Search the Catalog

Gale Virtual Research Library

Book Club

Library Book Clubs
Once again the Cohoes Public Library will be offering a Mystery book club for readers! This club is hosted by Anne Marie Koschnick and is free and open to the public. The Mystery Book Club meets on  the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 am.


COMING September 19, 2018———-

Visit “The Crossing Places” at the Mystery Book Club


Mystery readers are enthralled with forensic sciences. The “CSI effect,” as it has become known, has drawn many readers into a story and the forensic scientist has become a favorite of these readers. Joining the ranks of these favorite characters (think Dr. Temperance Brennan, Dr. Kay Scarpetta) is Dr. Ruth Galloway, a forensic archeologist from England who is called in to identify the bones of a missing child. This is a case that DCI Harry Nelson has been haunted by for years and he has been receiving bizarre notes quoting Shakespeare and the Bible. Dr. Galloway’s experience is a “God’s send” to DCI Nelson as he struggles to put the case to rest.

Elly Griffiths is the pen name of Domenica de Rosa. Born in London, but growing up in Brighton, she was 11 when she wrote her first book, a murder mystery set in Rottingdean, near her village. She worked towards being a writer by reading (studying) English at King’s College London, worked in a library, for a magazine and then as a publicity assistant at HarperCollins, eventually becoming Editorial Director for children’s books there. When she went on maternity leave in 1998, she wrote her first published novel “The Italian Quarter” under her real name. Three other books about Italy, family & identity. When her husband, Andy, gave up his job to become an archaeologist, they were visiting Norfolk and talking about how the marshes were neither land nor sea. This sparked the plot and character of the Dr. Ruth Galloway books. Her agent suggested she get a “crime” name and Elly Griffiths was born.

Now we have the opportunity to meet and greet this character and see how her saga begins with “The Crossing Places” at the Mystery Book Club on September 19 at 10:30 am. Join us and tell us how Dr. Ruth compares to the other famous forensic scientist you’ve read.




Questions regarding the club may be directed to Anne Marie at with “book club” in the subject line.

2018 Mystery Book Club List

January 17           Dead Aim                                                          Iris Johansen

February 21        Forgotten Affairs of Youth                             Alexander McCall Smith

March 21             A Dangerous Mourning (#2 in Monk)         Anne Perry

April 18                 Gun Games                                                        Faye Kellerman

May 16                 The Magpie Murders                                        Anthony Horowitz

June 20                The Lighthouse                                                 P. D. James

July 18                  N is for Noose (or S is for Silence)               Sue Grafton

August 15            Borderlines (Joe Gunther #2)                        Archer Mayor

September 19    The Crossing Places                                          Elly Griffiths

October 17          A Simple Murder                                              Eleanor Kuhns

November 21                     Off for Thanksgiving

December 19       6 Geese A-Slaying                                             Donna Andrews




On October 17, at 6 pm at the Cohoes Public Library, we are proud to present local mystery writer Catherine Bruns. Catherine is a USA Today best selling author of four different cozy mystery series – Cookies & Chance about a bakery in the Buffalo area, the Cindy York real estate series set in Upstate NY, and the Carrie Jorgenson series featuring a waitress new to Hawaii. Two of the series are culinary themed and feature delicious original recipes. Catherine also has a new series, the Italian Cook Mysteries, debuting with Sourcebooks next year. Sourcebooks is the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in the U.S.

Catherine grew up in Latham and has many ties with Cohoes. A graduate of Russell Sage, her love of writing mysteries began as a child. Check her out at and come and meet her in person to discuss her process, her books and how she gets her inspiration. Updates can be found at or at the