The next meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)
We’ll be discussing The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins.
“The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era’s most baffling murder mystery. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Reenactments of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio—a hard-luck cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor—all raced to solve the crime.” (From the jacket description)
October’s book is Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. The first book in the popular mystery series, the novel introduces “psychologist and detective” Maisie Dobbs, a young woman who starts her working life as a lady’s maid in interwar England. Given a boost up first from her employer, Lady Rowan, then from an apprenticeship with master Detective Maurice Blanche, she starts her own agency. We’ll be discussing it on Tuesday, October 21.