Eastern European Murder Mysteries: Time and Place | Newberry

Eastern European Murder Mysteries: Time and Place

Led by Tom Irvine. Six sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Thursdays, June 13 - July 25 (class will not meet on July 4)

6 - 7:30 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Seminar Description

When we think of mysteries, we tend to think of whodunnits set in the English countryside, thrillers unfolding in the bleak winter of Scandinavia, or detective stories involving hard-nosed New York City cops. This course will adopt a different approach, concentrating on crime novels set in Eastern Europe in order to better understand the countries where they’re set. Each week, we will read a crime novel set during a different era in a different Eastern European country in order to uncover the unique and rich literary landscapes of the region.

Six sessions. E – $210, L – $231

Tom Irvine works as a chief information officer and has a passion for crime novels and the study of history.

Materials List


  • Vilmos Kondo, Budapest Noir. Harper Paperbacks, 2012. ISBN: 978-0061859397
  • Olen Steinhauer, The Confession: A Novel. Minotaur Books, 2005. ISBN: 978-0312338152
  • Dan Fesperman, Lie in the Dark. Vintage, 2000. ISBN: 978-0375707674
  • Ilze Berzins, Riga Mortis. AuthorHouse, 2005. ISBN: 978-1420835441
  • Andrey Kurkov, The Case of the General’s Thumb. Melville International Crime, 2012. ISBN: 978-1612190600
  • Michael Genelin, Dark Dreams. Soho Crime, 2010. ISBN: 978-1569476499

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the book Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondo.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.