|Suspense Central Selections for
*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.
|The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn
Monday, November 13, 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
*The full 2017 line-up of titles can be found below, after the recaps/comments.
Perfect for fans of Jane Austen, this engrossing debut novel offers an unusual twist on the
legacy of one of the world's most celebrated and beloved authors: two researchers from the
future are sent back in time to meet Jane and recover a suspected unpublished novel.
|The Stranger by Harlen Coben
Our theme of The Mysterious Stranger was well represented by our selection of The Stranger by Harlan
Coben. Adam Price, one of the main characters, is approached by a stranger who tells Adam his wife
has been lying to him. This sets off a series of events which are truly mind boggling. 56 chapters in 386
pages make the chapters short and the book a real page turner. There are several small substories,
multiple characters, but it all works without boggling the reader down. Some attendees had read quite
a few books by the author, others this was their first experience with his writing. The general
consensus was, although there were a lot of things happening the novel, Coben did a good job of tying
everything together. An exciting story with a high spirited discussion.
|A Familiar Tail by Delia James
Our theme of magic, spells and sorcery was well represented by A Familiar Tail by Delia James.
Annabelle Amelia Blessingsound Britton comes to Portsmouth to visit her friend Martine Devereux.
Martine is the chef at the Pale Ale Inn. But a weekend trip turns into a much longer stay as Annabelle
realizes her family has many more ties to the town than she knew. Annabelle Amelia Blessingsound
Britton meets a smoky gray cat named Alistair while visiting Portsmouth. Alistair has a secret. Annabelle
finds covens of witches as well as a murder mystery. Some trip! I thought this was going to be a YA
book, or even younger. Instead I found an extremely well written book with very well drawn
characters. My grade was 9 or A. Attendees were a little less enthusiastic but still gave it B's. It was the
first of three novels involving Annabelle and Alistair. Fun discussion.