Death and Dessert Book Club

Our Death and Dessert Book Club has been active for almost 10 years!

This mystery book club does not choose a specific book every meeting but a fun topic. The members can read any book that falls in the category and then share their thoughts at the meetings. It is a wonderful way to find new authors and share your favorites.

With our new catalog we can now share lists of recommended books (and so can you!). We are now adding the Death and Dessert Book Club Lists to the catalog.

To find these go to the library catalog at http://library.cityofdenton.com/

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Choose “List” in the dropdown menu and enter “Death and Dessert” you should then get mystery lists from the book club.

Here are a few of the favorites:

Senior Sleuths

I’ve Been Framed (Art Mysteries)

Rue Morgue (Forensic Mysteries)

Kilt Dead (Scottish Mysteries)

The Death and Dessert book club meets at Emily Fowler at 7PM on the first Thursday of the month. The next meeting is on August 3rd.  We will be discussing “Do Not Disturb (Vacation Mysteries)”

If you have any questions about the book club (and first time members are always welcome) please call Kimberly Wells at 940-349-8796 or Reka Reynolds at 940-349-8257.

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Death & Dessert

How do you choose the books you read? Is it the characters? Cover art? Setting? I bet it’s the latest offering from your favorite author. The past 9 years I have hosted a mystery book club called “Death & Dessert” at the Denton Public Library. We have been as many as 17 and as few as four. In our book club, we read mysteries. To narrow that down, we choose a type of mystery each month and each person is free to choose whatever book they like that fits into the chosen type. We might read mysteries from Scandinavia one month, and books that feature cooking the next. At each meeting, each member shares a little about the book they chose. In this way, we get exposure to many, many authors, a great benefit for voracious readers always on the lookout for a new favorite.

I am particularly interested in why we read what we do. For instance, mystery readers are drawn to tidy endings. Mystery solved, bad guy caught. Heaven. What happens in between varies wildly. My current obsession is with The Detection Club, an English club made up of mystery writers, established somewhere along 1931. Every so often the Club will write a compilation work created by several of the members. Each book is written according to a unique method, and although the subject is grim, (murder!) the fun that these writers had creating their contributions leaks out around the pages.

I have learned about all the Detection Club members, but my favorites are alas, no longer with us, including Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and others from those early years. The club persists today however, and are still inviting curious readers to share the fun. The most recent offering is “The Sinking Admiral” edited by current club president, Simon Brett. It is worth noting the very first book the Detection Club published eighty-five years ago was titled “The Floating Admiral” and yes, I have read it.

The Sinking Admiral

You can find the Sinking Admiral now at Emily Fowler Central Library. Take a moment to think about the titles you choose. What appeals to you? If you think you would like to hear more about the mysteries of life, consider this your invitation to come visit the Death & Dessert book club the first Thursday of each month at the Fowler library, 7 p.m. We have dessert too, but it’s the books that are delicious.

Terri Gibbs

Audiobooks

With a newborn and a commute, I often don’t have time to read in a traditional manner.  My favorite time to read is curled up in my husband’s favorite chair, which also happens to be my favorite chair, and have a nice cup of tea.  That doesn’t happen anymore.  Now it’s screaming and crying and weird electronic cow noises from toys that I can’t stand.  Since I have a commute, I decided to try audiobooks.  It is a really great way to get in some reading, without actually reading.  Here are some of my favorites.

 

JacketThe Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

This book is hilarious!  Isabel Spellman is the horrible daughter who cannot do anything right.  It really doesn’t help that her parents own a P.I. firm and are constantly spying on her.  Even her little sister is in on it.  Granted, Izzy is in her 20s and doesn’t really have a job, and is constantly getting arrested for silly things while her perfect older brother is a fantastic lawyer and her sister is doing wonderful in middle school.  Izzy is just trying to make her way in the world when her sister is kidnapped and Izzy is blamed.  The narrator has a worldly voice that seems like she’s had her fair share of hard times.  It provides a realistic edge to the character of Izzy.  I love this book.  If you enjoy Janet Evanovich, you will love these!

untitledStorm Front by Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden is a wizard.  Yes, a real wizard.  Sometimes, when the Chicago P.D. can’t solve a case, or it’s just too weird for them, they call on Harry to help out.  This time, he might be in over his head.  When the weather starts to get bad, people start to die from spells that have gone wrong.  This audiobook is voiced by the actor James Marsters, who played Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and on Angel.  I really thought Spike was British, so it was very interesting to have his voice in an American accent.  The Dresden Files is a great fantasy mystery series and I really enjoy these books.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Williguntitled

I’m not much of a romance reader.  I usually like mysteries or fantasy.  This one was recommended to me by Kimberly Wells at the North Branch and I thought I would give it a try.  She runs the Romance in the Stacks Book Club, so she wouldn’t steer me wrong.  It was a great read.  Fun, action, adventure, swashbuckling, and yes, some romance.   It starts off with a woman who goes to finish her dissertation on the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel, the person who helped people escape from France during the French Revolution.  What she discovers instead is information on the Pink Carnation, another spy who was much more elusive.  The book weaves back and forth through letters and writings and in between, you find out what is happening with the woman writing the paper.  It was completely enjoyable and there was just enough romance.

JacketLife After Life by Kate Atkinson

This might be one of my favorite books of all time.  Kate Atkinson tells the story of one person, but it’s told over and over again.  Each time the girl lives, she dies in a different way.  The choices she makes in that reality determine when and how she dies.  The book is set in England before World War II.  She is born, she grows, sometimes she sees war, sometimes she gets married, sometimes she dies as a young girl.  It is an incredible book.  I’ve always enjoyed Kate Atkinson and I’ve read all of her Jackson Brodie books.  This one is different.  I couldn’t wait to get back into my car to see what would happen next.

Still Foolin’ Em by Billy Crystal

I’m a big Billy Crystal fan.  I’m also a big fan of funny books written by smart people.  This is one of them.  Billy Crystal wrote this book because he is getting older and wanted to talk about his life and his career.  He narrates the book himself, which makes it even better.  It is a very interesting look at an engaging life.  He is a brilliant and funny man.  I had no idea that Muhammad Ali was one of his best friends and that Mickey Mantle was someone he hung out with.  I also didn’t know that Joe Dimaggio punched him in the stomach.  This is all untitledsecondary to his movie career, his comedy career, and his family.  It is a very interesting look at getting older.  I can’t wait until I’m 65.  Maybe I’ll write a book, too.

 

WyLaina Polk is the manager of the Emily Fowler Central Library and enjoys a good story.