Wonderlust Mystery Series

Beginning this Fall 2021 the Wonderlust Mystery Series delves into real life mysteries with True Crime! We will read some classics of the genre, as well as recent stories that use modern forensic techniques like DNA to catch actual killers. True crime gives us insight into the psychology of killers and investigators, as well as letting us examine good versus evil in our own world.

The Wonderlust Mystery bookclub meets virtually via Webex - visit https://eu.courses.montana.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=20FWLMYST&publish=ANYWAY to register!

Discussion Leader - Wendy Blake is a bookseller at the Country Bookshelf. She loves to read mysteries and recommend them to her customers. Wendy has A B.S. in Biology from University of Wisconsin, a M.S. in Genetics from the University of Colorado, and a law degree from the University of Houston. 

Meeting Dates:

September 16 - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
October 21 - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
November 18 -  Furious Hours by Casey Cep
January 20 - Yellow Bird by Sierra Crane Murdoch
February 17 - Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
March 17 - The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
April 21 - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
May 19 - The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

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In Cold Blood (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679745587
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Published: Vintage - February 1st, 1994

The most famous true crime novel of all time, In Cold Blood is the bestseller that haunted its author long after he finished writing it.

"Chills the blood and exercises the intelligence ... harrowing." —The New York Review of Books

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679751526
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 1999

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981.  Was it murder or self-defense?  For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares.  John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engros

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101972052
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Published: Vintage - September 29th, 2020

This “superbly written true-crime story” (Michael Lewis, The New York Times Book Review) masterfully brings together the tales of a serial killer in 1970s Alabama and of Harper Lee, the beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird, who tried to write his story.

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Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399589171
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 16th, 2021

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it—an urgent work of literary journalism.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375725609
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Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2004

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The true tale of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and the cunning serial killer who used the magic and majesty of the fair to lure his victims to their death.

The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501139147
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Published: Gallery Books - November 6th, 2018

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Rule, “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews), her unforgettable classic account of the horrifying murders in the Pacific Northwest and her shock when she discovered her friend—Ted Bundy—was not only a suspect but also one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780062319791
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2019




The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250080554
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 8th, 2018

"Complex and challenging... push[es] the boundaries of writing about trauma." —The New York Times
“A True Crime Masterpiece” – Vogue
Entertainment Weekly "Must" List and Best Books of the Year So Far
Real Simple's Best New Books
Guardian Best Book of the Year
Lambda Literary Award Winner
Chautauqua Prize Winner