Unusual Suspects

Austin Butler to Star in Epic Crime Drama CITY ON FIRE

Hi mystery fans! Have you seen the trailer for Apple TV+’s Tetris? It went from video game nerding to thriller RUL quick. It’s obviously very high on my find-time-to-watch list.

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New Releases

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Dirty Laundry by Disha Bose

For fans of past and present stories, multiple POV, small town, and secrets! Three women, one dead: Ciara Dunphy is an influencer with the perfect life; Mishti Guha is stuck in an arranged marriage with an absentee husband/father; Lauren Doyle is the Irish village outcast. Ciara being found dead in her home quickly reveals that the “perfect life” she lived was a lie, as many had reasons to gain from her death…

cover of A Long Stretch of Bad Days by Mindy McGinnis

A Long Stretch of Bad Days by Mindy McGinnis

For fans of past mysteries, snarky humor, and fictional podcasts! Lydia Chass’s entire life plan is immediately endangered when she finds out the school’s counselor messed up and she doesn’t have the credits she needs for college. So the school lets her do a podcast with a focus on the history of the town to make it up. Her focus becomes the town’s Long Stretch of Bad Days: a week that saw a flash flood, tornado, and an unsolved murder. Partnered up with Bristal Jamison, the two teens represent the opposites of the town. Chass is believed to be the wealthy kid, and every Jamison is painted with a wide brush, assumed to be a criminal. At first, their biggest problem is getting along, but soon they’ve added a missing young woman, fallout from Chass’s father representing a defendant the town wants punished, and a lot of things not adding up to the unsolved murder…

I was fully immersed in the audiobook, which is narrated by Brittany Pressley.

(TW mentions of alcoholism/ mentions attempted parental child kidnapping case/ past animal deaths caused by natural disaster/ past domestic violence, brief detail)

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Riot Recommendations

Let’s do some recent paperback releases for readers who have to wait usually a year before getting the format they prefer, or need.

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One-Shot Harry by Gary Phillips

For fans of Walter Mosley and recent historical mysteries. Harry Ingram is a Korean War veteran making a living as a photographer and process server in 1963 Los Angeles. While listening to a police scanner on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Freedom Rally, Ingram thinks a friend’s car is mentioned. After photographing the scene of the accident, he notices something while developing the film that makes him realize he’ll have to prove it was not, in fact, an accident…

paperback cover for I'll Be You

I’ll Be You by Janelle Brown

For fans of mystery solving and crime novels broken down into sections, dual POV, past and present stories, and the exploration of identity, child acting, and feminist wellness cults! Twins Sam and Elli grew up in front of the camera, with only Sam wanting to act. So they learned to switch places to avoid as much as possible. Now as adults, Sam is a year sober and estranged from her sister when her parents call to say that Eli never returned from a retreat and they can no longer take care of her child — a child Sam didn’t know Eli had. Now Sam will have to figure out exactly what kind of retreat her sister was at and where she is now…

If your reading format is the audiobook, it has a narrator for each sister: Julia Whelan and Kate Rudd.

(TW infertility/ addiction/ brief biphobia/ brief fatphobia, diet culture/ emotional cult abuse)

News and Roundups

Florida book-banning: How one former inmate fought the law, and she won

What 100-Year-Old Grace Linn Can Teach Us About Standing Up for the Freedom to Read

5 mysteries and thrillers to transport you this spring

Austin Butler to Star in Epic Crime Drama City On Fire

Martin Scorsese’s new film Killers of the Flower Moon is ‘nearly four hours long’

Netflix’s Kill Boksoon slays with a sharp, stylish take on an assassin balancing work & parenting

Harini Nagendra’s Favourite Historical Mysteries

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