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Dec 7 2017 11:00am

Review: The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

Winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition, Joanna Schaffhausen’s accomplished debut The Vanishing Season will grip readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion.

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How often does someone escape a serial killer … not only escape but then relive the experience? The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen brings readers into this very scenario through the eyes of Officer Ellery Hathaway. When Hathaway’s previous life collides with the present, she is forced to face the event that almost ruined her life—and the reality that someone is now trying to take that life from her again.

What drew me to this story was the way the book paralleled the initial kidnapping of Hathaway with the current investigation into a not-so-copycat killer. While much of the book is centered on the serial killer, Francis Coben, you are never outright presented with the facts of what exactly was done to Hathaway and how it changed her. We are aware that she was kidnapped, tortured, and survived—but the reality of what Coben did to Hathaway is always kept vague and mysterious, leaving the reader open to interpret.

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Nov 20 2017 12:00pm

Review: Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane

Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane is the second book in the 42nd Street Library mystery series—a smart, compelling mystery in which the characters themselves are at least as interesting as the striking sleuthing (available November 21, 2017).

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Mystery and secrecy wind their way back through the stacks of the New York City 42nd Street Library, intertwining a murder of the past with the present in Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane. This marks the second installment in the author’s new crime series following the relentless sleuth and librarian, Raymond Ambler.

The comfortable notion of a library as a safe haven is shifted as a room of crime novels becomes the scene of the crime itself. When there is a murder at the library, Ambler becomes intricately involved, not only as a suspect but as a self-appointed freelance investigator as well. 

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