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The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062678416
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Published: William Morrow - January 2nd, 2018

 

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 Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062667571
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Published: Harper - October 17th, 2017

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) Cover Image
$16.00
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) Cover Image
$16.00
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 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812987744
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Published: Random House Trade - 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 Cover Image
$17.99
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 (Darktown #2) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501138799
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Published: Atria Books - September 12th, 2017

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 Cover Image
$20.76
ISBN: 9781590518571
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Published: Other Press (NY) - March 7th, 2017

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 Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781501156007
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - July 25th, 2017

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 Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101990483
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Published: Berkley Books - June 27th, 2017

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 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101990476
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Published: Berkley Books - 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 Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062560292
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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 Cover Image
$14.95
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 (Kopp Sisters Novel #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544409996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 5th, 2017

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 Cover Image
$16.00
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 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501133879
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Published: Atria Books - 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 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812986419
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - 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 Cover Image
$16.00
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 (Longmire Mystery) Cover Image
$13.00
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 Cover Image
$15.99
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 Cover Image
$16.00
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 Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781633880047
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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 Cover Image
$15.95
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.