Minotaur Fall Sampler: Four New Books to Make Your Heart Race
By Crime HQJune 8, 2021
If you can’t decide on what to read, the Minotaur Fall Sampler is the perfect way to choose. Whether you want to start a series or read a standalone novel, the Sampler has you covered. The Sampler contains the beginnings of four different mysteries, so don’t be surprised if you end up wanting to finish them all. Just download for free on your e-Reader and start your reading journey.
If you like Fargo and Big Sky, you’ll love Hello, Transcriber by Hannah Morrissey.
Hannah Morrissey’s debut novel brings a flawed character to life in a bleak town. The gritty, small-town setting is not unlike that of Fargo, rampant with corruption and crime that is usually kept secret. The determined yet flawed protagonist Hazel Greenlee is similar to Cassie, Cody, and Jenny from Big Sky, as they are all going rogue from their town’s police department in order to find answers the law enforcement won’t find. Hazel is struggling with her own personal life and wants to escape the town, but she wants to discover its secrets as well, and the best way to accomplish both is by doing what she does best: writing. But how far will Hazel go to write her revealing book about Black Harbor?
If you like The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley and Where the Crawdads Sing, you’ll love These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant.
Get ready for a heartwarming family story with many twists and turns. Cooper and Finch are not a normal family. Like The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, These Silent Woods is the story of a father and daughter who are on the run. Cooper is hiding from something terrible that happened when Finch was a baby, and by living in a remote cabin in the Appalachian woods for eight years, Cooper is able to avoid the outside world. Finch, on the other hand, is much like Kya from Where the Crawdads Sing. They are both smart and inquisitive girls who—while living in the secluded wilderness—learn and mature. Both Cooper and Finch are complicated characters, as Cooper is trying to forget his past while Finch wants to learn, much like you will.
If you like You and Luckiest Girl Alive, you’ll love The Missing Hours by Julia Dahl.
Claudia Castro has the perfect life on social media, where strangers know her as a glamorous, wealthy, and famous influencer. Her relationship with social media is unhealthy and obsessive, much like in You. After a drunken night at an NYU party, Claudia wakes up remembering nothing but notices some physical injuries. After that, she disappears—both on social media and in real life. All that is left is a video of the assault she endured. Claudia, however, is still alive but off the grid, looking for clues to see what really happened that night. Like Ani in Luckiest Girl Alive, Claudia tries to reinvent herself after her traumatic experience in addition to her already troubling family life. She can’t hide behind her flashy social media image anymore.
If you loved the Netflix sensation Enola Holmes or any other Sherlock Holmes pastiche, you’ll love Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche by Nancy Springer.
Craving more of Enola after finishing the Netflix movie? Want to follow more mysteries that happen in the Holmes universe? Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche once again shows Enola’s quick wit and sharp mind, as she teams up with her brother Sherlock to solve the mysterious case of a missing woman—all tied to a mysterious black barouche that arrives in the middle of the night. Much like the classic Sherlock Holmes story from 1891 titled “The Five Orange Pips,” Enola has to solve a murder with just one obscure clue. For Sherlock, it was the five orange seeds, while for Enola, it is the black barouche. Is that clue enough for Enola to solve the mystery?
Still can’t decide? The Minotaur Fall Sampler has compiled the beginnings of each of these four novels so you can breeze through them all and choose which one you want to read! Available on Nook, Google Play, Kobo, eBooks.com, and iBooks.