suggest we do different types of crime fiction every month – not just psychological thrillers. I’m even willing to give cosy crime a go. Happy to expand horizons beyond my usual reading matter.
Rebecca Bradley says
I haven’t sent the email out yet, Marina – it took me an hour and a half this morning to sort out the video and then this blog post. I’m about to do that now. Let me know by the end of the day if you haven’t received it.
As for choices, of course we will read a variety of crime, it was, as mentioned in the above post, members that attended last night requested we vote again on the books that were listed last time because they felt they were strong choices. It was unfortunate you weren’t able to be there as you and Margot suggested the book club restart. As you see in the post, we will be looking at a variety of themes and books, including historical, magical, procedural, etc. Members who attend the meetings – which I know you will – will be able to suggest books as they did last night. I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!
Katy Johnson says
I’m glad it went well and I’m so sorry I missed it. My emails were playing up too and I didn’t get your reply to my query about the time until later but I definitely want to come next time. These all look fabulous reads. I love The Guest List so that gets my vote but I’ve bought Blood Orange and the others look right up my street too
Margot Kinberg says
Thanks so much for doing this, Rebecca! It’s so good to get this club started again. My vote is for Little Friends. this time. Look forward to seeing what we’ll read!
My vote goes to Little Friends – I’ve read some of the others already but am happy to reread if they get chosen! X
I vote for them all. If I have to choose then….in order of favourites it would be: Lies, Little Friends, The Other Mrs and then Blood Orange (I’ve already read The Guest List).
Rachel Sargeant says
Hi Rebecca, Thanks for running the club. My first choice is The Guest List. Best wishes, Rachel
Kimberly Nichols says
The Guest List.
Lisa Hall says
Hello – I vote Blood Orange. I love all crime thrillers, these all sound fab. Thanks for doing this Rebecca x
I will vote for Blood Orange.
So I missed it, book edits… yawn
Hopefully be able to get to the next one 🙂
Rhiannon D'Averc says
I vote for The Guest List! Hope to make it to the next one.
Thanks for organising all of this, Rebecca and for an interesting, enjoyable first meeting. I would go with: Little Friends or The Other Mrs though happy to go with the majority.
Lisa Daugherty says
So sad I missed the meet up!!! 8 pm is 1 pm (I think) in Denver, Colorado. I was busy working from home. Hopefully this time!!!
My vote is for Blood Orange.
Wendy Turbin says
Lies, lies, lies …if I must choose, but they’re all good. I’ll be happy to read/reread any of these.
Carolyn Grayson says
Again, I think they all look great but Blood Orange and The Other Mrs. stand out to me. I had such a great time talking to adults about books.
Shana B. says
Yesterday’s session was so much fun! Thanks for organizing! My vote is going to be again the same as last time – “Lies, Lies, Lies” or “The Guest List”
Melanie Hayes says
I will vote for The Guest List, but would happily give any of them a go.
Stuart Andrews says
Happy to read any of them as all new to me. If I had to pick one then Blood Orange. Thx
Alice Korey says
I can’t wait to dive in this time but loved meeting everyone last week. I think all the selections are wonderful. I’ll throw my two cents in…Blood Orange or Lies, Lies, Lies. Thank you so much for doing this virtual book club Rebecca.