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Walking the Perfect Square book cover

'Walking the Perfect Square' by Reed Farrel Coleman

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club September selection

On Thursday, Sept. 3, we'll be discussing Walking the Perfect Square by Reed Farrel Coleman, the first in the nine-book Moe Prager series.

Standing in Another Man's Grave book cover

'Standing in Another Man's Grave' by Ian Rankin

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club August selection

Date change! We moved the August meeting to Aug. 13, same time (6:30 p.m.), same place (Barnes & Noble).  We'll discuss Ian Rankin's Standing in Another Man's Grave.

The Big Sleep

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

Same Place, Different Crime

This book list compares crime stories that unfold in the same place, but at different times: The first comparison highlights a modern take on a classic in Los Angeles; the second, a progression from the '60s through the '80s in South Florida; and the third, crime sprees across the South-Southwest during the Depression and the late '80s.

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Death in the Dormitories

Murder mysteries set at schools and universities

Holden Caulfield describing his classmates (and everyone else in the world) as phonies. The "O Captain! My Captain!" scene in Dead Poets Society. Victorian schoolgirls dipping their rivals' braids in inkpots in A Little Princess

Mermaids in Paradise

Fiction for the Road

Books on disc that make rush hour fly

Here in D.C., we know traffic. Consistently ranking in the top 10 cities for worst traffic congestion, it is not uncommon for Washingtonians to sit in their cars for hours on end just to get to work every day.   My commute is no different, but nothing makes me forget that I'm going 5 miles per hour on I-66 along with hundreds of other cranky commuters quite as fast as a good story. So I have compiled a list of some of the more entertaining, fast-moving, dazzling plotlines that might just have you looking forward to that morning grind.  

What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris

A Trip Through English History

Historical mysteries

Take a trip through England and history by reading historical mysteries set in various eras of Britain’s past. Explore the dawn of British common law in the Plantagenet era, religious upheaval in the Tudor era, the beginnings of formal police services and investigation in the Victorian era, and social change in the Edwardian era, all while trying to figure out 'whodunnit' with citizens turned sleuths.

cover image for The Case of the Missing Marquess

She's A Real Amateur

Female amateur sleuths who are better than the pros

Sure, sometimes being called an amateur's an insult, but when it comes to mystery novels, amateur detective status usually means you're the one showing the officials how it's done. Or even the only one perceptive enough to realize there's a mystery to be solved.

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Picks for Your Inner Sleuth

Mysteries you might have overlooked

Praying for Sleep by Jeffery Deaver Michael Hrubek escapes from a hospital for the criminally insane in search of the woman whose testimony put him away. With a tight time frame, it’s an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Think you know what’s going on? Don’t bet on it!