Titles & Tea Book Discussion Group

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

January’s book is “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were at the ready at Halderson’s Drug Store soda counter, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a summer in which death assumed many forms.

When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal.

On the surface, Ordinary Grace is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. (Description from GoodReads.com)

Mystery Book Discussion Group

Mystery Book Club bookDive with us into the world of mysteries and thrillers in our Death in the Stacks mystery book discussion group. December is our holiday party and we’ll meet from 11:15am-12:45pm.

December’s read is “Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue” by Victoria Thompson.

Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are not that only ones who have recently tied the knot. Family friend Mrs. O’Neill was delighted when her daughter, Una, wed the seemingly wealthy and charming Randolph Pollock. She didn’t wonder why such an affluent man would want to marry a poor Irish girl, no matter how pretty she was. But now Mrs. O’Neill has a problem.

Pollock’s servants have found their employer bludgeoned to death with Una cradling his body. Rendered mute by the horror of her husband’s death, Una cannot explain what happened, so the police have charged her with murder and locked her away in the Tombs to await trial.

Mrs. O’Neill would like Frank to investigate the case and save Una, but with Frank and Sarah still on their honeymoon, it’s up to the other members of their newly formed household to do some detective work. But solving the mystery behind Pollock’s death means fist discovering the truth about who he really is… (description from book jacket)

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.

Next Mystery Book Club will be Friday, February 28 (2020) from 11:45am-12:50pm.