It’s August, a month that’s meant to be the height of summer for us here in the UK. Two weeks ago we got a couple of days of very belated spring, then summer arrived with a sudden blast of ferocious heat. Who knows what we have in store, but I will say this: the coots on Canada Water, who are great predictors of late summers, have begun their second cycle of nesting for the year.
Last month I talked about two of my favourite libraries, including the my local one, the Canada Water Library. I’ve been attending the Crimes & Thrillers reading group there for about five years now. Unfortunately, because it is such a small group, the library management no longer felt it could justify assigning a member of staff to run it. The core members of the group were so unwilling to let it go, we’ve decided to run it ourselves and to take it online. So, say FAREWELL to the Canada Water Library Reading Group, and a big HELLO to the Canada Water Crime & Thrillers Book Club on Facebook!
We may be small, but we’re a friendly and enthusiastic bunch who read widely—from classics by the likes of Wilkie Collins (we’ve read both The Moonstone and The Woman in White) to recent novels such as The Girl on the Train—but most of us have a soft spot for the “cosy” type of mystery. Most recently we’ve read Susan Hill’s The Man in the Picture (she wrote The Woman in Black), Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne (one of the British Library’s Crime Classics), and Andrea Camilleri’s Game of Mirrors. Coming up we hope to have J. K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith with The Cuckoo’s Calling, then a volume of James Runcie stories, Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, an early Amelia Peabody, The Curse of the Pharaohs, Lindsey Davis’s swords-and-sandals detective Falco in Venus in Copper, and we’ll round the year off with C. J. Sansom’s Tudor-set Dissolution. There’s always a chance that the books we’ve ordered will not be available—but if you join the group (click on the link above) we will keep you updated.
Unless advertised otherwise, we meet at 2 pm at Canada Water Library on the fourth Thursday of every month. If you live locally and fancy the title we’re currently reading, why not come along and join us to share your thoughts about the book? You’ll find copies available to borrow at the reception desk on the ground floor roughly four weeks prior to the meeting.
If you live elsewhere in this big, wide world of ours, you are most welcome to join us online. Perhaps you’ve read one of our forthcoming books? If you join us, you can share your thoughts by posting your comments under the appropriate post. We’ll try to read through them at the meeting (sadly, the wifi can be a bit dodgy). Either way—whether in person or online—we look forward to hearing from you soon!
Finally, as a small token of my thanks for taking the trouble to find this page, I’d like to offer you a 50% discount off the list price of Gooseberry (Send for Octavius Guy 1). Purchase it at Smashwords.com and, when it comes time to pay, use coupon code: RC23S. This offer is available until September 14th 2016.