Detective novels a welcome distraction


Lately, readers seem to be interested in detective stories and thrillers. Perhaps the time has come for something less frightening than the current events.

Author Susanne Jansson completed “Winter Water” before her death from cancer in 2019. In the book, a man who loves the sea moves with his family to a summer cottage on the island village of Orust in Sweden . But the locals seem to have issues with their presence and horrific events start to unfold, causing grief and despair.

When a former police photographer learns of the son’s disappearance and alleged drowning, she begins to investigate the incident. Together, they uncover a coincidence in the deaths of children that could point to a serial killer.

Released last week, it’s atmospheric and captivating, the second novel from a professional photographer who began her writing career with “The Forbidden Place” in 2017.

Southern high school student author

Anya Geist, a South High School sophomore and author of “Born on the First of Two,” will present her book to readers at 5 pm on December 12.

Anya Geist

The book, winner of the prestigious Stone Soup Magazine 2020 Editor’s Choice, tells the story of 11-year-old Maya who fled to Earth from her home in Cloudland. Her journey is a dangerous and time-consuming adventure, in which she explores the Earth and searches for her missing parents and her fate. The Tidepool Bookstore, 372 Chandler St., Worcester, is hosting the event. For more information, call (508) 753-2500.

Book club meetings

NOW Women’s Issues Reading Group will meet at 5 p.m. on December 16 at Tidepool Bookstore, 372 Chandler St., Worcester.

Worcester County Poetry Association will meet for an open reading at 5 p.m. on December 21 at Tidepool Bookstore, 372 Chandler St., Worcester.

Thayer Memorial Library hosts its December Adult Reading Group on December 27 at 2:30 p.m., and again at 6:30 p.m. on December 28 in the Dexter Boardroom downstairs. The book is “Problems With People” by David Guterson, 10 Funny But Wise Stories from the author of “Snow Falling on Cedar”. The stories range from the young to the elderly and focus on tender and unexpected tales of our quest to understand ourselves, individually and in the context of a political and historical moment, ”said Rachel Rosengard, deputy director of the library. Details are on the library’s Facebook page.

Joshua Hyde Public Library Travelers Chair in Sturbridge will meet on December 15 at 6 pm to discuss “The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles. The next meeting is in February. The library’s Memoir discussion group meets at 1 pm on December 14 to discuss “Comfort Me with Apples” by Ruth Reichl. The February 8 selection will be Michelle Obama’s “Becoming”.

Simon Fairfield Public Library in Douglas, will host The book club for intrepid readers at 6:30 p.m. on December 14 for a discussion on “Woodswoman” by Anne LaBastille. December 27, The bunch of books discuss “I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888” by Lauren Tarshis.

Ralph masiello, an illustrator of children’s books, will be signing the latest book in his series, “The Unicorn Drawing Book”, at an event from 1 pm to 3 pm on December 12 in Gourmet book lovers, 72 Main Street East, Webster.

Please send information about book club meetings and comments related to the book to [email protected] Read It and Reap is published on the second and last Sunday of each month.


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