July Book Club

I’m sorry I missed June’s meeting, but am looking forward to chatting with you all at our usual meeting spot on July 19 to talk about MY SISTER’S GRAVE by  Robert Dugoni. Here’s the description:

The first book in the series that has garnered millions of readers across the globe, from New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni.

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—a convicted rapistand the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.

Reading ahead? Here’s our upcoming list for 2018: 

August: Triptych by Karin Slaughter

September: Her Last Day by Jessie Cole

October: Himself by Jess Kid

Literary Tidbits

Who are Illinois’ top authors? Sandburg probably doesn’t surprise you, but I didn’t realize Hemingway is an Illinois author. Click HERE for more.

Current Chicago-area authors in the news:

Click to read about Gillian Flynn’s SHARP OBJECTS, one of 7 BEST BOOKS BEING MADE INTO TV SERIES IN 2018 according to Newsweek. 

There’s a lot of buzz and great reviews about Clare O’Donahue’s BEYONE THE PALE, including this one from Booklist: “It’s rare to find a contemporary mystery that makes the everyday challenge of honest communication between partners so compelling, but that’s exactly the core of this entertaining mystery about a husband-wife team of crime solvers.”And this in the Chicago Review of Books. I’ll have to add it to discuss for our next reading list!

Other Midwestern author books to consider:

Tracy Clark released her debut, BROKEN PLACES (Kensington)

Frances McNamara issued the latest in her Cabot series, DEATH AT THE SELIG STUDIOS (Allium Press)!

Patricia Skalka’s fourth book in the David Cubiak Door County series, DEATH RIDES THE FERRY, launched recently. I read the first while I was on vacation, and really enjoyed it. Fun stuff, and a nice visit to vacation land.

Libby Fischer Hellmann received an Anthony Award (Best First) nominee and Reader’s Choice Award for Best First, for AN EYE FOR MURDER, introducing the Ellie Foreman series

Michelle Cox won the 2018 Independent Press Award for Romantic Suspense for RING OF TRUTH!

Sarah Jessica Parker’s next big challenge? Book publishing.  

New releases 

Lynn Cahoon – ROCKET’S DEAD GLARE (Lyrical Underground)

Victoria Houston – DEAD FIREFLY (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster)

David Krugler – RIP THE ANGELS FROM HEAVEN (Pegasus Books)

Lynn Cahoon – KILLER GREEN TOMATOES (Lyrical Underground)

Julia Buckley – A DARK & TWISTING PATH (Berkley)

Lori Rader-Day – UNDER A DARK SKY (William Morrow)

William Kent Krueger – DESOLATION MOUNTAIN (Atria)

Greg Enslen – YELLOW JACKET (Gypsy Publications)

Are you an iBook user? Apple is replacing the iBooks app with a new Apple Books app

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries offers shows based on books, including four new original “Garage Sale Mysteries” every Sunday in August starring Lori Loughlin, Sarah Strange, Steve Bacic, Eva Bourne and Kevin O’Grady.

That’s it for now. Happy Reading! – Jen