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 January 15 at 10:30 am———-

P D James and Adam Dalgliesh

The new year finds new and exciting books coming to the Mystery Book Club. And starting it off, is P D James’ The Murder Room. This is the 12th in the series about Adam Dalgliesh, a Scotland Yard inspector who has grown from a Detective Inspector in the first book Cover Her Face to a Commander in the current book. He is the son of a rector and is a very cerebral and private individual. He is a published author – of poetry – and lives in a flat above the Thames. James has helped him grow and mature throughout the series. And it is his humanness and personality that people have come to love as he sets about solving some interesting and puzzling crimes.

Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness of Holland Park was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England on August 3, 1920. She was the daughter of a middle-grade civil servant, growing up in the university town of Cambridge. Due to a lack of financial resources, her formal education ended when she was 16 – but she never stopped learning. When she was 21, she married Ernest White, a medical student and future physician. When he returned from the war, he was mentally deranged and spent much of the rest of his life in psychiatric hospitals. To support her family (she had 2 children), she worked in hospital administration and when her husband died in 1964, she took a job as a civil servant in the criminal section of the Department of Home Affairs. She introduced Dalgliesh in her first mystery novel, Cover Her Face in 1962. This was followed by 6 more mysteries when she retired from the government in 1979 to write full time. Her prose is elegant and civilized much like her character. She was called “The Queen of Crime” and, after wrote 14 Dalgliesh novels, the last being The Private Patient in 2008. She created a female private detective in Cordelia Gray and explored the dystopian world in The Children of Men. Her last work was Death Comes to Pemberley, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, in 2011. Prior to that, she also wrote a few non-fiction works. In 1983, she was made OBE and was named a life peer in 1991. She died in her beloved Oxford on November 27, 2014 at 94.

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


2020 Mystery Book Club List


January 15:  The Murder Room by P.D. James (12th in the Adam Dalgliesh series. Cover Her Face was the 1st in the series)

February 19: The Bitter Truth by Charles Todd (3rd in the Bess Crawford series. A Duty to the Dead is the 1st in the series)

March 18: The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

April 15: Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman (10th in the Tess Monaghan series. First is Baltimore Blues)

May 20: Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman  (A chance to compare a series book with a stand-alone by the same author.)

June 17: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

July 15: The Collector’s Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro

August 19: The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters (14th in the Amelia Peabody series. 1st in series is Crocodile on the Sandbank – 1975)

September 16: In the Woods by Tana French  (1st in the Dublin Murder Squad series)

October 21: A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly (7th in the Harry Bosch series, 1st is The Black Echo)

November 18: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

December 16: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (2nd in Armand Gamache series, 1st is Still Life)

updated 12/29/19

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