For the last four years I’ve published a list of my recommendations of the best books for book clubs. These have become my most popular articles. In considering what was important for a book club, I realized you need more than just an excellent book. Book Clubs need stories where there are philosophical discussions and moral issues.
These are my recommendations based on the books I have reviewed in the last year. I read so many outstanding books this year it was difficult to narrow the list down to only ten. All of the books on this list received a five star out of five rating.
I have presented them in alphabetical order. They span the mystery genre. There are cozy mysteries, culinary mysteries, thrillers and even a short story anthology. The authors span the gamut from names you see in the grocery store to authors that you may not have read yet. There are books from large publishers and small presses.
Many of these authors are pleased to attend book clubs depending on the distance either in person or by Skype.
Please comment and share your favorite book for a book club.
“Chesapeake Crimes Storm Warning”
“Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning” is a short story anthology that provides outstanding descriptive writing, the ability to create tension and character studies. The various stories provide a wealth of issues to be discussed.
“Dead to the Last Drop” by Cleo Coyle
“Dead to the Last Drop” by Cleo Coyle offers a fast-paced cozy mystery regarding the Secret Service and the family of the President. The reader also learns about the history of coffee in America and jazz music.
The Catsitter’s Whiskers by Blaize and John Clement
“The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers” by Blaize and John Clement intertwine intriguing issues of child abuse, self-abuse and partner abuse into a story with black market antiques.
“Guaranteed to Bleed” by Julie Mulhern
“Guaranteed to Bleed” by Julie Mulhern offers an interesting plot, fascinating characters, humor and a surprise ending. The book addresses a very serious topic and has intriguing moral questions.
“Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall’ by Hannah Dennison
“Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall” by Hannah Dennison could be Downton Abbey today. Mixed in with a cozy mystery, the reader learns how magnificent country homes are being demolished or destroyed since the Second World War.
“The Fraud” by Brad Parks
“The Fraud” by Brad Parks opens with a question, “Would you give your life for your kid?” What if that child had not been born yet? The book touches on various hot-button issues such as immigration, gay marriage, insurance fraud, chop shops, non-profit scandals and carjacking
“Steeled for Murder” by K.M. Rockwood
“Steeled for Murder” by KM Rockwood examines the parole system we have and how hard it is to break out of the system. It also touches on the ramifications of spousal abuse and divorce on families.
“Someone to Watch Over Me” by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
“Someone to Watch Over Me” by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is set in Iceland during the financial crisis. Book clubs could compare Iceland’s internal, economic and social issues to the United States. The story also concerns how you investigate a crime where the defendant and the witnesses are retarded or severely handicapped.
“On the road with Del and Louise” by Art Taylor
“On the Road with Del & Louise” by Art Taylor is a series of short stories that read like a novel. They offer a reader a taste of various mystery styles: screwball comedy, domestic drama, a caper tale and a traditional mystery.
“Cover Shot” by LynDee Walker
“Cover Shot” by LynDee Walker is an action-packed mystery that explores issues with medical research, test trials and the economics of medical cures.