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27 Mystery Movies That Will Have You Playing Detective

Hi mystery fans! I saw that Spies in Disguise was on Disney+ so I rewatched it and very much recommend it for fans of animation, spies, and laughing. Now let’s check out new mystery releases, social thrillers/crime backlist, and some news — it’s getting quiet again in the fun news department and I wonder if it’ll be that way through this election cycle?

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Read Books Fight Evil Sticky Notes by kingdomofthreads

Excellent motto. ($6)

New Releases

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Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai

This is a fun romance meets crime novel with great audiobook narrations by Soneela Nankani and Shahjehan Khan. Mira Chaudhary has not been having a lucky streak with the men she’s matched up with through a matchmaker. When her aunt dies, she shows up to deal with the will at the lawyer’s office and discovers it’s Naveen Desai, the first match she’d had that ended after a brief relationship. Fate may have thrown them back together to have a second chance at love, but first they’ll have to survive the night when they’re kidnapped. Turns out Mira’s con artist father left behind some angry criminals who are demanding Mira pay them back. It’ll be a long night as Naveen and Mira try to deal with their feelings for each other while trying to outsmart the criminals, figure out what’s really going on, and get out ahead. If you like films like Date Night and Lovebirds, or action and fun crime mixed with romance, this is your book.

(TW recounts past alcoholism)

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The Family Game by Catherine Steadman

For fans of author MCs and wealthy toxic families. Harry is a novelist who has recently become engaged to Edward Holbeck. She’s never met his family, who Edward himself has issues with and has been estranged from. But he’s now started to connect with his family again — he is the one to inherit everything — and it’s time for her to meet them. Turns out there is definitely something off about this super wealthy and powerful family, but what exactly? And are they dangerous?

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Riot Recommendations

This time I have for you a social thriller and a historical crime novel focused on social issues.

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Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Take Gossip Girl, sprinkle in a bit of I Know What You Did Last Summer, and add some Get Out. Two students at Niveus Private Academy, who have nothing in common, suddenly find themselves the target of someone calling themselves Aces. Turns out Aces has decided to slowly reveal private information about Chiamaka and Devon through texts sent to everyone. Not only do they have no idea who Aces is, but they don’t know why they’re specifically being targeted…

The dual narration works well in the audiobook narrated by Jeanette Illidge and Tapiwa Mugweni.

(TW homophobia, hate crime/gaslighting/alludes to date rape/mentions past suicide attempt, brief detail)

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Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha


This is a literary crime novel based on the murder of Latasha Harlins and set during the turmoil and unrest of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. It follows two families: a Korean American family (mostly through Grace, the youngest dutiful daughter) and a Black family (mostly through Shawn, helping out his cousin’s family) and explores what we can and can’t forgive, family, racism, revenge, and the injustice system. If you’ve yet to read Steph Cha, I highly recommend you remedy that.

News and Roundups

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Liberty and Patricia discuss new releases including Anywhere You Run by Wanda M. Morris on All The Books!

27 mystery movies that will have you playing detective

Millie Bobby Brown explains Enola Holmes 2‘s big change

Wiip Options Rights to Adam Sternbergh’s The Eden Test

NYT Crime & Mystery roundup

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10 Mystery Thriller Books to Read This Fall

Hello mystery fans! Early voting has opened in many places for the Nov 8th election and there’s a lot of important stuff on the ballot like fighting against cruelty and book banners, so go go go and vote! And then check out this week’s new mystery releases, backlist now in paperback, and news and roundups.

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Literary Raven Enamel Pin by justinegilbuena

Put a pin in it! ($10)

New Releases

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River Woman, River Demon by Jennifer Givhan

This was a book that hadn’t been on my radar until I came across the audiobook and decided to just press play and then I found myself fully immersed in a past and present mystery with a bruja at the center (not fantasy)! Eva Santos Moon watched a friend drown as a teenager and now a woman working with her husband has been found murdered in the river. Soon her husband is taken into custody, an affair suspected, and Eva doesn’t know what to believe, who to trust — including herself because of recent blackouts. She’s a glass artist who has been dabbling in black magic lately, against her husbands wishes, hoping to get her creativity back. Has she brought all this upon her family? Did her husband really commit murder or is he trying to protect Eva? Does her childhood best friend’s death make Eva a suspect again?…It’s a great read for fans of unreliable narrators, characters making messy decisions, brujeria, and a central past and present murder mystery. I really enjoyed Kyla Garcia’s narration on the audiobook which really sunk me into Eva’s head.

(TW mentions postpartum depression/mentions domestic violence)

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A Murder at Balmoral by Chris McGeorge

For fans of remote mysteries, royals, Christmas, and Scottish settings. For the holidays, a fictional royal family is celebrating in the Scottish Highlands. King Eric plans on making an announcement (will it be the next heir?) that will impact the monarchy, except he drops dead from poisoning. And that’s how the King’s personal chef, Jon, ends up investigating a murder…

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Riot Recommendations

For readers who wait until the paperback version of a book releases, here are a couple great reads that are finally out in paperback this month.

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Reprieve by James Han Mattson

This is a character-driven literary mystery that also works for “slasher” horror fans in that there are scenes in a full contact haunted escape room. Someone has been murdered in a full contact escape room and there’s a court case. The book focuses on following the lives of the four people who were at the escape room leading up to the murder, and in between those chapters you get to see what happened the day of the murder.

The audiobook is narrated by JD Jackson, who also narrated The Nickel Boys.

(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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The Collective by Alison Gaylin

And here’s a thriller that explores grief and the cost of revenge. Camille Gardner’s daughter’s accused killer has not faced any consequences and is being awarded a humanitarian award. Camille shows up at the event and creates quite a scene, putting her on the radar for the collective, a secret group with a chatroom that enacts revenge for people who have lost a loved one where justice was never served. Now Camille might have a chance to get justice for her daughter if she’s willing to help others first. But at what cost?

This was one of my favorite reads last year and Gaylin has an extensive backlist if you like to dive into an author’s past work.

(TW panic attacks/recounts past suicide attempt, detail/mentions of suicides, detail/brief ableist language/date rape/dead name used/mentions rape cases, not graphic)

News and Round-ups

Moira Macdonald returns with her mystery column, The Plot Thickens

The Secret History: A murder mystery that thrills 30 years on

10 Mystery Thriller Books to Read This Fall

Best Books 2022: Publishers Weekly

The Sherlock Holmes Books In Order

Tirzah Price is bringing us more Lizzie and Darcy mysteries!

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

Republicans Propose Federal “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Quiet Censorship, Pride Book Display Bans, and Challenged Books: What’s Happening at Arlington Public Library in Texas?

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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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The Ethics of True-Crime TV

Hello mystery fans! I have said it is the wrong day every day this week so let’s hope it finally really is Friday. In the land of mysteries, we’ve got new releases, backlist mysteries with coming-of-age stories, and news!

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221b Baker Street Candle by AARKAORIGINS

For Sherlock and candle fans, a two in one. ($10)

New Releases

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Bad Kids by Zijin Chen, translated by Michelle Deeter

This Chinese crime novel is one of my favorite reads of the year and perfect for fans of dark Japanese crime novels. The audiobook is available in the U.S. and Jason Vu does a great narration between adults and teens. If you read print/digital it’s available in the UK now, and in those formats in the U.S. in the summer of 2023. (I don’t understand publishing!)

It’s the story of three young teenagers who become friends, starting with two who’ve run away from an orphanage. There’s an accidental murder of a sibling and separately an unintended recording of a man murdering his in-laws. The latter leads the kids to blackmail the man starting off a game of wits and crime for money, control, freedom, and getting away with murder!

(TW brief domestic abuse, mention of child abuse/briefly mentions rape, not detailed/mentions past child sexual abuse/police discussions of child sexual assault)

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Deadly Triangle: The Famous Architect, His Wife, Their Chauffeur, and Murder Most Foul by Susan Goldenberg

For true-crime readers of historical cases — in this case (heh) one that was sensationalized. Set in British Columbia and England, it’s the case of a murdered architect and the trial of his much younger wife and the even much younger wife’s lover (17) who was the chauffeur, both of which plead guilty in order to say the other was innocent.

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Riot Recommendations

Here are two mysteries for fans of coming-of-age stories where the MCs are coming into adulthood.

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Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

High school senior Jay Reguero learns that his cousin Jun, who lives in the Philippines, was murdered because of the country’s war on drugs. Feeling guilty that he’d recently stopped corresponding with his cousin, he spends his spring break visiting his family in the Philippines in order to really investigate his cousin’s death. While the mystery thread of what happened to Jun runs throughout, the book is also about Jay’s struggle with identity, culture, and finding his way and place when his roots sometimes feel conflicting to his current life. It’s a great read and I highly recommend going with the audiobook format narrated by Ramón de Ocampo.

(TW addiction/discussions of sex trafficking/past rape, not detailed)

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The Hollow Inside by Brooke Lauren Davis

It’s a crime that this book is under the radar! This is a revenge tale told in past and present format starring a mother daughter duo — with the mother sending the daughter to rob houses and help her enact her revenge. Nina returns to the town she grew up in with her daughter Phoenix — except no one is to know Nina is there and Phoenix is to take another identity in order to infiltrate Ellis Bowman’s family so Nina can finally get her revenge…

(TW domestic abuse, not graphic nor on page but a “fleeing” scene/statutory rape/brief mention of past suicide, detail/side character with terminal cancer)

News and roundups

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Emmy Winning Actor Uzo Aduba to Star in All Her Little Secrets Limited Series

Atlantic dives in for Murali’s ‘super smart’ début novel

The ethics of true-crime TV: What Ron Goldman’s sister wants Dahmer viewers to know

Henry Cavill on why he returned as Sherlock in Enola Holmes 2

Amazon Changes Kindle eBook Return Policy, Ends Lending Between Kindle Users, and More

New Releases Tuesday: The Best Books Out This Week

Liberty and Tirzah discuss new releases including Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen on the latest All The Books!

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The Bookish Life of Angela Lansbury

Hello mystery fans! I feel like I hit the lotto with how great both finales for Derry Girls and Bad Sisters were! And my mail-in-ballot for the November election came in so I’m working on getting that filled out and sent. For your mysteries, there’s two new releases, backlist set outside of the U.S., and news!

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Sleep is Good, But Books are Better Bookish Crewneck Sweatshirt by BookishVibesDesignCo

I’m still in scorching weather jealous of everyone in cozy sweatshirts! ($34)

New Releases

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Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking (A Caribbean Kitchen Mystery #2) by Raquel V. Reyes

If you’re in the mood for a foodie cozy and one set at a fall festival (mind you, we’re talking Miami fall), here you go! When the houses are decorated for Halloween it isn’t strange to find a corpse in your yard; but when it’s someone you know and human, things take a turn. That’s how things are going for Miriam Quiñones-Smith, a local food show host who has a knack for getting involved in murder mysteries. So naturally she’ll have another body on her hands when a chef is found dead at the bottom of a staircase — the chef for the gala Miriam is in charge of and who was just fighting with the club’s manager. It’ll only be a matter of time before Miriam herself is in danger…If you want to start at the beginning, pick up Mango, Mambo, and Murder.

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Lavender House by Lev A.C. Rosen

For fans of recent historical mysteries, the “is it a murder or not” trope, and books set in a home where everyone is a potential suspect. Andy Mills was an inspector for the San Francisco police until he was caught in a gay bar, was outed, and fired for being gay. Which is how he ends up being hired by a recent widow to look into the death of Irene Lamontaine, the head of a soap empire. Irene lived on an estate with family and staff that created a safe place to live for members of the LGBTQ+ community, while keeping the world out. The question is whether Irene’s death was a murder (remember: big ol’ company and money at stake), and if so: is someone who lives on the estate a murderer? As Andy visits the estate and gets to know everyone, who can he trust?

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Riot Recommendations

Let’s take a look at some crime novels from around the world.

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Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

When this published it was billed as the first Filipino crime novel. It’s for fans of fictional serial killers and dark fiction. Two Jesuit priests (a forensic anthropologist and psychologist) are asked to help identify a serial killer targeting boys in an underserved community. They’ll have to fight corruption and work without the technologies in labs to stop the killer!

(I don’t remember TWs, but it’s dark and involves harm to boys.)

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Flowers Over the Inferno (Teresa Battaglia #1) by Ilaria Tuti

Here’s the start to an Italian police porcedural trilogy. For fans of the use of psychology/profiling to catch the killer. Superintendent Teresa Battaglia has a lot on her plate outside of work: she’s in her 60s and is hiding recent symptoms of dementia. And at work she’s now got a new case in a remote area near the Italian Alps where she’s paired with a new young partner.

(TW child abuse)

News and Round-ups

Minka Kelly, Dermot Mulroney, Maggie Grace to Star in Psychological Thriller Blackwater Lane

Magpie Murders is a hall-of-mirrors whodunit with a satisfying resolution

The Bookish Life of Angela Lansbury

The best recent crime and thrillers — review roundup

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

What’s a Book Sanctuary?

New Right to Read Bill Expands School Library Access, Students’ Rights to Read

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Louise Penny’s Three Pines Amazon Prime Trailer

Hello mystery fans! This always makes me smile and hits me in the nostalgia feels. As for mysteries, let’s check out some new releases, ghostly backlist, something to watch, and news.

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Library Card Sticky Notes by PeanutButterTaco

Along with journals, there is no such thing in mind as having enough sticky notes. ($3)

New Releases

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By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Gone (Murder, She Wrote #1) by Stephanie Kuehn

I was in the middle of writing this when the Angela Lansbury news broke 🙁 Jessica Fletcher has a grandniece following in her footsteps! Bea Fletcher is a teen who writes a cold case column for a website. One night she’s meant to meet up with her best friend Jackson and he doesn’t show up. Startled, she runs off and ends up instead meeting three students from the elite boarding school Broadmoor Academy. It turns out they’re playing a secret society game and she’ll have to join in if she wants to find Jackson…I’m halfway through the audiobook and I like that it’s written as a modern thriller with teens, and mental health, in mind rather than trying to create another version of the show Murder, She Wrote.

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Enola Holmes: Mycroft’s Dangerous Game by Nancy Springer, Giorgia Sposito (Illustrator), Mickey George (Writer), Enrica Angiolini (Colorist)

For fans of graphic novels and the Enola Holmes Netflix adaptation! It’s a new story that is the life of Enola Holmes between the first film and the upcoming new film. The younger teen sister of Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes sets out to find not only Mycroft, who has been taken by anarchists, but especially to retrieve something he has taken from her…

And here’s the second trailer for Enola Holmes 2.

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Riot Recommendations

Let’s do books with (friendly) ghosts!  – I know I’ve mentioned it a bunch but if you still haven’t read Justina Ireland’s Ophie’s Ghosts, it’s a must.

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Murder in G Major (Gethsemane Brown Mysteries #1) by Alexia Gordon

Gethsemane Brown is an American musician who takes a job teaching schoolboys in Ireland. That’s where she’ll obviously have to solve a murder mystery – because it’s a cozy! – and also meet the ghost of the once cottage owner. He’d like Gethsemane to help prove he did not kill his wife, as accused. Bonus: there are five books in this delightful series!

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I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan

At the Mall of America, 16-year-old Sarah makes a few discoveries: she’s dead, murdered, and the mall is purgatory – at least according to her death coach. If she doesn’t want to become a permanent mall walker, she’ll have to figure out what happened and make peace…

Watch Now

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Luckiest Girl Alive on Netflix: Based on the 2015 title by Jessica Knoll and for fans of the rich white people dramas with the unlikable lead. Ani FaNelli reinvented herself as an adult, now a NY magazine writer engaged to a wealthy man, she’s about to have her past life collide with her new life…Starring Mila Kunnis, Finn Wittrock, Connie Britton, Jennifer Beals – you can watch the trailer here.

(If you need a heads up re triggers I’m going to give two main ones: sexual assault and school shooting)

News and Roundups

Book Riot Will Match Your Donation to Taller Salud for Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

All The Books!: Liberty and Vanessa talk new releases including The Storyteller’s Death by Ann Dávila Cardinal, Undercover Latina by Aya de León, and Sinister Graves (A Cash Blackbear Mystery Book 3) by Marcie Rendon.

Baltimore prosecutors drop charges against Adnan Syed in Serial murder case

Angela Lansbury, Murder, She Wrote and Beauty and the Beast Star, Dies at 96

Sat Oct 22: Presente!: Latina Girls Standing up for Justice

Louise Penny’s Three Pines Amazon Prime Trailer

Crime Reporting: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Devil in the White City Loses ‘TÁR’ Director Todd Field Days After Keanu Reeves Departs

Kenneth Branagh Making Third Poirot Murder Mystery with Tina Fey, Jamie Dornan and Michelle Yeoh

Hulu’s Hardy Boys to End After Season 3 (EXCLUSIVE)

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Serial Didn’t Free Adnan Syed

Hello mystery fans! Derry Girls is back with its final season and tomorrow is the finale for Bad Sisters and I can’t wait! In the world of mysteries and books I’ve got for you new releases, backlist for horror fans, and news.

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Book soap by NewLeafCandleCo

If you get an early start on holiday shopping this seems like a great item for book lovers. ($14)

New Releases

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Undercover Latina by Aya de León

This is a fun, family of spies book that also tackles important topics. Soon after finding out that her parents work as spies for a world organization, Andréa Hernández-Baldoquín ends up with her first solo assignment. She’s the only person the agency knows who can pass as white and is 14, the age they need to go undercover in a high school to befriend the estranged son of a white nationalist that they need to find. Not only is Andréa going to have the challenges of being in a new school, a new crush and friends, but she’s going to have to drop the accent in her name, pretend to not speak Spanish, and strip her culture from her life.

The audiobook narrated by Victoria Villarreal is great and I really recommend picking this up next time you need some action, spies, friendship, and fandom in your life. It was my pick for The Best Books We Read July-September 2022.

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A Death on W Street: The Murder of Seth Rich and the Age of Conspiracy by Andy Kroll

Here’s a true crime and narrative political nonfiction that is my current (as of writing this halfway through) audiobook. In 2016 Seth Rich was walking home drunk from a bar and was shot dead in the street. It was the kind of case that would normally only make local news and devastate his family and friends. Instead because he was a Democratic National Committee staffer, his murder and career was weaponized by Fox news creating ludicrous conspiracy theories, including that a pizza restaurant was involved in a global child-trafficking ring. Rather than Rich’s family getting to mourn him and focus on finding his killer, they were thrown into a world of people trying to use their son’s life and murder for political conspiracies. Kroll lays out the timeline of how the DNC’s leaked emails and Seth Rich’s murder were weaponized to fuel right-wing conspiracy theories and who Seth Rich was as his family tried to find justice for Rich. It’s also a look at how the people fueling these kinds of conspiracy theories operate — including making themselves rich – and how the media and social media has played a huge role in it happening.

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Riot Recommendations

If you’re a monthly mood reader, I’ve got some mysteries for horror fans.

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When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

This is a social horror mystery that also has a romance woven in because it’s Alyssa Cole and she’s amazing. Sydney Green is doing her best to get her life in order, dealing with an ill mother, and trying to keep her Brooklyn neighborhood together. She wants to teach the real history of Brooklyn but as she digs deeper into research, partnering with a new neighbor’s husband, neighbors continue to move away, seemingly disappearing…

(TW mentions past domestic violence/panic attacks/past suicide mentioned in detail)

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Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly

Dixie Wheeler, the sole survivor of a family massacre, moves back into her childhood home where the massacre took place. You understand the horror vibes now, yes? She’s questioning whether her uncle, the only person who believed her father was innocent, may be correct. As she starts digging into the case and her childhood the house begins to feel as if it is coming alive…

(TW suicide, including murder suicide and assisted/graphic violence/child murder/stalking)

News and Roundups

Keanu Reeves Exits ‘Devil in the White City’ Series at Hulu (EXCLUSIVE)

ICYMI podcast: Serial Didn’t Free Adnan Syed

Anna Delvey Wins Release From Jail, Gets Barred From Social Media

Crime Writers of Color Podcast: The Illustrious Gary Phillips

Peter Robinson, creator of the Inspector Banks novels, dies aged 72

Two podcasters set out to read every Agatha Christie book. It became much more than that

New Gothic Tales from the Past Four Years

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

Book Banners Insist They Don’t Ban Books

New Right to Read Bill Expands School Library Access, Students’ Rights to Read

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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Fans cheer as Velma is shown crushing on a woman in the new Scooby-Doo movie

Hi mystery fans! I am obsessed with the trailer for Shotgun Wedding and need this movie NOW. Apparently I am here for all the romance + thriller mixes. Now for the mysteries I have for you: new releases, backlist true crime memoirs, something new to watch, and news.

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Flower book black cat Sticker by NeyaStickerShop

I love using stickers like this as bookmarks. ($5)

New Releases

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Jackal by Erin E. Adams

For fans of MCs returning home to their hometown, past and present missing girls mysteries, and a dash of horror. Liz Rocher is returning to her small hometown in Pennsylvania and has a strained relationship with her mom. She’s only there for her best friend Mel’s wedding. That is until Mel’s daughter goes missing and Liz is forced to deal with sudden memories of her childhood, hiding in the woods the night another girl was murdered…

This is my current audiobook listen, which has dual narrators I’m enjoying: Sandra Okuboyejo and William DeMeritt.

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In Myrtle Peril (Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries #4) by Elizabeth C. Bunce

For fans of Victorian mysteries and delightfully precocious kids. Myrtle Hardcastle’s father has a new case: prove or disprove that a girl who once went missing is in fact the current person claiming her family’s fortune. She’s either the girl once lost at sea with her parents or a con artist after money. But things get extra complicated when Mr. Hardcastle is in the hospital for surgery and claims to witness a murder. Now Myrtle has to figure out if it was a delusion or ifin fact her father may be in danger…

This is a delightful series I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. If you want to start at the beginning, pick up Premeditated Myrtle.

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Riot Recommendations

Here are two true crime memoirs that focus on a case while talking about larger issues. With a bonus that both are great audiobooks.

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My Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge’s Police Torture Ring and Death Row by Ronald Kitchen, Thai Jones, Logan McBride

Readers of Just Mercy and A Knock at Midnight should pick this excellent true crime memoir up for the change in view point from lawyer trying to fight the justice system to wrongfully convicted inmate trying to fight the justice system. Ronald Kitchen was a low-level drug dealer in Chicago in the ’80s when he was arrested for murder. He was not the person who’d committed the crime they were accusing him of but after being tortured he signed the confession statement the police had written hoping it would stop the cruelty. From there the justice system continued to fail him on every level and he ended up on death row. This is his story from childhood, wrongful arrest and conviction, life on death row, studying law in prison, and his appeals.

(TW torture/ suicide)

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The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America’s Wildlands by Jon Billman

This is a true crime memoir that focuses on the missing persons case of Jacob Gray — who disappeared from Olympic National Park — and his father Randy who dedicated his life to finding him. We also hear about a lot of other missing persons cases along with the systems that exist, and don’t, for finding a missing person. We also go into the world of conspiracy theorists who believe things like Big Foot is responsible, and the heartbreaking grief of not having any answers to what happened to a loved one. I found this to be as much about the cases, missing people, their loved ones, and missing people trackers as it is about the unknown and what it does to us.

(TW suicide but I didn’t keep detailed notes because it was all mentioned in the same way the news does throughout the book when talking about cases and people. There wasn’t any sexual assault though.)

Watch Now

Do Revenge on Netflix: For fans of revenge, dark academia, and fun ’90s high school films, this takes the idea from Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, except instead of swapping murders they swap revenge. Drea and Eleanor are strangers who have a chance meeting and swap tales of the horrible things recently done to them: Drea’s ex-boyfriend released a nude video of her while they were together and Eleanor’s first crush outed her along with a lie that she was a predator. Starting the new school year, they decide to continue pretending not to know each other in public while setting up full take downs of the other’s nemesis. Starring Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke, you can watch the trailer here.

News and Roundups

Fans cheer as Velma is shown crushing on a woman in the new Scooby-Doo movie

Heather Chavez revealed the cover for her upcoming book Before She Finds Me

Best-Selling Author James Patterson Establishes Scholarships for New Writers at Howard

For Mur Lafferty, Genre Is Everything

Readers’ Most Anticipated Books of October

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

A group of angry library patrons in Texas has gone to court over book removals

Drag Queen Bingo at Library Cancelled After Threats, Though Majority Support It

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Prime Minister Pens Crime Novel with Ragnar Jónasson

Hello mystery fans! I am fully invested in the lives of all the women on the new series A League of Their Own on Prime, and I have the amazing problem of drowning in audiobooks right now. For you, I have new releases, backlist novels starring serial killer’s daughters, and news!

Bookish Goods

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Bookish Reader enamel pin by ShelleyCouvillion

Tote bags should be covered in pins like jean jackets. ($12)

New Releases

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Blackmail and Bibingka (Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #3) by Mia P. Manansala

Lila Macapagal is back! And since she’s opening her own cafe – The Brew-ha Cafe – there are plenty of delicious food and drink descriptions. There’s also murder and mystery! But the cozy kind (you know what I mean!). Plus, all the family drama when Tita Rosie’s son Ronnie returns from living in Florida, because soon follows murder and a blackmail email sent to Tita Rosie that Ronnie’s past wasn’t on the up and up… If you want to start at the beginning pick up Arsenic and Adobo. And I really enjoy Danice Cabanela’s narration on the audiobook and her ease in switching between characters.

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The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict

This sounds like a fun mystery if you’re looking for a book set over the twelve days of Christmas. The deed to the Armitages’ grand family home is a prize this year to the winner of the annual Christmas Game. Lily Armitage refuses to attend until her aunt tells her that playing will finally give her the answers to who murdered her mother decades before…

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Riot Recommendations

This round, let’s do novels starring children of serial killers.

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A Killing Fire by Faye Snowden

Raven Burns grew up with her father, a serial killer, and now works as a cop in Byrd’s Landing, Louisiana. Not only is she dealing with having shot a teenager holding an unloaded gun, but now there’s a string of murders that look as if someone is trying to frame her. She already lives with the guilt of having been a child who didn’t turn in her father and now she’s not the only one questioning if any of him is inside of her… I just finished this audiobook and enjoyed Rachel Handshaw’s narration – definitely going to pick up the sequel, A Killing Rain.

(TW domestic abuse, murder/ mentions past suicide, not detailed/ suicide, detail/ child abuse/ discussion of addiction/ brief ableism)

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A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

Chloe Davis was a child when her father was found guilty of murdering teenage girls. As an adult, she’s moved away from that trauma and place and works as a medical psychologist. But when the killings start again, she’ll be forced to figure out what is happening now and possibly back then… For fans of popcorn thrillers and Rachel Caine.

(TW cutting discussion/ recounts past suicide attempt, detail/ talk of pedophile, no details/ child abuse/ domestic violence/ briefly mentions past miscarriage/ suicidal thoughts, detail)

News and Roundups

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Riot Roundup: The Best Books We Read July-September 2022

For fans of Rachel Howzell Hall, she’s ventured over into the fantasy genre for her next book!

‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ Gets Season 3 Premiere Date (TV News Roundup)

Prime Minister Pens Crime Novel with Ragnar Jónasson

Inside Man Was Inspired By Sherlock In The Most Unexpected Way

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

How Attempts to Ban Books Are Tearing a Texas Community Apart

Who “Parental Rights” Groups Leave Out

Canadian Right-Wing Book Banning Groups Don’t Know How School Boards Work

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Hulu Nabs True-Crime Drama From ‘Little Fires Everywhere,’ ‘Tell Me Lies’ Producers

Hello mystery fans! I’m gonna jump right in this week with all your mystery goodies: new releases, epistolary backlist, and some news.

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2023 Female Authors Desk Postcard Calendar by BookishlyUK

If you’re hoping to get out of 2022 as quickly as possible, here’s a look at a bookish 2023 desktop calendar. ($12+)

New Releases

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Creep: A Love Story by Lygia Day Peñaflor

The pitch for this one is You meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before which L O L talk about serial killer obsessive meets pudding pie cozy– or something. Anyhoo, Laney Villanueva and Nico Fiore are the loving IT couple at Holy Family High School. And Rafi is obsessed with them. So much so she’s determined to become their best friend…What could go wrong?

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Marple: Twelve New Mysteries

If you’re a fan of Naomi Alderman, Leigh Bardugo, Alyssa Cole, Lucy Foley, Elly Griffiths, Natalie Haynes, Jean Kwok, Val McDermid, Karen M. McManus, Dreda Say Mitchell, Kate Mosse, Ruth Ware AND Agatha Christie’s Jane Marple character, this collection is for you! It also makes a perfect holiday gift. It’s twelve brand new stories, starring Miss Marple, written by some of today’s great mystery authors!

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This round’s backlist book theme is brought to you by a word I can never remember, nor spell correctly on the first try: epistolary!

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American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

This is a character driven spy novel in which Marie Mitchell, a Black FBI intelligence officer, is writing her young sons a letter in order to explain recent events. Set in the mid ’80s, we watch Marie’s life growing up and working for the FBI, but more importantly when she’s recruited into a U.S. task force meddling in Burkina Faso’s politics. The audiobook is narrated by Bahni Turpin, who is always excellent.

(I do not remember if this one had TWs, sorry)

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

This is a psychological thriller that is also part epistolary and I think works for horror vibe readers. Rowan Caine takes a nanny job in a dream type home that has all the “smart” new technology with the kind of family that gets the “perfect” label. So why is Rowan in prison writing a letter to her lawyer trying to explain “what really happened”?

(TW that I remember child death and sexual harassment)

News

Hulu Nabs True-Crime Drama From ‘Little Fires Everywhere,’ ‘Tell Me Lies’ Producers

Watch Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr. and more in new ‘Glass Onion’ clip

Candace Cameron Bure Finally Reveals If There Will Be More ‘Aurora Teagarden Mysteries’

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Family Of Jeffrey Dahmer Victim Slams Netflix For ‘Retraumatising’ Them

Hello mystery fans! I am excited that The Great British Bake Off’s recent season is on Netflix US–drown me in all the gentle reality shows, please and thank you. As for mystery content, I’ve got new releases, family drama backlist, and some news.

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5 Pack of Reading/Book Stickers by HandmadeByEllieLou

So many cute bookish stickers! $1

New Releases

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Broken Summer by Jung-Myung Lee, An Seon Jae (Translator)

For fans of character-driven translation! Lee Hanjo’s wife, whose entire life is meant to cater to Hanjo’s career and private life, disappears. It’s the morning of his birthday and they’d had a lovely celebration the night before. It’s baffling that the house is tidied and she’s just gone, leaving behind a manuscript for a novel that appears to center an artist a lot like Hanjo—and it’s not a great look for Hanjo. More importantly the novel will soon be published…

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A Death in Door County (Monster Hunter Mystery #1) by Annelise Ryan

For fans of amateur sleuths! Morgan Carter, a bookstore owner and cryptozoologist in Wisconsin believes in plausible existability: it’s not that she is certain for example that Big Foot exists, it’s that without proof it doesn’t there’s still the chance. After some strange deaths on Lake Michigan, police chief Jon Flanders hires Carter to look into the deaths to rule out murder by creature. What Flanders didn’t count on was Carter not being the best rule follower, nor staying out of danger. Carter, dealing with trauma from her parents’ murder and having been a suspect, isn’t looking to jump into any personal relationships but she has no problem throwing herself into an adventure or mysterious case with her loving dog in tow. I enjoyed Susan Bennett’s narration of the audiobook, especially since her transition to male characters was smooth and didn’t feel exaggerated or like she was hurting her throat.

(TW mentions maternal and child death, not graphic nor detailed/ mentions death by suicide, no detail/ brief domestic abuse/ mentions past child death and accident)

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Let’s do some mysteries with family drama!

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Overturned by Lamar Giles

Nikki Tate is a teen with way too much going on: she’s running the family casino, going to school, playing soccer, playing in illegal games to save up for college and needing to figure out what’s going on with her mom and a man that is not her dad. That’s all before her dad is released from prison, exonerated, and returns with an obsession to find out who framed him. Then people start to die…

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Death in the Family (Shana Merchant #1) by Tessa Wegert

When everyone is a suspect and the family is full of motive! A man goes missing form his bed leaving behind a ton of blood, and his girlfriend, in an Upstate New York private island. Now the investigators who have arrived to sort this out are stuck on said island, with the family, thanks to a storm. Bonus: you also get a remote mystery, past and present storylines, a missing or dead mystery, and a procedural.

(TW panic attack/ PTSD/ talk of statutory)

News and Roundups

Deanna Raybourn shared the cover image for the next Veronica Speedwell, A SINISTER REVENGE!

On the Latest All The Books! Liberty and Tirzah discuss new releases including The Killing Code by Ellie Marney.

Family of Jeffrey Dahmer victim slams Netflix for ‘retraumatising’ them: ‘It’s cruel’

Dan Snow’s History Hit: Agatha Christie with Lucy Worsley

Watch the latest trailer for ‘Enola Holmes 2’

Jennifer Lopez Is an Assassin Protecting Her Daughter in First ‘The Mother’ Teaser

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

Who Are The Groups Banning Books Near You?

City of Chicago and Chicago Public Library Declare Themselves Book Sanctuaries

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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