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BBC Adapting Holly Jackson’s ‘Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ As A Series

Hi mystery fans! My good news for this week is I just finished two books I was highly anticipating that I really enjoyed: Undercover Latina by Aya de León (great audiobook narrator!) and Exiles by Jane Harper. And Liberty Hardy started a patreon newsletter about books which will certainly murder everyone’s TBR. Now let’s chat new releases, fictional true crime podcasts, news and roundups!

Bookish Goods

a book sleeve made of halloween printed fabric with a stack of 6 other fabric choices

Halloween Book Sleeve by Bellandthreads

Keep your book snuggly with Halloween vibes (6 fabric choices). $17

New Releases

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The Darkness of Others by Cate Holahan

Here’s a pandemic lockdown mystery for readers who did not just yell “too soon!” and are looking for a psychological thriller. Imani and Philip Banks’s family live in Brooklyn Heights and have a great life when the pandemic lockdown begins and Philip’s restaurant closes. Their temporary solution is to rent out the extra room in their townhouse. It seems like a win for all, especially the new tenant Tonya Sayre. Tonya is a struggling actress, mother of a teen, and afraid of her child’s father. But as soon as Tonya is late on payment, the Banks start thinking she must be a con artist and soon Imani is even convinced she killed a neighborhood family…

cover image of Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn; illustration of a hand holding a big knife, with a bracelet on the wrist

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

If you want a fun crime book, run to this one. Deanna Raybourn is an automatic read for me since I adore her Veronica Speedwell series and I love seeing her create something totally different while also keeping her fantastic humor. This is the story about a group of women assassins that were trained in the ’70s. You get their past stories along with their current story: now in their 60s, they are taking a cruise together only to discover there is a hit out to kill them — rude! Naturally a group of smart and trained assassins are going to fight back! This is smart, fun, and funny and a great book to curl up with if you love cheering for a group of women to kick ass.

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Riot Recommendations

And now for fans of fictional true crime podcasts in books!

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The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson

This is a horror book with mass appeal for fans of mysteries — especially since the format has a true crime podcast in the present trying to figure out how and why mostly an entire town was murdered the night of its first integrated prom. And no, this is not a historical fiction — segregated proms existed in the 21st century by having them hosted privately off campus by parents and students. So the reader gets the podcast, articles, and interviews of those who survived in the present while also taking us back to 2014 where we meet Maddy Washington attending high school in a small town in Georgia. Forced to do so by her white father, she’s been passing for white all her life until recently after an incident that goes viral placing an even bigger target on her back… I loved this book, which is a perfect fall read if you’re a mood reader, and as a retelling of Carrie, I found it better than the original source. I said what I said 🙂

Bonus: The audiobook has a multicast narration by JD Jackson, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Joy Nash, Christopher Salazar, Karen Malina White.

(TW child abuse/ brief mention past parent cancer death/ bullying/ racism/ police brutality/ brief suicide, detail)

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Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke

For fans of thrillers, fictional serial killers, and author Michelle McNamara. Elle Castillo went from being a social worker to a very popular true crime podcast host. For her current season, she chooses a case that has haunted her: a serial killer who murders using a numeral pattern that starts with the first victim being 21 and moves younger in age with every killing. She goes to meet up with a listener who has a tip only to find him dead… This was an under-the-radar book from last year that I think would be a huge hit for many readers, especially if you’re up for a page-turner that will keep you up late at night.

(TW infertility briefly recounted/ child murders/ child abuse/ sex offender investigated, crime not on page/ panic attacks/ past murder faked as suicide recounted, detail)

News and Roundups

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Lovely art print available for those who preorder Blackmail and Bibingka by Mia P. Manansala.

BBC adapting Holly Jackson’s ‘Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ as a series

Liberty and Kelly chat new releases including Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney on All The Books!

Christian Bale is a Gothic Detective in First Look at Netflix’s The Pale Blue Eye

Zoinks! The 10 Best ‘Scooby-Doo’ Films, From ‘Monsters Unleashed’ to ‘Zombie Island’

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.)

How To Create A Good Banned Books Display

Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2022 releases. Check out this Unusual Suspects Pinterest board and get Tailored Book Recommendations!

Until next time, keep investigating! In the meantime, come talk books with me on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Litsy — you can find me under Jamie Canavés.

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