Charles S . Low
Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 8, 2021, at 5:30 PM on Zoom. The Library Book Club meets on the second Monday in February, April, June, October, and December.
Please contact Cathy McCullough Les at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to get the Zoom Meeting Link so you can join the discussion.
The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett. It’s the first book in her Lymond Chronicles series:
Synopsis: Dunnett introduces her irresistible hero Francis Crawford of Lymond, a scapegrace nobleman of elastic morals and dangerous talents whose tongue is as sharp as his rapier. In 1547 Lymond returned to his native Scotland, which was threatened by an English invasion. Accused of treason, Lymond leads a band of outlaws in a desperate race to redeem his reputation and save his land.
The last 2020 selection was The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid. This book is one of the top 10 Scottish crime novels.
Synopsis: “This was the summer he discovered what he wanted–at a gruesome museum of criminology far off the beaten track of more timid tourists. Visions of torture inspired his fantasies like a muse. It would prove so terribly fulfilling.
The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he’s encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill’s own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer’s motives. It’s also made him the perfect victim.
A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted. But as Hill confronts his own hidden demons, he must also come face-to-face with an evil so profound he may not have the courage–or the power–to stop it…”
The Mermaids Singing is a chilling and taut psychological mystery.
The TV series Wire in the Blood is based on the Tony Hill books. This is the first book in the series.
It is available in hardcover, paperback, audio, Kindle, Nook, and as an Overdrive ebook – and from many libraries as well.
Meeting notes and review: “The book for December 2020, was Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid, the first book in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. It won the Crime Writers of America Award for best crime novel of 1995 and the TV series Wire in the Blood is based on this series. The group decided that although the characters were well developed and we didn’t see the surprise ending coming, the very graphic descriptions of the murders were too much for most of us.”
The October 2020 selection was 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith. This is the first book in the “44 Scotland Street Series”.
Synopsis: “The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.”
Meeting notes and review: “We had a very nice zoom meeting last Monday, October 12, discussing 44 Scotland Street. It has quite a few “main” characters that continue through the series of – soon to be – 14 books. We all liked and felt sorry for Bertie and Angus, and Cyril were also high on the favored list. Irene and Bruce however tied for least favorite. I also wanted to put in a plug for Big Lou (maybe because she’s reading her way through an entire bookshop!). It was also interesting to see Scotland through the eyes of a Scot who plainly loves Edinburgh and the Scottish people.” Catherine McCullough Les