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7 Books You’ll Want On Your Summer Thriller Reading List

Hello mystery fans! I’ve got your new releases, a couple standalone historical mysteries, a shirt that made me laugh, and some news and roundup lists.

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I Killed Them I Killed Them All Jessica Fletcher Shirt

This theory will always crack me up, and it’s on a t-shirt for $20 (although as of me writing this it’s on sale for $14).

New Releases

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One-Shot Harry by Gary Phillips

For fans of historical mysteries and Walter Mosley. In 1963 Los Angeles, Harry Ingram, a Korean War veteran, is making a living as a photographer and taking jobs as a process server. On the eve of Martin Luther King’s Freedom Rally, Ingram recognizes a friend’s car mentioned on a police scanner; he ends up showing up to photograph the accident and later realizes when developing the photos that he’ll have to take on a new role of detective to prove it was not an accident.

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A Rip Through Time (A Rip Through Time #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Armstrong writes one of my favorite series: the Rockton Series. It’s like blending a procedural with a thriller and giving it an interesting setting (remote AF) and premise (a place where people who need to disappear go but you don’t know who is a victim and who is not). Now she’s starting a brand new series which feels like a blend again, this time a procedural with a dash of time travel. In 2019 Mallory is a Vancouver homicide detective visiting her dying grandmother in Edinburgh. But soon she’ll find herself herself in 1869 in the body of Catriona Mitchell, a housemaid to an undertaker. Obviously she’s gonna have to solve a murder while trying to figure out where she is and how…

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Riot Recommendations

If you’re in the mood for some standalone historical mysteries I’ve got two for you.

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The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian

This takes Hollywood to Tanzania in 1964, as a newly married actress and her husband bring along friends to the Serengeti for their honeymoon. But instead of a safari and adventure there’s a kidnapping and as you can imagine everything goes very wrong from there… I’ve enjoyed Bohjalian’s previous novels The Flight Attendant (adapted into an HBO series), The Red Lotus, and The Guest Room so I’m looking forward to this one.

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Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara

I love historical fiction and especially love when it’s set during a time period or event that doesn’t get a lot of focus, in this case 1944 Chicago. The book’s background is the rarely discussed time period of the US government’s resettlement program from interment camps in the wake of Pearl Harbor. The mystery component questions how Rose Ito died, having been released first, and her sister Aki being certain that the suicide ruling is not the actual story. Allison Hiroto narrates the audiobook and I was fully immersed in the story.

(TW briefly recounts sexual assault without graphic details / misgendering)

News And Roundups

Guaranteed, Reader-Approved Summer Page-Turners by Genre

There will be an ACE OF SPADES one year anniversary summer edition!!

Velma Dinkley Series Starring Mindy Kaling, ‘Clone High’ Reboot Among HBO Max Adult Animation Orders

7 books you’ll want on your summer thriller reading list

Selena Gomez & John Hoffman Tease 1970s Serial Killer Season 2 Of ‘Only Murders In The Building’ – Crew Call Podcast

Angela Lansbury To Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at The 75th Annual Tony Awards

Apple announces new Spanish crime drama ‘Las Azules’ for TV+

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Gothic Mystery, Mr. Wickham’s Dead, & Cults

Hi mystery fans! Let’s look at some things to get us through to the end of the week: new releases, backlist, and what’s going on in the world of mystery news.

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Basil the Great Mouse Detective

For fans of adorable mice, Disney, detectives, and Holmes, here’s an adorbs sticker for less than $4.

New Releases

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The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

For fans of gothic mysteries and historical fiction, here’s a great new one. Beatriz’s father is executed after an overthrowing of the Mexican government, so she accepts Don Rodolfo Solórzano’s marriage proposal, even if there’s some rumors about his previous wife, because she needs the security. But it’s a gothic mystery, so “you in danger, girl!”

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The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray

Have you ever wondered what a party turned murder mystery would be like starring a slew of Jane Austen’s characters? Claudia Gray did, and it’s this book! Hence the title, in which Mr. Wickham is dead and the mystery of how must be solved with everyone at Mr. Knightley and Emma’s house party being suspects!

Riot Recommendations

This week I have for you two memoirs by authors who grew up in cults. I really appreciate how clear these nonfic books are in the titles in what you’re getting.

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The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult by Jerald Walker

Jerald Walker’s parents were both people born sighted who, through unrelated childhood accidents, became blind. The promise of sight is what got them into a doomsday cult that was segregated, along with their children. Here, Walker recounts his childhood, including what it was like to be a Black boy in a segregated dooms cult that was almost all white. (Zero memory of trigger warnings but I don’t remember this as being a brutal nor graphic book.)

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Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult by Faith Jones

Faith Jones grew up in Macau on an isolated farm as the granddaughter of the founder of the Children of God. While she was special for her familial connection, it in no way spared her from the cult’s abuse. (This one comes with all the trigger warnings, particularly child and sexual abuse.)

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News

ONLY MURDERS Season 2 Teaser Sees the Trio Back in Action

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Reveals Which Book Season 2 Will Follow

Anna Delvey Unveils Surreal NYC Art Show of Sketches Drawn in Prison: ‘My Narrative From My Perspective’

Velma Dinkley Series Starring Mindy Kaling, ‘Clone High’ Reboot Among HBO Max Adult Animation Orders

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When You Gotta Solve Your Friend’s Murder

Hello mystery fans! I just had to delete a TON of things from my phone because I have so many TBR audiobooks (which I am not deleting) that were using up all my storage. And then I got a bunch more audiobooks which I’m super excited about and already started inhaling. Also, thanks to the Viki app I have expanded from K-dramas to my first romance series from Taiwan (Lost Romance) which straight up went murder in the first episode (did not see that coming)! And now for your escape entertainment: there’s new releases, backlist, something to watch, recent mystery news and roundups.

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Skeleton With Book Shirt

Death by TBR, anyone? $17+

New Releases

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An Eternal Lei (A Leilani Santiago Hawai’i Mystery #2) by Naomi Hirahara

I’m so excited that we get a sequel to Iced in Paradise (Review). If you like mysterious person mysteries, an amateur sleuth who must clear their friend’s name, want to armchair travel to Hawai’i, and were looking for a new cozy series, here you go.

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Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride by Lorenzo Carcaterra

And now we travel to an Italian island! Who needs the police when you can have Nonna Maria, an elderly Italian widow who knows everyone and is known by everyone, help you. In this case the help needed is a woman who suddenly questions who her fiance really is…

Riot Recommendations

If you’ve been in the mood for mysteries starring amateur sleuths looking into their friend’s death, I’ve got two great ones for you.

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Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf

This is a great read especially for fans of words and/or Scrabble, mental health not being the boogeyman, and people who live/breath a hobby. You get play-by-play action and lots of history/definition of words as Najwa Bakri is finally back at a Scrabble tournament with two important things to do: become the Queen of the Tiles, the title left vacant after her friend Trina died, snd figure out who is posting on Trina’s inactive Instagram account questioning Trina’s death…

(TW depression, anxiety/ drugging without consent / grief)

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Mila Flores doesn’t believe her best friend took her own life and so she sets out to prove it by conjuring up a spell that will bring Riley back from the dead. Great idea. Except she not only brings back Riley but also two recently dead teen girls she really didn’t like much. Three dead teens seems excessive though and maybe they’ve got a mystery on their hands instead? They better get over their issues and team-up quick though because the spell only lasts 7 days and they need to solve this mystery in time!

(TW suicide)

Watch Now

The Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix: Not to be confused with the film adaptation, this is a brand new series adapted from Michael Connelly‘s novels following an LA lawyer working our of the back of his car. It’s created by David E. Kelley, who seems to be adapting all the crime novels lately, and stars Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole, and Christopher Gorham (Auggie!). Watch the trailer.

News And Roundups

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23 New Books By Asian-American And Pacific Islander Authors Perfect for Mystery Readers

Cover reveal for In Myrtle Peril, the newest in the super fun Myrtle Hardcastle series by Elizabeth C. Bunce. (The first book in the series is Premeditated Myrtle)

‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Nears Deal for Season 2 at Hulu, Will Compete in Emmy Drama Categories

2 great thrillers to read now — and 2 for your summer reading list

We’ve got two more Jane Harper announcements: Here’s the cover reveal for the US release for the final Aaron Falk book.

AND The Dry 2: Eric Bana filming sequel to Aussie smash hit film

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New Jane Harper Novel Announced!

Hello mystery fans! Here are some new releases, some killer books (heh), and a roundup of news and round-ups to click.

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Nacho Average Detective Mug

For fans of puns, detective mysteries, and warm drinks, this is a great gift (for you or them) for $19.

New Releases

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With Prejudice by Robin Peguero

Here’s a new legal thriller that follows an entire case from beginning to end. The case is not simple: Gabriel Soto is accused of murdering Melina Mora, but the remains recovered weren’t enough to tell much of what happened to her.

Readers are taken directly into the jury room, into the prosecution’s side as they build their case out of court, into the defense side as they build their case and meet with the defendant, inside the judge’s chamber, and of course inside the courtroom as the case is tried. There is discovery that happens during the actual trial throwing both the prosecutor and defense into loops trying to right their case again.

A thing I really liked about this one was how we get backstories for everyone showing how there is no such thing as being impartial, since we carry around with us our experiences.

(TW presumed sexual assault case discussed in prep, trial, interrogations/ police racial profiling, racism/ homophobia/ domestic abuse/ mentions child death case/ alcoholism, addiction / murder suicide case/ Sept 11th on news)

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Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay

I need more popcorn thrillers in my life! And by that I mean books that hook me immediately with a premise that makes me want to sit with a tub of popcorn, inhaling both the book and the treat, as I race to find out what happened. Barclay has become a consistent writer of popcorn thrillers for me and his recent release was no exception. I listened to the audiobook in less than 2 days (if you’re a fan of multicast narrations, pick up the audio format).

The premise: a wife disappears while her husband is on a weekend fishing trip with his best friend. Years later the husband has changed his name and moved because he’s remained a suspect when the woman is seen returning to where her home had been, freaking out and running away. And so what is happening?! Where has she been? Why did she disappear again?!

These are all questions the police have, and her husband appears to also have (he is now living with his girlfriend and her teenage brother who she has custody of). You get to follow along different points of view starting with the night of the disappearance (there is a moment that legit scared the daylights out of me!) as we slowly come to find out all the answers to what happened then, and what is happening now…

(TW quick mention past parent death, car accident, heart attack/ past alcoholism/ a mother with terminal cancer, death)

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Riot Recommendations

I’ve got two books this week that are from the killer’s point of view, but are wildly different from each other, though oddly with a common “bad therapist” element.

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My Annihilation by Fuminori Nakamura, Sam Bett (Translator)

I really don’t want to say a lot about this one as it opens with you thinking your reading one thing and then you end up going on a whole different ride as maybe things aren’t as them seem. So if you’re up for noir, trauma themes, revenge, terrible medical professionals, and a slight feeling of a feverish dream that explores these things grab this dark novel.

(TW suicide / sexual assault/ domestic abuse, child abuse/ blackmail over sex tape/ misogyny )

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Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild

Ruby is a self professed murderer, although quick to explain she is not a sociopath being that she loves and helps animals. She has no issues with being a murderer and feels no regret over the people she’s killed, starting at age 5 when she killed another kid. She’s explaining all of this, taking us into her life from childhood through being a therapist, because she may have done some killings but she is absolutely 100% here to defend herself against the charge of killing her husband…

(TW child drowning/ brief past statutory, not graphic/ brief past addiction/ attempted sexual assault of teen/ brief mention past child abuse/ natural dog death/ rescuing of injured and harmed animals, all with happy endings)

News & Things To Click

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Tom Ryan’s YA thriller Keep This To Yourself is being adapted into a series!

‘A Simple Favor 2’ to Reunite Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Director Paul Feig

‘Holy Spider’: First Footage Of Ali Abbasi’s Cannes Competition True Crime Thriller Set In Iran

Aaron Falk returns! Jane Harper announced her upcoming novel Exiles, releasing early 2023!

7 Shows Like The Flight Attendant to Watch If You Like The Flight Attendant

Can Fiction Help Solve the Ethical Problems of True Crime?

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Inside Only Murders in the Building’s Mysterious, Meta Second Season

Hello mystery fans! I’ve got mysteries for you in roundups, news, things to watch, and of course more books to add to the ever growing TBR list.

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New Releases

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Murder Is Revealing (Write Club Mysteries) by Michelle Corbier

If you’re looking for an amateur sleuth, like doctor leads and writer leads, here’s a new series. Dr. Myaisha Douglas’ goal to write a novel leads her to join a writing group, but the writing advice comes with a murder! As an armchair detective she decides she’s the best option to help assist the police in solving the case.

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The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow, Liz Lawson

For fans of amateur teen sleuths and Agatha Christie (references to Poirot and Miss Marple and you even gets quotes between chapters), here’s a new YA murder mystery. This is one of those fun trope-y books. Alternating between the stories of Alice and Iris, who’ve been paired together for tutoring by the school, you get opposites that join together to solve a murder. Toss in a group of other kids that help with their hijinks in figuring out why the kid they think didn’t commit the murder just confessed, and why the murdered girl’s stepdad is acting so strange? If you like multiple narrators, pickup the audiobook format.

(TW domestic abuse/ drugging without consent/ stalking)

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Riot Recommendations

I’ve got two books that should appeal to mystery fans and horror fans—I read my horror in the summer in the sun, thank you very much.

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Reprieve by James Han Mattson

For mystery fans: a court case, transcripts, build up to whodunnit and whydunnit murder case.

For horror fans: a full contact haunted escape room!

This is characte- driven in that you follow different people through the years leading up to how they were all inside this escape room, and how one came to be murdered. Between those chapters you follow four people as they try and finish the escape room in order to win a huge prize, and the court case and interrogation of what went so wrong that one of them is dead.

I inhaled this audiobook, getting invested in each person’s life while also being SUPER certain I would not enter a full-contact horror house ever for any reason. I’m always a fan of watching the pieces slowly come together to reveal the whole thing, and this has the bonus of also being a social horror.

(TW homophobia/ racism/ tells a fake horror story about a witch killing kids/ parent death/ brief mention of past sex worker attack)

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White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

For mystery fans: a whodunnit mystery being solved by an amatuer sleuth.

For horror fans: the body count!

Rufus has to help solve a murder to help his half-sister from going down for the killing. But it’s super complicated because she’s from the side of the family that pretends he doesn’t exist and he needs his ex-boyfriend’s help who he’s still in love with. Then there’s that pesky thing where people keep turning up dead…

If you’re looking for a fun horror-ish vibe YA mystery, pick this one up.

News & Roundups

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Michigan-Based ‘Renovated to Death’ Author Draws on Love of Old Houses for First Cozy Mystery Novel

Chris Bohjalian’s Novel ‘The Lioness’ To Be Adapted For TV By eOne

Inside Only Murders in the Building’s Mysterious, Meta Second Season

‘Jack Ryan’ To End With Season 4, Spinoff Headlined By Michael Peña Eyed By Amazon

7 Books That Deliver Unexpected Mystery

You can now watch the Spy X Family anime adaptation on Hulu if you don’t have crunchyroll!

Watch Now

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The Devotion of Suspect X on Rakuten Viki: For fans of watching the puzzle of the mystery get solved meticulously there’s the film adaptation of one of Keigo Higashino’s Detective Galileo novels, The Devotion of Suspect X. The series–each novel reads as a standalone I promise–always follows a crime, those affected by the crime, and the police, the latter who always need the help of the physics professor Manabu Yukawa (Detective Galileo). The Chinese film adaptation stars Wang Kai, Zhang Lu Yi, Ruby Lin, and Ye Zu Xin. You can watch the trailer here and learn about the Rakuten Viki app.

Upcoming

I squealed SO loud when I saw that Ausma Zehanat Khan has a new detective series coming this fall: Blackwater Falls. I love her Rachel Getty & Esa Khattak detective series.

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Women Assassins

Hi mystery fans! The newsletter may look a little different–it is!–but it’s still all the things you love (crime all the time!) just all mixed together in every send now. Expect new releases, recommendations, the latest in mystery content on Book Riot, and even a link to some bookish swag.

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Murder, She Wrote puzzle

If, like me, you pair jigsaw puzzles with audiobooks, here’s a puzzle for Murder, She Wrote fans: Puzzle, She Solved ($20)

New Releases

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The Bangalore Detectives Club (Kaveri and Ramu #1) by Harini Nagendra

Like cozy mysteries and want to do some traveling from your arm chair? Travel to 1920s Bangalore where recently married Kaveri attends a party that turns into a murder case. Clearly she’ll need to investigate when she’s certain the accused is not guilty. Good thing she’s got a brain for mathematics and a doctor husband to help.

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The Marlow Murder Club (The Marlow Murder Club #1) by Robert Thorogood

For fans of elderly detectives! Judith Potts lives alone happily, and designs crossword puzzles. After witnessing a murder, and the police not taking her seriously, she decides to take matters into her own hands and investigate herself. But one needs help in these endeavors which she gets from the wife of a Vicar and a dog-walker.

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Riot Recommendations

If you’ve been in the mood to read about some lady assassins then I’ve got two for you.

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The Old Woman with the Knife by Gu Byeong-mo, Chi-Young Kim (Translator)

I am forever and ever on the give me more translated crime bandwagon. This is one of those crime books with a great premise that I thought had a great execution: If your career has been murdering people for money and you’ve reached the age of retirement, what happens?

Hornclaw is a sixty-five-year-old contract killer. She’s spent decades murdering people for money, no questions asked. She’s very good at her job. But she’s been getting less assignments lately–are they trying to retire her? Can a contract killer just retire? She doesn’t want to. But an error on a job turns her life upside down…

If you like dark-ish crime novels, being in a character’s head, and want a character-driven book with added thrilling scenes don’t miss this one. Nancy Wu narrates the audiobook.

(TW attempted sexual assault/ mentions drug overdose/ baby killing/ natural dog death from age/ child kidnapping)

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Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp

First, a note on comps and genre. For super strict cozy genre readers, there’s a few curse words, there’s no shexy times, there are darker themes and discussions but not graphic or on page, and the lead is literally a murderer—hence the whole theme. I wouldn’t put this as a comp for Pushing Daisies—outside of including pies and the magic being the same kind, just a pinch in our real world. I don’t say that as a knock on this book, I just like books to find their right audience rather than readers getting angry they didn’t get what they thought they were going to get.

Daisy Ellery murders men she thinks deserve to no longer inflict their harm on the world via her pies. The way Like Water For Chocolate infused emotion into food, she basically just makes murder pies that don’t have any added ingredient other than the magic that she is into them. And the good news is the pie can’t kill anyone else no matter who eats it, only the intended recipient. And they don’t have to die if they can choose to be a better person—most don’t take that option.

If you’re looking to read some mouthwatering pie-making and like revenge, cooking competitions, and a side dash of romance, here you go. There’s even a pie recipe–sans poison–at the end! Tanya Eby narrates the audiobook.

(TW domestic abuse/ mentions past parent with cancer, parent with addiction/ mentions past death from ectopic pregnancy/ sex recording without knowledge)

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The 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Award Winners

Hi mystery fans! Let’s catch-up on roundups, news, adaptations and find some things to watch shall we?

From Book Riot and Around The Internet

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The 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Award Winners

Chris Evans’s Mustache May Just Be the Real Star of “The Gray Man”

Do Revenge Thrillers Like Shining Girls Actually Serve Assault Survivors?

How Fleetwood Mac, Mary Shelley, and the Manson murders inspired Rachel Hawkins’ next thriller

We Need A Good Courtroom Movie Drama, With All Those Hard Lessons About “Truth”

Under the Banner of Heaven creator Dustin Lance Black on his decade-long journey to adapt the show

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Crime Writers of Color podcast: CWoC co-founders Kellye Garrett author of Like a Sister and Gigi Pandian, author of Under Lock & Skeleton Key are interviewed by Robert Justice.

‘Saint X’: Alycia Debnam-Carey Set As Lead In Recasting As Victoria Pedretti Exits

Sony’s 3000 Pictures Acquires Film Rights To ‘I Think My Mother-In-Law Is Trying To Kill Me’; Jessica Knoll To Adapt Reddit Short Story & Executive Produce

The 11 best shows like The Flight Attendant

Giveaway: Win an ARC of Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier!

Giveaway: Win a Nook GlowLight Plus!

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Watch Now

Shining Girls on Apple TV+: Based on Lauren Beukes time-traveling thriller The Shining Girls about a serial killer who can stalk victims over eras thanks to time travel and the woman who survived who is hunting him back. The cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Phillipa Soo, Amy Brenneman, and Jamie Bell. And here’s the trailer.

Recent Interests That May Also Interest You + My Reading Life

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Reading: The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes / What’s Coming to Me by Francesca Padilla

Streaming: What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (Hulu) / Made For Love s2 (HBO Max)

Laughing: does not mean what you think it means

Helping: All-Options

Upcoming: We’re getting a new Truly Devious book this year: Nine Liars!!! Check out an exclusive excerpt from Maureen Johnson’s new YA murder mystery ‘Nine Liars’


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Fictional True Crime Writer

Hello mystery fans! This week I have for you a character-driven crime novel of a woman desperate to figure out how her sister was killed and a novel that stars a true crime writer.

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Lemon by Kwon Yeo-Sun, Janet Hong (Translator)

I’m always interested in translated crime books and wish U.S. publishing would translate more. This is a South Korean crime novel that does have a mystery component because it’s a young woman wanting to know how her sister was killed, but it’s more focused on showing the aftermath of a crime and how it affects people.

The book changes characters and time, each chapter revealing those connected to the killing of Hae-on, a young woman known for her beauty. So much so that her younger sister Da-on, who lived in her sister’s shadow when she was alive and then in the shadow of her death, got plastic surgery to look more like her. We get to know Hae-on through her sister, as well as the classmates of both girls and the toll a seventeen-year-old crime has on family and friends. If you’re looking for a quick read that packs a punch that’s structured differently from what you’re used to, I really enjoyed this smart crime novel.

(TW mentions past child abuse/ mentions past suicide, detail/ brief eating disorder/ cancer/ mentions past postpartum depression/ mentions past suicidal ideation/ mentions past baby kidnapping/ mentions rape, not graphic)

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The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

In our current timeline, Shea Collins, who escaped an attempted kidnapping as a kid, now spends her nights obsessing on true crime cases. During the day, she’s a receptionist and doesn’t really have a social life. So she’s pouring all her time into a case from the ’70s: Two men were murdered and the woman who stood trial, Beth Greer, was acquitted.

Now Collins is interviewing Greer, or at least attempting to, to find out her story and what really happened. But Collins feels uneasy at Greer’s mansion, and unexplainable things keep happening… Will she ever be able to get down to the truth about the murders, Greer’s life story, or will she destroy her own life in the process of chasing this story?

This was a page-turner for me that really works for readers who like past mysteries, fictional true crime writers, and things a little spooky.

(TW mentions past attempted child kidnapping, brief mention of sexual assault, not graphic/ alcoholism/ brief mention of past partner abuse/ mostly alludes to child abuse incident, not graphic/ speculates sexual assault, mentions past rape, not graphic)

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Writes About Murder, Does a Murder: Weird Bookish Stories Edition

Hello mystery fans! We’ve got another week light on entertainment news but I still found you great stuff to click for roundups and news and there’s stuff to watch and plenty of books to read below.

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Under the Banner of Heaven on Hulu: This miniseries is a murder mystery set in a Mormon community based on Jon Krakauer’s same titled true crime book. It’s a whodunnit and whydunnit murder mystery about the real life murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty and her infant daughter. The series added the fictional investigators Jeb Pyre and Bill Taba as a duo, Prye being Mormon and Taba not. The cast includes Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Denise Gough. And you can watch the trailer here.

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Reading: Dirt Creek by Hayley Scrivenor / Chef’s Kiss by Jarrett Melendez, Danica Brine, Hank Jones, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Streaming: Barry S3 (HBO Max) / Julia (HBO Max) Bebe Neuwirth and David Hyde Pierce reunited and it feels so good.

Laughing: Ain’t y’all pets too?

Helping: House of Tulip

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Upcoming: The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson (Sept 6, 2022) If standing ovations were a thing given to books consider me standing and clapping right now. This is a horror novel with massive appeal for mystery/thriller readers as we follow a true crime podcast trying to finally figure out what happened to an almost entirely murdered town after its first integrated prom. If you’re thinking that means its setting is historical, it is not. Segregated proms exists in the 21st century: schools get away with it because the proms aren’t hosted by the school but rather parents and/or students off campus. We follow the podcast, interviews from those who survived, and articles after the fact while also going back to 2014 to watch all the events that led up to the massacre and survivors to say “Maddy did it.” If you’re getting major Carrie vibes from the cover and summary I’d say this is a retelling that surpasses the original hands down.


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April Releases: Bonus Edition

Hi mystery fans! I usually end the month with a roundup of new releases for you buuuuuuut I kind of already did that in a post: April New Releases: Mystery/Thriller/True Crime. So what I’m going to do here is add to that. For various reasons I can only get so many books into each roundup and then I wish I’d been able to add more after the fact. So here’s my chance to do that. One is an Audible exclusive, that should hopefully have print copies release in a year. The second released in print last year but just got an audiobook release–In case you hadn’t noticed audiobooks are saving my reading in the pandemic. And, last but not least, the final book is from the University of California Press, which highlights activists fighting to abolish the prison industrial complex.

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Young Rich Widows by Kimberly Belle, Layne Fargo, Cate Holahan, Vanessa Lillie

This is a fun audiobook with heart and a great full cast of narrators. It’s set in the ’80s in Rhode Island when four partners at a law firm die in a jet crash. Now three widows and a girlfriend are not only grieving but about to find out that a lot of money is missing and the mob is here to collect.

This does have a mystery component—where is the money, why is it missing, and what is going on with this project the firm was working on? But I’d move this more to the crime side of the genre since we’re mostly following the women trying to survive and scheming to find the money and get it to the mob. We get to know four very different women and watch as their own grievances come out, they learn of secrets, and are forced to find a way to work together in order to stay alive.

Camille is the second wife with a stepdaughter that no one takes seriously, Justine has a young son and her husband was having an affair. Krystle is the funny smart-mouth who knows how to talk to the mob and will do anything for her grown son who she wants to take over the firm. Meredith is a stripper that no one knew had paperwork leaving her everything.

The book strikes a really good balance between heartfelt and real life struggles and witty banter and running from the mob. And the narrators—Dina Pearlman, Karissa Vacker, Helen Laser, Ariel Blake–knock it out of the park.

(TW a young child with cancer, not terminal / sexual harassment, groping / diet culture)

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The Amelia Six by Kristin L. Gray

This is a middle grade whodunnit following Eleven-year-old Amelia (Millie) Ashford focused on solving the crime of the missing goggles. Not just any googles, these are Amelia Earhart’s goggles and Millie was the last to see them in the display case in Earhart’s childhood home where Millie and five other girls, who she doesn’t know, are spending the night. I’m currently listening to the audiobook and enjoying it: Millie is a sweet kid in therapy, with anxiety ever since her mom left the family. All the kids love Amelia Earhart so you get a bunch of facts on her and also learn about fellow ground breaking aviators like Bessie Coleman and Nellie Zabel Willhite.

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Rebel Speak: A Justice Movement Mixtape by Bryonn Rolly Bain

Rooted in the tradition of call-and-response, prison activist, artist, and scholar Bryonn Rolly Bain speaks with those working to expose the systematic injustice and fighting to abolish the prison industrial complex. You’ll hear from the founder of Los Angeles’s A New Way of Life Reentry Project, Susan Burton, a Sing Sing Correctional Facility warden, and the author’s brother upon being released from prison in an intimate conversation, to name a few. “Reimagining the role of the writer and scholar as a DJ and MC, Bryonn moves the crowd with this unforgettable mix of those working within the belly of the beast to change the world.”

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