Aug 09, 2017
Written by cmcguire
The mystery, whose origins go back to 1887 with the "birth" of Sherlock Holmes, has become one of America's most popular forms of fiction. Early mysteries usually centered on the solution of "puzzles" and the restoration of justice and order within privileged society.
Contemporary mystery writers have expanded the genre to include spy thrillers, police procedurals and psychological cliffhangers. Today, female as well as male investigators work the streets, and readers are introduced to worlds far different than their own. The best mysteries feature fascinating characters and raise questions of justice, societal problems and human motivation.
The library will offer a three part book discussion series in September, October and November on "Today's Mysteries." Members of the community are invited to attend the free discussions, however registration is required. To get the most out of these programs, it is recommended that you read each book prior to the discussion. To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact Cindy McGuire, Programming/Marketing Coordinator at 913-682-5666 ext. 218 or e-mail
The first discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Jahn Room. Nicolas Shump, Instructor at The Barstow School in Kansas City will lead a discussion of Reflex by Dick Francis. Francis’ mysteries are set against the backdrop of British horse racing. When jockey Philip Nore begins to suspect that a track photographer’s fatal accident was really murder, he sets out to discover the truth and to trap the killer – but he must avoid becoming the next victim.
The series continues with Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. led by Dana Waters, Professor of English, Dodge City Community College. In this mystery, two student nurses lie dead, the great hospital nursing school of Nightingale House is shadowed in terror and it’s up to Adam Dagliesh of Scotland Yard to unmask the killer.
Where Echoes Live by Marcia Muller, concludes the series on Monday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. with discussion leader Trish Reeves, Professor Emeritus of English from Haskell Indian Nations University. Private investigator Sharon McCone sets out to help environmentalists fight the development of a gold mine, then a murder turns this into the most disturbing case of her career.
This series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. KHC is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Leavenworth TALK series. For more information about KHC, visit