39 Steps | Mechanics' Institute

You are here

39 Steps
by John Buchan

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Richard Hannay returns to England with a fortune he earned in South Africa. When Hannay is wrongly accused of murder, he finds himself on the run, chased by both the police and a ring of spies who are intent on stealing British military secrets. To prove his innocence and also protect Britain, Hannay must solve the riddle of the 39 Steps. Originally published in 1915, The Thirty-Nine Steps is considered one of the first spy thrillers and was later made famous with Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film adaptation.


Each month, a member of Brown Bag Mystery Readers nominates a mystery novel and leads a discussion. A librarian is on-hand to facilitate the book chat and to update the group with any news. All Mechanics' Institute members are welcome to join these meetings. Brown Bag Mystery Readers meets the 2nd Monday of every month (excluding holidays).

Brown Bag Mystery Readers Book Group Meetings

Members Only; Free
4th Floor Board Room
Myles Cooper - 415-857-6721

Future Book Group Meetings

Fast Fridays

Aug 2 - 12:00pm

"The Tomb of Wrestling"
by Jo Ann Beard

World Literature

Aug 7 - 6:30pm

by Jose Saramago

World Literature
book cover

Aug 21 - 6:30pm

The Summer Book
by Tove Jannson

World Literature
book cover

Sep 4 - 6:30pm

Too Loud a Solitude
by Bohumil Hrabal

Brown Bag Mystery Readers

Sep 9 - 12:00pm

Down the River Unto the Sea
by Walter Mosley

World Literature
book cover

Sep 18 - 6:30pm

What Maisie Knew
by Henry James