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Suspense Central Selections for
2017

*2017 selections for Suspense Central are
listed below by month.  If you have difficulty
seeing a title and/or author, all selections are
listed on our Yahoo site and our meetup site.
Recaps, comments
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
Monday, M
ay 8, 2017 - 8p
Panera, 770 Rt. 17 North, Paramus, NJ

This group meets on the second Monday of each month to discuss a specific mystery, suspense or
intrigue novel. Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss the month's featured selection.

As a boy, William Bellman commits one small cruel act that appears to have unforseen and terrible
consequences. The killing of a rook with his catapult is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood
games. And by the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, he seems indeed, to be a man
blessed by fortune.

Until tragedy strikes, and the stranger in black comes, and William Bellman starts to wonder if all his
happiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, he enters into
a bargain. A rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre
business.

And Bellman & Black is born.
August
Who Wants to be the Prince of Darkness by Michael Boatman
2/13/17 recap

Chris H
Who Wants To Be The Prince Of Darkness? by Michael Boatman was our February selection. It was
chosen because the description of a reality show game seemed to fit the TV theme for the
month.Everyone who read the book was quite dissatisfied. The teaser stated there would be a game
show type atmosphere, which simply didn't exist. The battle for hell between Gabriel (the bad guy) and
Lucifer (the good guy) was confusing most of the way, and was decided that was what the "game"
show was - a real battle on Earth between the warring demons for control of hell.  The ending tied
things together somewhat, but not enough. The general feeling was that an interesting concept lacked
execution. Grade: C.
Plague Town by Ashley Parker
3/13/17 recap

Chris H
We continued our school campus theme with Plague Town by Dana Fredsti. Plague Town is the first of a
trilogy.  The majority of the story takes place at a college campus, with zombies attacking. In a slight
variation from other zombie novels, Plague Town has the premise that some people, when bitten, don't
turn into a zombie.  These people are called wild cards.  The wild cards are needed to stop the
rampage. Plague Town's main character is Ashley Parker and she is the first person narrator.  Most
found her self centered and snarky. Kathleen found her so obnoxious she felt it detracted from her
enjoying the book.  Overall the book got grades of between C+ and B+, averaging a B. Fun discussion.
Hounded by Kevin Hearne
4/10/17 recap

Chris H
Our April selection, Hounded by Kevin Hearne - the first in the Iron Druid Chronicles, fit the month's
theme of When Nature Calls perfectly.  Druids were recognized for their affinity with nature.  The
characters in Hounded used nature throughout the story.  Hounded received high marks for world
building, character development and pace. Atticus O'Sullivan, a 2100 year old Druid who looks 21, told
the story in first person. A fun main character.  His Irish wolfhound Oberon communicates telepathically.
The story involves a magical sword, Fragarach, the Answerer. Atticus is the owner of Fragarach.  
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants it, making for a rip roaring story. Kathleen looked up the
series and saw that there are nine novels in it. I'm sure we'll be revisiting these in the future. A fun,
interesting discussion for a fun, interesting book.