Start a Mystery Book Review Club
All you whodunit mysteries fans - get ready! A mystery book review club might be just the thing youre looking to start!
With a Twist!
Who doesn't love a good mystery and suspense book? Whether its your favorite genre or what you read when you need to take a break from the
drama, creating a few good mystery book lists to choose titles from will keep you able to solve the whodunit with no problem!
How to Start a Mystery Book Review Club
Find 3 other people who love mystery, murder, suspense, and thrills. The murder mystery book club is not for the faint of heart!
Choose a book from one of the popular mystery book lists. My personal favorites are Kay Hooper, Perri OShaungnessy, and Janet Gleeson. These are especially good authors if youre interested in keeping up with a particular character or time period.
Follow the book club guidelines to set up your meeting and hosting schedule and for all other general rules relating to starting a book club.
Read your book but don't spoil it for each other by talking about it before your meeting!
How to Host a Mystery Book Review Club
The big twist with the mystery and thriller book club is in the hosting.
Your meeting will start off with a quick discussion of your chosen book. However, due to the style of a mystery book, your discussion will
be short and sweet.
And since your group most likely formed because you love to solve whodunit mysteries, you'll play a murder mystery dinner party game!
Mystery Dinner - How to Host
Here's where the fun starts!
- Each member of the mystery and thriller club gets to invite a friend! The only requirement is that the person you invite has to love playing games! You generally want to have 8-10 people for the game. Its up to your group how you set it up. Your invitees can come to the whole meeting, including the book discussion, or they can just come about an hour into the meeting when youre ready to get the game started.
- The host buys the game. Best place to buy is on the web. We recommend Dinner And A Murder because they have a ton of great info and fair prices.
- Follow the directions for hosting a murder mystery. A good game will include a detailed how to host a mystery dinner which leaves no room for questioning what you need to do.
Other Ideas for a Mystery Book Review Club
Of course this is a TON of work! Here are a few other less involved ideas for running a mystery book club.
- Choose a mystery author. Read 4 books by that author. Discuss three main topics - (1) Did each book have its own twist? (2) Were you able to guess the outcome by the fourth book because they were all so similar? (3) What set this mystery writer apart from others?
- Choose a type of mystery. For example - time period mystery, thriller, murder, supernatural - and have each member read one book of this type. At your meeting give out mystery book awards to each book. Switch the books around. Keep this set until everyone in the group has read each book. Then have a meeting to discuss the positive and negative points of each.
- Try a variation of the above murder mystery dinner party. Host one every four months (or an agreed upon time frame). They really are too much fun to pass up!
However you decide to twist your mystery book review club, they are extremely interactive and exciting!
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