Tag Archives: Crime Readers

Our Book Clubs Are Back!

“Fall” back into reading with one of our September book discussions.

Novel Idea is for readers who like to delve into a book’s characters, plots, setting, and themes. Drop in at the library on the second Wednesday of the month (September-May) at 7 p.m.
Next meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m.
Book: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (2008)

Crime Readers is for those who like unraveling clues, interpreting evidence, and analyzing characters. We partner with the Woodridge Public Library to bring crime readers together on the third Thursday of the month (September-May). Meets at 6 p.m. for dinner (optional) and 7 p.m. for discussion at Home Run Inn Pizza, 7521 Lemont Rd. in Darien.
Next meeting: Thursday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m.
Book: A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva (2004)

GenLit is for 20-30 somethings. Join us for drinks, dinner, and discussion on the fourth Wednesday of the month (January-October) at 6:30 p.m. at various local restaurants. Find GenLit on Facebook.
Next meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:30-9 p.m. at Taste of India, 7243 Kingery Hwy., Willowbrook
Book: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (2015)

Short on Time is our group for those who can’t commit to lengthy books and monthly meetings. Meetings take place every other month (except summer) and the group reads novellas and short stories. Drop in at the library.
Next meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.
Book: Hands of My Father by Myron Uhberg (2009)

Learn more about our book discussion groups.

Under the Radar: Books of Suspense

Just in time for Halloween weekend, Debbie Wordinger, leader of the Crime Readers Discussion Group, recommends books of suspense. 

If what makes your skin crawl is not blood and gore, but the shadow just glimpsed over your shoulder, try these American writers of suspense. Their novels have a strong sense of place, a claustrophobic atmosphere, and a feel for the paranoia that can develop in small towns and remote rural areas.

Thomas Cook: Try The Chatham School Affair, or if you are really into disturbing reading, Instruments of Night.

Stephen Dobyns: Try The Boy in the Water, or if you can tolerate a somewhat more gruesome story, The Church of Dead Girls.

Joe Lansdale: Try The Bottoms or A Fine Dark Line.

suspense books