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Northern Spy: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) By Flynn Berry Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735225015
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Published: Penguin Books - April 5th, 2022

I'm not usually a mystery/suspense reader but this surprised me! I was engrossed in the back and forth spy/terrorist plight sisters Tessa and Marian get into as Belfast lives on edge of the Irish Republican Army's next strike. A riveting story from an Edgar Award-winning author about where your loyalties lie, sisterhood and new motherhood, and doing what you believe to be the right thing.


Review by Emily

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Notes on an Execution: An Edgar Award Winner By Danya Kukafka Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063052741
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 24th, 2023

This is a deeply humanistic character study of a serial killer AND the people affected by his crimes. Readers know who the murderer is on page one and the other typical driving questions of who/what/when/where/why are all secondary in this book. Instead, Kukafka creates a fascinating portrait of several women who have to survive the aftermath of one man's actions. This is a wonderfully profound and empathetic thriller. 


Review by Kalani

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A Certain Hunger By Chelsea G. Summers Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781951213435
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Published: Unnamed Press - October 18th, 2021

Dorothy is a fortysomething food critic that gives a whole new meaning to the word maneater. The descriptions of food are indulgent and decadent. Her tastes are highbrow but the fictional memoir style confessional brings you back down, in on the not-so-secret secret. Read it for the power and the quiet insanity, the tricks she pulls off and the ones she doesn't. 

 


Review by Emily

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A Lesson in Vengeance By Victoria Lee Cover Image
$18.99
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ISBN: 9780593305829
Published: Delacorte Press - August 3rd, 2021

Dark academia and murder and witches, oh my! Felicity Morrow feels ready to return to school after a tragic accident, but when she finds herself tangled up with the elusive teen prodigy Ellis Haley, Felicity will have to face the darkest parts of herself before moving on. Between the atmospheric setting and gorgeous writing, I couldn't put this book down. Part fantasy, part thriller, A Lesson in Vengeance is guaranteed to lure you in and keep you entranced.



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Did I Say You Could Go By Melanie Gideon Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982142124
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - August 3rd, 2021

Wow, Melanie Gideon DID NOT say you could go!  Not until you’ve read every single page, until the very conclusion, of this twisted tale of female friendship. A decade ago, Gemma and Ruth bonded as the only single mothers in their daughters’ kindergarten class. It was the four of them against the world with Ruth providing the economic stability and Gemma the emotional support.  But Bee and Marley are freshmen now, and things change, people grow apart, don’t they?  Not if Ruth has anything to say about it.


Review by Deborah

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He Started It By Samantha Downing Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451491763
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Published: Berkley - April 20th, 2021

If you believe you've ever taken the road trip from hell, you haven't traveled cross-country with the Morgan siblings.  Grandpa, now a box of ashes in the trunk, possessed a substantial estate, and in order to inherit, Eddie, Portia and Beth must recreate the family road trip he took them on 20 years ago.  Complete with seedy motels, quirky landmarks, incessant bickering and more varieties of crime than you can imagine.  Don't expect a nostalgic trip down memory lane from this family, "He Started It" is an outrageously entertaining battle royale to determine who will be the last Morgan standing.


Review by Deborah

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Three Hours in Paris (A Kate Rees WWII Novel #1) By Cara Black Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781641292580
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Published: Soho Crime - March 30th, 2021

Cara Black has entertained us for over twenty years with her series featuring Aimee Ledue, a young, stylish PI who knows 1990's Paris inside and out. Who better to write a World War II thriller set in Paris starring young American widow Kate Rees who has been selected by the British and trained as a sniper with one goal: to assassinate Hitler on his brief, 3 hour stop in Paris.

If you love mysteries but also enjoy The Nightingale or The Alice Network, Cara Black has written a book for you! 


Review by Deborah

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His & Hers: A Novel By Alice Feeney Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250266095
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 30th, 2021

There is a complex web surrounding the characters in "His & Hers" stretching back twenty years to the night five sixteen year-old girls went into the woods together and two of them came out changed forever.  Now the sticky strings of the we have reached out and ensnared the grown women those girls have become.  Ringleader Rachel Hopkins has been killed in the very same woods and on the scene is BBC presenter Anna Andrews, one of the five original friends, as well as DCI Jack Harper who also has reasons to want Rachel dead.  Told in alternating chapters, "His & Hers" will keep you guessing until the very end.


Review by Deborah

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The Lost Village: A Novel By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by) Cover Image
By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250803290
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 22nd, 2022

In the hot summer of 1959, all but two of the 800 inhabitants of the remote mining town of Silvertjarn, Sweden disappeared without a trace.  Only a crying newborn and the village outcast, stoned to death in the square, remained.  Now documentary filmmaker Alice and her crew of frenemies, several with ties to the region, have come to investigate.  But the evil that occupied Silvertjarn sixty years ago has not faded with time.  A spooky, atmospheric Nordic thriller that will keep you turning the pages!


Review by Deborah

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The Wife Upstairs: A Novel By Rachel Hawkins Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250245502
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 2nd, 2021

Meet orphan, Jane, whose hardscrabble life has amazingly led her to the steps of the palatial Thornfield Estates and the arms of broodingly handsome Eddie Rochester (who may have his previous wife imprisoned upstairs!).  If this sounds vaguely familiar, don't worry if it's been a while since you read "Jane Eyre."  You can enjoy this clever, fast-paced thriller and review the classic when you're finished.  Then you can truly delight in Rachel Hawkins' witty nod to Charlotte Bronte's masterpiece.


Review by Deborah

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