A Study in Scarlet
by Arthur Conan Doyle
& The Beekeeper’s Apprentice or, On the Segregation of the Queen:by Laurie R. King
A Study in Scarlet, published in 1887, is the first book featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. It introduces early days in Baker Street and presents their first case. Focusing on Part I which is entitled “Being a reprint from the reminiscences of John H. Watson MD, late of the Army Medical Department”, we will be pairing this selection with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice which takes place later in the detective’s career. Holmes has retired to Sussex Downs to raise bees. He teams up with 15-year-old American, Mary Russell, to investigate the kidnapping of the daughter of an American senator.
The Devotion of Suspect X
by Keigo Higashino
Yasuko kills her abusive ex-husband. The only witness is Ishigami, the lonely mathematician who lives across the hall. He agrees to help her conceal the murder by devising the perfect alibi. The author concocts an ingenious cat-and-mouse game among the suspects, the police, and a brilliant physicist/police consultant who knows Ishigami and suspects he is involved.
Long Island Reads 2015
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
by Alice Hoffman
Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister owner of The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. One night Coralie stumbles upon a dashing photographer, Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father’s Lower East Side Orthodox community. Hoffman weaves her trademark magic to unite Coralie and Eddie in a tender story of young love in tumultuous times.
My Soul to Keeep
by Tananarive Due
After marrying David, Jessica becomes haunted by the violent, mysterious deaths of those close to her and discovers that her husband has traded his humanity for immortality and is invoking a forbidden ritual to keep her and their daughter with him forever.
The Husband’s Secret
by Liana Moriarty
Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecilia is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.