The Crossings Book Club — January through April Meetings

Only to Sleep cover imageOur next meeting is Tuesday, January 21, 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 Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel, by Lawrence Osborne, a continuation of Raymond Chandler’s classic Philip Marlowe detective series. “The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. And Philip Marlowe — now in his seventy-second year — is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it.” [from publisher's blurb]

February’s book will be The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson. “Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek showcases a first in traditionally published literary novels — a bold and unique story about the Kentucky Blue people and Packhorse Librarians — a tale of fierce strength and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere — even back home” [publisher's blurb] The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, February 18.

In March we’ll be reading Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls by Susanna Solomon, a collection of short stories inspired by Sheriff’s calls published in the author’s favorite local newspaper, the Point Reyes Light.  The imaginary denizens having run-ins with the law include Fred, a “charmingly confused pedestrian,” his wife, “the cantankerous but loving Mildred; Doris, the local hairdresser, the voluptuous Officer Kettleman and more.” [Publisher's blurb] The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, March 17.

And in April we’ll be reading Chocolate á la Murder, a mystery in the “Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum” series by Kirsten Weiss. “It’s Wine and Chocolate Days in San Benedetto, and paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski has sweet dreams about her new Magic of Chocolate exhibit. Her latest attraction is a haunted Mexican whisk called a molinillo that rattles if someone lies.” [publisher's blurb] The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, April 21.

–L.K.

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