Mystery Book Lovers’ Club June 2018

Summer reading anyone? Let’s start with what a New York Times reviewer called the most riveting thriller since GONE GIRL. “A. J. Finn is a bold new talent with the touch of a master.”


Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

More literary tidbits:

A Spanish Author’s Guide to Spanish Fiction in Crime Reads promises that “Spanish Noir will be your new obsession.” (Good! I was just looking for a new obsession…)

“The global book business is doing better now than it has been for the past 50 years, and perhaps even since its inception, and that was some 500 years ago.” – Markus Dohle, Random House CEO.

That wouldn’t surprise anyone in our group now, would it? Click here for the full article if you’d like more insights from top publisher CEOs.

Chicago Area Lit Tidbits:

Need the perfect summer read? DEATH RIDES THE FERRY by Patricia Skalka, the latest in her Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series.

Here’s a review by The New York Journal of Books: The author handles Dave’s combined crises deftly and calmly, making for a smooth yet page-turning read. This is book four of the Door County mystery series, and like Dave the author has gained her own confidence and competence. She brings the region alive for readers with a you-are-there verisimilitude that justifies the awards and accolades she has won for her fiction. Both Dave and the supporting characters in this series are a plausible mix of strong and weak, understandably and forgivably and admirably human.


More May 2018 Book Launches by Chicago area authors:

“PI Woman lived in the world, not on its fringes.” Author Tracy Clark on growing up in Chicago during the golden age of feminist private detective series.” Click here for the full Crime Reads article. Tracy’s debut BROKEN PLACES launched from Kensington Press in May 2018

The latest in the Cabot series DEATH AT THE SELIG STUDIOS (by Chicago’s Allium Press) by Frances McNamara also launched recently.

Happy reading!

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