New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | June 11

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Clive Cussler, Mike Maden, Blake Crouch, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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Interview with Becki Willis, author of Wildflower Wedding: With a Killer Reception

By Becki Willis

Wildflower Wedding (With a Killer Reception) is the latest addition to The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series. Like the stories before it, Book 8 features a stand-alone mystery that needs no prior introduction. A continuing thread weaves among the stories, however, that entices readers to come back for more. Readers often tell me they can’t wait to read the next book because it’s like visiting with old friends.

Even though ‘the sisters’ are definitely characters in the series, they aren’t people: they’re towns. My tales are about the community as a whole, particularly Madison Reynolds and her network of family and friends.

When Madison finds herself widowed and penniless before the age of forty, she has no choice but to return to her hometown and live with her grandmother. This wasn’t how she envisioned her life, but as the mother of teenage twins, she’ll do whatever it takes to provide for her children. She opens In a Pinch Temporary Service and tackles any job that comes her way. As long as it’s legal, Madison gives it her all.

Her services are varied, and the more colorful jobs are interesting enough to merit their own book. And somehow, even the most innocent sounding jobs lead to danger and excitement. People hire Madison to spy on cheating spouses, to find a missing chair and missing Christmas presents, and to prove a teetotaler didn’t die of alcohol poisoning; not naturally, at any rate. She’s even taken on the formidable task of proving a man innocent of murder. In this latest book, an old man hires her to find his estranged family via a home DNA test, but he doesn’t live to hear the results. (Hence the killer reception.)

For me, the fun of writing is creating believable characters in believable situations. The homespun, quirky folks of Naomi and Juliet (aka The Sisters) are prime examples. Like any single parent, Madison worries about how to pay her bills and if she’s doing the right thing, uprooting her children and bringing them back to live in a small town filled with busybodies. Son Blake is a typical fifteen-year-old boy; life revolves around sports and his next meal. Twin sister Bethani resents the move to no-man’s land; she misses her friends, civilization, and the mall.

Granny Bert has an uncanny knack for knowing everything that happens in either town. The high-spirited octogenarian is full of witty sayings, sage advice, and gruff love, but she’s Madison’s biggest supporter. So is Genesis Baker, Madison’s best friend from junior high and owner of the local eatery. Between the two of them, they supply Madison with all the gossip and background information she needs to do a job.

Brash deCordova is Madison’s crush from high school and now the local Chief of Police. After following their unfolding love story in books 1-7, readers have been waiting for the Wildflower Wedding that unites this couple once and forever. Add in handsome firefighter Cutter Montgomery, Brash’s bubbly teenage daughter Megan, Madison’s flamboyant part-time employee Derron, Granny Bert’s old flame and rodeo legend Sticker Pierce, a recurring cast of nosy neighbors and disgruntled townspeople, and it could be any small town in the USA. These are people you instinctively know.

The stories are full of mystery and are often funny, but don’t be surprised if you get misty-eyed at times. These tales are also about families, and telling their stories can get emotional.

Most of all, I try to make my books believable. Many of the themes stem from something that has happened in my own life. (Don’t worry. I’ve never killed anyone.)

As for The Sisters, I first came up with the idea of sister cities when my son got married a few years ago at a venue that was once part of a large cotton plantation. Even now, you’ll find white tufts dotting the rural landscape near harvest time. A railroad runs amid the fields, complete with an old depot, but back in the day, it stopped to load cotton bales straight from the farm. The setting sparked a back-story for the series, which you can read on my website.

You may not find the towns of Naomi and Juliet, Texas on a map, but wander the backroads along the Brazos River—or through the pages of my books—and you may get a glimpse of the towns as they exist in my mind.
I hope you’ll decide to visit.

And drop in for an e-chat anytime! beckiwillis.ccp@gmail.com.

Becki Willis is the author of the new book Wildflower Wedding: With a Killer Reception

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | June 4

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Alan Mulak, Becki Willis, T.S. Nichols, James Patterson, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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Interview with Alan Mulak, Author of Reboot

What can you tell us about your new release, Reboot?

This is a tale about a man who chooses to leave it all behind and start over. My main character experiences the full range of emotions, from depression to love. I’d bet more than one reader could associate with this literary roller coaster as all of us, at one time or another, likely faced the tough decision to go or stay.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My wife, Ann. I have always written short stories and was first published in my twenties. But then life got in the way and I put my writing dreams aside until nine years ago when I retired from being a professional engineer. The very next day, I began writing. The novel, Reboot, was just an idea back then but thanks to the encouragement and support provided by my bride, it became a reality. Thank you, Ann!

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

In no particular order: Timeline by Crichton, The Harry Potter series by Rowling, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, Lonesome Dove by McMurtry, Murder on the Orient Express by Christie.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

J.K.Rowling. First, I’d love to discuss the outline she had to create to compose such a complex tale. Next, I’d like to pick her brain regarding overcoming obstacles she must have encountered while writing the epic series.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Telling stories of course! Once I get rolling, I can’t wait to jump out of bed and continue the tale I’ve started. For me, it’s a real kick.

What is a typical day like for you?

Typical day? I wish I had one! From a broad perspective, my somewhat typical day starts after the second cup of coffee and concludes when my characters call it quits for the day. But mostly. I write in fits and starts, and like the old reliable lawnmower, once I get started, I keep plugging away until it’s done.

What scene in Reboot was your favorite to write?

Here’s a bit of a spoiler alert: Rob’s fishing pal, Mike.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Yes. When it comes to writing, I believe we all have a story to tell. Just write it. There’s no such thing as a bad first draft. Living advice? Don’t waste a single day, and make sure those people you love know it.

 

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Books To Read If You Like Willow Rose

Books To Read If You Like Willow Rose

Willow Rose is the bestselling author of over 60 mystery and thriller novels. She is best known for her popular Jack Ryder, Emma Frost, and Rebekka Franck series. If you’ve been on the lookout for some new additions for your mystery and thriller reading list, make sure you don’t miss these books to read if you like Willow Rose!


The Assistant

by Marni Mann

Release Date: May 21, 2019

I am married to my best friend and have two beautiful children. My life is perfect… Then my father got sick. Before I owned a successful company and now I have to stay at home with my family. Before my husband could rely on me to take care of everything but now I have to hire an assistant. Every part of my life can be summed up by these before and afters, but something also happened in the middle.

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Wildflower Wedding: With a Killer Reception

by Becki Willis

Release Date: June 1, 2019

The eighth book in the bestselling The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series by Becki Willis… Wedding preparations are underway but the aisle to the altar is getting rocky. The support of the community is humbling but their enthusiasm soon hijacks the wedding. Throw in a suspicious death, a needy widow friend, and an unscrupulous politician, and the path now seems littered with obstacles.

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Reboot

by Alan Mulak

Release Date: June 1, 2019

It was just a typical winter day in downtown Boston for Rob Santos. There was nothing out of the ordinary. His life was going great. He had a VP position at a Fortune 500 Firm, big salary, expensive house, and a great family. But he didn’t know that everything was about to change forever. By the end of the day he had lost everything. Now he has an opportunity to disappear and start a new life. And it worked. That was until his past showed up.

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Croft Murders

by Stephanie Parker McKean

Release Date: May 18, 2019

Someone is trying to kill Nora Scott and make it look like an accident. It’s the job of the Fog Busters to keep her alive. But it looks like that might be a little difficult. From a resurgence of a folktale about a washerwoman who foretells people’s deaths to the food that was poisoned, the Fog Busters attempts at protecting her keep getting thwarted. The deeper they dive into this mystery the more danger they find themselves in.

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Lying Next To Me

by Gregg Olsen

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Adam and Sophie are vacationing with their daughter in Washington State’s Hood Canal. It’s just the getaway they needed to unplug and to help their uneasy marriage. But then while Adam is out on the water he sees Sophie being abducted by a stranger. He is a hundred yards from the shore and can’t save her. Sophie isn’t seen again.

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The Sentence Is Death

by Anthony Horowitz

Release Date: May 28, 2019

From the bestselling author of Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder… “You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…” These were the last words of celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce. He was found bludgeoned to death in his home with a bottle of wine. It was actually a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000. It was very strange considering he didn’t drink. Which of the man’s many enemies could have done this?

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Interview with Marni Mann, Author of The Assistant

What can you tell us about your new release, The Assistant?

It’s a story you have to enter completely blind. It’s twisty, angsty, and … unexpected. The Assistant is one of the biggest mind f@cks you will ever read.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

It wasn’t a person or situation that inspired me to write. It was a feeling I’ve had inside me for as long as I can remember. I can only describe it as an urge and writing fills it.

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Stephen King would be my first guest. For someone who has been in the industry as long as him, I’m positive I have at least a million questions I want to ask him, LOL.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love that there is no right or wrong answer. That’s the reason I struggle with math. In my world—in art—nothing has to equal.

What is a typical day like for you?

I tend to write really early in the morning until around lunch time or very late at night. Darkness helps and so does the quiet, even though I listen to music when I write. I spend at least half the day marketing, on social media, or doing administrative things. Two or three weeks before deadline, it’s typical to find me writing up to eighteen hours a day.

What scene in The Assistant was your favorite to write?

The epilogue was my favorite scene to write. It was the first scene of the book that came to me, and then the rest of the plot clicked into place.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

 

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | May 28

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Marni Mann, Stephanie Parker McKean, Peg Cochran, Anthony Horowitz, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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Our Audiobook Playlist For May | 2019

Our Audiobook Playlist For May | 2019

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in May. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone, from mystery, literary fiction, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


Awakening

by Christian J. Gilliland

Release Date: May 16, 2019

We were on the lookout for a new fantasy/science fiction series on audiobook and loved this new release by Christian J. Gilliland. Awakening is the first book in The Black Knight series. It tells the story of a world destroyed nearly a millennium ago. Crinnan Jamiso is a Centurion of Black Knight and must fight his way through the overgrown ruins of an ancient city.

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A Perfect Lie

by Lisa Renee Jones

Release Date: May 14, 2019

A Perfect Lie is the brand new thriller from New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Renee Jones. This audiobook follows Hailey Anne Monroe, who is the daughter of Thomas Frank Monroe, the man who was half a percentage point away from being the president of the United States. But he is dead. They’re all dead and now she can finally talk.

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The Farm

by Joanne Ramos

Release Date: May 7, 2019

The Farm is the debut release from author Joanne Ramos. This literary fiction audiobook is set at a luxury retreat nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley. It is a place with everything you can think of: Organic meals, Personal trainers, and daily massages. The best thing about it is that it’s free. You’re actually paid to stay here. There’s just one catch… For nine months you cannot leave the grounds because you are tasked with creating a perfect baby.

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The Dating Proposal

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: May 6, 2019

New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely is back with another sexy romantic comedy… I invested seven years with my ex before he left me at the altar. I don’t want a relationship anytime soon. But getting back out there on the dating scene seems like it could be fun. Then I bump into Chris.

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Every Last Breath

by Juno Rushdan

Release Date: April 30, 2019

Every Last Breath is the new audiobook from Juno Rushdan that combines heart-stopping thrills and a little romance too… Maddox Kinkade knows a thing or two about managing the impossible. With a new task of neutralizing a lethal bioweapon, she must turn to the one person who can help… the love of her life who is back from the dead and mad at her supposed betrayal.

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Squaring the Circle

by B.K. Brain

Release Date: May 1, 2019

The latest science fiction technothriller from B.K. Brain… Physicist Sam Jacobson has discovered a direct line of communication to the fabric of spacetime. He can now convey expectations to the cosmos and reality will answer. With this power comes great insanity. If left unhindered, the evolution of man into God could lead to a world-ending conclusion. Two strangers are the only ones that can stop him.

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The Buzziest Books of May | 2019

The Buzziest Books of May | 2019

The month of May was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of May. Happy reading!


Don’t Tell

by Willow Rose

Release Date: May 10, 2019

The seventh book in the bestselling Jack Ryder series by Willow Rose… Jack Ryder was hoping for a week of fun with his family in the mountains of North Carolina. But he soon discovers the body of a teenage boy in the creek behind their cabin. As more bodies are found the rural community of Maggie Valley is rattled. What happened to Benjamin Rutherford? Is his father — the local pastor — telling the truth?

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Enemies With Benefits

by Roxie Noir

Release Date: May 14, 2019

From the first day of kindergarten until we graduated high school, Eli Loveless was my nemesis. Everything he did, I had to do better – and vice versa. It was the greatest day ever when he left town. He returned ten years later and is now my co-worker. It looks like the irritating kid I knew is gone and has been replaced by a man that’s sexy as sin.

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A Civil War Within

by Ethan Frechette

Release Date: May 4, 2019

A Civil War Within follows the story of a fourteen-year-old boy named Ezra. Whilst on a camping trip in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV, he meets a mysterious man named Vivek. He promises to challenge and push Ezra and his friends through the power of story. He wants them to understand the preciousness of life and how to embrace their identity while wandering through the Valley of FIre.

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The Night Window

by Dean Koontz

Release Date: May 14, 2019

A young filmmaker is being hunted for sport on a Colorado ranch by a celebrated billionaire at the center of a monstrous cabal. A hacker slips through a top-secret database to gather the facts to fight the perpetrators of mass murder. A pair of brutal operators are shadowing their targets. A Vegas mob boss and a sociopath are closing in on a boy and his protectors to use as leverage against his mother. The mother herself, ex-agent Jane Hawk, is preparing to take them down.

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Shockwave

by Lindsay Buroker

Release Date: May 8, 2019

What if being a hero was encoded in your genes but nobody had told you? Casmir Dabrowski would have laughed if asked that question. This was a guy that had to build a robot for protection when he was in school. Thankfully, his life is much better now. He is a robotics engineer and professor. But he thinks heroics are for other people, not him… That is until robot assassins show up on campus trying to kill him.

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Blessing in Disguise

by Danielle Steel

Release Date: May 7, 2019

Isabelle McAvoy has been described as one of Danielle Steele’s most memorable characters yet. This mother of three has had a long journey that resulted in her raising three daughters, from three different fathers, alone. Each of the three girls grow up to be very different women, each with a very unique relationship with their mother. While raising her girls, Isabelle becomes a successful art consultant but a final turn of fate brings a secret from her past to light.

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Once More We Saw Stars

by Jayson Greene

Release Date: May 14, 2019

The new memoir from Jayson Greene explores the power of love in the face of loss… Two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting with her grandmother on a park bench in Manhattan. Overhead a brick windowsill crumbles and strikes Greta unconscious. Once More We Saw starts with this traumatic moment and the hours leading up to her death. It explores the anguish that Jayson and his wife went through but also dives into a narrative that is more about hope and healing.

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Hurt

by Lydia Michaels

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Callan MacGregor speaks with the eloquence of a poet but a hard life has turned him into a killer. He has a first-hand account of hell and trusts nothing and no one but the hollow hurt tortured into his bones. Now he must sacrifice everything and escape to Scotland to survive. Emery Tanner is captivated by the stunning Scotsman tending the bar at the Imperial Hotel. You could say she was obsessed.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | May 2019

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! May had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors James Patterson, David Baldacci, Nora Roberts, Clive Cussler, Celeste Ng, Fredrik Backman, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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