Mystery Book Discussion Group

Second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

The Mystery Discussion Group was founded in 1994 and facilitated by former library assistant director, Dorothy Hayden. The current facilitator is Library Director, Jean Shaughnessy.

This book club is taking a break for the summer months. Check back here for when we return in the fall.


Mystery Making Event with Sisters in Crime

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm at the Athol Public Library

In this interactive workshop, four mystery authors representing different sub-genres, including cozy/traditional and thriller/suspense brainstorm to create a brand new mystery, using suggestions from the audience. Fun, fast-paced, and fascinating, this improv game offers important insights into mystery writers’ minds and the conventions of the genre.

Our four guest mystery authors for the evening will be:

J.A. McIntosh, author of Judge Hartwell: A Meredith, Massachusetts Novel and Niagara Fontaine: A Meredith, Massachusetts Novel.

Clea Simon, author of five different mystery series featuring cats, a suspense novel, and three non-fiction titles focusing on true crimes and public safety officers’ experiences.

Sharon Healy-Yang, author of Bait & Switch, a mystery romance set in 1943, and sequels, Letter from a Dead Man, and Always Play the Dark Horse.

Kate Flora, author of 21 mysteries, including Death Comes Knocking and A World of Deceit, plus short stories and non-fiction.

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