Historical mystery book series starts today

Published on Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:58
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Southington Public Library

SOUTHINGTON -Carole Shmurak will lead a three-part discussion series at Southington Public Library focusing on historical mysteries starting April 13.

In this series, which will be held at the library at 255 Main St., readers will look at three modern British detectives attempting to solve crimes that occurred 40 to 50 years earlier.

These books combine mystery with vivid accounts of the British home front during World War II.

On April 13 at 3 p.m., guests will discuss “Out of the Blackout” by Robert Barnard. In the book, an unidentified boy from London is taken in by a couple living in the country during the height of World War II. 

As a grown man, now known as Simon Thorn, he returns to London to try to find out who he is and what happened to his biological parents.  

Simon’s search leads to some unsettling truths about his family and about England.

On May 11 at 3 p.m. the discussion will center around “Some Deaths Before Dying” by Peter Dickson.

In the novel, 90-year-old Rachel Matson, paralyzed by a debilitating illness, finds herself confronted by a mystery that begins when a 19th-century pistol that belonged to her husband appears on Antiques Roadshow.

Determined to solve it, Rachel and her caregiver uncover secrets that go back to England’s role in the Pacific during World War II. 

The series will conclude June 8 at 3 p.m. with a discussion of “In a Dry Season” by Peter Robinson.

Registration is required. Copies of the books will be available at the Information Desk. 

For more information, call Southington Public Library at 860-628-0947.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:58. Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:01.