Finlay Donovan is Killing It

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ISBN: 9781250241702
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 2nd, 2021

When struggling mystery writer Finlay Donovan is overheard discussing her new novel with her agent over lunch, she's mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. When the target actually ends up dead (and not by Finlay's doing!) she discovers that real life crime is a lot more complicated than its fictional counterpart. This book is very funny and painfully relatable (and the audiobook is great!).


Magpie Murders

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ISBN: 9780062645234
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 27th, 2018

Anthony Horowitz, the bestselling author of the Alex Rider Series, as well as The House of Silk and Moriarty, has created a brilliantly constructed mystery within a mystery.  Rich in detail with thought-provoking and unexpected plot twists, the novel is filled with a cast of characters that would make Agatha Christie proud.


The Conjure-man Dies

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By Rudolph Fisher, Stanley Ellin (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780008216474
Published: Collins Crime Club - January 7th, 2021


Both smart and clever, this rich and entertaining mystery is an unjustly overlooked classic. Set in Harlem in the 1920s, and inspired by Golden Age of Mystery authors like Dorothy Sayers & Agatha Christie, The Conjure-Man Dies plays with mistaken identity, the person you least expect, locked rooms, and other tropes of the mystery genre.  A real tragedy we only got one Perry Dart & John Archer novel.


Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

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ISBN: 9781643790466
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Published: Tu Books - June 30th, 2020

A missing diamond! Mystery across two continents (and several languages)! A tour around all of the neatest attractions of Paris, with plenty of shenanigans and sleuthing along the way. This story has tons of fun, plenty of fascinating tidbits, and my new favorite girl detective. Julieta immediately feels like a classic children's lit star!


Boy in the Red Dress

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ISBN: 9780593113684
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2020


This has all the fun of film noir, but instead of black and white, this one's full color. Our femme fatale is a man who performs in drag at a speakeasy and our detective is his best friend who's determined to prove him innocent. It's got grit and snark and a full picture of the non-white, non-straight, non-male corners of 1930, and both the struggles they faced and the places where they could cut loose. I don't usually get to see myself in this genre. This is a welcome exception.


The Crossing Places

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ISBN: 9780547386065
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Published: Mariner Books - September 28th, 2010

The Crossing Places: When bones are found near her house, forensic archeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is called in to help the police. She becomes enmeshed in the search for two missing girls and continues to get entangled with police investigations throughout the series. This series has revitalized my reading life; I can't put them down. 



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