Category Archives: BC Mystery Writing Group

November 19 Mystery Writing Group Meeting

The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren WilligNovember’s book is The Mischief of the Mistletoe, a book in Lauren Willig‘s much-loved Pink Carnation series.

Arabella Dempsey’s dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls’ school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies…

Will Arabella and her friends run into trouble? Border Crimes member Ann Friedman will lead a discussion on this historical mystery romance.

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

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October 15 Mystery Writing Group Book Discussion: The Cuckoo’s Calling

the-cuckoos-calling-book-cover-usOctober’s discussion will focus on The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first book in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. Modestly selling initially, this book became a #1 bestseller once the author’s true identity was revealed: Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. Unlike the Harry Potter series, the Cormoran Strike novels aren’t for kids, but according to one reviewer, The Cuckoo’s Calling is a witty, twisty mystery…masterfully plotted.” To another, it is “a brilliant achievement, mordantly funny and monumentally absorbing.”

This book discussion will be lead by SinC member Juliet Kincaid.

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

Not a dues-paying member? Learn how to join.

September 17 Mystery Writing Group Meeting

Man in the Brown SuitSeptember’s book is The Man in the Brown Suit by mystery legend Agatha Christie. This book is a standalone not featuring any of Mrs. Christie’s usual detectives although Colonel Race, one of Mrs. Christie’s less well-known sleuths, makes his first appearance. The story concerns a young woman, Anne Beddingfeld who is the daughter of an elderly anthropologist who succumbs to illness at the beginning of the book. Her father’s death allows Anne to go off on her adventure. She is the standalone character.

The book was written after a round-the-world tour the Christies took with a trade mission. The mission was headed by a former teacher from Archie Christie’s college, a Major Belcher. During the trip Belcher convinced Agatha to write a book featuring him and his house. The character of Sir Eustace Pedler was based on Major Belcher. Other people on the mission tour were also written into the story and Belcher’s secretary was also Pedler’s secretary. Although the activity doesn’t appear in the story, Agatha and Archie learned to surf during the tour.

Discussion leader and SinC Border Crimes member Valerie Bonham tells us why she chose this book. “I like the story because of its unusual setting — South Africa — and because the story features a young woman setting off on her own.”

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

Not a dues-paying member? Learn how to join.

July 16 Border Crimes Mystery Writing Group Meeting

Her Royal SpynessTo get us ready for the August workshop with Rhys Bowen, this month’s Border Crimes Mystery Writing Group meeting will examine Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness, the book that kicked off the Her Royal Spyness series.

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, July 16, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas. Border Crimes member Diann Markley will lead the discussion.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

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BC Mystery Writing Group – March Update

The Border Crimes Mystery Writing Group had a lively and fun discussion of Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. ! Ladies Detective Agency this month. The group’s next meeting will be May 21. Juliet Kincaid will lead a discussion of Mary Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette? And on June 18, Joyce Ann Brown will lead a discussion of one of Lillian Jackson Braun’s mysteries, title to be determined.

The BC Mystery Writing Group meets once a month, from 10:30 to noon, at the Winstead’s at 8036 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kansas. All dues-paying members of Sisters in Crime–readers and writers–are welcome to attend.