It was October’s book club last night and we discussed A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone.
It wasn’t one of the member’s favourite books. You can view the meeting below. Do not watch if you are planning to read the book as it contains spoilers as always.
For November we are reading a classic style crime novel. A novel in the style of a whodunit. The books are listed below for your vote. Add your choice in the comments by the end of day Friday 9th October. The next meeting is Monday 2nd November at 8pm (UK timezone).
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
‘I’m a dead woman, or I shall be soon…’
Hercule Poirot’s quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified – but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.
Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim…
(PS from me; This is not available as an ebook in the US but is available in mass market paperback which is cheaper than the paperback. For Australia it might be difficult to get hold of. If you use audio credits, this might be an option.)
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
Deeply atmospheric and ingeniously plotted, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a highly original debut that will appeal to fans of Kate Atkinson and Agatha Christie.
Also titled as The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
The Woman in Cabin Ten by Ruth Ware
Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.
The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
For the first time in 20 years, Ann Cleeves –international bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows– embarks on a gripping new series.
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.
Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.
The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.
The Man Who Didn’t Fly by Margot Bennett
Four men had arranged to fly to Dublin. When their aeroplane descended as a fireball into the Irish Sea, only three of them were on board. With the identities of the passengers lost beneath the waves, a tense and perplexing investigation begins to determine the living from the dead, with scarce evidence to follow beyond a few snippets of overheard conversation and one family’s patchy account of the three days prior to the flight.
Who was the man who didn’t fly? What did he have to gain? And would he commit such an explosive murder to get it? First published in 1955, Bennett’s ingenious mystery remains an innovative and thoroughly entertaining inversion of the classic whodunit.
If you haven’t yet joined the virtual crime book club but fancy doing so then we’d love to have you. Simply sign up at the link HERE so you receive log-in details for the meeting.
Please check the blog at this link HERE to see where about in the process this month we might be – what book we’re reading and when the next meeting is slated for.
Looking forward to seeing what we’re reading next and chatting again next month!
jorg wheelan says
For November I would go for The Silkworm, I like both Robert Galbraith books and also Cormoran Strike so its an easy choice for me.
Happy with any of these. If pressed, perhaps the Sophie Hannah?
Thanks for last nights book club, Rebecca.
Marina Sofia says
I still haven’t read the Sophie Hannah continuation of Hercule Poirot and have been meaning to for ages, so I will vote for that.
Sophie Hannah for me – been sitting in my tbr list for a while!
Margot Kinberg says
It was a great meeting, Rebecca, for which thanks. My vote is for The Long Call, but all of these look good.
Norman Barnett says
Sophie Hannah Please
What a wonderful selection! ‘The Silkworm’ for me please.
Hi Rebecca, this is a great selection. M vote goes to The Long Call please.
I vote for Long Call.
I enjoy the discussions more each time. Thank you all.
Looking forward to the next.
Wendy Turbin says
Sophie Hannah for me, or Ann Cleeves
My choice would be the women in cabin 10 but happy to read all of them
Anne Anderson says
Hi new to the group so looking forward to meeting everyone next month at the zoom meeting.
My names Anne, I’m from Essex in the UK, I love to read, especially crime – fact & fictional and now my youngest has flown the nest I have more time, so thought joining a book club would be a fun thing to do. I vote for the woman in cabin 10 or the long call but am happy just to read a book with the group
Rebecca Bradley says
Hi Anne, welcome to the club. I look forward to chatting to you at the next meeting 🙂
Hope I’m not too late but for me it’s The Woman in Cabin Ten by Ruth Ware
Hi Rebecca, the long call for me please.
Annette Bongiorno says
My name is Annie and I live in Melbourne Australia.
As I have not read any of the Robert Galbraith book.
My choices are as follows
The woman in Cabin 10
The long Call.
I am looking forward to next months meeting
Rebecca Bradley says
Hi Annie, welcome to the club. I look forward to chatting to you at the next meeting!