Twisty Mysteries

Engrossing novels that keep you guessing till the end

From the 2018 Summer Reading Guide. Laura Lippman's novel begins with a sexy stranger perched on a bar stool in small-town Delaware. "It's the sunburned shoulders that get him." The bartender senses she's up to something, and he's right—Polly just walked out in the middle of her family's beach vacation, leaving her husband and three-year-old daughter behind. What kind of woman abandons her family? Her husband thinks he knows, but he doesn't know Polly’s been playing him for a long time, and she's just getting started. Soon a handsome private eye is on her tail to untangle her web of crimes—and the surprising motivation behind them—although he might get ensnared in the process. Heads up for MMD Book Clubbers: this feels like a grown-up cousin to <a href=https://modernmrsdarcy.com/books/what-i-saw-and-how-i-lied/>What I Saw and How I Lied</a>.
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In Strawser’s new domestic suspense, a tight-knit group of women gather around the backyard firepit, drink a little too much wine, and stay up way too late. By morning, one of them has vanished, and so have her children. As the authorities (and the women) begin to investigate what might have happened, they find they have more questions than answers, and the husband’s suspicious behavior has them all looking over their shoulders. Did their friend simply run away, or was she harmed, and above all—why? This would make an excellent companion to I'll Be Your Blue Sky.
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Well this is new: a murder mystery from Nantucket novelist Hilderbrand that brings back beloved past characters. Celeste and Benji’s wedding is supposed to the big event of the season … until Celeste finds her maid of honor’s body floating in the bay on her wedding day. She was up before dawn because she was sneaking away from the scene of the festivities with a packed bag. Everyone thought Celeste and Benji were the perfect couple, so what is going on? As the Nantucket police open their investigation, the timeline moves back and forth between the wedding weekend and the start of the couple’s relationship, allowing the reader to slowly put the pieces together. This easy-reading mystery features well-developed characters, a solid plot, plus the food and style readers expect from Hilderbrand.
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