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Mother May I: A Novel By Joshilyn Jackson Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062855343
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Published: William Morrow - April 6th, 2021

Death at Greenway: A Novel By Lori Rader-Day Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062938046
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 12th, 2021

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One by One By Ruth Ware Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501188824
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 4th, 2021

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Disappearing Earth By Julia Phillips Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525436225
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2020

An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good By Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by) Cover Image
By Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781641290111
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Published: Soho Crime - November 6th, 2018

Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries #1) By Andrew Shaffer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683690399
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Published: Quirk Books - July 10th, 2018

The Lucky One: A Novel By Lori Rader-Day Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062938077
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 18th, 2020

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Under a Dark Sky: A Novel By Lori Rader-Day Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062560308
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 7th, 2018

Heart of Junk: A Novel By Luke Geddes Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982106676
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 12th, 2021

Winter Grave (An Embla Nyström Investigation #2) By Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by) Cover Image
By Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781641292115
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Published: Soho Crime - November 3rd, 2020

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Three Hours in Paris By Cara Black Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781641292580
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Published: Soho Crime - March 30th, 2021

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Anxious People: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160844
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 6th, 2021

The Body in Question: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jill Ciment Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525565376
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Published: Vintage - May 19th, 2020

Kopp Sisters On The March (A Kopp Sisters Novel #5) By Amy Stewart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358299646
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Published: Mariner Books - May 5th, 2020

The Wolf Wants In: A Novel By Laura McHugh Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399590290
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 26th, 2020

The Stranger Inside By Laura Benedict Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316444934
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Published: Mulholland Books - February 25th, 2020

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Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History By Tori Telfer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062433732
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 10th, 2017

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Article 353: A Novel By Tanguy Viel, William Rodarmor (Translated by) Cover Image
By Tanguy Viel, William Rodarmor (Translated by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781590519332
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Published: Other Press - March 12th, 2019

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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland By Patrick Radden Keefe Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307279286
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2020

Who Is Vera Kelly? (A Vera Kelly Story #1) By Rosalie Knecht Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781947793019
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Published: Tin House Books - June 12th, 2018

Beyond All Reasonable Doubt: A Novel By Malin Persson Giolito, Rachel Willson-Broyles (Translated by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590519196
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Published: Other Press - June 4th, 2019

Never Have I Ever: A Novel By Joshilyn Jackson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062855329
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 28th, 2020

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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel By Oyinkan Braithwaite Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525564201
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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062319791
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2019

November Road: A Thriller By Lou Berney Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062663856
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 22nd, 2019

Sugar Run: A Novel By Mesha Maren Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616209810
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 8th, 2019

Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery By Fred Van Lente Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683690368
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Published: Quirk Books - June 5th, 2018

Hope Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries #2) By Andrew Shaffer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683691228
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Published: Quirk Books - July 9th, 2019

Nothing Can Hurt You By Nicola Maye Goldberg Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635577761
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 29th, 2021

Freefall: A Novel By Jessica Barry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062874849
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 21st, 2020

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The Woman in the Window: A Novel By A. J. Finn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062678423
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 5th, 2019

 

I just imagine this book being made into a movie like an updated version of Alfred Hitchcock. It has all of the intensity and setup that you crave from Hitchcock with a very modern and timely shakeup. I listened to the audiobook on Libro.fm and loved the narration. It kept me on the edge of my seat!


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The Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel By Liv Constantine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062667588
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - July 3rd, 2018

The first half of this book will leave you wondering why people have been talking about this book. Amber is a terrible person who is trying to do terrible things. And then the switch happens in the middle that leaves you with your jaw on the floor. This is a combination of Gone Girl with Fifty Shades (taking the most interesting parts of both of those books).


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The Bad Break: A Riley Ellison Mystery (Riley Ellison Mysteries #2) By Jill Orr Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945551208
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Published: Prospect Park Books - April 3rd, 2018

I love the character of Riley. She has spunk and would react to these situations much like I would-with a little fear and a lot of ‘someone’s got to do it’. It is a thoroughly pleasurable read. This is the further escapades of Riley.


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The Good Byline: A Riley Ellison Mystery (Riley Ellison Mysteries #1) By Jill Orr Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781938849916
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Published: Prospect Park Books - April 11th, 2017

I love the character of Riley. She has spunk and would react to these situations much like I would-with a little fear and a lot of ‘someone’s got to do it’. It is a thoroughly pleasurable read. This is the first in the series.


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Missing, Presumed: A Novel (Manon Bradshaw #1) By Susie Steiner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812987744
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 7th, 2017

If you love Happy Valley as much as I do (please say you know what I am talking about), you will love this book! The detective at the heart of this procedural is flawed and wonderful and needs a police scanner to be able to fall asleep. I loved the characters. I loved the mystery. And the TWIST!


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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir By Alex Marzano-Lesnevich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250080554
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 8th, 2018

A book dealing with the murder of a child does not immediately scream staff pick, but trust me that this book is incredibly interesting and haunting. The author is completely immersed in the story so it is part memoir and part true crime. She was working with a firm that dealt with capital punishment cases when she first heard of this case. From there, it rocked her entire life bringing out her own past. It is definitely a book that will make you think deeply about your own feelings towards the death penalty.


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Lightning Men: A Novel (The Darktown Series #2) By Thomas Mullen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501138805
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Published: 37 Ink - June 5th, 2018

There are so many things happening in this book that unfortunately are coming back into the spotlight. Fascists, the KKK, racism, and civil rights provide the context for the crazy crimes that Atlanta's first black police officers have to deal with in Lightning Men. Thomas Mullen's ability to create an intricate web of crimes makes you feel like the spider is anywhere about to drop in. I was captivated and amazed. I am so thrilled that the characters from Darktown get to continue having a story.


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Quicksand: A Novel By Malin Persson Giolito, Rachel Willson-Broyles (Translated by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590519479
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Published: Other Press - August 7th, 2018

For everyone who wants more behind the scenes of a courtroom, this is the book. The narrator keeps you so involved in the story.  I could not put this book down. I had to find out the rest of the story. There were several points where I audibly gasped because I was so surprised. For fans of SVU and so much more.


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The Lying Game: A Novel By Ruth Ware Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501156205
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 6th, 2018

Complete edge of your seat! Completely thrilling! 
I could not figure things out fast enough, so I was constantly surprised by what was happening. Four friends share a secret and share a bond that holds through time and distance.
I love all of Ruth Ware's books and would be hard pressed to find a favorite. She is the Agatha Christie of today.


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The Child By Fiona Barton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101990490
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Published: Berkley - March 6th, 2018

The characters of this story make it more than just a psychological mystery. I loved Fiona's first book (The Widow), and think that she has really captured the heart of the genre. In The Child, the skeleton of a child has been discovered in a construction site and the details of the circumstances are completely unknown. It is only through the super journalistic skills of Kate that the story gets more than just a small article in a paper. She flushed the story out and gives it the humanity that it deserves. 


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The Widow By Fiona Barton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101990476
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Published: Berkley - January 17th, 2017

You will not be able to put this book down! It was addictive and suspenseful and you actually care for the characters. The widow has to figure out how to put her life together after years of turmoil. Her husband has been accused of a heinous crime, but how much does she know?


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The Day I Died: A Novel By Lori Rader-Day Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 11th, 2017

I have been a huge fan of Lori Rader-Day since her debut mystery, and I can honestly say that her books keep getting better. I was immediately drawn into The Day I Died with a stunning first chapter and the development of a murder and a missing child. Anna is a woman on the run. She is a handwriting expert (the details of this are fascinating), trying to adapt to a new place, and stuggling to raise a teenager. This story has so many layers that you will not be able to put it down. The pages seem to turn themselves. Also, Lori named a character after me, so now you really need to buy this book.


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Girl Waits With Gun (A Kopp Sisters Novel #1) By Amy Stewart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544800830
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 2016

The Kopp sisters are delightful characters! Girl Waits With Gun is an amazing historical mystery with plenty of edge and proper etiquette. The world these women live in is quickly changing before their eyes. How do they adapt to everything that is happening to them? 

A wicked man in an automobile runs into their buggy, and Constance Kopp is forced to take matters into her own hands. He is not the kind of man that you would want to cross. Between bricks being thrown through their windows and taking care of the farm, the Kopp sisters have a lot on their plate. I am thrilled to continue reading this series and living in the world of 20th century women.


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Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions (A Kopp Sisters Novel #3) By Amy Stewart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328497611
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Published: Mariner Books - May 1st, 2018

The saga of the Kopp Sisters continues with Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions. This time Constance takes on the even for the time ridiculous laws regarding what women can and cannot do for the sake of their virtue. Constance does not find this to be fair and works hard for her own equality and the equality of the women she encounters both in and out of the prison she has been put in charge of. Incredible historical fiction (based on actual people) for fans of Miss Fisher's Mysteries.


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The Couple Next Door: A Novel By Shari Lapena Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735221109
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Published: Penguin Books - May 30th, 2017

So dark and twisted. I suspected every single character at any given point through the book. It really kept me guessing. What secrets can people hide and how far will they go to hide it? Think Gone Girl but with redeeming qualities.


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Darktown: A Novel (The Darktown Series #1) By Thomas Mullen Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501133879
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Published: 37 Ink - June 6th, 2017

Historical fiction, police procedural, and civil rights! This gripping mystery will keep you coming back. This story is based on the first 8 African American police officers in Atlanta after World War II. The varying perspectives jump around to multiple policemen and give different views of the world. I found the characters and the scenerio so fascinating that I hope it becomes a series or a movie or television show or something. I want more from this world.


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Arrowood: A Novel By Laura McHugh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812986419
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Published: Random House - May 30th, 2017

I could not put it down! This is the perfect blend of everything I love about mysteries. The story starts nearly 20 years ago when twin girls are abducted from the yard of their historic Keokuk, Iowa mansion while their older sister picks them flowers from the backyard. For years, the family ran from this terrible crime but now Arden, the protagonist, has returned to the small town in Iowa to face her demons after her father's death. This book is about true crime enthusiasts (which I am), family in a small Midwestern city (like where I am from), and struggling to figure out your life (who isn't struggling with this?). I think readers of all ages can truly connect to the idea of where you are from not being the same as it is today. I get this feeling every time I go back home. But getting back to the mystery of the book. McHugh does a great job of making the book super spooky, unpredictable, suspenseful, and haunting. I loved the characters in the book. I think McHugh is really growing into a suspense author powerhouse. 


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The Woman in Cabin 10 By Ruth Ware Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501132957
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 11th, 2017

Again, Ruth Ware writes the book of the summer!  This is one that you will not be able to put down.  Such a expertly crafted mystery with drunken journalists, an outrageously expensive and luxurious private cruise, beautiful surroundings, and an entire boat of suspects.  It is perfectly British and perfectly wonderful.


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The Highwayman: A Longmire Story (A Longmire Mystery) By Craig Johnson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220904
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Published: Penguin Books - May 16th, 2017

Super spooky.  Super atmospheric.  Not just for lovers of the Longmire series (this was my first foray outside of the TV series).  Craig Johnson makes me want to go to Montana.


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Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel By Jessica Knoll Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476789644
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2016

ou are going to have to forgive my language, but this book is super f---ked up.  It should probably come with trigger warnings.  All that included, I am still recommending this book for dark mystery readers.  Fans of Gillian Flynn type readers.  The main character is absolutely despicable, but you can tell there is some reason for it.  And then it all comes crashing down.  The shit hits the fan and you cannot put it down.


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In a Dark, Dark Wood By Ruth Ware Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501112331
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 19th, 2016

This is the mystery your friends all need to read so that you can talk about it over a bottle of wine.  It starts off with a huge bang and keeps going as you wonder just what in the world happened deep in the woods.  Unlike other psychological mysteries, you will like the characters and honestly fear for their safety.  This debut novel from a debut publisher will make you fall in love with both the author and everyone who made this book happen.  Read it and give a copy to your friend.


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Little Pretty Things By Lori Rader-Day Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781633880047
Published: Seventh Street Books - July 7th, 2015

I have stayed in my fair share of seedy motels and completely feel like the mind can immediately go to the darkest places.  In Little Pretty Things, we are taken to one of those dark places with the death of an estranged best friend who has returned to her small town holding secrets (and a very large diamond).  I am a HUGE fan of Lori Rader-Day.  She just keeps getting better.  Her twists and turns keep you on the tips of your toes.  Also, her characters are so vivid like you have known them for years.  If you want to read a great mystery that really makes you feel, read this book!


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Descent: A Novel By Tim Johnston Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616204778
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 1st, 2015

Not your run-of-the-mill mystery.  At the core is a teenage girl who has disappeared while on a run.  Her family had been vacationing in Colorado.  The story lies with how her family copes with the everyday struggle of living with hope.  It is beautifully crafted and works with present day and flashbacks.  This book was not what I was expecting, but I was not disappointed.


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Hunting Game (An Embla Nyström Investigation #1) By Helene Tursten, Paul Norlen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Helene Tursten, Paul Norlen (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781641290975
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Published: Soho Crime - November 12th, 2019

I picked up this book because I loved Elderly Lady is Up to No Good. This is the first book in a new series by Helene Tursten featuring Embla Nyström as a badass Swedish detective! Embla is on her regular hunting party when two people wind up dead. The radiation of chill from the pages will make you feel like you are deep in the taiga forests. The darkness surrounds you. The mystery could be anywhere.