Mystery Book Discussion Group

October Mystery Book ClubDive with us into the world of mysteries and thrillers in our Death in the Stacks mystery book discussion group. We meet over the noon lunch hour from 11:45 am – 12:50 pm.

October’s book selection is Eye of the Raven : A Mystery of Colonial America by Eliot Pattison

“With the aid of the Indian Shaman Conawago, Duncan McCallum has begun to heal from the massacre of his Highland clan by the British. But his new life is shattered when he and Conawago discover a dying Virginian officer nailed to an Indian shrine tree. To their horror, the authorities arrest Conawago and schedule his hanging. As Duncan begins a desperate search for the truth, he finds himself in a maelstrom of deception and violence. The year is 1760, and while the British army wishes to dismiss the killing as another casualty of its war with France, Duncan discovers a pattern of ritualistic murders that have less to do with the war than with provincial treaty negotiations and struggles between tribal factions. Ultimately he realizes that to find justice, he must brave the sprawling colonial capital of Philadelphia. There the answers are to be found in a tangle of Quakers, Christian Indians, and a scientist obsessed with the electrical experiments of the celebrated Dr. Franklin. With the tragic resolution in sight, Duncan understands the real mysteries underlying his quest lie in the hearts of natives who, like his Highland Scots, have glimpsed the end of their world approaching.” — description from Eliot Pattison’s website.

Eye of the Raven is book 2 of the Bone Rattler series set in early America and following the character Duncan McCallum.

Interested in joining? Call the library at 724-238-6451 or stop in. Participation in the group is free and open to the public. New members are always welcome.

Titles & Tea Book Discussion Group

Titles and Tea Book SelectionJoin us for our Titles & Tea books discussion group that combines good books, discussion and a spot of tea (and usually a tasty treat).

August’s book will be “Carnegie’s Maid” by Marie Benedict.

From the author of The Only Woman in the Room comes the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty.

Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She’s not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. She’s a poor farmer’s daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home.

If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady’s maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn’t have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for, coupled with an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara can’t let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future ― and her family’s.

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.”

Titles & Tea is free and open to the public. For more information, stop in or call the Ligonier Valley Library at 724-238-6451.