A meandering mystery targeting foodies who’ll appreciate the many lovingly depicted meals and appended recipes.

EGG SHOOTERS

The three ladies of the Cackleberry Club cafe are involved in yet another Midwestern murder investigation.

Although Suzanne Dietz is happily engaged to Dr. Sam Hazelet, her obsessive curiosity plunges her into a dangerous murder investigation in which she’s aided and abetted once again by Toni, her flamboyant partner in daring escapades, and Petra, the more conservative chef. While bringing Sam’s dinner to the hospital, Suzanne walks into a robbery in progress. The security guard is dead, a nurse is attacked, and the receptionist is wounded by a masked, drug-stealing robber whom Suzanne alertly beans with a large thermos of hot chili before he vanishes into the night. Despite dire warnings, Sheriff Doogie has never really turned down Suzanne’s help, and she’s even more determined than usual to track down the killer she witnessed in action. To add to the excitement, there have also been a series of truck hijackings and the robbery of drugs from a pharmacy in a nearby town. Suzanne has plenty to keep her occupied with the success of the cafe, but a series of bad decisions in which she’s egged on by Toni lead to them sneaking around and prying into the lives and business dealings of a roster of suspects. Although Suzanne manages to clear several of them of wrongdoing, the ones who remain on her list may have added her to theirs.

A meandering mystery targeting foodies who’ll appreciate the many lovingly depicted meals and appended recipes.

Pub Date: Nov. 24, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-425-28174-1

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Berkley

Review Posted Online: Sept. 2, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

A compelling take on the classic whodunit.

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

  • New York Times Bestseller

  • IndieBound Bestseller

THE MAID

The shocking murder of a public figure at a high-end hotel has everyone guessing who the culprit might be.

Twenty-five-year-old Molly Gray, an eccentric young woman who's obsessed with cleaning but doesn't quite have the same ability to navigate social cues as those around her, loves working as a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel. Raised by her old-fashioned grandmother, who loved nothing more than cleaning and watching Columbo reruns, Molly has an overly polite and straightforward manner that can make her seem odd and off-putting to her colleagues despite her being the hardest worker at the hotel. After her grandmother's death, Molly's rigid life begins to lose some of its long-held balance, and when the infamous Mr. Charles Black, a rich and powerful businessman suspected of various criminal enterprises, is found murdered in one of the rooms she cleans, her whole world gets turned upside down. Before Molly knows what's happening, her odd demeanor has the police convinced she's guilty of the crime, and certain people at the hotel are a little too pleased about it. With the help of a few new friends (and while fending off new foes), she must begin to untangle the mystery of who really killed Mr. Black to get herself off the hook once and for all. Though the unusual ending might frustrate some readers, this unique debut will keep them reading.

A compelling take on the classic whodunit.

Pub Date: Jan. 4, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-593-35615-9

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Ballantine

Review Posted Online: Feb. 8, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2022

Did you like this book?

Combines disarming sensitivity to the nuances of the tangled relations among the characters with sledgehammer plotting.

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

  • Kirkus Reviews'
    Best Books Of 2021

  • New York Times Bestseller

FALSE WITNESS

A master of the no-holds-barred law enforcement thriller turns to legal intrigue, with shattering results.

A week before he’s to stand trial for the aggravated assault and rape of DataTel district manager Tammy Karlsen, car-dealership scion Andrew Tenant fires his lawyer and asks for a new one: Leigh Collier, a rising star at an Atlanta white-shoe firm. Originally baffled by the request, Leigh quickly realizes that her new client has a special reason to have asked for her: He’s recognized her from a magazine photo as the older sister of Callie, the babysitter who killed his father, Buddy Waleski, when his latest pedophile assault on her turned violent 23 years ago. In fact, the truth is even darker than that. Leigh was an active participant in the killing. Now she's determined to do everything she can to torpedo the defense she's preparing for Andrew, who’s accused of stabbing Tammy Karlsen in exactly the way Callie stabbed his father, while persuading both her client and her watchful senior partner that she’s doing her utmost to represent him. As she learns more and more particulars about the case and her client, Leigh realizes that her plan doesn’t go nearly far enough. Andrew is guilty of this assault and others, but he doesn’t just want her to get him off: He plans to blackmail her into complying with a potentially endless series of demands. How can she strike back at a monster who holds all the cards? Only by tapping into the depthless power of sisterhood with Callie, who’s descended into addiction but still loves Leigh with a ferocity that makes the pair of them as dangerous as the man who’s targeted them.

Combines disarming sensitivity to the nuances of the tangled relations among the characters with sledgehammer plotting.

Pub Date: July 20, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-06-285809-2

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2021

Did you like this book?

more