Children of Time by
Adrian Tchaikovsky

Sherlock Holmes and
the Christmas Demon
by James Lovegrove
Suspense Central Selections for

*2020 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 meetup site.
Recaps, comments
Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove
Thursday, D
ecember 3, 2020 - 8p

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Full line-up of 2020 titles is listed below - please scroll down

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

Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove
It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are
visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe - eldest daughter of a grand but
somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty - is greatly distressed, as she believes she is
being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit.

Her late mother told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that
she has seen the creature from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to
receive mysterious parcels of birch twigs, the Black Thurrick's calling card...

Eve stands to inherit a fortune if she is sound in mind, but it seems that something - or
someone - is threatening her sanity. Holmes and Watson travel to the Allerthorpe family
seat at Fellscar Keep to investigate, but soon discover that there is more to the case than
at first appeared. There is another spirit haunting the family, and when a member of the
household is found dead, the companions realise that no one is beyond suspicion.
Finn Fancy Necromancy: The Familia Arcana Book 1 by Randy Henderson
1/2/20 recap

Chris H
We started off the new year in fine fashion. Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson was our
selection. Main character, Finn Gramaraye, in first person, relates the story of how he is framed for a
crime he didn't commit and sent away at the age of 15 for twenty five years. When he is released at
the age of 40, he is out of touch with the say the least. He is immediately "set-up" again and
must now find out who it was who originally framed him and why they are doing it again. Along with his
brothers and sister - a strange family - Finn encounters some funny characters. The chapter titles are of
top songs from the 1980s (i.e. Our House, Hot for Teacher, Welcome to the Jungle, Sledgehammer,
Who Can It Be Now?, Burning Down the House, She Blinded Me with Science, Hungry Like the Wolf, et
al. Extremely humorous and well written debut novel. There's two more books in this series and we
hope to revisit his writings in the future.
September - 2019
Finn Fancy Necromancy
by Randy Henderson
Crazy Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan
Black Powder War
by Naomi Novik
Strange Practice (A Dr.
Greta Helsing Novel
Book 1) by Vivian Shaw
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
2/6/20 recap

Our theme of the many kingdoms and tradiitons of China continued with Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin
Kwan, which inspired the movie in 2018. The book was generally well received, though those that had
both read the book and seen the movie thought the film was better. I thought the film was more
humorous and the changes made were for the better. After discussing the book, attendees went to
browse for book titles for future meetings. Fun evening. We hope to do another browse in early
Reservation Blues by
Sherman Alexie
City of the Lost
Kelley Armstrong
Break the Bodies, Haunt
the Bones by
Micah Dean Hicks
A Night to Remember
Walter Lord
The Strange Case of the
Alchemist's Daughter
Theodora Goss
Sherlock Holmes and
the Christmas Demon
James Lovegrove
Hunting Prince Dracula
Kerri Maniscalco