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Seg. 1: Local Response To Pittsburgh Shooting. Seg. 2: Bibliofiles: Mysteries.

Segment 1: How should we respond to violent acts of hatred?

On Saturday, a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We talk with leaders in Kansas City's Jewish community about this act of violence, including ways to heal and prevent this from happening again in the future.

Segment 2, beginning at 19:51: The world of mystery novels.

From classic whodunits with teenage detectives to dark and creepy murders, the mystery genre has something for everyone. We talk with the Bibliofiles about the history of literary mysteries and what makes them so appealing to read again and again. We also get their recommendations of their favorite crime solvers.

Mark Luce, The Barstow School

  • "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett
  • "The Big Sleep" by Raymond Chandler

Jeffrey Ann Goudie, freelance journalist and book critic

  • "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie
  • "Ways to Disappear" by Idra Novey
  • "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich
  • "The Calder Game" by Blue Balliett

Kaite Stover, director of Readers' Services, Kansas City Public Library

  • "Kansas City Noir" edited by Steve Paul
  • "Nightingale" by Amy Lukavics
  • "The Force" by Don Winslow
  • "Nice Girls Finish Last" by Sparkle Hayter

KCUR staff recommendations:

David Fulk

  • "Three Pines Mystery" series by Louise Penny
  • "Charlotte and Thomas Pitt" series by Anne Perry
  • "Maisie Dobbs Mystery" series by Jacqueline Winspear

Dan Margolies

  • "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James

Kathleen Connagan-Gross

  • "Lady Darby Mystery" series by Anna Lee Huber

Steve Kraske

  • "Three Investigators" series by Robert Arthur and Mary Virginia Carey

Cody Newill

  • "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco
  • "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco
Gina Kaufmann is the host of Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.