Charles S . Low

Book Club 

The St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit Book Club’s next meeting will be Monday, December 14 at 5:30 on Zoom. Our Library Book Club meets by Zoom on the second Monday of the month.

Please contact Cathy McCullough Les at if you’d like to get the Zoom Meeting Link so you can join the discussion.

Current Selection


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.

You can obtain a copy from a local bookstore, library, or from Amazon/Smile: The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid

Past Selections


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

You can obtain a copy from a local bookstore, library, or from Amazon/Smile:   44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith.

Future Selections