Book Club Spotlight: Murder in the Afternoon

Enjoy a good mystery? Consider joining Murder in the Afternoon, our book club dedicated to crime and thriller fiction. The next meeting is Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. on BookPeople’s third floor. Below, Scott shares a bit more about the group. 

where it hurts

Crimes don’t always have to be committed at night. Our Murder in the Afternoon book club meets every third Monday of the month to discuss a range of books in crime and thriller fiction. It provides a nice break in the day to meet new people and learn about new books.

The club came out of a request from one of our retired regulars who was a big mystery fan but couldn’t drive at night to attend a book club. It has grown into one of our more popular clubs with discussions ranging from Wilkie Collins to Megan Abbott. The hosts — BookPeople’s Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery and Master Bookseller Thomas Wilkerson — are knowledgeable of the genre and are often able to use their contacts to get authors to join the discussion over the phone or, sometimes, in person. (We’ll chat by phone with Reed Farrel Coleman this month and welcome Meg Gardiner in April!) Our regulars, including a historian, often deliver great context and always an opinion.

Our next discussion is on February 19 at 1 p.m. We will be discussing Where It Hurts, the first of Reed Farrel Coleman’s series featuring Gus Murphy, a former Suffolk County cop mourning the loss of his son. He is asked by a man he used to arrest to look into the murder of his son in a story that shows the author’s ability to convey character and delve into emotion while delivering an involving detective novel. We’re happy to have Reed calling in as well. The book it 10% off to those planning to attend. Don’t forget: February 19 at 1 p.m. on the third floor.

— Scott M. 

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