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The Game’s Afoot


A booklist for: The Game’s Afoot
Production dates: January 30 – February 8, 2015

This is a booklist created by Gere Branch library staff to accompany the stage production of The Game’s Afoot at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.

The Game’s Afoot is a comical farce, written by American playwright and director Ken Ludwig, who is perhaps best known for such plays as Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, and musical Crazy For You. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

For an entirely Sherlockian booklist visit Lincoln City Libraries’ online BookGuide resources and look for the list called “Elementary…

book coverSherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories
by Arthur Conan Doyle [Doyle Vol 1 and Vol 2]

Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two volumes, this new Bantam edition presents all 56 short stories and 4 novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero — a truly complete collection now available in paperback!

book coverA Comedy of Heirs
by Rett MacPherson [MacPherson]

The December annual O’Shea family reunion is just kicking off when genealogist and town historian Torie O’Shea discovers a bad apple in her family tree. Someone has sent her several newspaper clippings reporting a fifty-year-old unsolved murder. The dead man is her great-grandfather-shot on his own front porch while his family was trapped inside

book coverAvalanche: A Sheriff Bo Tully mystery
by Patrick McManus [McManus]

When the call comes in that Mike Wilson, the unlikable owner of the fancy West Branch Lodge, has gone missing, Sheriff Bo Tully is delighted. He’ll have to stay at the lodge and investigate in luxury! But when an avalanche traps him there for the foreseeable future, along with his retired sheriff father, a motley group of vacationers, and a naughty old flame, life starts to get complicated.

book coverA Curtain Falls
by Stefanie Pintoff [Pintoff]

1906. When a chorus girl is found dead on a Broadway stage, dressed in the leading lady’s costume, Mulvaney knows that news of a possible serial killer would be potentially disastrous to the burgeoning theater world.

book coverThe Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories
edited by Otto Penzler [813.08 Pen]

Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects eighty-three wonderful stories about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, published over a span of more than a hundred years.

book coverThe Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
edited by Otto Penzler [813.08 Pen]

Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories–many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else.

book coverThe Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries
edited by Otto Penzler [813.08 Pen]

Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler has collected 68 of the all-time best impossible crime stories from almost 200 years of the genre. In addition to the many classic examples of the form – a case of murder in a locked room or otherwise inaccessible place, solved by a brilliant sleuth – this collection expands the definition of the locked room to include tales of the unbelievable thefts and incredible disappearances.

book coverMurder in the Dark: A Phryne Fisher mystery
by Kerry Greenwood [Greenwood]

Phryne Fisher must save the attendants of 1928’s most stylish party from murder in this Australian caper.

book coverCareless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby
by Sarah Bartlett Churchwell [813 FitYc]

Careless People is a unique literary investigation: a gripping double narrative that combines a forensic search for clues to an unsolved crime and a quest for the roots of America’s best loved novel. Overturning much of the received wisdom of the period, Careless People blends biography and history with lost newspaper accounts, letters, and newly discovered archival materials. With great wit and insight, acclaimed scholar of American literature Sarah Churchwell reconstructs the events of that pivotal autumn, revealing in the process new ways of thinking about Fitzgerald’s masterpiece.

book coverMurder for Christmas (a.k.a. “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas“)
by Agatha Christie [Christie]

It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered when the tyrannical Simeon Lee is found dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. When Hercule Poirot offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man.

book coverMurder at Longbourn: A Mystery
by Tracy Kiely [Kiely]

Invited to join her Aunt Winnie for a How to Host a Murder Party on New Year’s Eve at Winnie’s new Cape Cod B and B, Elizabeth Parker must unearth old secrets and new motives in order to clear her beloved aunt of suspicion when the local wealthy miser ends up the unscripted victim.

book coverRecipe for Murder: Frightfully Good Food Inspired by Fiction
by Estérelle Payany [641.5 Pay]

Thirty-two great hero-villains of literature lure the reader into the kitchen to sample their signature recipes. Estérelle Payany shares to-die-for recipes inspired by scoundrels from popular literature. Each chapter opens with an excerpt from the original story and quirky illustrations by Jean-François Martin featuring the criminal and his recipe. The Big Bad Wolf roasts three little pigs in their blankets while Snow White’s stepmother concocts bewitching caramel apples. The Queen of Hearts orders Alice to eat treacle tart while Long John Silver stocks the galley with sea biscuits.

book coverSong of the Thin Man
[DVD Song]

At a charity gambling benefit aboard the S.S. Fortune, the tables are hot, the jazz is hotter and before you know it, a bandleader’s body is growing cold. They’re playing your song Nick & Nora Charles!

thirteenatdinnerdvdThirteen for Dinner (a.k.a. “Lord Edgeware Dies“)
based on the novel by Agatha Christie [DVD Christie]

Match wits with Poirot in a mystery at a dinner party turned deadly.

Created in partnership with the Lincoln Community Playhouse by ka/Gere Branch Jan 2015 | Modified for use on BookGuide by sdc/bmpl