This book group is for anyone who enjoys reading mysteries. We generally choose an author or a theme, and everyone chooses a pertinent book to read and share with the group. Tuesdays with Murder meets at the library on the third Tuesday of each month. New members are welcome!
The theme for April is African and African American female authors: Rachel Howzell Hall, Kellye Garrett, Attica Locke, and Malla Nunn. Read a book by one of these authors and join us!
Here is a note from the April discussion facilitator, Courtney:
This is a tribute to African and African-American female murder mystery writers. I chose this theme because of an article that I came across that stated “authors of color tend to garner fewer reviews and less promotion than white authors”. It stated that mysteries today tend to be seen as mainly white genre. However, the history of mystery is as diverse as its present. So I wanted to focus on 4 female authors.
RACHEL HOWZELL HALL is the author of seven novels, including the critically-acclaimed Detective Elouise Norton series. The third in her Lou Norton series, Trail of Echoes, received a coveted Kirkus Star and was one of Kirkus Reviews 'Books That Kept Us Up All Night.' Land of Shadows and Skies of Ash (Forge) were included on the Los Angeles Times' "Books to Read This Summer" for 2014 and 2015, and the New York Times called Lou Norton "a formidable fighter--someone you want on your side."
Rachel Howzell Hall books:
Land of Shadow
Trail of Echoes
Skies of Ash
City of Saviors
A Quiet Storm
Kellye Garrett writes the Detective by Day mysteries about a semi-famous, mega-broke black actress who takes on the deadliest role of her life: Homicide Detective.
Kellye Garrett books:
Attica Locke is an American author of fiction and television. In 2018 she won an Edgar Award for her fourth novel, Bluebird, Bluebird, a mystery featuring a black Texas Ranger as protagonist.
Attica Locke books:
Black Water Rising
The Cutting Season
Malla Nunn was born in Swaziland, South Africa, and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. She delivers a stunning and darkly romantic crime novel set in 1950s apartheid South Africa, featuring Detective Emmanuel Cooper -- a man caught up in a time and place where racial tensions and the raw hunger for power make life very dangerous indeed.
Malla Nunn books:
A Beautiful Place to Die
Let the Dead Lie
Blessed are the Dead