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Swagbucks Book Club – Whodunit?

Posted by on Fri, January 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Welcome to the Swagbucks Book Club.  Today we start 2013 with selecting our book for this month.  The Mystery genre was the runaway winner so I’ve taken some of your suggestions and added a few of my own.  Below you will find descriptions of 5 whodunits with a poll for your voting pleasure buried underneath, just like a dead body.

 

And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie:   Ten people are invited to an island for the weekend. Although they all harbor a secret, they remain unsuspecting until they begin to die, one by one, until eventually … there are none. Panic ensues when the diminishing group realizes that one of their own number is the killer. A perfect combination of thriller and detective story, this much-copied plot is Christie’s greatest technical achievement.

A Time To Kill - John Grisham:   The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town of Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands. For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life–and then his own.

Ghost At Work – Carolyn Hart:   Bailey Ruth Raeburn has always been great at solving mysteries. Why should a little thing like her death change anything? In fact, being dead gives her more of an opportunity to be on top of events. Bailey Ruth is delighted that her unique position as a ghost makes it possible for her to lend a helping hand, sometimes seen and sometimes not. And if anybody needs a little help, it’s Kathleen, the pastor’s wife. There’s a dead man on her porch, and once the body is discovered, the pastor is sure to become a suspect.  Uncharitable people might call it meddling, but Bailey Ruth knows Kathleen needs her help! As a member of Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions, Bailey Ruth goes back to earth to extricate Kathleen from a dire situation. If Bailey Ruth has to bend a few rules to help Kathleen save her family, Wiggins, her fussbudget supervisor, will make sure it all turns out right in the end.

The Valley Of Fear – Arthur Canon Doyle:  The novel concerns the real-life activities of the secret Irish organization, the “Molly Maguires”, and of Pinkerton agent James McParland who investigated them. Divided into two parts, the novel is first concerned with Sherlock Holmes investigation of an apparent murder victim whose identity is mistaken and secondly with the story of the man originally thought to be the murder victim.

The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler:  Chandler’s first novel, published in 1939, introduces Philip Marlowe, a 38-year-old P.I. moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. This classic case includes as characters a paralyzed California millionaire, his two psychotic daughters, plus blackmail, murder, corrupt wealth, secret vices, family scandal, and more.

Which will it be?  Voting is open until midnight Sunday, January 6th.

 

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions, 2013 looks to be a great year!

-Becky

Happy Birthday Arthur!

Posted by on Sun, May 22nd, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Today is the birthday of Sherlock Holmes writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In his honor, here’s a little one minute mystery for you. Can you solve it? (WARNING – They reveal the answer at the end, so if you want to challenge yourself, pause it and try to figure it out first.)