Unusual Suspects

Mila Kunis Leads Netflix’s Mystery Adaptation of “Luckiest Girl Alive”

Hello mystery fans! Apple TV+ is not giving me episodes of Bad Sisters fast enough! I need more dark humor women shows, especially now that we probably won’t be getting them from HBO Max anymore. Now on to the books: new releases, backlist noir, and a bunch of news!

Bookish Goods

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When you stay up all night because you need to know how the mystery is solved! $5

New Releases

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Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder (Baker Street Mystery #1) by Valerie Burns

If you’re looking to start a new cozy mystery series, here you go! Madison Montgomery comes into a three-part inheritance from her great aunt: a house, a bakery, and a giant English Mastiff. She’ll just have to move to New Bison, Michigan, which she’s down for considering she just had a public disaster she’d like to forget. What she doesn’t realize is she’ll not only need to get to know this small town, a new business, and taking care of a dog, but also solve a murder when the Mayor is murdered and the knife has Madison’s fingerprints on it…

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The Fishermen and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast by Kirk W. Johnson

The author of The Feather Thief is back with another work of narrative nonfiction! What culminates in the largest settlement in U.S. history from a citizen environmental suit started in Seadrift, Texas in the late 1970s. Vietnamese refugees arrival in the small fishing town angered the white fisherman which escalated into a self-defense shooting that put an even bigger target on the Vietnamese community, including from the KKK which promised violence if they didn’t all leave. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s all intersected with water pollution from companies and the ties of environmental justice and racial justice.

Johnson’s The Feather Thief was my first narrative nonfic that I was like “this can’t possibly be as interesting as it sells itself to be” and let me tell you it was super interesting. That book put me on the path of true crime books that were fascinating and led me to Patrick Radden Keefe‘s nonfiction so The Fisherman And The Dragon‘s audiobook (narrated by David Lee Huynh) is high on my TBR list. Especially since I love reading and watching docuseries about events in history that were never given the attention they deserved.

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Riot Recommendations

Here are two backlist titles that deal with espionage: one fiction, CIA, contemporary and the other WWII narrative nonfiction.

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Red Widow (Red Widow #1) by Alma Katsu

This is a character-driven mystery that follows not one but two CIA agents. CIA agent Lyndsey Duncan was on suspension because having an affair with an MI5 agent is a no-no. But with CIA informants dropping dead, she’s brought back in which is when she meets and gets to know CIA agent Theresa Warner, who people call “Red Widow” because her husband was murdered and she’s determined to find the killer. Clearly there is a mole in the department, but will they figure it out in time?

(TW suicide not on page, brief detail/ side character with cancer/ briefly mentions war crimes)

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A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell

This is a true story that reads like a spy thriller. American Virginia Hall was initially sidelined from participating in the war because she was a woman and had a prosthetic leg but she ended up becoming one of the spies that helped win the war–starting with her being dropped into Nazi-occupied France. This is a great biography about a woman whose story should be told and a great read for fans of secret agencies, untold stories, and fantastic audiobooks.

(TW past attempted suicide, detail/ mentions types of tortures used, details, including rape/ alcoholism)

News and Roundups

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Crime, Character, the Supernatural – a Navajo Takes Back Her Story

‘Inventing Anna’ Ignites Defamation Suit Against Netflix

Val McDermid reveals ‘Queen of Crime’ legal threat from Agatha Christie estate

Onyx Collective’s New Legal Drama ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Is Bringing the Heat

Mila Kunis Leads Netflix’s Mystery Adaptation of “Luckiest Girl Alive”

The podcast You’re Wrong About did a 3 part series about Go Ask Alice with Carmen Maria Machado (love her books) and the third part with the author of Unmask Alice, Rick Emerson.

Censorship News (Get involved in your local library and school boards/meetings, vote against book banners trying to hold these positions, actively fight book bans.)

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Few Parents Actually Opt Students Out of Florida School Library Books

Missouri Schools are Pulling Books From Libraries After New Law Criminalizing “Sexually Explicit” Material

Gender Queer Obscenity Case Dismissed in Virginia

Nora Roberts Donates 50k To Library Defunded for LGBTQ Books

The List of 300+ Books Pulled and Ranked on Queer Content in Collierville, Tennessee

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