British Mystery Novels: It’s Always Who You Least Expect
You are invited to join this year’s British Mystery Novels summer book club! It will again feature four classic works by the mystery genre’s most revered authors. After jaunting through a few of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock stories, we will read the first Lord Peter Wimsey mystery featuring Harriet Vane, the well-known Hercule Poirot mystery Death on the Nile, and then wrap up with another Medieval mystery solved by the Benedictine monk Brother Cadfael. The theme for this year’s book club is “It’s Always Who You Least Expect,” because you never can quite tell who committed the crime until the very last moment. Whether you are a veteran detective or a novice crime solver we would love for you to join us this summer and help us solve each case!
Texts: (Note: any version of these texts is acceptable, especially since there are so many editions of them)
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume 1 (Bantam Classics) or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries #5) by Dorothy L. Sayers
One Corpse Too Many (The Cadfael Chronicles #2) by Ellis Peters
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