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Who Done It? Mystery Book Club

Thursday, July 16th @ 11 AM via Zoom


North of Boston book coverDo you love mysteries? Join this lively club! The Mystery Book Club has chosen North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo for their next meetingThursday, July 16th at 11 am via Zoom.  All are welcome to join us.  Please email us at and we will email you a Zoom invite.  Click here to order a copy.

Meet Pirio Kasparov—a Boston-bred, tough-talking girl with an acerbic wit and a moral compass that points due north.

When the lobster boat Pirio is on is rammed by a freighter and sinks within minutes, she is left to drown in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. Against all odds, she manages to survive four hours before being rescued by the Coast Guard. But the boat’s owner, Ned, is not so lucky.

The tragedy leaves Pirio deeply unnerved.  Compelled to look after Noah, the son of the late Ned and her alcoholic friend, Thomasina, Pirio can’t shake the lurking suspicion that the boat’s sinking was no accident. It’s a suspicion seconded by her deeply cynical Russian-immigrant father, who, haunted by a secret past, tells her that nothing is ever what it seems. As Pirio searches for answers in the seedy bar rooms and on the fishing docks of Boston, she is drawn into relationships with an unstable former boyfriend and an enigmatic insurance investigator who vie with each other to gain her trust. Then the United States Navy, hearing of her record-breaking cold water survival, pressures her to become a test subject in their research on human endurance in extreme conditions.

With her friends – including ten-year-old Noah – in increasing danger, Pirio is forced to take a high-risk gamble to expose a lethal plot. Her  journey takes her from the lavish salons of a super yacht where a deadly betrayal awaits her, to a remote Inuit settlement, and finally to a narrow inlet in the Canadian arctic where she faces the ultimate challenge: to trust herself.

Rich with atmospheric chills, North of Boston is a gripping literary thriller starring an extraordinary heroine. Elisabeth Elo is a big new discovery in the world of female suspense—and Pirio Kasparov is darkly edgy, compellingly damaged, and impossible to forget. - From the author's website

G.A.R. Book Group

Monday, July 6th @ 6:30 PM


This group usually meets on the first Monday of each month. The next meeting will be Monday, July 6th at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome to join. The July selection is The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg.

"Arthur, a widower, meets Maddy, an angry and friendless teenage girl, while visiting his late wife at the cemetary, where he goes every day for lunch. Against all odds, the two strike up a friendship that pulls them out of a serious rut. They band together with Arthur's nosy neighbor Lucille, to create lives that are truly worth living. Proving that life's most precious moments are sweeter when shared, they go from strangers, to friends, to an untraditional but loving family. Betrayal, loneliness, romance and family are at the heart of this honey of a book, a must-read for fans of Elizabeth Berg's early work. This is a story about life being affirmed at all ages, old and young, and about finding hapiness when hope seems lost."-- Provided by publisher

August's selection will be The Water Dancer by Ta Ne-Hisi Coates

Book Club Kits

Over 300 Book Club Kits are available through the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium.

Standard Book Club Kits include 15 paperback books, a discussion guide, and a sign-out sheet in an easy-to-carry canvas tote bag. There are often other resources included such as a DVD, large print copies and/or an audiobook. Check the Contents note found in the full display of each kit.

You can use KitKeeper to select and reserve a Book Club Kit for your book club. All you need is a library card in good standing from an MVLC library. Those who run multiple book clubs each year will be happy to know that reservations for specific kits can be made up to two years in advance.