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Book Review: You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes

You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes is the highly anticipated third thriller in her hit You series—now a blockbuster Netflix show—and a compulsively readable trip into the deviant mind of the uniquely antisocial, savvy bookseller Joe Goldberg. New York Times bestselling author Caroline Kepnes is among an elite group of writers who have crafted such…

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Discussion Questions: The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer

The Perfect Daughter Reading Group Discussion Guide 1. Family dynamics play an essential role in shaping the story. Did you empathize with Grace’s plight? Did you agree with her choices despite the impact on her family? 2. Grace pushed to adopt Penny over some objections/hesitation on the part of Arthur. What are your views on…

Books that Inspired Kris Calvin’s All That Fall

During this strange, pandemic-induced homebound year, my reading habits have changed. I still love mysteries, crime fiction, and thrillers, especially those that incorporate a political motive or occur against a political background. But I have a new appreciation for authors able to transport me to distant places across the globe, through their vibrant prose and…

Cooking the Books: Long Island Iced Tina by Maria DiRico

Mia Carina is throwing herself into making a success of her family’s Belle View Banquet Manor, ostensibly because she wants to make sure her Mafia-connected dad stays on the straight and narrow. Annoyingly, certain friends and family members are starting to drop hints that she’s using work to avoid her lack of personal life. Ignoring…

The Mystery and Allure of Jackie O

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, one of the most glamorous and fiercely private women of the twentieth century, spent more than thirty years as a regular visitor to the small village of Middleburg, Virginia because she loved foxhunting and horseback riding—but mostly because no one fussed over her or made a big deal when she was there.…

Book Review: Tower of Babel by Michael Sears

For his fifth novel, Tower of Babel, Michael Sears has chose the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world as his setting: the borough of Queens, New York, a place where over 130 languages are spoken. That Queens, and by extension the city, is a mélange of all these cultures, messy but dynamic, is…

The Writing Duo Behind the New True Crime Book At Any Cost

Theories abound as to the ideal writing environment. A rustic cabin, a Central Park bench, a room in the upper reaches of a grand hotel. A Brooklyn cafe with erratic wifi and ornery baristas does not rank high on this list. Yet there my wife and I sat, night after night, forcing down gallons of…

Minotaur Spring Sampler: A Book for Everyone

If you can’t decide on what to read, the Minotaur Spring Sampler is the perfect way to choose. Whether you want to start a series or read a standalone novel, the Sampler has you covered. With five books to choose from, the Sampler contains the beginnings of five different mysteries. Just download for free on…

The French Paradox by Ellen Crosby: New Excerpt

Prologue I found out about my grandfather’s affair with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis when I read my grandmother’s diaries – ironically over Valentine’s Day weekend. No, I had no idea. Yes, it was a shock. Grandmama was so matter-of-fact describing their relationship that she could have been reporting on the weather or what she ate for…

Book Review: A Wicked Conceit by Anna Lee Huber

It’s February of 1832. Kiera, the former Lady Darby, and her husband and private inquiry partner Sebastian Gage have returned to Edinburgh to prepare for the birth of their first child.  This should be a joyful time for the happy couple. But things are not peaceful in the Scottish capital, with a cholera outbreak gripping…