The Field of Mystery Book Group met on Saturday (our largest attendance to date!), and discussed our March book, No One Will Miss Her. It was a great discussion since we were almost perfectly divided between those who enjoyed the book as a fairly light entertaining read and those who really disliked the book and found it repetitive and/or unbelievable. One thing I love about this group is that we can and do disagree about literature without becoming argumentative or nasty to each other.
We had a tough time deciding on our next book, but ended up choosing The Keeper of Lost Causes, by Jussi Adler Olsen. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk and will be ready for us to meet and discuss on April 23, 2022 (later than our usual date because I’ll be out of town on our usual date).
The Keeper of Lost Causes is the first book in the Department Q series. Anyone who has read my blog knows about my love of Nordic Noir (for want of a better term), so I’m delighted we’re going to read a book by one of the best selling Nordic mystery writers, set in Copenhagen, if for no other reason than to give us a taste of the sub-genre.
Carl Mork, the protagonist of the book, used to be a great detective, but that was before the nearly-career-ending injury that left him physically and emotionally damaged and killed some of his colleagues. He’s been “promoted” to Department Q, which he discovers is a cold case department where he’s virtually the only officer. The higher ups are hoping he can finish out his time on the force there, without causing himself or anyone else any trouble.
However, Carl finds himself getting interested in one of the cold cases, the disappearance five years earlier of a female politician. There were no leads, the case was more or less given up on, everyone assuming that the politician is dead. Carl doesn’t believe that, and it turns out he’s right: the politician is alive. How long she’s going to continue to be alive, and where she’s been all this time is another question, and one Carl has to solve quickly.
It should be a good read, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the other members of the group respond to it, and what kind of good discussion we’re going to have about this one. Come and join us if you can.