The Field of Mystery Book Group had an especially stimulating discussion on Saturday of The Long Call, as is often the case when we have a book that some people really like and some people don’t. There was plenty of interesting material to talk about with this book, and at least some of us will probably be looking for more books by Ann Cleeves. Then we had a really easy time picking the book we’re going to be reading for August, which is The Book of Cold Cases, by Simone St. James (as an aside, I’m a little surprised we didn’t pick The Verifiers, which was another of the choices and one of the more intriguing possibilities – probably I’ll read it myself soon).
Years before, two men in the same area by similar means and with similar cryptic notes left on their bodies. Beth Greer, a rich and eccentric woman, was seen leaving the scene of one of the murders, and was charged with the crimes, but acquitted (shades of Lizzie Borden). No one else was ever caught and charged. Beth went back to her family mansion to live more or less as a recluse.
Shea is working as a receptionist by day, and running a true crime website by night. Her choice of hobby is a little odd, given that she’s the victim of an attempted kidnapping by a man who’s coming up for parole soon. Chance brings her into contact with Beth, and, not expecting any kind of response, she asks if she can interview Beth. To Shea’s great surprise, Beth agrees, but on her terms: in her home, when she chooses. Shea’s torn between delight that she might be getting the scoop of her life, and worry that she might be getting manipulated by a sociopath.
Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk shortly, and we’ll be meeting on August 6 at 10:30 (refreshments served!) for a discussion. Join us if you can.