I just finished the Murder-By-Month Mystery Series by Jess Lourey. So far, JDL has four - May Day, June Bug, Knee High By the Fourth of July and August Moon. The heroine, Mira, has fled the big city of Minneapolis to find bucolic ordinaryness in Battle Lake, MN as a part-time librarian and part-time reporter. Unfortunately, she has the unhappy bad luck to discover a murder every month since she hit town.
Ib July 13th, at 5:00 - 7:00 in the McIntyre Room at Carnegie, the Jane Austen Book Club will gather to discuss "Persuasion," Austen's last completed novel. Persuasion is a bittersweet look at love the second time around. It's the story of Anne Elliott who gave up her chance at love at nineteen, only to have her love come back into her life eight years later. "Unhappily unmarried at age 27, and dealing with family financial peril, hope is fading from Anne Elliot's life.
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The JA Book Club had a lively discussion last month about "Northanger Abbey," Austen's parody of the Gothic novel, a popular book form of the day. One new member had even read "The Mysteries of Udolpho," a book wildly popular then and quoted in NA, but unread by even most Austen fans. We applauded her initiative, and since I tried to finish it myself, her perserverence.