A Date to Die by Ann Laughlin:
Kay Adler is a hardworking Chicago detective who seeks justice for the victims of murder. She has one close friend, no lovers, and a difficult family. Her life is her work. If she drinks enough on her off hours, it suits her just fine.
When people she knows start dying, her team works to track down the killer. He’s a master of disguise and impossible to find, and she must look at uncomfortable parts of her past to find a suspect. She finds two. She’s removed from the case because of her personal involvement and is replaced by Detective Jamie Sidwell, a woman with whom she has a troubled relationship. Their uneasy alliance takes them places they never would have guessed, but their bond is tested when the killer turns his sights on Kay.
Playing with Matches by Lacey Schmidt:
Dr. Augusta, Gus, Stuart has devoted her adult life to supporting the mental health of disadvantaged children. A move to head a new clinic in San Antonio prompts her to realize she should do something to build her romantic well-being. Her foray into the world of Internet dating dashes her hopes of finding a reasonable happy-ever-after partner. Desperate for one good date, she lets a friend set her up with her “perfect” match. That date, with the very contrary Callia Alexana, proves to be the most vexing of all. Their prickly debates are somehow as unexpectedly fascinating as playing with matches, and Gus reconsiders what preconceptions she is willing to burn to find true love. But will she get burnt instead?
If you can’t make it tonight, we look forward to seeing you in January!