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Wilkes Mystery Book Club: 2021 Mystery Book Club Reads

Monthly Book Selections

Raymond Thornton Chandler was an American author of crime stories and novels of immense stylistic influence upon modern crime fiction, especially in the style of the writing and the attitudes now characteristic of the genre. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, is synonymous with "private detective," along with Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade.  (

Gytha Lodge is a multi-award-winning playwright, novelist for adults and young-adults, and writer for video games and screen. She is also a single parent who blogs about the ridiculousness of bringing up a mega-nerd young son.  She has a profound addiction to tea, crosswords and awful puns. When not writing, she heads up a copywriting team at a global translation firm, where she generally tries to keep all the video-game writing to herself.  She studied English at Cambridge, where she became known quite quickly for her brand of twisty, dark yet entertaining drama. She later took the Creative Writing MA at UEA. She has signed with Penguin Random House worldwide for the first three books in her crime series featuring DCI Jonah Sheens. The first volume, She Lies in Wait, was released in  2019. (From the author's Amazon page. Retrieved 1/28/2019.)

Information about author Thomas Harris can be found at the Mississippi Writer's ProjectSilence of the Lambs, book 2 in the  Hannibal Lecter Series, inspired the film of the same name as well as an upcoming CBS TV series, Clarice.  "Clarice offers a deep dive into the untold personal story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of "The Silence of the Lambs." Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice's bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup that comes from a challenging childhood empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man's world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life." (

January 2021 books have been ordered. Please let me know if you would like to pick up a copy. The selection is The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie. There are two shows about Agatha Christie airing on PBS in January: Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie (Jan. 17th @ 10 pm ET) and Agatha Christie's England (Jan. 24th @ 10 pm ET).