Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown-ups" is comprised of gripping short stories for a grown-up audience that are expertly read aloud from 12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. on select Mondays of the month at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636

Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates. Brown bag lunches and knitting are welcome. Doors open at 11:40 a.m. Stories start at 12:05 p.m. and are finished no later than 12:50 p.m.

This month's stories will include:

12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 - "The Plot" by Jeffery Deaver. When a best-selling thriller writer dies, millions of readers are saddened, but one fan with a badge smells a rat and sets out to unravel the story behind his supposed heart attack.

12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 - "The Turn of the Tide" by C.S. Forester. Time and tide wait for no man - not even a murderer! The great nautical adventure writer turns his hand to homicide, with a salty twist.