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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 June 19  at 10:30 am———-

Guest Speaker: Sylvie Briber   “The Inscription in the Window”

A Little About Sylvie Briber”         

Who would have thought that winning first prize in a writing contest in Sally van Schaick’s high school creative writing class would come to have so much influence on my life?

Such things do give a bit of confidence. Never really intending to write a book, I just followed my childlike curiosity while flying on the wings of Grace’s guiding spirit. Always inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, I followed the clues and unusual happenings, writing down the fascinating things that I found out.

Looking back on my career, it was like a patchwork quilt! My love of English and writing led me to a BA in English Education from Hartwick College. My love of fabric and fashion from childhood, took me to the Fashion Institute in New York City, securing an AAS in Apparel Design. With this background I came to the Schenectady City Schools, to teach sewing and other living skills to adults at the Washington Irving Educational Center. After completing a MS in Curriculum and Instruction at SUNY Albany, I complemented my teaching with working for the State Education Department, coordinating other teachers statewide in designing, testing and writing a New York State seven module Curriculum in Adult Life Management.

Upon retirement, remembering our fondness for the Stockade, in 1995, my husband, Bob, and I moved to the historic neighborhood. In love with those old houses since fourth grade, I was delighted to become part of the Stockade Walkabout House Tour Team. My passion for English and the Stockade came together as editor of the Stockade newspaper, The Stockade Spy, a love affair that would last 19 years!

Writing this book has been a great joy for me and I hope you enjoy it, too.

And, now the book:

The Stockade is a magical place! I thrill when I walk upon the old slate sidewalks, wondering how many feet have walked upon the very same in centuries past. And as I gaze at the fanlights and sidelights of its doorways, up at the elaborate Victorian cornices, Dutch mouse-­?toothed rooflines and high gables, I feel a world of long ago. The Stockade is the old town of Schenectady, New York, founded by the Dutch in 1661. If you haven’t ever been here, I would invite you to put on your walking shoes and come for a visit. You will feel its magic, too! And, maybe like me, you may never leave! A fourth generation Schenectadian, I first fell in love with the Stockade on a fourth grade school trip. From the moment I stepped inside Mary van der Bogert’s house at 27 North Ferry Street, walked on the old, wide floor boards and stared up at the huge beams over my head, I was completely enchanted! My dream of one day living in the heart of the Stockade came true when my husband Bob and I found 23 Washington Avenue. The previous owners told of a curious inscription in our front parlor window. In lettering only 1/8 inch-­?high, it reads: “Grace T. Watkins April 22nd !883.” While discovering fascinating secrets about the inscription at the Schenectady County Historical Society across the street, I started turning them into stories, one tumbling out after another. Soon I had the idea of putting them together into a book, thinking maybe someone else might enjoy the treasure hunt just as much as I had! You will read about the dollhouse secreted away in the attic, the famous tea parties, the hidden  railroad, the old parlor portraits, and the strange story of how Daniel David Campbell (Schermerhorn) came upon his huge fortune -­? all the while meeting along the  way the many  wonderful folks of dear old Schenectady.


Questions about the book club? Email Anne Marie at with “book club” in the subject line. We’d love to have you join us.

Mystery Club Book List 2019

January 16 – The ZigZag Girl – Elly Griffiths – 1st in the Stephens & Mephisto series ( )

February 20 – The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith – 2nd in the Cormoran Strike series  ( )

March 20 – Conan Doyle for the Defense – Margalit Fox – true crime mystery  ( )

April 17 – Pieces of Her – Karin Slaughter – stand alone novel  ( )

May 15 – A Killing in the Hills – Julia Keller – 1st in the Bell Elkins series ( )

June 19 – Locked In – Marcia Muller – Sharon McCone series (

July 17- Murder at the Breakers – Alyssa Maxwell – 1st in the Newport Gilded Series ( )

August 21 – Mr. Churchill’s Secretary – Susan Elia MacNeal – 1st in the Maggie Hope Series ( )

September 18 – Notorious – Allison Brennan – 1st in the Max Revere series ( )

October 16 – The President is Missing – James Patterson & Bill Clinton –  ( )

November 20 – Turkey Trot Murder – Leslie Meier – Lucy Stone holiday murder   ( )

December 18 – Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel – Robert Parker with Helen Brann (

Updated 12/11/18