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Justin Theroux Will Star in Thriller Adapted From Uncle’s Novel

Hello mystery fans! It’s time for news, roundups, some of my reading, and lots of Kindle deals.

From Book Riot and Around the Internet

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7 Great Mysteries and Thrillers on Audio

8 of the Best Ecological Thrillers for Your TBR

Liberty and Danika chat about new releases including Rioter Tirzah Price’s first in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, Pride and Premeditation, on the latest All the Books!

‘The Lincoln Lawyer’: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine Joins Netflix Legal Drama Series

Kellye Garrett talked about the manuscript she’s working on and yes.please.now.

The 60 Hottest New (and Upcoming) Mysteries & Thrillers

The Top 13 Crime Drama Shows on Netflix

The True Story of This Is a Robbery’s $600m Art Heist, and What Happened Next

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse Trailer Delivers Violent Spy Thrills

Justin Theroux Tries to Ditch the U.S. Government in New Trailer for ‘The Mosquito Coast’ (based on the same titled 1981 novel by Justin Theroux’s uncle, Paul Theroux)

‘Northern Spy’ Is Reese’s Book Club Pick

Hello, gorgeous cover for upcoming thriller starring a Black lawyer: All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris

Giveaway: a year’s subscription to TBR at the hardcover level!

Giveaway: Win a $100 to Spend on Comics!

Giveaway: Enter to Win Your Own Library Cart: April, 2021

A Bit Of My Week In Reading

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

Holy revenge, Batman! This is a delicious page-turner with so many layers of revenge, you won’t soon forget. I absolutely loved watching how this unfolded starting with a jerk teacher at a prep school who thinks it’s his job to punish others into being better… I’m super excited about this one so mark your calendars for July 20th.

I just got the audiobook for Femi Kayode’s Lightseekers, which gives the investigator role to a psychologist in Nigeria looking into a crime that involved the killing of three students by a mob.

And I am suuuuuper excited for this upcoming cozy mystery: Mango, Mambo, and Murder (A Caribbean Kitchen Mystery #1) by Raquel V. Reyes. The sleuth is the star of a Cuban-American cooking show, so I’m drooling already.

Kindle Deals

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Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

If your checklist has dark, fictional serial killer, and page-turner, pick up this thriller from Hillier for $2.99! (Review) (TW: rape scenes/ domestic violence/ pedophilia off page)

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Looking for history and true crime? For $1.99 you got it!

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg

If you want to travel to the 1950s and wonder what is under London, here’s a fun secret organization murder-mystery for $2.99! (Review) (TW past suicide mentioned kind of as reveal, brief detail)

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

If you can read brutal true crime memoirs, this was the first true crime memoir I read that I found to be an excellent read and it’s currently $2.99. (Review) (All the trigger warnings)

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Why yes the retired NBA player is an author of a Sherlock series, and you can check it out for $2.99!

Who Is Vera Kelly? (A Vera Kelly Story) by Rosalie Knecht

If you’re looking for a recent in history historical and a character-driven spy story, here you go for $2.99! (TW child abuse/ suicide)


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Identity Mysteries

Hello mystery fans! From three characters in a fake family to an anonymous author, both these awesome reads are rooted in identity and its theft or hiding.

Spy x Family, Vol. 1 (SPY×FAMILY #1) by Tatsuya Endo, Casey Loe (Translator)

Baby read her first manga. And loved it! I am kind of mad at myself that this whole time I just assumed manga wasn’t for me and was totally wrong and I have been missing out. If a part of your brain just asked anything about manga, this may help.

This is the first volume in a series about a spy, which is more than enough to keep me interested. But this is so much more. Loid is a spy and for his next mission to be successful he must get close to his target, and the best way to do that is through their kids at a private school. Easy peasy. Except Loid doesn’t have any kids. The obvious solution for him is to randomly adopt a kid and find a wife to fake a family with him, as one does (?). Here is where this gets fun-fun: unbeknownst to Loid, the child he adopts, Anya, is able to read people’s thoughts, and the fake wife, Yor, is actually an assassin. I know!

It makes for a lot of fun that none of them know this about each other while they form this fake family to get Anya enrolled into an elite school, where they need to get her accepted first for Loid to have any chance at accomplishing his mission. Nothing is going to go right! I inhaled the first two volumes and the only thing that has slowed down my reading from already being caught up is they seem to randomly go out of print (in paperback), and you have to wait a little for a new printing. Totally worth the wait. So if you want a fun read with laughs, spies, assassins, and action here you go! If you’re hesitant about reading a manga, you can read the opening on Amazon with the “preview”.

Who Is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews

I recommend going into this with zero knowledge, as I did, to enjoy its unfolding. For readers who do not read that way, here you go: this is an unexpected crime story, with slow build suspense, and a bite. It’s about ambition, and identity, not being satisfied, and thinking why not take what you think is owed to you (as if the world owes anyone anything).

We start with Florence Darrow working in publishing who finds herself fired, rightfully so, but before long she has a dream job. A famously anonymous author is hiring an assistant. Not only will she get to work with her, but she’ll get to see her next book, and be one step closer to being an author herself. But after a voyage, and an accident, Florence starts to wonder if maybe it would just be easier if she herself became the anonymous author. I mean if only one other person really knows who she is how hard could it be…

I really enjoyed this and it was a total page-turner for me. It took a thing I’ve read before and made it feel fresh, which is something I always appreciate. (TW mentions story of man obsessed with teen girl, doesn’t give details)

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13 Thrillers That Should Be Movies

Hello mystery fans! I have your weekly things to click because no TBR has enough books. Plus, some news, Kindle deals, and a bit of my reading.

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

This week Katie and Nusrah talk about mystery/thrillers that transport you to a particular time and place on the latest Read or Dead!

“It Was Self-Defense But Help Me Hide The Body!” Crime Novels

10 Fascinating Books Like THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

On the latest All The Books! Patricia and Liberty talk new releases including The Water Rituals by Eva Garcia Sáenz.

Tiffany D. Jackson revealed the cover for her upcoming YA psychological thriller, White Smoke, and come to me my pretty!

13 Thrillers That Should Be Movies (If Not Just So We Can Claim the Book Was Better)

Armie Hammer Dropped From Another Film, ‘Billion Dollar Spy,’ in Wake of Sexual Assault Allegations

The Forgotten Crime Thriller Series You Can Stream On HBO Max (Apparently the machine is based on The Watchers by Shane Harris according to this.)

Stacey Abrams Is a Power Player in Her First Legal Thriller

Rachel Howzell Hall has an audible original: How It Ends !

Giveaway: Win $100 to Spend at Books of Wonder

A Bit Of My Week In Reading

The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji, Ho-Ling Wong (Translator)

It is so hard to be working right now because all I want to do is go finish this book! It starts with an unnamed narrator telling you part of their revenge plot. Then you meet the university students who are in a mystery club–nicknamed after famous writers–on their way to an island where unsolved horrible murders were committed. It’s like a Japanese ode to Agatha Christie and I just got to the point where they are gonna start to die and I’m so excited (do not judge me!).

I’m planning on continuing my awesome nonfiction streak by listening to Megan Rapinoe’s memoir One Life. Why yes I did shout goooooooooooal in my head while writing that sentence.

And Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby landed on my doorstep and I squealed–I loved Blacktop Wasteland–so I read the first chapter while walking the book to my physical TBR and I already love it and am ready for it to break my heart? Take me on a wild ride? I don’t know and I don’t care, I’m in.

Kindle Deals

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Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

If you’re in the market for a crime thriller that also works for horror fans (If Annie Wilkes and Norman Bates birthed a book) and is set in Brazil, here’s one for $4.49. (TW I don’t remember but think dude kidnaps woman to make her love him.)

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Penance by Kanae Minato

If you like dark, character driven Japanese crime novels, here’s one that unfurls from one event: a girl’s murder and her mother’s threat on four girls. And it’s $1.99! (I don’t remember TWs, sorry.)

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey

If you’re on a nonfiction kick like me, here’s a great one for fans of journalism for $5.99. (TW gaslighting/ rape/ sexual harassment/ suicide attempt mentioned)

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A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery Book 1) by Dianne Freeman

If you want a fun light historical mystery book, here’s a great recent series starter for $2.99!

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In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, Book 1) by Tana French

And if you STILL haven’t read Tana French and are in the mood for a procedural in Dublin, her first book is $1.99! (TW rape/ child death)


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These March Mysteries Want Onto Your TBR

Hi mystery fans! I’ve got a nice list of March releases for you to check out!

Red Widow by Alma Katsu

The author of The Hunger and The Deep (which add a nice little added horror element to history) has a new thriller. And we get not one but TWO lady spies working for the CIA. Add in dead informants and there-must-be-a-mole-we-have-to-find and you’ve got what is certain to be a page-turning, twisty spy thriller.

The Jigsaw Man (Inspector Anjelica Henley #1) by Nadine Matheson

And now for fans of fictional serial killers and British detectives. Oh, and the trope: if the serial killer is already in prison why all the new dead bodies?! You get a lead detective, Anjelica Henley, who put the serial killer in prison and now has to deal with her PTSD, her husband who wants her to quit, and figure out why all the dead bodies–in literal pieces. (TW early onset dementia side character/ mentions flasher case/ past rape case discussed, detail/ mentions suicide cases, brief detail/ panic attacks/ PTSD/ attempted rape)

Lightseekers by Femi Kayode

If you’re looking for a bit of travel (Nigeria) and like your mysteries solved by the untraditional detective or amateur sleuth stumbling along, here’s a case with a psychologist who specializes in crime tapped to investigate. The case is also not the usual in the mystery genre: 3 students were tortured and murdered publicly.

An Unexpected Peril (Veronica Speedwell #6) by Deanna Raybourn

If you like some fun, witty banter, and adventure in your historical mysteries here’s the latest in this must-read series. Nothing like impersonating a princess to get you into trouble! (Review)

Who Is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews

If you’re looking for a hell of a read built on suspense, identity, and some Veruca Salt but-I-want-it mentality here’s your next page-turner. I would 100% recommend knowing nothing about this for a full ride experience. But if you don’t dare here’s a bit: Imagine working for an anonymous author whose identity basically no one knows and finding that maybe it wouldn’t be so hard to slip into their role… (TW mentions story of man obsessed with teen girl, doesn’t give graphic details)

A Game of Cones (Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #2) by Abby Collette

Here’s your cozy mystery fix with sprinkles on top! You get all the tropes you’re looking for, plus delicious ice cream flavor descriptions, except Bronwyn Crewse is more on the I-don’t-want-to-meddle side when her best friend is very much insisting they solve the murder of the mall developer.

Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2) by Holly Jackson

For fans of the murder-mystery A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (Review) there is now a sequel! Pip is back, although not as a detective. The case from the 1st book is wrapped up and she’s doing a podcast on the details of it but not actively sleuthing. Buuuuuut this is a sequel to a mystery book so of course she’ll be convinced to one-more-time look into a case: a young man has disappeared and only the family is worried.

Central Park by Guillaume Musso, Sam Taylor (Translator)

The author of The Reunion (Review) is back with a new thriller! A Parisian cop wakes up in Central Park with no memory. That’s a mystery in itself but she’s not alone: She’s handcuffed to a stranger who has blood all over his shirt! She better put her detective skills to use…

Karolina and the Torn Curtain (Profesorowa Szczupaczyńska #2) by Maryla Szymiczkowa, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translation)

The sequel to Mrs Mohr Goes Missing (Review) is here! Set in Cracow, 1895, we once again follow the socialite turned amateur sleuth Zofia Turbotynska. This time it seems her maid has gone missing, and after the body is found she works with the police to figure out what happened. This is a great series for fans of historical mysteries and Agatha Christie.

Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery (Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor #2) by Ally Carter

And the sequel to Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor is here! Five orphans in a house with a sword-wielding vigilante clearly means there is plenty of mystery and adventure to be had!

The Foreign Girls (Verónica Rosenthal #2) by Sergio S. Olguín, Miranda France (Translator)

Another sequel and more traveling–this time Argentina. There’s a lead journalist as the investigator, who of course doesn’t trust local police, and murders that include sacrificial offerings nearby.

Fatal Fried Rice (A Noodle Shop Mystery #7) by Vivien Chien

If you need your cozy mysteries to have great titles, awesome covers, and delicious food inside, Chien has got you covered. Also, everything you want and expect in a cozy. This time with Lana Lee going to culinary school. Maybe she’ll manage her family’s restaurant AND be able to help out in the kitchen. Or probably just find another dead body and figure out who and why?! *why-not-both-taco-girl-shrug


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10 Best Political Thrillers to TBR

Hello mystery fans! I hope you’re looking for all things mystery because I have a bunch of links, ebook deals, and my recent reading–including a book I loved so much I think it will give me a super rare book hangover and I’m not even mad about it.

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

2021 Audie Award Winners Announced

The 10 Best Political Thrillers to TBR

15 Mystery Book Club Recommendations for Your Group

YA Thrillers Starring Marginalized Teens

The Best Mystery Movies on Netflix Attempt to Uncover the Unknown

Kickstarter: Alex Segura, Elizabeth Little and David Hahn present comics’ next great crimefighter, The Dusk, in an original hardcover graphic novel.

There’s going to be an ARC giveaway for Justina Ireland’s Ophie’s Ghost and I LOVED this book.

Jacqueline Winspear: How I Became A Mystery Writer While Breaking Every Rule

Where is Luther streaming in 2021?

March’s Best International Crime Fiction

An Evening with Tirzah Price for the launch of Pride and Premeditation!

Giveaway: Win $100 to Spend at Books of Wonder

A Bit Of My Week In Reading

The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4) by Maureen Johnson

I stayed up WAY TOO LATE reading this and regret nothing! What does Stevie Bell do after solving the Ellingham Academy cold case? She gets roped into solving another cold case–this time at a summer camp! There is a lot to love in Johnson’s originally mystery trilogy including her clear love and knowledge of the mystery genre and its broad appeal for teen and adult readers. Now she’s tossed in slasher films and the strange, intrusive, often times gross obsession with true crime. Because while Stevie herself is respectful and just trying to solve who murdered four camp counselors in the woods in the ’70s, the dude who “hired” her to solve it is just obsessed with making money off of a true crime podcast. Thankfully, Stevie is good at ignoring people and brings along two friends to the camp with her to focus on the mystery she’s determined to solve.

Johnson is so good at understanding the tropes crime readers love and giving them to you with a story that feels classic and fresh at the same time. Stevie is a wonderful character managing her anxiety, her immediate response to shy away from difficult emotions, and her immediate response to look at everything like a mystery and always think about how to solve crimes. If you enjoyed the trilogy I would absolutely pre-buy/request your library purchase the fourth installment (June 15th), and future you will be so grateful for past you who had this ready for you on release day. Haven’t read the previous books yet? I would get those read from here to June, BUT if you want to start with the 4th book you can. Johnson kindly doesn’t spoil the actual solve from the trilogy, and while you need to read those three in order this one felt like a standalone book that comes after the trilogy. And in case I wasn’t clear, run to this book!

More books? More books! My winning streak of nonfiction reads continues with the excellent Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America, where Ijeoma Oluo takes a look at the damaging systems we have in place to deliberately benefit only a few, and the harming lasting effects this has had and why 2016 shouldn’t have been a shock. Definitely go with the audiobook narrated by Oluo if you audio buuuuuut you may also want a physical format that you can highlight. Mucho highlighting. Also, love that cover.

I am halfway through Dead of Winter (August Snow #3) by Stephen Mack Jones which is a series that gives me two things I love: mystery and action! Recommend for “gritty” crime fans and also for those who love Joe Ide’s IQ series.

And I got my greedy little hands on this upcoming mystery/thriller about trying to outrun your past that I am super excited about: My Sweet Girl by Amanda Jayatissa.

Kindle Deals

The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang

The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang

Here’s a great historical mystery–I say this about all of Kang’s books–currently on sale for $1.99. Come for the girl with two hearts and stay for the grave robbing and suspicious deaths! (Review)

The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee

Another historical mystery series for you, this time the start of a series which seems to have all the books in the series currently on sale for $0.99! (Review)

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Death of a New American (Jane Prescott #2) by Mariah Fredericks

I swear I did not plan this to be so many historical mysteries it just happened! The sequel to A Death of No Importance is currently $2.99! (Review)


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Good And Bad Neighbors In Mysteries

Hi mystery fans! I have two mysteries for you, one with great neighbors (in the present) and one with not.

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

If you don’t read middle grade books, I can not express how much you are missing out on some book gems. Here you have a puzzle mystery (my favorite which there are not enough of) with one contemporary story line and one historical.

Candice Miller has moved from Atlanta to South Carolina with her mom while their home is remodeled. Her parents are divorced and she has a great relationship with both her mom and dad, but she’s really not happy that the move has taken her away from her dad and friends. As much as she loved her grandmother, whose house they are now staying in, it’s weird that people seem to only remember her for the meltdown that led to her being forced to retire from her post as city manager. Another issue she’s having is that her mom and neighbor have decided to force her and the neighbor boy to spend time together.

So Candace is bored and tethered to this kid who’s being bullied, Brandon Jones. But soon she finds a letter revealing there’s much more to her grandmother’s story, and she gets to know Brandon, a boy who loves books as much as she does and makes for a great friend. They find themselves solving the puzzle that her grandmother failed to figure out and that promises a treasure at the end. We watch both the history of the town and the current town in alternating stories as the past comes to meet the present, both the good and the bad.

This is super bookish, including playing off The Westing Game, with a wonderful friendship and families, and I honestly found more nuance and understanding than I do in adult books/characters sometimes. And for readers who are making their way through the 2021 Read Harder challenge I’ll add this one along with Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland (review) to must-read for the middle grade mystery task. But this is a great read for all readers with bonus points for excellent narration on the audiobook by Cherise Boothe.

Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

A neighborhood drama with crime and bite! This was a book I picked up knowing absolutely nothing about it and a great reminder of why I love doing that: the opening itself had a nice kick and then I found myself on many twisty turns saying “OMG” out loud to no one.

The setup starts in the future looking back at an event in a Long Island suburb that appears to have started with a sinkhole opening up. But really the sinkhole just created enough new tension to explode out all the tension that was already simmering below the surface between the residents.

I’m going to go vague with this one so as not to spoil anything for anyone who wants the full experience. There’s the recently moved-in family of a rockstar husband, his pregnant wife whom everyone looks at as “trashy” because classism, and their two kids. The queen bee of the neighborhood is a mom of four with an always-working husband, the supermom that everyone turns to for help. While the daughters of the two families are friends and the mom’s were once friends too, there has been a rift recently and only one of them knows why. Enter a sinkhole and the secrets start to come out—and this pleasant, wealthy neighborhood becomes anything but.

I especially liked the balance of child voices and adult voices in the different perspectives of everything happening. This is a great book club pick, and/or one to read with someone else because you’re gonna want to seriously discuss some stuff in this as you process it all out.

(TW child abuse/ side character with cancer/ past addiction/ brief mention of suicide, detail/ murder suicide/ mentions suicidal thoughts, details/ ableism/ talks of past teen sexual abuse)

From The Book Riot Crime Vault

5 Books With Female Serial Killers


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Rural Threats: 8 Great Small Town Thrillers

Hi mystery fans! I’ve got awards, adaptations, roundups, Kindle deals, and giveaways. Basically, so much to read and so little time!

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

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Rural Threats: 8 Great Small Town Thrillers

Nusrah and Katie talk about mystery/thrillers that feature revenge and serial killers, and how these narratives uncover stories that often go unheard in the latest Read or Dead!

Follow Your Fears to Your Next Thriller Recommendation

A Family Affair: Crime Novels About Family

The 25 Best YA Murder Mystery Books of All Time

Liberty and Tirzah chat new releases including The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson, Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, and Lawbreaking Ladies: 50 Tales of Daring, Defiant, and Dangerous Women from History on the latest All The Books!

2021 Mystery Audie Award Finalists

Books Hold The Key To ‘The Postscript Murders’

Rachel Howzell-Hall–And Now She’s Gone on the latest Crime Writers of Color podcast

2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced– and there are a ton of great reads on this list including the LGBTQ Mystery finalists!

25 Best True Crime Books of All Time to Unleash Your Inner Sherlock

Tiffany Haddish and McG team for Dark Horse Comics adaptation Mystery Girl

‘Killing Eve’ to end with Season 4

Casting An Authentic Voice In Angeline Boulley’s ‘Firekeeper’s Daughter’

Wiip Sets Up TV Series On Teenage Years Of British Crime Writing Icon Agatha Christie

Win a Copy of DARE TO KNOW by James Kennedy!

Win a 1-year subscription to Book of the Month!

Win a Kindle Oasis!

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A Spy in the Struggle by Aya de León

More undercover work! A lawyer lead. And add romance! Which you can read for the current $2.99 sale price! (Review)

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Gold of Our Fathers (Darko Dawson #4) by Kwei Quartey

If you’ve been making your way through this great, completed, procedural series set in Ghana grab the fourth entry (2nd to last book) for $1.99!

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A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

If you’re craving a page-turner, psychological thriller that is fun here’s one that is currently $1.99! (Review)


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Undercover Assignment & A Spy

Hello mystery fans! I have two books that are page-turners if you love undercover work. One a work of fiction and the other a narrative nonfiction.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

This was my most anticipated book of 2021 and it’s one of my favorite books of 2021. I am SO glad that at last everyone can run to this book. Daunis Fontaine navigates between her wealthy white family’s town and the Ojibwe reservation. At 18 she loves science, plays hockey, hangs out with her best friend, and has just decided to enroll in a local college instead of the planned university since her GrandMary recently became ill.

The feeling of being between places, never fully accepted, and unsure what her future holds becomes even more complicated when she witnesses a horrific crime. Wanting to help her Ojibwe community, she agrees to work undercover with the FBI. And that just comes with its own issues, and stirs up past family secrets.

Daunis is a thoughtful character who, while trying to navigate her own feelings, trauma, and path in life, puts herself on the line to help her community while understanding a history and culture that the FBI and outsiders don’t. There’s a story about family, belonging, trauma, finding your voice, violence toward Native women–and a few other things–that all roll into one story, carried by Daunis, who you’ll cheer for from beginning to end. There are books with characters who I forever carry with me and Daunis is one.

(TW addiction, overdoses/ murder suicide scene/ past child abuse, details/ sexual assault on page, not graphic or detailed)

Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy by Ben Macintyre

If you read this book knowing nothing about it you’d think you’d read a great spy novel–you’d be right about only the great part because it’s nonfiction. It is a fascinating true story about a woman who beat all the odds to survive as a spy for decades. Ursula Ruth Kuczynski became a communist as a teenager, married young, and moved to Shanghai with her architect husband where she was recruited by Richard Sorge, a Soviet military intelligence officer. From there she had quite a life!

I could not stop listening to this story (the audiobook is narrated by the author, which I very much recommend), which is filled with fascinating information (the g-spot is named after German physician Ernst Gräfenberg) and people. At the center is Ursula “Agent Sonya.” She was always willing to risk everything for her undercover work and the communist cause, which she believed was the only way to truly defeat racism and Nazis (the whole Third Reich and the Soviet Union becoming allies was a surprise to her). She went back to transcribing secret messages hours after giving birth, clearly sought danger, and somehow managed to never be betrayed even when fellow agents were captured. If you like to read about deeply layered people and history, this is a must-read. “I may not be innocent, but I’m right.”

(TW mentions past suicide, brief details/ torture/ mentions dead baby/ WWII)

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10 Short Mystery Audiobooks


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Murder, but Gentler

Hi mystery fans! I’ve got links, news, books for your radar, Kindle deals and a bit of my recent reading life.

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

10 Riveting Thriller Novels to Read in 2021

Bianca Sloane–Psychological Thrillers and the Dark Side of Love on the latest Crime Writers of Color podcast.

Queen of the South will go out on top with fifth and final season

Murder, but Gentler: ‘Cozy’ Mysteries a Pandemic-Era Balm

Official trailer for Netflix’s Lupin part two!

50 Best Fiction Books to Read This Year

Harlan Coben’s new thriller ‘The Innocent’ is landing on Netflix next month

‘Dan Brown’s Langdon’ NBC Pilot Picked Up To Series By Peacock

‘The Equalizer’ Renewed For Season 2 At CBS

Get a first look at Karen McManus’ thriller You’ll Be the Death of Me– “You’ll Be the Death of Me is basically Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — with murder.” SOLD!

lady in the lake by laura lippman

Well this is a hell of a casting: Natalie Portman & Lupita Nyong’o To Star In ‘Lady In The Lake’ Series

Canadian Giveaway: Win a Copy of THE GIRLS ARE ALL SO NICE HERE by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn!

Win an Advanced Reader Copy of A DARK AND SECRET PLACE by Jen Williams!

Enter to Win Your Own Library Cart: March 2021

Win a $250 gift card to Powell’s Books!

A Bit Of My Week In Reading

Runner (Cass Raines #4) by Tracy Clark

I downloaded this SO fast as soon as I got access to an egalley. It’s the latest book in a great PI series set in Chicago–so if you want a mystery marathon from here until its June release start reading Broken Places (review), which is currently $2.99 in ebook!

I’m currently finishing Arsenic and Adobo (Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #1) by Mia P. Manansala which should be on all cozy mystery fans TBR, especially if you like mouth watering food descriptions, great families, and best friends.

And my streak of picking up/finishing excellent narrative nonfiction and graphic novels continues with my two latest finished books: Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker (Highly recommend the audio/ all the trigger warnings); Heartstopper (Heartstopper #1) by Alice Oseman, Lluís Delgado (Translator) (Highly recommend having the sequel on hand!)

Kindle Deals

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Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Here’s a great coming-of-age story smashed with a mystery about a teen boy looking into the murder of his cousin, which is currently $4.99. (Review)

Raven Black (Shetland Island Mysteries #1) by Ann Cleeves

Want to start at the beginning of a popular procedural series set in a remote place? Here’s one currently $2.99! (Review)


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Must-Read Historical Mystery Series

Hi mystery fans! I have two historical mystery series for you that are both must-reads and could not be more different from each other, including that one has two books out and the other six–so mini marathon and longi-ish marathon.

Murder on the Red River (Cash Blackbear Mysteries #1) by Marcie Rendon

This is a character-driven mystery set along the Red River, one side in Minnesota one side in North Dakota, in 1970. Nineteen-year-old Chippewa woman Renee Blackbear, known as Cash, is tough because she’s had to be. After a car accident when she was a toddler she has spent her life mistreated and abused in white foster care homes and learned to work the farms doing the jobs assigned to men as a means for money and independence. Sheriff Wheaton, who dealt with the car accident case, has always looked out for her and calls her in to help him with a murder case.

A man’s body is found stabbed to death and Cash finds herself between her time as a pool shark and working the field looking into who the man was, and who would have killed him. While she tries to figure that out, and stay alive, we also see the history of her life, her relationship with Wheaton, and his attempt to get Cash to enroll in college.

I love that Cash’s character is tough, not because a writer just wrote that adjective for a woman character but because she’s had a difficult life and this has been her way to survive, and because of her refusal to take any more crap from people. I had actually started with the sequel in this series, Girl Gone Missing, which starts just at the end of this one; I was never lost while reading it, but I am glad I got to start at the beginning. I’d really like this to be a series that continues as Cash is a character I randomly think of and wonder about how she’s doing (characters are real!). And while I’ll read any amount of pages about Cash, I like that the novels so far are just over 200 pages, letting me curl up for an afternoon and get an entire story read that completely transports me to another place and time.

(TW alcoholism/ past suicidal thoughts briefly mentioned, detail/ past child abuse)

An Unexpected Peril (Veronica Speedwell #6) by Deanna Raybourn

This is one of my absolute favorite series. Is it funny? Yes! Does it have a slow burn will-they-won’t-they? Yes! Does it distract from the mysteries? No! Does it totally make it more entertaining? Yes! Does it have adventure? Yes! Sleuthing? Yes! Amusing bickering? Yes! A woman who refuses to be told what to do? Double yes!

This time around Veronica Speedwell (lepidopterist) and Stoker Templeton-Van (natural historian)–when not hilariously bickering–end up roped into a missing Princess case. Apparently, it is frowned upon in this establishment for princesses to up and disappear. And by this establishment I mean 1889 England because this is a historical mystery. The goal is to keep the disappearance a secret because clearly the princess has just taken a break and will return, but no one can know she’s missing. Plus, there are important duties to attend to and that’s how Veronica ends up being talked into pretending to be the princess until they find her. Fun! Except this is a mystery and wow does Veronica have a knack for getting herself and Stolker into life or death situations. Throw in mountain climbing, diaries, do-I-have-to-marry-him, delicious desserts, I-think-it’s-a-murder, a grump and a cheerful go-getter, and literal LOL scenes and you’re in for a fantastically fun mystery.

If you’re debating jumping in here, I’ll say that you won’t be lost because Raybourn gives you all the necessary tidbits, but so much of the delight of this series is watching characters’ secrets be revealed and Veronica and Stoker’s relationship. Plus, why only want one great read when you can have 6?

From The Book Riot Crime Vault

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Dives Back Into Mystery with MYCROFT AND SHERLOCK

QUIZ: What Locked Room Mystery Should You Read?


Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2021 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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