Unusual Suspects

Agatha Christie’s West End hit to make Broadway debut after 70 years

Hi mystery fans! It’s the homestretch to vote/help Reverend Raphael Warnock in the Georgia runoff election (December 6th): lots of things going on to join from textbank, phone bank, even a rally with President Obama. Now let’s end November with new releases, cozies for kitty lovers, and news and roundups.

Bookish Goods

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If you have a random stack of books on the floor, why not tuck them into a little personalized sack? ($20)

New Releases

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Arya Winters and the Cupcakes of Doom (Arya Winters #2) by Amita Murray

This is a quirky mystery series that uses a lot of cozy mystery tropes but also takes some sharp turns away from the genre making it feel unique. Arya Winters has social anxiety, so while she lives in a quaint English village she isn’t going out of her way to spend time with neighbors. When she’s presented with an opportunity to bake her macabre desserts at a two week retreat, she jumps at the opportunity to get away from her meddling neighbors. Except the retreat is filled with new people who want to talk to her and murder is soon to follow…If you want to start at the beginning, pick up Arya Winters and the Tiramisu of Death.

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A World of Curiosities (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #18) by Louise Penny

If you’ve been patiently, or impatiently, awaiting the newest Gamache release, your wait has ended. Past events from Gamache’s life tie into the present: a past murder case of a mother who had two young children, Fiona and Sam; Gamache and his wife had taken Fiona under their wing; recruiting Jean-Guy Beauvoir during that case; a mass slaying in 1989 where a young Gamache was on the scene. Now there are several unsolved murders, Fiona and Sam return to Three Pines, and a long dead stone mason’s letter leads to the unbricking of an attic room filled with puzzles and hidden messages…If you want to start at the beginning of the series, pick up Still Life.

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Riot Recommendations

For cat lovers, here are two cozy mystery series with feline friends.

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Mimi Lee Gets a Clue (A Sassy Cat Mystery #1) by Jennifer J. Chow

For fans of big fluffy white cats that can talk and are sassy! Mimi Lee is currently trying to make her new L.A. pet grooming business successful and constantly dealing with her mom trying to fix her up. But it’s a cozy mystery so soon there is a dead body (a murdered dog breeder) and she’s the suspect because she was heard yelling at him. Maybe Josh, her cute lawyer neighbor, can help her and her cat Marshmallow clear her name!

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Crime and Poetry (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower

For fans of magical bookshops and tuxedo cats! Violet’s grandmother tricks her into returning to her hometown of Cascade Springs, New York from her current life in Chicago because she wants her to run the family’s bookstore. Violet has no plans to stay until a dead body makes her grandmother a suspect. Hopefully with the help of all the books in their store, and a cat named Emerson, she’ll be able to solve this case!

News and Roundups

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20 Best Cozy Mysteries to Curl Up with Right Now

The Mousetrap: Agatha Christie’s West End hit to make Broadway debut after 70 years

Netflix Reveals First Look Images From Upcoming Luther Film (PHOTOS)

The New York Times: New Crime and Mystery Novels

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s hypnotising Cure is one of the most haunting crime dramas of all time

BBC’s Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen — viewers ‘adored’ first episode on famous author

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 Ratings Systems Are Not a Solution

Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See 2022 releases and upcoming 2023 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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