For our March Mystery Book Club (MBC), we read books featured by the Poisoned Pen Press, an independent publisher of mystery novels. The Poisoned Pen Press was founded by Barbara G. Peters and her husband, Robert Rosenwald. Barbara Peters also owns The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale Arizona.
One featured series that I find interesting is The British Library Crime Classics. At a glance, it looks like they are books published anywhere from the mid 1800's thru the early 1900's. Here is the cover of one that one of the MBC members read. I love these vintage pictures.
Following, is the list of the books we all read. I felt like Scarlett O'Hara when Rhett took her on the riverboat in New Orleans and she kept grabbing the pastries as the pastry cart went by, while her mouth was full. (Did I mention we also had a pot luck? This is the scene where he tells her she will get fat, or in my case, I will have too many books.) I heard many authors and titles of books I want to read.
There are a few books at the end of the list that are not from the Poisoned Pen Press list. Some of the MBC members read some other books and shared them, so I am including them.
Deadly Descent – Lottie Albright Mystery #1 by Charlotte Hinger
Constable Molly Smith Mysteries by Vicki DelanyIn The Shadow of the Glacier – Constable Molly Smith Mystery #1
Negative Image – Constable Molly Smith Mystery #4
Unreasonable Doubt – Constable Molly Smith Mystery #8
Alafair Tucker Mysteries by Donis CaseyThe Old Buzzard Had It Coming – Alafair Tucker Mystery #1
All Men Fear Me – Alafair Tucker Mystery #8
The Return of the Raven Mocker – Alafair Tucker Tucker #9 Mystery
Brooklyn Bones – Erica Donato Mystery #1 by Triss SteinThe Female Detective by Andrew Forrester ( From the British Library Crimes Classics list, originally published in 1864, first detective novel to feature a professional female detective)
Mary Russell’s War and Other Stories of Suspense by Laurie R. King (Mary Russell is Sherlock Holmes wife in this the series by this other. This book has 10 short stories)
The Dead Hand by Michael Kahn
Liar Liar by K.J. Larsen (debut novel)
Phryne Fisher novels and Corinna Chapman Mysteries by Kerry GreenwoodCocaine Blues – Phryne Fisher novel #1
Queen of the Flowers – Phryne Fisher novel #14
Dead Man’s Chest – Phryne Fisher novel #18
Murder and Mendelssohn – Phryne Fisher novel #20
Earthly Delights Corinna Chapman Mystery #1
Cooking the Books – Corinna Chapman Mystery #6
(Did you know that Phryne Fisher is a television series offered on Netflix? Yep I am going to add that to my watchlist.)
Santorini Caesars – Chief Inspector Kaldis Mystery #8 by Jeffrey SigerMurder Most Unfortunate – Rick Montoya Italian Mystery #3 by David P. Wagner
Dead Weight – The Posadas County Mysteries #8 by Steven F. Havill
The Coffin Trail - A Lake District Mystery #1 by Martin Edwards
Kate Turner, DVM Mysteries by Eileen BradyMuzzled - A Kate Turner, DVM Mystery #1 (2013 Discover Mystery Award Winner)
Unleashed - A Kate Turner, DVM Mystery #1
Caught Dead – Rick Van Lam Mystery #1 by Andrew Lanh
Books other than from Poisoned Pen PressLilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly (a debut novel)
A Beautiful Place to Die – Martha’s Vineyard Mystery #1 by Phillip Craig
Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller
Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow (some of her books are featured with Poison Pen Press)
Check out the Poisoned Press' websites. They have lots of really good books featured.