Virtual Mystery/Thriller Book Club

  • Posted on: 15 July 2021
  • By: TanyaMills

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We try to alternate between mysteries and thrillers when we can and now and then we try to pair mysteries (a classic with a newer one), so that, if you like, you can read two each month. But you don't have to.

For those of you who would prefer to meet in person, we have a live group that meets to discuss the same book at 6:30 on the same evening, though the location varies as the members take turns hosting. This group is led by Valerie Paitoon, one of our employees. Please contact the store (435) 619-8200 for her contact information.






JANUARY – The Wonder State by Sara Flannery Murphy* (7/18/23, Supernatural, 384 pgs.)


From the author of Girl One comes a spellbinding adventure about a strange power lurking in the Arkansas Ozarks, and the group of friends obsessed with finding it. Five friends arrive back in Eternal Springs, Arkansas, the small town they all fled after high school graduation. Each is drawn home by a cryptic, scrawled two-word letter that reads, You promised.

It has been fifteen years since the summer that changed their lives, and they're anxious to find out why Brandi called them back, especially when they vowed never to return.



FEBRUARY – Symphony of Secrets by Brendan Slocumb (4/18/23, Heist, 448 pgs.)


A gripping page-turner from the celebrated author of book club favorite The Violin Conspiracy Music professor Bern Hendricks discovers a shocking secret about the most famous American composer of all time--his music may have been stolen from a Black Jazz Age prodigy named Josephine Reed. Determined to uncover the truth that a powerful organization wants to keep hidden, Bern will stop at nothing to right history's wrongs and give Josephine the recognition she deserves.



MARCH – Murder by Degrees by Ritu Mukerji (10/17/23, Historical Mystery, 304 pgs.)


Philadelphia, 1875: It is the start of term at Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lydia Weston, professor and anatomist, is immersed in teaching her students in the lecture hall and hospital. When the body of a patient, Anna Ward, is dredged out of the Schuylkill River, the young chambermaid's death is deemed a suicide. But Lydia is suspicious and she is soon brought into the police investigation.



APRIL – Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (3/4/14, Edgar Award Winner, 336 pgs.)


From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger, a brilliant novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.



MAY – A Traitor in Whitehall by Julia Kelly (10/3/23, Amateur Detective, 304 pgs.)


Leaving her boring munitions factory job, avid mystery novel reader and secretary Evelyne Redfern finds herself investigating a murder in the Cabinet War Rooms and teams up with an aide to root out a mole selling government secrets.



JUNE – The Raging Storm by Ann Cleeves (9/5/23, Missing Person, 400 pgs.)


Fierce winds, dark secrets, deadly intentions. When Jem Rosco-sailor, adventurer, and legend-blows into town in the middle of an autumn gale, the residents of Greystone, Devon, are delighted to have a celebrity in their midst. But just as abruptly as he arrived, Rosco disappears again, and soon his lifeless body is discovered in a dinghy, anchored off Scully Cove, a place with legends of its own.



JULY – All That Glisters by Topper Jones* (9/20/23, Financial Crime, 412 pgs.)


When the facts don't add up in his surf buddy's bizarre death, forensic consultant (and daddy-to-be) Thaddeus Hanlon investigates, volunteering to go undercover to pick up where best friend Rafi Silva left off in a secret probe of the U.S. gold stockpile-every last bullion bar.



AUGUST – The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp by Leonie Swann (8/29/23, Dark Comedy, 350 pgs.)


A quirky group of seniors attempts to solve one murder while covering up another—with the help of an enterprising tortoise—in this twisty, darkly funny mystery from the author of Three Bags Full.



SEPTEMBER – The Woman Inside by M. T. Edvardsson (7/2/24, Villain or Victim?, 384 pgs.)


Bill Olsson, recently widowed, is desperate to provide for his daughter, Sally. Struggling to pay rent, he welcomes a lodger into their home: Karla, a law student and aspiring judge, who works as a housekeeper to make ends meet. Her clients are the Rytters, an incredibly wealthy couple who hide behind closed doors. The wife is ill and hasn't left the house in months. The husband is controlling and obsessive. Is he just a worried husband, concerned for his wife's health? Or is there something more sinister at play?


OCTOBER – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (4/12/16, Political Thriller, 384 pgs.)


Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, a startling debut novel from a powerful new voice featuring one of the most remarkable narrators of recent fiction: a conflicted subversive and idealist working as a double agent in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.



NOVEMBER – The Round House by Louise Erdrich (9/24/13, Revenge/Vigilante, 336 pgs.)


One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to reveal what happened. From a National Book Award Winner.



DECEMBER – The Enigma of Room 622 by Joel Dicker (9/12/23, Treasure Hunt, 592 pgs.)


One night in December, a corpse is found in Room 622 of the Hotel Verbier, a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps. A police investigation begins without definite end, and public interest wanes with the passage of time. Years later, the writer Joel Dicker, Switzerland's most famous literary ingenue, arrives at that same hotel to recover from a bad breakup, mourn the death of his longtime publisher, and begin his next novel. Little does Joel know that his expertise in the art of the thriller will come in handy when he finds himself investigating the crime.



*Indicates the author will join us for the meeting


*You can find lists from past years attached as PDF documents that you can download at the bottom.

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 11, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Online via Zoom
St. George, UT 84770-4087
The Wonder State: A Novel By Sara Flannery Murphy Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780374601775
Published: MCD - July 18th, 2023

Symphony of Secrets: A novel By Brendan Slocumb Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593315446
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Published: Anchor - April 18th, 2023

Murder by Degrees: A Mystery By Ritu Mukerji Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668015063
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2023

Ordinary Grace: A Novel By William Kent Krueger Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451645859
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Published: Atria Books - March 4th, 2014

A Traitor in Whitehall: A Mystery (Evelyne Redfern #1) By Julia Kelly Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250865489
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Published: Minotaur Books - October 3rd, 2023

The Woman Inside: A Novel By M. T. Edvardsson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250204622
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Published: Celadon Books - June 13th, 2023

All that Glisters By Topper Jones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781509251681
Published: Wild Rose Press - September 20th, 2023

The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp (Miss Sharp Investigates #1) By Leonie Swann, Amy Bojang (Translated by) Cover Image
By Leonie Swann, Amy Bojang (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781641294331
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Crime - August 29th, 2023

The Raging Storm: A Detective Matthew Venn Novel (Matthew Venn series #3) By Ann Cleeves Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250836793
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Minotaur Books - August 6th, 2024

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

The Round House: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062065254
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

The Enigma of Room 622: A Novel By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by) Cover Image
By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780063098824
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Published: HarperVia - September 12th, 2023