Unusual Suspects

Fans’ Expectations Ruined the Chances for More SHERLOCK

Hi mystery fans! Anyone else watch the premiere of the BBC’s Killing Eve? I didn’t realize I was craving a good cat and mouse thriller until I was bummed the episode had ended and I didn’t have more. I did however know I was craving more Sandra Oh and I love her character–also, the both arms asleep has possibly, maybe, uh, happened to me. I’d say “don’t judge” but seriously, judge away.

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On Book Riot and Around the Internet:

Tana French has an upcoming novel!!!

This story about a librarian discovering the secret code elderly patrons use is delightful. And also a perfect way to start a mystery novel–hint, hint mystery writers.

Bustle put together The 20 True Crime Books On Goodreads With The Highest Ratings From Users

In news that sounds like a Bones episode: The mystery of the mummy’s head: How the FBI helped crack a 4,000-year-old case

If you haven’t already entered Book Riot is giving away 15 (fifteen!) awesome mystery/thrillers that have released this year.

Adaptation News:

cover image: a very dark black and white image of a house with shrubs in frontMichelle McNamara’s true crime I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (review) will be an HBO docuseries. It is going to give me nightmares but I am going to watch it–during the day.

If you’ve been dying for the adaption of J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels, C.B. Strike mini series(trailer),  to come to the U.S. there’s a good chance you’re going to be happy and then a bit bummed about this news. Yay: it’s coming this June to the U.S. Possibly bummed: it’s going to Cinemax–which I’m not sure many people have? *whispers I didn’t know it still existed

Fans expectations ruined the chances for more Sherlock seasons on BBC, at least according to Martin Freeman: “Being in that show, it is a mini-Beatles thing,” says Freeman. “People’s expectations, some of it’s not fun any more. It’s not a thing to be enjoyed, it’s a thing of: ‘You better f—— do this, otherwise you’re a c—.’ That’s not fun anymore.” Ah, the joys of intense fans.

For fans of The Sinner (trailer), USA Network’s adaptation of Petra Hammesfahr‘s novel, it has officially been renewed for a second season. They seem to be expanding out from the original source material and will give the detective a new case to solve. Based on their statement about staying consistent with the feel of the show I expect another dark whydunnit. As for streaming the first season, Netflix appears to have an actual page for the show without a “play now” button so I’m assuming it’s coming soon.

In reverse adaptation news (novelization) Joseph Fink’s podcast Alice Isn’t Dead is becoming a novel. In the podcast truck driver Keisha is searching for her missing wife Alice who was presumed dead but Keisha keeps seeing her in the background of news reports. The novel will release October 30th, and you can read an excerpt  and listen to the podcast while you wait.


David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon, answers questions on PBS.

Kindle Deals:

Land of Shadows cover image: sunrise LA city image blended into a dark street image with a silhouette of a person walkingLand of Shadows (Detective Elouise Norton #1) by Rachel Howzell Hall is $2.99! (If you’re looking to start at the beginning of a detective series it’s great–review) (A Little Q&A with Rachel Howzell Hall)

The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal is $1.99! Just in time for the sequel, It All Falls Down, coming out in July. (For fans of thrillers– review)

The Night Manager by John le Carré is $2.99!

The Fourth Monkey (4MK Thriller #1) by J.D. Barker is $1.99 Also in time for the sequel releasing in July. (For fans of procedurals, serial killers, and horror–review)

And wow the collection (books 1-3) of Amy Stewart’s Kopp Sisters series is $3.99! (That’s ALL 3 ebooks for $3.99) (All the Books review)

My Week In Reading:

cover image: silhouette of two people in a forest holding flashlights everything washed in blue colorsI am a monster and have tossed aside a bunch of books this week, le sigh. But I am reading Steph Cha’s Dead Soon Enough–I really enjoy this modern noir series. I started reading White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig which made me realize I can’t say no to the wakes-up-holding-knife-next-to-dead-body-but-has-no-memory plot. So far it has notes of horror and is a bit soapy, which I’m here for. And from the library–ensuring I will not have a relaxing weekend–I got A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller. Hope you’re all reading something excellent!

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Until next time, keep investigating! And in the meantime come talk books with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy–you can find me under Jamie Canaves.

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