107 NE Monroe Peoria, Illinois 61602-1070

Book 'Em

Book 'Em Mystery Readers Discussion Group

The history of Book 'Em

Book 'Em began in January of 1995 with the reading of the will of a fictional wealthy recluse and mystery buff, Orson W. Klingelmeyer. Our fictional benefactor, who enjoyed all types of mysteries  from the classics to the thrillers, to the hometown cozies, to the psychotics and exotics, to detective and police work in many different countries and lifestyles, wanted to bring together people who enjoyed reading and discussing mysteries. Mr. Klingelmeyer left us $1.37 to start a discussion group that would be called "Book 'Em," and entrusted us to pass on this legacy. 

20th Year Celebration – 2015 -  We celebrated the completed writing of our own mystery book – Murder on Whiskey Row.  The book sales were a memorial fundraiser for the Friends of the Peoria Public Library in honor of our founder, Joyce Welsch. The book may be found at several local area libraries.

Who We Are

We are a fun mystery reader’s book club. It is not necessary to have read the book from the monthly selection to participate in the discussion, and have fun.

We meet

  • 3rd Sunday of every month at Lakeview Branch Library at 1137 W. Lake Avenue, 61614, Peoria, (309) 497-2200.
  • Time is from 2 - 4 p.m. If there is a special program, the time could be adjusted. You are always welcome to come a little earlier or stay a little later to chat.
  • All changes - date, time, and location are determined at the end of the year with the book selection and printed on the Book ‘Em bookmark.
  • If there are any changes that occur during the year, members are notified if possible, the month before, or by mail, or email.
  • Our book discussions are led by different members each month. After the discussion, we rate how good a discussion the book generated (not how we liked the book).
  • We read a Christmas mystery for December, have treats and socialize.

Book 'Em offers you the following:

  • A chance to meet interesting people who share the love of mysteries.
  • Suggestions for ideas for future books or authors to read.
  • Information on mystery events, authors and books.
  • Occasional guest speakers: authors, professionals related to subject matter
  • Bookmarks printed just for our group.

Contact us

·         Book 'Em Mystery Readers Discussion Group
Peoria Public Library – Lakeview Branch
For information call: 309-697-2451 or 657-6450


2018 Reading List

January 21: The Sentry by Robert Crais

February 18: Deep Dark by Laura Griffin

March 18: Night Life by David Taylor

April 15: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

May 20: A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley

June 17: One Step Behind by Henning Mankell

July 15: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

August 19: The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams

September 16: Dying for Mercy by Mary Jane Clark

October 21: Dark Places by Gillan Flynn

November 18: Agent X by Noah Boyd

December 16: Merry Christmas Alex Cross by James Patterson