|Suspense Central Selections for
*2018 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.
|Crestwood Lake by Mark R. Vogel
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 8p
Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, 10 Triangle Plaza (Rt. 17 North), Ramsey, NJ 07446
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
*The 2018 line-up of titles can be found below, after the recaps/comments.
Crestwood Lake is a small, secluded town in the woods of northern Vermont. Mysterious
events and strange deaths have always plagued the community—as have rumors of
witchcraft. But lately, there has been a sudden rash of suicides and grisly murders.
Captain Butch Morgan, the chief of police, must uncover the truth about Crestwood Lake.
His best friend, historian Gil Pearson, suspects the satanic folklore is true. He and Morgan
consult an occult expert who outlines what he believes to be the truth, and what must be
Meanwhile Morgan, recently widowed, has fallen in love with Vicki Larson, the local barmaid.
When it becomes clear that she is in danger as well, Morgan decides to act. Morgan must
confront an ancient evil: a fateful showdown that could risk his life, and the tortured town of
In a style similar to early American horror literature, author Mark R. Vogel’s Crestwood Lake
is reminiscent of the calm-but-terrifying tone of Edgar Allan Poe’s writings…and will keep you
stricken in your seat long after you read the final page.
|Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Interesting and in-depth discussion. Gulliver's Travels years ago. It was interesting that all who had
re-read the book for Suspense Central said they only recalled certain aspects of the book and had
completely forgotten others. Jeni expressed that the various cartoons focusing on only the Lilliputs
may have something to do with that. Jeni found Swift's writing to be ponderous and did not enjoy the
book second go 'round. Kathleen enjoyed the same things this read she did from her first read. Chris
felt many things in the book were "beyond" him and felt that lessened his enjoyment. Overall, the
book received solid scores (7-8 out of 10) but wasn't a favorite.
|The Reiver's by William Faulkner
We completed our tie-in with TSF! by discussing The Reivers by William Faulkner. Generally it was felt
that the movie trimmed the book a bit, creating a better flow. Being the last book the author wrote, it
was a bit more accessible than his previous writings. The book was published in June 1962; the author
died the very next month. A general 'B' grade seemed to be the consensus.