British Mystery Stories and Novels: A Misjudge of Character
Have you ever misjudged someone? Have you ever started out thinking someone was one type of person and they eventually turned out to be entirely different than you first thought—sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse? For that matter, what makes us humans behave the way we do? What makes some people choose destructive behaviors that destroys their own lives and the lives of everyone around them? Finally what causes some people to commit a crime or even to do something so sinister as to take another human life?
These are the questions explored in the pages of mystery novels, with the very best writers causing us to ponder the mystery of human nature itself. They challenge us as readers to look at our own biases, where oftentimes the person most liable to commit a crime turns out innocent and the person least likely has been deceptively guilty all along.
The British Mystery Novels summer book club will be tackling these questions by diving into four classic texts of the genre—all of them different books from the first time we held this club two years ago. Using the works of renowned mystery writers (Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, and Ellis Peters) we will explore our tendency to misjudge people and assess how skilled writers are able to shape a compelling and believable mystery plot. Come join us this summer and help us solve each case!
- The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- Unnatural Death (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries #3) by Dorothy L. Sayers
- A Morbid Taste For Bones (The Cadfael Chronicles #1) by Ellis Peters
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