Reading Group Selections
from Murder Goes South 2005 Authors
discuss books by these mystery writers: Carolyn Haines, Beverly
Connor, E. Joan Sims, Brandon Massey, Steve Brown, Cheryl
Ritzel, and Cathy Pickens.
by Christina Schwarz
overwhelmed and reeling from a failed romance, Amanda Starkey
retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake in Wisconsin
seeking comfort and solace with her sister, Matilde and young
niece Ruth. While there, a tragic accident claims the life
of her beloved sister.
Five People You Meet in Heaven
by Mitch Albom
has spent most of his life as a maintenance man at the Ruby
Pier Amusement Park. He feels he has accomplished nothing
in his 80 years on earth. When a ride at the park malfunctions,
Eddie is killed trying to save the life of a young girl. Eddie
then wakes up in heaven and meets the most surprising array
of people who help him understand the meaning of his life.
recognition of National Poetry Month, we will be reading our
in the White City
by Erik Larson
is 1893. The place-Chicago's World's Fair. It was called the
Gilded Age, a decadent period of glamour and beauty that served
as a backdrop for a terrible event. During the weeks after
its opening, Henry H. Holmes, a cunning serial killer who
used the Fair to lure his victims to their untimely deaths.
Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown
symbologist, Robert Langdon, teams up with noted French Cryptologist,
Sophie Neveu, (the granddaughter of a murdered museum curator)
to untangle the cryptic clues left behind at the murder scene.
In the course of their investigation, the duo learns of a
secret society that has existed since the days of Christ.
But more, they find a long list of famous people of the art,
science and literary world who were once members of this secret
set-names like Sir Isaac Newton, Leonardo DA Vinci, and Victor
of the Sower
by Octavia E. Butler
bleak, but hopeful tale of a futuristic America, where violence,
drug abuse, and blatant disregard for life has driven most
people into armed, walled, communities for their own protection.
For teenager, Lauren Olamina, the world is an even more cruel
place. Lauren has a condition know as "hyperempathy"
which enables her to feel the physical pain of others. Despite
the consequences, Lauren finds she must kill to defend her
family and herself as she and her community come face-to face
with the ugly world just outside the safety of their walls.
by Isabel Allende
Eliza Sommers, and orphan of unknown heritage, has been raised
in the household of a wealthy spinster Rose Sommers and her
brother Jeremy. But Eliza's feelings for the young penniless
revolutionary, Joaquin, leads her far from home when she follows
Joaquin on a voyage from Valparaso, Chile to the gold rush
No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
Ramotswe is unconventional, outspoken and not at all what
you would expect from an unmarried woman living in Botswana.
Precious inherited her beloved father's cattle, but she sold
them and used the money to set up The No. 1 Ladies Detective
Agency. When clients start showing up on her doorstep, Precious
finds herself at the center of a very successful business.
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
tale of the adventures of two friends growing up in nineteenth
century America became one of Twain's most unforgettable tales.
Funny and sometimes poignant, Tom and his friends weave an
unbridled path straight to the heart.
by Joshilyn Jackson
all have to face our demons-and for Alabama native, Arlene
Fleet, that time has come. Read the book and then Meet the
Author! Writer Joshilyn Jackson will be our guest on Thursday
November 17, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in the downstairs conference
room at the Smyrna Library. Come and find out if there really
are gods in Alabama!
by William Shakespeare
the prickling of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes
ambition leads a Scottish thane down a path of destruction
and ruin. Following the prophecies of three witches, one of
Shakespeare's most memorable characters, Macbeth, resorts
to the murder.