Book Reviews, Miscellaneous

June Releases

With summer reading upon us, here’s what I can’t wait to read in June!

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Publish Date: 5/29/18

In this atmospheric, gothic murder mystery it’s a case of mistaken identity when tarot card reader Harriet Westaway receives a letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She quickly realizes the letter was sent to the wrong person, but believes that the cold-reading skills she’s learned as a tarot card reader might help her con her way into claiming this inheritance. As she arrives at this decrepit old mansion in the English countryside, it becomes increasingly obvious that this family is hiding a lot of secrets. Ruth Ware is the bestselling author behind psychological thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 and she has been described as the Agatha Christie of our time.
Update: Read my review HERE.

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson
Publish Date: 6/4/18

This is a political thriller following the President and his team trying to stop a cyberterrorist plot. There are a slew of successful political thrillers such as “24”, “Homeland”, and “House of Cards”, all of which I love, but I was particularly intrigued by the authenticity that can come from one written by a former president. James Patterson used to be one of my favorite authors, although I admit, I’ve fallen by the wayside in keeping up with what seems like half a dozen new titles a year, but when I heard he was teaming up with Bill Clinton, an avid reader of mysteries himself, that sounded like a match made in book heaven to me.
Update: Read my review HERE.

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Publish Date: 6/5/18

His last book, Magpie Murders was one of my favorite books of 2017, so you know I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. He always comes up with a new way to present fiction. Magpie Murders was a book within a book, where the fictional author in the book was just finishing up his murder mystery manuscript when he dies suddenly. Was foul play involved? As his publisher is reading his unfinished manuscript(and we as the reader are, too – remember book within a book), similarities between the manuscript and the author’s death begin to appear eerily alike.

In The Word is Murder, he’s kind of writing about himself as he gets a unique opportunity to shadow a detective as a murder is being solved involving a woman who is strangled to death a mere 6 hours after she plans her own funeral. Anthony Horowitz essentially enters his own novel to help solve the case.

I’m about a third of the way through this book now, and what I’m also finding intriguing is the behind the scenes look at what goes into writing a novel as we walk along side the author as he’s writing this story. It’s another unique way to write fiction as Horowitz does so eloquently.
Update: Read my review HERE.

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
Publish Date: 6/12/18

This one came on my radar by the sheer force of the marketing team that put the book out there using the hashtag #thatbookthathook. It’s got one of the best hooks I’ve ever heard – “The Serial Killer is not on trial… he’s on the jury.”

It’s the murder trial of the century. And Joshua Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house – and to be sure the wrong man goes down for the crime. Because this time, the killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury.

But there’s someone on his tail. Former-conman-turned-criminal-defense-attorney Eddie Flynn doesn’t believe that his movie-star client killed two people. He suspects that the real killer is closer than they think – but who would guess just how close?

Author Ruth Ware calls it “a brilliant, twisty, ingeniously constructed puzzle of a book. Steve Cavanagh pulls off an enviable premise with panache.”

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