My Favorite Crime Book Club

My Favorite Crime Book Club

Do you love a good whodunit? Join others who have a similar interest in true crime at our book club! Each month we will read and discuss a true crime, non-fiction title from the library's collection. Meetings are scheduled for the 1st Sunday of the Month at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Tower Road Branch Library.

Book club copies of the current title will be available for checkout at the Tower Road Branch Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. To confirm availability, please call 352-333-2840 or email Sabrina. We will also try to make copies available in eBook/eAudiobook formats on Libby whenever possible.

Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century book cover, black and white photo of two teenage girls' faces

Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham

Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m. | Tower Road Branch - Meeting Room

"On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme, better known as bestselling mystery writer Anne Perry, and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline’s mother, Honora. Half an hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Pauline’s mother had had an accident. But when Honora Parker was found in a pool of blood with the brick used to bludgeon her to death close at hand, Juliet and Pauline were quickly arrested, and later confessed to the killing. Their motive? A plan to escape to the United States to become writers, and Honora’s determination to keep them apart. Their incredible story made shocking headlines around the world and would provide the subject for Peter Jackson’s Academy Award nominated film, Heavenly Creatures.

A sensational trial followed, with speculations about the nature of the girls’ relationship and possible insanity playing a key role. Among other things, Parker and Hulme were suspected of lesbianism, which was widely considered to be a mental illness at the time. This mesmerizing book offers a brilliant account of the crime and ensuing trial and shares dramatic revelations about the fates of the young women after their release from prison. With penetrating insight, this thorough analysis applies modern psychology to analyze the shocking murder that remains one of the most interesting cases of all time." (Amazon)

Upcoming Meetings

July 7 - On the Farm by Stevie Cameron

August 4 - While Idaho Slept by J. Reuben Appelman

September 1 - We Were Once A Family by Roxanna Asgarian

You can also take a look at what true crime titles we currently have in our library's collection. To catch up on past book club titles, check out this list.

Interested in other book clubs? The Alachua County Library District has several. You can find more information on our Book Clubs page.

By Sabrina on May 26, 2024