Generally in the public library setting we don’t really go in for thrills, chills and spills. A warm, well-lit space with people quietly reading, kids doing homework (or goofing around), strangers and friends discussing books: that’s about our speed. Except on the first and third Monday of each month at the Central Library, when we turn over the auditorium to some very dicey dealings indeed, during our lunch hour storytime for grown-ups: Thrilling Tales. This Spring we have a nice mix of murder, robbery, classic sleuthing and bizarre happenings straight out of the Twilight Zone. Here’s what’s coming up:
- Monday, March 18. Sometimes Something Goes Wrong, by Stuart M. Kaminsky. You know what they say, when you have a lousy day at work, at least nobody died, unless you’re a surgeon or an air traffic controller. Or a stick up man.
- Monday, April 1. The Hammer of God, by G.K. Chesterton. When an atheist is struck dead in the village cathedral, who better to solve this perplexing mystery than that unassuming yet most perceptive little cleric, Father Brown.
- Monday, April 15. Alita in the Air, by Martha Soukup. Some flights can seem endless. And some actually are. Also It’s a Hard World, by Andrew Vachss. “Now boarding at gate 20: predators and their prey.”
- Monday, May 6. Gone Fishing, by Jeffery Deaver. When he goes on his fishing trips, little Jessie can’t seem to get over the irrational fear that her daddy will wind up one someone else’s hook.
- Monday, May 20. The Stolen Cigar Case, by Bret Harte. Never fear: the great Hemlock Jones is on the case, and the solution is Elementary! Very.
- Monday, June 3. The Midnight El, by Robert Weinberg. Supernatural detective Sidney Taine hops a phantom train for the ride of his life.
- Monday, June 17. Remains to be Seen, by Jack Ritchie. They’d always been such good neighbors, but you know what homicide can do to property values. Also Forever After, by Jim Thompson. ‘Til Death do us part.