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Idris Elba Says ‘Luther’ Film Is Finished

Hi mystery fans! The first two episodes of The Legend of the Blue Sea (Hulu and Viki) are hilarious! And I am halfway through building LEGO’s Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night, I am in awe of how clever designers are. Now on to all the mystery: new releases, backlist starring siblings, news and roundups.

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New Releases

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Next of Kin by Kia Abdullah

Here’s one for readers of complicated, gut-punching, legal cases and family dramas. Leila Syed was in charge of taking her young nephew and dropping him off at his nursery school. But on the way to work she’d gotten a call from her architecture firm about an “emergency” with a presentation she was giving that morning. It’s how she was so distracted that she left her nephew in the car on the hottest day of the year. It’s a complicated, more than one thinks story, told in three parts, including the court case.

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The Killing Code by Ellie Marney

For fans of historical mysteries, women groups, and interesting jobs. Set in Virginia, 1943, we start with a group of women working as code breakers, including one who technically was given a dead woman’s identity – which will obviously complicate things. The women are all very different from each other but come together with one goal: solve the murder of a woman. A crime scene they stumbled across when they went out to find one of their own who hadn’t come home. Soon it’s clear this is a serial killer and the women spend their days working to break codes for the war and their off hours following clues, joining with a reporter, and doing their best to catch a killer. So clearly they’re also putting themselves in danger! I really loved the women, friendship, the sapphic love story, the details of their breaking codes, and rooting for each one of them. Bonus: Natalie Naudus and Kelsey Navarro do an excellent job narrating the audiobook.

(TW date rape drug use, no assault/ murder victims raped, not on page nor detailed/ antisemitism/ attempted sexual assault)

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Riot Recommendations

I’m currently reading a 2013 title I’m really excited about (Unnatural Ends by Christopher Huang) which focuses on siblings, so I thought I’d pick a couple books this week with siblings at the center.

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Body and Soul Food (Books & Biscuits Mystery #1) by Abby Collette

Let’s start with a cozy mystery set in a bookstore cafe with twins who were separated as children and now reunited. Koby Hill and Keaton Rutledge were separated as toddlers in foster care and are now weeks away from opening a bookstore and soul food cafe. So they’re busy enough when Koby’s foster brother is murdered and Keaton, thinking this sounds like an Agatha Christie novel, decides to investigate. Time to solve a murder and open a successful business!

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The Night They Vanished by Vanessa Savage

Here’s a mystery/thriller that alternates POV between two sisters. Hanna is estranged from her family and having a bit of a crap time, seeing as she’s broken up with her boyfriend and the blind-ish date she went on turned out to have a dark tourism website with her family’s home. Her date swears his site was hacked. But when Hanna involves the police to find her family, all they have is that they’ve moved but no one can find them. Sasha, Hanna’s 14-year-old sister, lives a super restrictive life: her father never wants her to step out of line and be anything like the rebellious teen Hanna was. But she wants to learn more about why, and about her sister, so she starts breaking the rules just a bit… If you’re an audiobook listener, Lowri Walton does a great job.

(TW brief mention partner abuse/ stalking/ mentions past suicide)

News and Roundups

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66 New Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Is there something weird going on with the writer of Argylle, Henry Cavill’s new Apple spy thriller?

Mystery Loves Democracy has a bunch of auction items from great mystery/thriller writers you can bid on: “We’re crime fiction writers, fans, and friends who believe all eligible voters deserve to have their voices heard. The funds we raise will support Fair Fight Action in their nationwide efforts to combat voter suppression.”

Richard Osman: ‘The Bullet That Missed isn’t the end for the Thursday Murder Club’

12 Contemporary Writers Take on Agatha Christie’s Iconic Miss Marple

Idris Elba says ‘Luther’ film is finished

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A judge on Monday will consider whether to vacate Adnan Syed’s murder conviction

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 Bans Impact Over 4 Million Students: PEN America’s Sobering New Report

American Library Association’s New Book Censorship Data Released in Advance of Banned Books Week

A Banned Books Week Action List

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