• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Tuesday, March 29, 2022

“Tea Time Cozies” Mystery Book Club

You are invited to join the Walkertown Branch Library’s cozy mystery book club, the “Tea Time Cozies.” Library staff and other mystery lovers will meet for a monthly discussion of a selected cozy mystery title and a nice cup of tea.

Cozies are a sub-genre of mysteries that feature an amateur detective who attempts to solve a community-based mystery. Add quirky characters, red herrings, an animal companion or two, maybe a food or library theme, and potentially a sleuthing cozy companion…and voila! A cozy mystery.

We'll be meeting every 4th Wednesday of the month, starting at 4 p.m., at the Walkertown Branch Library. Registration is suggested but not required.

This Month

  • Meeting: May 25 at 4 p.m.

Death by Dumpling: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien

The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that helping wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband.

Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead?after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy?to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out?it’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order. . . before her own number is up.

Next Month

  • Meeting: June 22 at 4 p.m.

Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

It's 1942 and Willowjean "Will" Parker is a scrappy circus runaway whose knife-throwing skills have just saved the life of New York's best, and most unorthodox, private investigator, Lillian Pentecost. When the dapper detective summons Will a few days later, she doesn't expect to be offered a life-changing proposition: Lillian's multiple sclerosis means she can't keep up with her old case load alone, so she wants to hire Will to be her right-hand woman. In return, Will is to receive a salary, room and board, and training in Lillian's very particular art of investigation.

Three years later, Will and Lillian are on the Collins case: Abigail Collins was found bludgeoned to death with a crystal ball following a big, boozy Halloween party at her home—her body slumped in the same chair where her steel magnate husband shot himself the year before. With rumors flying that Abigail was bumped off by the vengeful spirit of her husband (who else could have gotten inside the locked room?), the family has tasked the detectives with finding answers where the police have failed.

But that's easier said than done in a case that involves messages from the dead, a seductive spiritualist, and Becca Collins—the beautiful daughter of the deceased, who Will quickly starts falling for. When Will and Becca's relationship dances beyond the professional, Will finds herself in dangerous territory, and discovers she may have become the murderer's next target.


Like to read ahead? Here's a sneak peak at the upcoming titles

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