Mysteries Archive

Bear Pond’s Mystery Club first met in February 2008. Here's a list of what we've read and/or discussed [I think we all know we haven't all read all of them] over these past years.

I put an asterisk [*] by the ones we, at least as I recall, particularly liked. Feel free to correct or amend me.

2008
March
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Mistress of the Art of Death* by Ariana Franklin
April
The Janissary Tree* by Jason Goodwin
Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
May
The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Beynon Rees
A Man's Head by Georges Simenon
June
A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Marcia Muller
July
White Sky, Black Ice* by Stan Jones
The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
August
A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly
Devil in a Blue Dress* by Walter Mosley
September
The Deep Blue Good-By by John D. MacDonald
Bootlegger's Daughter* by Margaret Maron
October
Open Season by Archer Mayor
Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout
November
The Rainaldi Quartet by Paul Adam
Death at La Fenice* by Donna Leon
2009
January

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Moor by Laurie R. King
February
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Curtain [also] by Agatha Christie
March
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Early Autumn by Robert B. Parker
April
The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais
"A" is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
May
All That I Have* by Castle Freeman
Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon
June
Cover Her Face by P.D. James
Still Life* by Louise Penny
July
The Talented Mr. Ripley* by Patricia Highsmith
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
August
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Roseanna* by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
September
Bleak House by Charles Dickens [yep, just one. but it's long.]
October
Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
Quieter Than Sleep by Joanne Dobson
November
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal by Dick Lehr & Gerard O'Neill
2010
February

Coyote Wind by Peter Bowen [or any other of his books]
March
Bangkok 8* by John Burdett
The Salaryman's Wife by Sujata Massey
April
Double Negative* by David Carkeet
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
May
Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason
The Tricking of Freya* by Christina Sunley
June
Garnethill* by Denise Mina
The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
July
Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra [again, only one, but it was delicious]
August
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
The Case of the One-Eyed Witness by Erle Stanley Gardner
September
Berlin Noir* by Philip Kerr
Farthing* by Jo Walton
October
The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews [or]
Silent in the Grave* by Deanna Raybourn
November
In the Lake of the Woods* by Tim O'Brien
A Test of Wills by Charles Todd
2011
January

Heron Island* by R.A. (Robbie) Harold
February
The Coroner's Lunch* by Colin Cotterill
Summer of the Big Bachi by Naomi Hirahara
March/April
Father Brown: The Essential Tales by G.K. Chesterton
In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
May
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Already Dead by Charlie Huston
June
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Wingshooters* by Nina Revoyr
July
Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
Dead Cert by Dick Francis
August
Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean
Gorky Park* by Martin Cruz Smith
September
Death of a Red Heroine* by Qiu Xiaolong
The Chinese Bell Murders by Robert Van Gulik
October
Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams
Dog On It* by Spencer Quinn
November
The Bone Rattler by Eliot Pattison
The Skull Mantra [also] by Eliot Pattison
2012
January

Ratking by Michael Dibdin and
The Shape of Water Andrea Camilleri or
The Dogs of Rome* by Conor Fitzgerald or
Season for the Dead by David Hewson
February
The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [also, "The Final Problem" in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes]
Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles by Kim Newman
March
Murder in the Marais by Cara Black
The Omnibus Crime by Fortune du Boisgobey [from 1881!]
April
A Corpse in the Koryo* by James Church
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea* by Barbara Demick
May
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
The Dead Kid Detective Agency by Evan Munday
June
The Untouchable by John Banville
The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming
July
The Cold Dish* by Craig Johnson
Borden Chantry by Louis L'Amour
August
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and
The Scent of Rain and Lightning* or
The Virgin of Small Plains, both by Nancy Pickard
September
The Sins of the Fathers or
A Drop of the Hard Stuff, both by Lawrence Block
Tabloid City by Pete Hamill
October
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
The Kiss Murder by Mehmet Murat Somer

November
Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
2013
January
Gone by Mo Hayder
The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall
February
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
March
Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
Daughters of Juarez by Teresa Rodriguez, Diana Montane, & Lisa Pulitzer
April
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron
May
The Beggar’s Opera by Peggy Blair
Havana Fever by Leonardo Padura
June
The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
July
Dead Connection by Alafair Burke
Heaven’s Prisoners by James Lee Burke
August
A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

2014

January

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane and

Expats by Chris Pavone or

Code Name Verity* by Elizabeth Wein

February

The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin

Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye

March

Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

April

Open Season by C.J. Box

The Blessing Way* by Tony Hillerman

May

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

Jack Glass* by Adam Roberts

June

Bones and Silence* by Reginald Hill

Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh

July

Anatomy of a Murder* by Robert Traver

August

The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin and

Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley or

Murder in the Supreme Court by Margaret Truman [kind of]

September

Murder in the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman

October

The Saturday Morning Murder by Batya Gur

The Missing Files by D.A. Mishani

November

Murdered Sleep* by R.A. [Robbie] Harold

2015

 

January

Ordinary Grace* by William Kent Krueger

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

 

February

A Right to Die by Rex Stout

Too Many Cooks [also] by Rex Stout

 

March

Innocent Blood* by P.D. James

Talking About Detective Fiction* [also] by P.D. James

 

April

Blackhouse* by Peter May

Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin

 

May

The Chill* by Ross Macdonald or

The Galton Case* [also] by Ross Macdonald

Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky

 

June

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra

 

July

All the King's Men* by Robert Penn Warren

 

August

The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill

Death of a Nationalist* by Rebecca Pawel

 

September

The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron

Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen

 

October

A Time to Kill by John Grisham

Just Mercy* by Bryan Stevenson

 

November

1] Deceptive Cadence - The "Virtuosic Spy" series, all written by Kathryn Guare

2] The Secret Chord

3] City of a Thousand Spies