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Stolen from her Ghanaian village as a child, Nena Knight has plenty of motives to kill. Now an elite assassin for a powerful syndicate called the Tribe, she gets plenty of chances. But when Nena learns a new Tribe council member is the same man who razed her village, murdered her family, and sold her into captivity, Nena’s thoughts turn to revenge. Before she can reclaim her life, she must leverage everything to take him down and end the cycle of bloodshed for good. Read the award winning debut novel from Yasmin Angoe, Her Name is Knight.
Hello mystery fans! I suspect we’re going to be light on entertainment news closing out this year, but that won’t stop me from finding you interesting things to click. We’ve got roundups, adaptations, something to watch, a 2022 title for your radar, and awesome ebook deals.
From Book Riot and Around the Internet
Nusrah and Katie talk about mystery and suspense works by Native American authors on the latest Read Or Dead!
Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Card to ThriftBooks!
Check out Book Riot’s new podcast, perfect for adaptation fans: Adaptation Nation
The Unlikely Murderer on Netflix: If you’re looking for a limited series (five episodes) that’s a true crime fictional dramatization, and want to armchair travel to Sweden check out the new release for The Unlikely Murderer. It’s based on a true unsolved 1986 murder of Sweden’s Prime Minister Olof Palme, and is adapted from Thomas Pettersson’s 2018 nonfiction book which was the result of his 30 year investigation: Den Osannolika Mördaren. Watch the trailer here.
Recent Interests That May Also Interest You + My Reading Life
Reading: Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara / Murder Most Actual by Alexis Hall
Streaming: Gentefied (Netflix) is finally back!
Laughing: brother what have they done to you
Helping: 8 Best Ways to Combat Food Insecurity in Your Community
Upcoming: I have been treating myself, when I can, to 2022 galleys of books I am so excited for. I recently curled up with Secret Identity by Alex Segura, and I’m so glad that I did. This may be the only crime book I’ve ever hugged to my chest when I finished reading it. This is a murder-mystery with the feeling of noir mixed with the hopeful feeling of comics. But the heart of this book is a young woman trying to make it in a world deliberately not designed for her.
Cuban American Carmen Valdez moved from her home in Miami to NY in the 1970s to work in the comic book industry. Her goal is to write super hero comics like the ones she grew up loving. And so she’s an assistant at Triumph Comics, which is trying to stay afloat in a time before the comic industry we know now of blockbuster films. Between living in a hard city like NY with no one but a roommate to call a friend, working in a male dominated industry set to stay that way, not speaking to her parents back home, and a former lover showing up out of the blue, Carmen’s life is already complicated. Then she gets the chance to write that comic she’s dreamed of, with her name on it, only to have it dashed away and find the man who was helping her murdered. With a cop certain Carmen is lying about something–she is!–and her dream comic in someone else’s creative hands, she pushes through in the hopes of finding out who murdered her colleague and what is really happening to the comic industry around her.
Segura’s passion for the mystery genre and comic book industry shines through, and Carmen is a wonderful character trying her best to get through difficult situations with way more questions than answers with a deep down never-give-up spirit that always propels her forward. Bonus: pages from the fictional comic at the heart of the book are inserted throughout!
(TW memory of brief partner abuse/ alcoholism, not MC/ suicide off page, detail)
Black Water Rising (Jay Porter Series Book 1) by Attica Locke
If you’ve yet to read Attica Locke, you should really resolve that! Here’s here first novel set in 1981 Houston, Texas, following lawyer Jay Porter for $4.99!
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