Scion of Ikshvaku by
The Six-Gun Tarot by
Treasure Island by
Robert Louis Stevenson
An Easy Death by
Crestwood Lake 2:
Satan's Revenge by
Mark R. Vogel
Fahrenheit 451 by
|Suspense Central Selections for
*2019 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.
|An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 8p
Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, 10 Triangle Plaza (Route 17 North) · Ramsey, NJ
Full line-up of 2019 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.
This month's selection is book 1 of a new series by Charlaine Harris - An Easy Death.
The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the inspiration for
HBO’s True Blood, and the Midnight Crossroad trilogy adapted for NBC’s Midnight, Texas, has written a
taut new thriller—the first in the Gunnie Rose series—centered on a young gunslinging mercenary,
Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where
magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered
by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be
their local guide and gunnie. For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation
and they’re at a desperate crossroad, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching through the small
border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov. The wizards
believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, and that Oleg’s blood can save the young tsar’s
As the trio journey through an altered America, shattered into several countries by the assassination of
Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression, they’re set on by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force
does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client,
but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.
|Nightwise by R.S. Belcher
Our August selection for the month's theme of Deep, Dark Magic was Nightwise by R.S. Belcher. It was
a perfect start! Nightwise introduces readers to main character Laytham Ballard. It is quite clear
Laytham is not one of the good guys, yet somehow manages to keep the reader involved in the story.
Maybe that's because Laytham is self aware and freely admits he's an a-hole. The supporting
characters are all richly developed and vary from the deplorable - Dusan Slorzack - to the fun - Ichi. The
story begins with Laytham making a promise to a dying friend, Boj, that puts him on the trail of Dusan
Slorzack - a guy so bad, even the devil thinks he's bad! Finding Slorzack seems impossible and sets off
a chain of events in a world where magic exists, monsters exist - the human and demon - and plenty of
intrigue. Belcher brings the real and fantasy worlds together seamlessly. Masons, Knights Templar,
demons, a visit from Satan, plot twists and the Rock Star of the Magic World come together for a
satisfying read. The discussion was animated and almost non-stop for over an hour! Gene, who hadn't
read the book commented on the urban fantasy aspects and asked some thoughtful questions about
the story and characters. Ratings averaged in the 7 & 8 range. We would read a sequel.
We began our dark magic theme with Nightwise by R.S. Belcher. We had just read his Six-Gun Tarot in
June and thought we'd try another of his novels. The main character, Laytham, was a self-named bad
person, and we certainly agreed with his assessment. A general consensus of '7' seemed an about
|Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Our pirate theme for the month was well represented by what may be the ultimate pirate adventure,
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Great start for Shiver me Timbers in July. The exploits of Jim
Hawkins and Long John Silver are legendary. In fact, it was clear that Treasure Island is the gold
standard for pirate lore and has influenced most pirate themed books, movies and the like that
followed. Some examples named: Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Captian Blood. Kathleen at one
point stated "I thought that was a Disney song!" when she read yo ho, yo ho! in Treasure Island.
Everyone attending enjoyed the book on it's reread, in that all had read it years ago for school. Great
to revisit a classic.
|September - 2019