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Goodreads Monday: What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!
My selection this week is a recent purchase of mine that looks great, you know, if I can ever start to make a dent in my TBR pile, which seems to grow every day. 

This book gives me a distinct vibe similar to “The Keepers,” a documentary on Netflix which also involves a long-ago crime in Baltimore which seemed to occur out of thin air. 

Now I can’t wait to get to this one.


What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who—or what—could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? 

Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters. But her involuntary admission and subsequent attempt to stonewall investigators only deepens the mystery. Where has she been? Why has she waited so long to come forward? Could her abductor truly be a beloved Baltimore cop? There isn’t a shred of evidence to support her story, and every lead she gives the police seems to be another dead end—a dying, incoherent man, a razed house, a missing grave, and a family that disintegrated long ago, torn apart not only by the crime but by the fissures the tragedy revealed in what appeared to be the perfect household. 
In a story that moves back and forth across the decades, there is only one person who dares to be skeptical of a woman who wants to claim the identity of one Bethany sister without revealing the fate of the other. Will he be able to discover the truth? 

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Goodreads celebrates “Mystery and Thriller Week” with Lisa Jackson Q&A!

NI’ve made no secret about the fact that Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite authors – so I was so excited to see that she is one of the authors featured in the Q&A section of Goodreads’ “Mystery and Thriller Week” feature.

Goodreads users were able to submit questions for Jackson to answer about writing, publishing and her characters.

Here’s my favorite bits below:

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The Night Bell by Inger Ash Wolfe

The Night Bell (Hazel Micallef Mystery, #4)The Night Bell by Inger Ash Wolfe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Will be released August 9

First: This book is fourth in a series, but I’ll be reviewing it as a standalone novel. As a standalone, the first couple of chapters are rough because the characters come at you fast and furious, as if you’re already familiar with them. That made things confusing.

But stick with it, because this book is totally worth it.

There are three main story threads in this novel, which follows the work of a local Canadian police woman. The author loosely weaves them together in a way that’s not forced, but delicately handled. It adds intricate layers to the novel which shows how skilled this author is.

Here they are:
1) In 1957, young local girl disappears and our heroine, Hazel, and her friend Gloria are among the last to see her alive. There were suspicions that Gloria’s younger brother was involved. Was he? (Dun dun dun!)
2) In 2007 Hazel is put on a case, where human bones are found in a new housing development. The land they are found on used to be a home for orphaned boys, which seems to inspire only awful memories in those that lived there.
3) As Hazel and her colleagues work that case, homeowners in the new development – which is floundering – are brutally murdered.

Whew!

The story is deep and rich and kept me guessing until the very end. It’s like a puzzle where you’re trying to see how all the pieces come together to form the full picture. And you don’t get to see that picture until the very last pages.

This author is obviously very talented at crafting a beautifully atmospheric story and creating characters that are compelling and intriguing. Couldn’t put this book down once I got about halfway through.

I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of the series to read more about them.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in a great mystery.

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