Unusual Suspects

Winners of the 2022 Anthony Awards

Hi mystery fans! I currently have a kdrama hangover from Healer, so thankfully I started an exceptional audiobook: How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz. And now for your new releases, paperback releases, news and roundups!

Bookish Goods

books cut and painted to look like 3D pumpkins

Book Pumpkins for Fall and Halloween

Fall decorations but make them bookish. ($46)

New Releases

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We Lie Here by Rachel Howzell Hall

For fans of family secrets, MCs returning home, and MCs that are writers! Yara Gibson comes home to Palmdale, California to host the party for her parent’s wedding anniversary. Things take a strange turn when Yara’s mom’s estranged friend suddenly starts texting Yara that there is something important she has to tell her. Except before she does, she’s found dead! Now there’s a key to a cabin with an unsolved mystery from the ’80s…

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The Rising Tide (Vera Stanhope #10) by Ann Cleeves

For fans of procedurals, North England, and the show Vera! Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is tasked with investigating a group of friends. Decades ago one of them died and the remaining friends have gotten together since on Holy Island, where they met 50 years ago. And now one of the friends is dead and even though it is presumed a suicide at first, Vera quickly goes into murder investigation mode. Secrets and suspects there are plenty… If you’d like to start at the beginning, pick up The Crow Trap.

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Riot Recommendations

Let’s do some recent paperback releases for those who prefer the format and have to wait a year-ish (in many cases) for the paperback to release after the hardcover.

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My Sweet Girl by Amanda Jayatissa

For fans of past and present stories, unreliable narrators, and psychological thrillers! Past chapters: we watch Paloma growing up in a Sri Lankan orphanage up until she was adopted by Americans. Present chapters: Paloma finds her roommate, who was blackmailing her, dead but when the police show up, the body is gone. Talk about a mind fck…

(TW child abuse/ past child suicide attempt briefly mentioned, detail/ ableism/ colorism/ pedophile/ PTSD/ blackout drinking)

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Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight

For fans of friend groups, secrets, and multiple POV. A decade after a fatal accident, six friends have gotten together in the Catskills to try and help one of them struggling with addiction. Instead one person goes missing and one is found dead… Who needs enemies with friends like these, I’m assuming.

News and Roundups

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20 New Mystery And Thriller Novels Coming Out This Fall

(Congrats!) Winners of the 2022 Anthony Awards Are Revealed

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery trailer

Is See How They Run based on an Agatha Christie book?

51 Books for the Four Hottest New Mystery & Thriller Trends

10 Awesome Whodunnit TV Shows And How To Watch Them

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 Run for School Board: Book Censorship News

Celebrating Banned Books Week 2022

And if you wanted to help out a classroom with a focus on banned books here is a Donors Choose project: Banned Books Reading Corner

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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