Discussion Groups

A Novel Idea Virtual Book Discussion

June 17 at 2:00 pm

 **Please note: Junes’s meeting will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom on June 20 at 2:00 pm. Copies of the book can be downloaded through hoopla with your Plainfield Public Library card. If you are a book club member with a library card from a neighboring library that isn’t a partner with hoopla, please contact cshelby@plainfieldpubliclibrary.org. Please register here to receive an email with login details.

June’s title is Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pund, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan’s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.

Conway’s latest tale has Atticus Pund investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

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Pinnacle Library Cooperative Online Book Club

May 4 – July 9

Download the featured book, join the discussion with a professional facilitator and engage with members just like you from the convenience and comfort of your own home. The discussion will kick off with The Burglar by Thomas Perry and runs May 4 – July 9, 2020, with four more book clubs throughout the year. Visit https://www.pbc.guru/pinnaclelibraries to sign up today!

Need help downloading the book? Visit the Online Book Club Guide for instructions.

Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief — with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by — she is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her.

As Elle realizes her knowledge of the high-profile murder has made her a target, she races to solve the case before becoming the next casualty, using her breaking-and-entering skills to uncover the truth about exactly who the victims were and why someone might have wanted them dead.

With high-stakes action and shocking revelations, The Burglar will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they barrel toward the heart-racing conclusion.

hoopla Book Club Hub

April 1 – June 30

Whether you are part of a book club or are reading along independently, the hoopla Book Club Hub can help you to make the most out of your book club experience. Each quarter, a new Spotlight Selection title is released, along with a discussion guide,  exclusive author author interviews and more.

The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai is the Spring Spotlight Selection title. To get more information, visit http://theclub.hoopladigital.com.

Years after a family is forced by Vietnam’s Communist Land Reforms to abandon their farm, a granddaughter comes of age as her loved ones depart for the Ho Chi Minh Trail. 


hoopla Graphic Novel Book Discussion

May 1 – July 1

New! Check out the hoopla Graphic Novel Book Club – perfect for teens and adults and just in time for Summer Reading!

Runaways VOL 1.: Pride & Joy by Brian K. Vaughan is the first Spotlight Selection title. For more information and to download this title, visit http://theclub.hoopladigital.com/graphicnovel.

At some point in their lives, all young people believe their parents are evil… but what if they really are? Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly, and Nico – whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn. When these six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains, the shocked teens find strength in one another. Together, they run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives – vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy.