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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
Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard
Monday, D
ecember 11, 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
selection.

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

It's the Christmas season, and Mr. Timothy Cratchit, not the pious child the world thought
he was, has just buried his father. He's also struggling to bury his past as a cripple and
shed his financial ties to his benevolent "Uncle" Ebenezer by losing himself in the thick of
London's underbelly. He boards at a brothel in exchange for teaching the mistress how to
read and spends his nights dredging the Thames for dead bodies and the treasures in their
pockets.

Timothy's life takes a sharp turn when he discovers the bodies of two dead girls, each
seared with the same cruel brand on the upper arm. The sight of their horror-struck faces
compels Timothy to become the protector of another young girl, Philomela, from the fate
the others suffered at the hands of a dangerous and powerful man.

A different kind of Christmas story, this breathless flight through the teeming markets,
shadowy passageways, and rolling brown fog of 1860s London would do Dickens proud for
its surprising twists and turns, and its extraordinary heart.
August
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn
1
1/13/17 recap

Chris H
Our selection for the month was The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn. It involved time travel
back to Jane Austen's time. Attendees found the book quite uneven, with changes being made that

didn't add up. General consensus: C.
A Familiar Tail by Delia James
10/9/17 recap

Chris H
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.