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The Eighth Detective: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250755933
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 4th, 2020

Editor Julia Hart has travelled from London to a Mediterranean island to interview Grant McAllister, author of seven detective mystery stories.

Her hope is to get the reclusive author’s approval to re-publish his stories. Grant insists she reads the stories aloud to him, claiming he hasn’t read them in more than 20 years. And as Julia reads each story, she finds inconsistencies, or are they clues? She finds herself trying to solve each story, and more importantly, the mystery of Grant McAllister.  

With it’s unique style, The Eighth Detective is an unexpected, clever read!  No doubt about it…Pavesi has done himself proud! - Brenda

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Vanishing Falls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062978493
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 4th, 2020

The perfect summer read! Celia Lily seemingly has it all. Married to Jack, an art collector, Celia is the mother of four daughters. They live in the most luxurious mansion in Vanishing Falls, the Calendar House. So it's almost unbelievable when she disappears without a trace.

Joelle Smithton, the local butcher’s wife, is known in Vanishing Falls as a bit simple-minded. But Joelle isn’t as simple as people think. While she admires Celia, Joelle knows secrets regarding Jack and his friends…secrets Celia definitely didn't want revealed. And, while the investigation into Celia’s disappearance continues, Joelle quietly goes about her business…the business of finding out what really happened to Celia! - Brenda

A Cosmology of Monsters: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563921
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Published: Vintage - August 4th, 2020

Everyone in the Turner family sees monsters, but while most of the family avoids them Noah Turner invites one into his life and into his room. Hamill's storytelling almost makes you forget Noah's new friend is a monster. Almost, because he leaves the reader always waiting for the twist. Are monsters just misunderstood, or is Noah in real danger? These questions are never far from the reader's mind as they read A Cosmology of Monsters. The book does what I think all great genre fiction does, take a very human issue (like mental illness) and filter it though the fantastical. - John

This debut is one of the most fascinating  and interesting books I've read in some time. 

Set in Texas, A Cosmology of Monsters, is a very different coming-of-age story. Noah sees monsters. Unknown to him, his family also sees them.  The difference is he that lets them in.

I'm still thinking about the Turner family. Honestly, I think I'll be thinking about them for some time to come. - Sally

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City of Windows: A Novel (Lucas Page #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250776662
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 4th, 2020

The worst blizzard on record has hit New York, and there is a sniper on the loose.

A sniper with an exceptional talent - taking out law enforcement officers on the move through the blizzard. Dr. Lucas Page, ex-FBI, gets pulled back into the bureau because of his own unique skill of being able to analyze a crime scene like no one else. 

Dr. Page is in a race against time to find out who is pulling the trigger, because he may well be on the sniper's list of targets. 

This was an absolute rollercoaster of a debut, Dr. Page is a great protagonist, and Pobi's writing superb. - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9781496724496
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Published: Kensington - June 30th, 2020

Jane has earned a reputation within her bridge club for being a fixer. Need to break up with your hairdresser? Need someone to vet your online dates? Jane can help you out! Her first paying gig as a Professional Busybody is working undercover to discover the source of conflict at a retirement community. 

From dining room cliques, food fights, and tensions over tee times she can't decide if the residents are 16 or 60. When pranks turn to murder it's up to Jane to figure out what is going on! If you just need a hearty laugh, Jane Darrowfield can help you out with that too! I loved it. - John

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Death Below Stairs (A Below Stairs Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399585517
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Published: Berkley - January 2nd, 2018

Kat Holloway (known as Mrs. H) has just taken a position as cook for the Rankin household. After her first day, her assistant is murdered. Mrs. H is determined to find the murderer with the help of the mysterious Daniel McAdam and Lord Rankin's unconventional sister-in-law. They make a fantastic team as they realize this wasn't just a simple murder. 

This is the start of a great Victorian series. It came out a few years ago, and I wish I had pick this one up sooner. The upside is that now I've got three more in the series to enjoy. 

Perfect for Anne Perry or Victoria Thompson fans. - John

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The Long Call (The Two Rivers Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250204455
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 28th, 2020

From the author of the Jimmy Perez (Shetland) series and the Vera Stanhope series comes the first in a new series featuring Detective Matthew Venn.

As Matthew stands outside the church where his father's funeral is taking place, he receives a phone call indicating a body has been found seaside. The dead man has been stabbed, and has an identifying characteristic of an albatross tattoo on his neck.

Matthew was raised in a religious sect, and when he defected, he was excommunicated from the sect....all family and friends. Little did he think he would be thrown back into that community to solve this murder.  

Don't miss this new series by Cleeves.  It's as good as anything she's written. She's got another winner on her hands! - Brenda