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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 and Death Match by Lincoln Child
Monday, J
une 12, 2017 - 8p
Panera, 770 Rt. 17 North, Paramus, NJ

*both May's selection Bellman & Black and June's selection Death Match will be
discussed due to May discussion being postponed


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.


*The full 2017 line-up of titles can be found below, after the recaps/comments.


Bellman & Black
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.


Death Match
When a perfect couple commits double suicide, alarms go off in the offices of the high-tech matchmaking
company. Investigation into a second couple's double suicide reveals a stunning labyrinth of artificial
intelligence, creative genius, and a melding of technology that does indeed deliver on the company's
guarantee of a perfect, lifelong mate.
August
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.