Book Club Favorites

Finding a great book for Book Club can be harder than it sounds. 

What makes a great mystery or thriller novel for a book club? Simple, it's a great read with plenty to talk about. 

These are our absolute favorite novels for book clubs, both old and new. Many of the recommendations are actual book club picks from the Crime & Beyond Book Club in Denver, CO. Others are from book clubs in California and Ohio. Still others our from our resident reference librarian. Click on the links by the covers to see reviews. 

And if your are looking for fun theme ideas when it's your turn to host, Kerry Hammond has you covered. 

We'll be updating this page with our favorites, so come on back. If you have a book club mystery or thriller novel to recommend to us, do tell in the comments. 

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

Marked for Life by Emilie Schepp.

The Travelers by Chris Pavone.

Page turner with characters battling ethical issues. 

Engrossing page turner, with plenty of room to talk about dating and moving on issues.  


Funny, contemporary and full of life. 

Originally published in the 1960s, this book transcends time - literally back to the times of Tudor England. I re-read this book every few years, I cannot put it down.  

Sometimes publishers give Mystery Playground copies of books to review. It does not guarantee a positive review or any review at all. If we don't like a book, we tend not to review it. If we did get a book from a publisher, we note it in the review. 

1 comment:

  1. I'd just like to add that many authors (myself included) thoroughly enjoy "visiting" book clubs, be that face to face or via Skype etc. As an author I love the fact that discussing a book that's been read by a book club is one of the few opportunities to talk about your entire book - including any plot twists, or even whodunit. Usually mystery authors are pitching books to audiences in such a way that we have to avoid spoilers, so getting the chance to talk about how a reader felt about the entire reading experience is refreshing. Also, many authors have discussion points/ideas for meeting themes on their websites - I know I do, and I have received many kind comments from book club members who've used those points to allow their meetings to run happily and smoothly.