Categories
Unusual Suspects

August Mystery Releases Is Stacked!

Hello mystery fans! I’m here with a bunch of August releases for all the crime reading tastes from YA to Swedish Noir.

Bullet Train cover image

Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka, Sam Malissa (Translation)

If you want a thriller set on a train that is being adapted, starring Brad Pitt, into a film releasing in 2022, this is your book! A bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka has criminals and victims on board, and a suitcase that they come to realize they are all after…

How We Fall Apart cover image

How We Fall Apart (How We Fall Apart #1) by Katie Zhao

If you’re looking for dark academia–with a cover I’m obsessed with–here you go! After a recent death of a high school student that leaves everyone shocked, things take an even more shocking turn when a group of friends are accused of causing her death. The accuser is anonymous and will be releasing what they know about each “friend” slowly and publicly…

(The author provides TWs on her website and at the beginning of the book: “Please note that this book contains depictions of abuse, self-harm, violence, parental neglect, panic attacks, drug use, mental illness, an inappropriate student/teacher relationship, racism, and suicidal thoughts.”)

Gone for Good cover image

Gone for Good (Detective Annalisa Vega #1) by Joanna Schaffhausen

I will read anything Schaffhausen writes as she always writes darkish mysteries with great lead characters that feel like the procedural shows that I love and inhale. This is the start to a new series and the first case is a serial killer that went dark until a group of amateur sleuths started poking around, Now there’s either a copycat or the real killer is back… Pick this one up if you need something that will suck you in and keep you turning pages, and then grab her first series The Vanishing Season (Review). Also, please someone adapt her two series into TV series, they are perfect for it!

(TW: parent with Parkinson’s/ mentions past rape case, not graphic/ date rape scene recounted/ discussions of domestic and partner abuse/ past murder suicide recounted, detail/ ableism)

A Slow Fire Burning cover image

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

The author of The Girl On the Train is back with a new thriller. We have a dead man on a houseboat and three women connected starting with the one-night stand. There’s gonna be so many secrets–I love secrets as much as Marie Kondo loves mess!

The Cannonball Tree Mystery cover image

The Cannonball Tree Mystery (Crown Colony #5) by Ovidia Yu

If you’re a fan of historical mysteries, this is a great series set in Syonan, Japanese-occupied Singapore, which follows an orphaned girl who survived Polio, SuLin. This time around she finds a relative who’d been blackmailing her dead, and well that’s not the only death to come that benefits her… If you want to start at the beginning pickup The Frangipani Tree Mystery (Review).

The Turnout cover image

The Turnout by Megan Abbott

Mmmmm, a new delicious Megan Abbott book about obsession, family, and not being able to find your place in the present because of the past, set in a family-owned ballet studio. (Review)

We Were Never Here cover image

We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz

The author of The Herd is back with a mystery thriller about best friends and a trip gone horribly wrong–again! I mean how many times is too many times for a backpacker being murdered in self-defense while you’re on vacation?

Velvet Was The Night cover image

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I’m a big fan of Moreno-Garcia and always pick up her books. I love that she writes in so many genres but especially get excited when it’s crime. Here’s her take on noir set in Mexico City in the 1970s, following a secretary looking into the suspicious disappearance of her neighbor…

The Husbands cover image

The Husbands by Chandler Baker

This reads like a Liane Moriarty mystery where you get the mystery at the beginning and then take a deep dive into character’s everyday lives before it all comes together at the end. A hanging-by-a-thread full time lawyer and full time mom decides to investigate an arson in an exclusive neighborhood she wants to move to. What could go wrong? You’re in a crime book, woman! PS: If you don’t like spoilers, stay away from the summary and comps for this one.

(TW domestic abuse)

Clark and Division cover image

Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara

Here’s a historical mystery set in 1944 Chicago where Aki Ito and her parents have been resettled after being released from interment camps in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Set to reunite with her older sister Rose, Aki is shocked to discover she’d been killed and her death ruled a suicide. Knowing that isn’t the full story, Aki sets out to find out what happened to Rose.

You Can Run cover image

You Can Run by Karen Cleveland

Spy thriller! Jill Bailey is a CIA analyst who was just given a choice: save her son who has been kidnapped or do what the kidnappers want. Also involved is a journalist whose been given a career-making tip about the CIA…

The Guide cover image

The Guide by Peter Heller

Imagine taking a job for an elite fishing lodge in Colorado to escape life and deal with grief. One would think nature could help heal, except what if things aren’t as they seem and that scream you heard in the middle of the night means danger?

The Night Singer cover image

The Night Singer (Ölandsbrotten #1) by Johanna Mo, Alice Menzies (Translation)

If you’re looking for a Swedish procedural, here’s one that hits the tropes of returns-home-after-tragedy (father convicted of murder) and trying to settle into a new job with a new partner and solve a whopper of a case: a teen’s murder.

56 Days cover image

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

I really liked Howard’s previous novels The Liar’s Girl and The Nothing Man so I’m excited for this one. Set in Dublin, Ciara and Oliver meet at the very beginning of the pandemic and decide to move in together in order to avoid lockdown keeping them apart. Except this is not a romance novel but rather a crime novel, and at the end there’s a body discovered and a difficult case: did the lockdown provide the perfect situation to get away with a crime?

The Madness of Crowds cover image

The Madness of Crowds (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #17) by Louise Penny

For Inspector Gamache fans, you have a new book! If you’re looking to sink into a great series set in the Québec village of Three Pines and want to start at the beginning of this procedural, pick up Still Life and work your way forward.


Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2021 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.

If a mystery fan forwarded this newsletter to you and you’d like your very own, you can sign up here.

Categories
Unusual Suspects

Dolly Parton Wrote A Thriller, This Is Not A Drill!

Hi mystery fans! Time for all the mystery link goodness, great ebook deals, and something new to stream.

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

Mango Mambo and Murder cover image

Mood-Boosting Cozy Mysteries Are Increasingly Diverse

Nusrah and Katie talk about mysteries based on real-life happenings.

Dolly Parton Is Co-Writing a Mystery Novel with James Patterson (I hope it has her humor!)

Excerpt and cover reveal: The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

Murder By The Book is thrilled to team up with Crime Writers of Color for a virtual version of the Underrepresented Voices reception that was originally scheduled to take place at Bouchercon in New Orleans.

Hear Sherlock Holmes Stories Read by The Great Christopher Lee

The days are getting shorter. Embrace the dark with 4 mystery and crime novels

Thrilling Summer Reading: 12 Page-Turners

Bone Black cover image

18 Canadian mysteries & thrillers to read in summer 2021

First look: The Plot author Jean Hanff Korelitz’s next novel is the ultimate unhappy-family story

The Big Sleep: The most baffling film ever made

Deanna Raybourn finished her assassins book and I am so excited!

The sequel to Dead Dead Girls is coming in 2022 and here’s the cover!

The Korean Literary Crime Wave: Pyun Hye-young’s The Law of Lines and Yun Ko-eun’s The Disaster Tourist

Writer’s Bone Episode 492: Megan Abbott, Author of The Turnout

Giveaway: Win a Horror Lover’s Prize Pack plus $200 to spend on Books!

Watch Now

Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu: The series is an adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s same titled novel, about a group of strangers who end up together at a wellness retreat. The novel was fiction with a “wait for it” crime tag and while I’m not sure how much it’ll lean toward crime, it’s created by David E. Kelley who did the Moriarty adaptation of Big Little Lies. And the cast is amazing including Regina Hall, Manny Jacinto, Melissa McCarthy, Nicole Kidman, Bobby Cannavale–to name some. Watch the trailer.

Recent interests that may also interest you + my reading life

Reading: Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett; Don’t Call It a Cult by Sarah Berman; Accidentally Engaged By Farah Heron
Streaming: Mythic Quest on Apple TV+ which I had originally skipped but am so glad it was recommended to me because it’s really well written and funny.
Laughing: Too true.
Helping: Alyssa Cole started a Birthday Book Drive with a “curated wishlist of books by Black romance authors that you can buy to donate to incarcerated readers!”
Upcoming: Kelly J Ford announced her upcoming novel “about messy, middle aged, murdery queers”: Bad As All That.

Kindle Deals

(TWs can be found in review links)

From the Desk of Zoe Washington cover image

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

I’m starting with two GREAT middle grade mystery novels. Before you skip over because you don’t read middle grade ,at these prices it’s a great way to try one and realize they are fantastic reads for all ages. For $1.99 you can read all about a 7th grader who applies to be on a baking competition (think GBBO) and finds out at the same time that her bio dad, who she’s always known is in prison for murdering a woman, still says he’s innocent which is the part she didn’t know. Thus begins the mystery. Get this book! (Review)

The Parker Inheritance cover image

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

And your second middle grade read is also $1.99, but this one has a puzzle mystery and has past and present mystery. It follows a girl who’s just moved after her parents divorce and is trying to find her place, and also solve a mystery. For readers who don’t read middle grade because they think it’s too juvenile, here’s one that may surprise you at how well they can handle real topics with nuance. (Review)

Theme Music cover image

Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly

Spooky season is almost here so for anyone looking for a dark mystery for horror fans, here’s one for $4.99. (Review)


Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2021 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.

If a mystery fan forwarded this newsletter to you and you’d like your very own, you can sign up here.

Categories
Unusual Suspects

Mysteries To Make You Laugh

Hello mystery fans! I was going to do true crime this week (don’t worry I will soon) but honestly it feels like many people need something to read for an escape and hopefully a laugh. So I put together funny mysteries, with different humor, and different types of mysteries to hopefully hit as many reader tastes as possible.

Dial A For Aunties cover image

Dial A for Aunties (Aunties #1) by Jesse Q. Sutanto

If you like comedy of errors, big messy families full of love, food, and some romance, this will delight you. It starts with a very ill-advised setup date that ends in accidental murder (you won’t feel bad!) and the family that is trying to cover it up while throwing a lavish wedding. Gotta hide the cooler with the body!

Secrets Lies & Crawfish Pies cover image

Secrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies (Romaine Wilder #1) by Abby L. Vandiver

Before Vandiver (under the name Abby Collette), published A Deadly Inside Scoop, she had this cozy series which follows a returned home medical-examiner who gets stuck solving a murder with Auntie Zanne, who owns a funeral home and is the zany funny kind of side character always leading them into trouble.

The Spellman Files cover image

The Spellman Files (The Spellmans #1) by Lisa Lutz

Here’s an entire family of PIs that are ridiculous, do not understand personal boundaries, and are always finding trouble. The series focuses on the middle child, who is in her ’20s, and is filled with dark humor and shenanigans. I don’t want to be a member of this family but I would like to be a neighbor–far enough to not be a target–to just sit back and watch for all the entertainment and laughs.

(TW alcoholism/ suicide attempt mentioned/ molestation incident mentioned)

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It cover image

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It (Finlay Donovan #1) by Elle Cosimano

If you’re a fan of funny inner monologues and ridiculous situations, this is a lot of fun. Donovan is having a really hard time: her ex-husband is being a jerk; she has two young kids and her babysitter is missing; and she’s not only past due on all bills—she’s also past due on handing in her manuscript. So when a coffee house patron hears her recount the plot to her book and thinks she’s actually a hired hit woman and tries to hire her, Donovan briefly thinks well, it is a lot of money…

(TW date raper/ stalker)

A Bad Day for Sunshine cover image

A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram #1) by Darynda Jones

This is another series where ridiculous things happening keeps the series feeling light. For starters, Vicram literally becomes the Sheriff of Del Sol, New Mexico without her knowledge. How? Her parents entered her in the election. So now she’s back home, with a young daughter, the mystery of her teenage kidnapping still circling, her childhood love, and all the ridiculous people she deals with. If you’re a fan of Stephanie Plum, Kinsey Millhone, and Gilmore Girls, you’ll love this series.

(TW past child suicide thoughts and attempt, detail/ past date rape, kidnapping)

From The Book Riot Crime Vault

Getting Gritty: 11 Authors like David Baldacci

Thought I’d share the last funny mysteries newsletter I wrote in 2018.


Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2021 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.

If a mystery fan forwarded this newsletter to you and you’d like your very own, you can sign up here.

Categories
Unusual Suspects

What Murder Mysteries Get Wrong About Forensic Sciences

Hi mystery fans! Fridays keep rolling around which is great news if you’re looking forward to mystery news, adaptations, roundups, and ebook deals!

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

A Rising Man cover image

The Thrill of Days Past: 8 Historical Suspense Novels

Liberty and Vanessa chat new book releases including Gone for Good by Joanna Schaffhausen on the latest All The Books!

9 Mysteries With Environment and Conservation Themes

What Murder Mysteries Get Wrong About Forensic Sciences

Bouchercon New Orleans 2021 Cancelled Due to Covid Concerns

Velvet Was The Night cover image

11 Novels You Should Read This August

Let’s Talk Murder Books: Women in Crime Fiction Panel

Love to see it! Jenna Bush Hager picks first mystery novel for Read With Jenna book club

Agora Books signs six unpublished manuscripts from Henrietta Hamilton

Why Did It Take So Long For A New Murder, She Baked To Get Made? Hannah Swensen Actress Alison Sweeney Explains

Broken Places cover image

Crime Writers of Color podcast: Tracy Clark–Cass Raines, Chicago and Oh That Snap!

Exclusive: Jodie Comer on Killing Eve’s “bittersweet” ending

The final season of Lucifer premieres September 10

John Lithgow is the latest addition to Killers Of The Flower Moon

The Mapleworth Murders coming to Roku Channel

The Best True Crime Documentaries Streaming on Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO Max

Horowitz becomes Japan’s most-decorated foreign crime author

Giveaway: Win a Pair of AirPods Pro!

Giveaway: Enter to Win a $250 Gift Card to Barnes and Noble: August, 2021

Watch Now

Gone For Good on Netflix: A new French series based on Harlan Coben’s standalone crime novel of the same name. NOT to be confused by Joanna Schaffhausen’s new (and excellent) crime novel ALSO titled Gone for Good. Okay, so Coben’s adaptation on Netflix is about Guillaume Lucchesi who years ago had his brother and first love die. Now his girlfriend is missing… Watch the trailer.

Recent interests that may also interest you + my reading life

Reading: A Will to Kill by R.V. Raman; These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall; Miss Moriarty, I Presume? (Lady Sherlock, #6) by Sherry Thomas
Streaming: Making the Cut S2 (Heidi Klum + Tim Gunn) on Prime Video
Laughing: I randomly think about this and burst out laughing.
Helping: No Off Years
Upcoming: “Pushing Daisies meets Dexter” GIVE ME NOW: Magic, Lies, and Murder Pies by Misha Popp

Kindle Deals

In the Dog House by VM Burns cover image

In the Dog House (Dog Club Mystery #1) by V.M. Burns

Start a cozy mystery ($3.99!) with dog lovers (no talking pooches) that has four more books in the series to marathon for some pup loving comfort. (Review)

We Keep the Dead Close cover image

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper

For readers of true crime and memoir, here’s one about a forty year old murder mystery that had become a “rumor” and the Harvard undergrad that heard about it and decided to investigate how a past student’s murder had gone so long unsolved–on sale for $3.99. (Review)

Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy cover image

Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy by Ben Macintyre

A nonfiction biography that reads like a spy novel for $3.99! (Review)


Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2021 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.

If a mystery fan forwarded this newsletter to you and you’d like your very own, you can sign up here.

Categories
Unusual Suspects

Wait For It… Crime Novels

Hello mystery fans! This week I have for you three books that absolutely have crime in them, with one solidly in the suspense category and the other two walking in the literary and contemporary area with a “wait for it” tag…

cover image of White Ivy by Susie Yang

White Ivy by Susie Yang

This is a story we’ve seen before, the “desperate” social climber, but finally with a voice that isn’t a white girl/woman like we are so used to.

From a young age Ivy Lin picks up the habit of stealing things while growing up near Boston and coveting the wealthier things including the son of a political family, Gideon Speyer. That is until her life takes a swift change and she’s shipped off to China, again to face the vast difference between wealth and poverty.

Now as an adult, still wanting the things she believes she deserves, she has an opportunity to once again make her way into Gideon Speyer’s life and have what she covets. But can she be what she pretends long enough to have it?

This does a great job of exploring class, race, obsession, and an antihero within an interesting story as you wonder: will anyone come away from this better?

(TW child abuse/ brief mention of eating disorder, detail/ partner abuse scene/ brief suicidal thought)

The Turnout cover image

The Turnout by Megan Abbott

A new Megan Abbott book is always something to celebrate! And once again we have an obsession (ballet) and a constant pulsing tension throughout the book that is impossible to ignore. It’s a story about sisters and family and being haunted by the past when you can’t find a footing in the present. A ballet studio was left to two sisters, Dara and Marie, when their parents died in a car accident. Rounding out their family is also Dara’s husband Charlie, who grew up with them and moved in with the family as a teenager. After a fire in the dance studio, they hire a contractor for extensive renovations. But not everyone is on board, and the timing with the ever chaotic and stressful yearly show of The Nutcracker cranks the tension even higher. We watch the constant push and pull of Marie and Dara’s relationship as everything around them, including a new person in their tight-knit group, throws everything off balance. Something is going to give…

Abbott is a master at taking high intensity settings–in this case a ballet studio–and showing all its cracks as the toll on, mostly, girls and women is explored. If you’re looking for a suspenseful crime novel that will stay with you, here’s your next read. Bonus: Abbott has an extensive and fantastic backlist of titles (cheerleading; gymnastics; science; organized crime). Double bonus: her novel Dare Me has a great adaptation that really brought the novel to life and it’s currently streaming on Netflix.

(TW disordered eating and eating disorders/ past alcoholism/ sexual abuse of teen/ suicide scene, detail/ past domestic abuse)

The Other Black Girl cover image

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

This blends genres and also walks the line of social horror, with the emphasis on social and a sprinkling of horror. I’ve seen a lot of early marketing with “thriller” attached to this and while social thriller can work, for those who hear thriller and think action packed, plot driven, or everything-goes-boom, this is not intended to be that.

It is disquieting and there is a crime, but you’ll have to wait for it. The story takes place in publishing, literally, as Nella Rogers is an editorial assistant. She’s also the only Black woman at work so she’s excited when a new Black woman, Hazel, is hired. But she doesn’t seem to immediately gel with Hazel even though she tries and she can’t help but wonder why. Many of her issues at work and now with Hazel make her think “it could be something or it could be explained away as nothing” which leaves Nella never sure about what is happening. And then she finds a note telling her to leave…

For fans of inside publishing works and past-and-present narratives who like character-driven stories, this should deliver and surprise.

From The Book Riot Crime Vault

10 Mystery and Thriller Authors Like Agatha Christie


Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2021 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.

If a mystery fan forwarded this newsletter to you and you’d like your very own, you can sign up here.

Categories
Unusual Suspects

John Le Carré’s Posthumous Novel

Hello mystery lovers! A bunch of interesting news this week, great podcasts, roundups, and ebook deals!

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

White Smoke cover image

Tirzah talks about her most anticipated fall 2021 YA releases, which end up being mostly unintentionally dark and murder-y on the latest Hey YA!

Who Punned It? Investigating Cozy Mystery Titles

Liberty and Danika talk new releases including The Turnout by Megan Abbott on the latest All The Books!

Nusrah and Katie talk about mystery reads featuring disabled characters or by authors with disabilities on the latest Read Or Dead.

Silverview cover image

John Le Carré’s final novel is coming in October — see the first look

9 Funny Mystery Books that Will Make You Die of Laughter

7 Thrillers About Vacations Gone Wrong

Brendan Fraser Joins Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon

SA Cosby: ‘The holy trinity of southern fiction is race, class and sex’ (And he mentions what he’s working on and gimme-gimme-hands!)

Crime novelist Mo Hayder dies aged 59 from motor neurone disease

The Turnout cover image

The Things We Hide: An Interview with Megan Abbott

The best new books to read in August

A Wild Ride Through the Roaring Twenties: Book on Outlaw Couple Traces Origins of True Crime Genre

The Sherlock Holmes Universe, Explained

Giveaway: Win a Pair of AirPods Pro!

Giveaway: Enter to Win a $100 Gift Card to a Black-Owned Bookstore

Kindle Deals

TWs can be found in review links.

Murder in G Major cover image

Murder in G Major (A Gethsemane Brown Mystery Book 1) by Alexia Gordon

If you’re looking for a cozy mystery series to marathon, want to travel to an Irish village, and like a little bit of a friendly ghost in your murder mystery, pick this one up for $4.99!

These Toxic Things cover image

These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall

I’m currently reading a galley of this book and loving it, which doesn’t actually publish until September. However, it looks like Amazon has added it to Amazon First Reads for $1.99.

Never Look Back cover image

Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin

If you like past and present mysteries, fictional podcasts, and are looking for an author who has an extensive catalog to dive into, pick up this one for $1.99! (Review)


Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2021 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.

If a mystery fan forwarded this newsletter to you and you’d like your very own, you can sign up here.

Categories
Book Radar

LOVE, VICTOR Gets A 3rd Season And More Book Radar!

Hello Radar readers! I am not Liberty. Thought I should get that out of the way, but don’t worry she’s just on vacation eating books. I’m Jamie Canavés and while I don’t have puns, or naughty cats made out of liquid, I do have an angry goat trapped in a dog at war with a raccoon. Anyhoo, let’s do books!

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

cover for Kalamata's Kitchen

The fourth book in Kalamata’s Kitchen, about culture and cuisine, has published from Random House Books for Young Readers.

Announcing Nona the Ninth, a New Addition to The Locked Tomb Series From Tamsyn Muir!

‘Black Widow’ Legal Battle: Inside the Fallout After Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney

Crime novelist Mo Hayder dies aged 59 from motor neurone disease

In the happiest of news: ‘Love, Victor’ Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

Margaret Cho joins upcoming film “described as a modern gay take on ‘Pride and Prejudice.'”

Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine to Be Sold to Media Company Backed by Blackstone

Brendan Fraser Joins Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon

Buffy the Vampire Slayer gets a YA sequel trilogy from Disney Books

Read an excerpt from Stephen King’s new thriller Billy Summers

‘Lord of the Rings’ Amazon Series Sets Premiere Date, Drops First-Look Image

The adaptation of the Elena Ferrante’s novel The Days of Abandonment will no longer move forward at HBO after Natalie Portman stepped down.

Book Riot Recommends

I write Book Riot’s Unusual Suspects newsletter and am Tailored Book Recommendations‘ Administrative Coordinator so I am always looking at upcoming books, and generally squealing about them, and getting my hands on galleys when I can.

These Toxic Things cover image

These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall

I’m currently reading These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall (September 1st) and you may be like “wow, jumping the gun you haven’t even finished yet” but she’s an automatic read author for me and I’m loving it. It is many things I like already: a murder mystery; a great balance between the mystery and the lead’s personal life; an interesting job–think making virtual scrapbooks where you can ask to recall a memory from your life and have it projected for you with the narrated story from that day and the images. There are definitely some “past is gonna come get some people” vibes going on right now and I love it.

While you wait, Rachel Howzell Hall put out a great standalone PI mystery last year, And Now She’s Gone, about a missing woman case where things aren’t adding up right. She also has a procedural series worth marathoning that follows homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton out in LA, Land of Shadows.

What I’m reading this week.

A Lot Like Adios cover image

A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria

My Sweet Girl by Amanda Jayatissa

Slippery Creatures (The Will Darling Adventures #1) by K.J. Charles

Secret Identity by Alex Segura

And that’s it for me but I’ll leave you with something that made me laugh.

Categories
Unusual Suspects

Political & Legal Thrillers

Hi mystery fans! I love political and legal thrillers, but feel like I either have to read through a lot of problematic things and/or get an okay read more often than I’d like. So I am thrilled to have read two this year that were great and reminded me why I love reading this genre. One is a recent release you may have seen a lot and the other is a backlist title that had been on my bedside book pile for way too many years.

cover of while justice sleeps by stacey abrams

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

“Celebrity” written fiction can easily be a miss for a few reasons, including expectations and that they may have gotten the deal based on the likelihood that the book will sell regardless because of their popularity. Abrams was already an author before her political career and popularity, and for me this delivered what I wanted: a political thriller with legal knowledge, a lead I’d want to follow beyond one book, and a wider scope than just one case.

While this focuses in a way on the Supreme Court of the United States, it isn’t set in the court listening to arguments. Instead the catalyst for the book is Justice Howard Wynn being in a coma and his law clerk Avery Keene shockingly learning that she has been left his power of attorney rather than his estranged family—super shocking to them too. And that’s how Keene finds herself digging into Wynn’s work, personal life, and getting to know his son. Oh, and it’s a political thriller so: being in danger.

This balanced well for me Keene’s personal life bits with a main focus on her figuring out how and why she’s been thrust into this mess, starting with a political case that unfolds into far reaches.

The audiobook has a great narrator, Adenrele Ojo and unlike some political thrillers, this one never felt like it had so many pieces to know at once that you could get lost with on audio. I’m really glad this got “renewed” and there are more books in the series to come. I look forward to what Avery Keene will be up to next.

(TW attempted suicide, detail/ addiction/ briefly threatens sexual assault, doesn’t/ degenerative brain disorder/ genocide/ Islamophobia)

The Verdict by Nick Stone cover image

The Verdict by Nick Stone

I am 100%, absolutely no nonsense about how many books do not need to be the length they are because at least 100 pages needed to be edited out. I say this because this book is long and I was expecting to feel massively this way about it, but honestly it felt more like a duology got printed in one volume and saved us from having to wait at least a year after a cliff hanger.

This was so good. It was exactly what I love in a legal thriller: did they or didn’t they do it; the entire process from the start of the crime all the way to the end of the trial. Give me all the details, clue collecting, and inside firm politics, please and thank you. And then the massive bonus was a really nice hook. One of the lawyers assigned to the case–did this man who just accepted a humanitarian award murder a random woman in his hotel room–knows the accused from childhood and hates him as his sworn lifelong enemy!

Yes, delicious. Because on top of all the “did he do it/if not who did,” now we get to watch a lawyer and wonder whether he’ll always do right by his client or get so angry that his life was ruined once, and you know, get revenge? Oh, and he can’t let his job know he knows the client nor that he lied on his CV when he was hired. Drama. Thriller. Legal case. Did he do it?! I want more legal thrillers like this!

(TW alcoholism/ attempted sexual assault scene, discusses S&M turned to assault, including partner abuse/ mentions death questioned as murder or suicide, detail/ past child and domestic abuse mentioned/ cancer/ discusses date rape drug during court case)

From Book Riot Crime Vault

6 of the Best Audiobook Mysteries That Will Take You Around the World


Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2021 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.

If a mystery fan forwarded this newsletter to you and you’d like your very own, you can sign up here.

Categories
Unusual Suspects

Summer Thriller Picks!

Hello mystery fans! Time for some mystery book roundups, news, adaptations, ebook deals, and a bit of my reading life.

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

Velvet Was The Night cover image

9 of the Best Summer 2021 Thrillers

Liberty and Patricia discuss new releases including Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena on All The Books!

Amanda and Jenn help readers find paranormal mysteries and read-alikes for Veronica Speedwell fans on Get Booked!

‘Lucifer’ Season 6 to Premiere in September

Read an excerpt from Samantha Downing’s new page-turner For Your Own Good

Runner cover image

12 authors on their must-read summer thriller picks

Escapist Reading with a Murder Mystery

Mystery, Mayhem & Nostalgia: Inside The Intense World Of Nancy Drew Computer Game Fans

Dexter Revival Premiered First Trailer at Comic-Con 2021: Watch

Dread Pirate Roberts escaped development hell: Making Silk Road work as a film

‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ on Hulu: Everything We Know

Someone made a dress to match the cover of Pride and Premeditation!

6 Great Books Hitting Shelves This Week

A Bit Of My Reading Life

Only the Holy Remain cover image

I’m currently reading a murder mystery procedural of a detective on leave who has decided to investigate on his own the murder of Father Pantone, because it was his friend who he was visiting when he discovered the crime scene: Only The Holy Remain by Alverne Ball. So far it’s checking off the tropes I like and it’s tossed in a job I don’t think I’d read about before, a military chaplain.

I refuse to get off this romance train I’ve been on since around 2016 and am loving Alexis Daria’s A Lot Like Adiós. And my fantastic memoir streak continues as I just finished the excellent audiobook for Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford.

And a few authors I really like have upcoming books I am THE most excited to have gotten my greedy little hands on galleys: Secret Identity by Alex Segura; Silent Parade by Keigo Higashino; The New Girl by Jesse Q. Sutanto. I squealed for each one!

Kindle Deals

A Spell for Trouble cover image

A Spell for Trouble (An Enchanted Bay Mystery #1) by Esme Addison

Start a new cozy mystery with magic for $1.99!

Slipper Creatures cover image

Slippery Creatures (The Will Darling Adventures #1) by K.J. Charles

The only thing I know about this is that it is a historical romance mystery and that I snagged it RUL quick for $3.99!

The Project cover image

The Project by Courtney Summers

If you’re a fan of reading about cults and like character driven mysteries, grab this one for $2.99!

(TW brief on-page suicide, detail/ past child abuse recounted, details)


Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2021 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.

If a mystery fan forwarded this newsletter to you and you’d like your very own, you can sign up here.

Categories
Unusual Suspects

July Mystery Releases

Hello mystery fans! I have a roundup of July’s releases for you, which isn’t a huge list but still a mighty one. And it was not intentional, but there is definitely a theme of revenge running through many of these. Mmmm, revenge.

cover image The Perfect Ruin

The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams

Bienvenidos a Miami where one young woman finally learns the identity of the woman who ruined her life years before and sets out to destroy her and her perfect socialite world.

Razorblade Tears cover

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

Revenge, regret, and the dismantling of the hate we’re taught in a page-turning thriller reminiscent of the ’90s buddy action films where two opposites get paired together on a mission.

(TW child abuse/ racism, homophobia, transphobia, dead naming/ alcoholism/ ableism)

cover image  A Good Day for Chardonnay

A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram #2) by Darynda Jones

If you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls and Stephanie Plum, this series is made for you! Start with A Bad Day For Sunshine (Review) if you don’t want the ending of the first book spoiled and want to be up to date with all the personal background info.

(TW mentions flasher/ mentions past child suicidal thought, detail/ backstory involves teen abduction and assumption of rape with no details)

cover image Such a Quiet Place

Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

I’ve been a fan of Miranda since I read her twisty mostly told backwards mystery All The Missing Girls and she always delivers for me with an entertaining mystery. This time around it’s a neighborhood where one member sent to prison is back and all the drama and secrets–and murder–are gonna come out.

(TW rumors of a statutory guy, not graphic)

cover image For Your Own Good

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

If you’re a fan of revenge (so much revenge!), want something that unfolds a little differently, and like dark humor ,do not miss this page-turner! (Review)

cover of Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

The absolute very last bit of this book is my favorite–don’t worry, I won’t spoil it, I just love that level of “gonna get ya”! Anyhoo, if you are in the mood for a great murder mystery where you will spend the ENTIRE book accusing EVERY single person of being the murderer, plop yourself in your favorite place and enjoy!

(TW emotional abuse/ past child and domestic abuse, not graphic/ past suicide, detail)

cover image People LIke Them

People Like Them by Samira Sedira, Lara Vergnaud (Translation)

Here’s a French novel partly based on a 2003 murder in the Alps region. You have a small French village and two different families that see tensions boil over when financial troubles arise…

cover of the case of the murderous dr. cream

The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb

For true crime and history readers, here’s the case of a doctor who poisoned people and his 1892 murder trial that also looks at the Victorian society.


Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2021 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.

If a mystery fan forwarded this newsletter to you and you’d like your very own, you can sign up here.