Flannery's Reviews

Flannery’s life has been about books since before she could read. While she mainly reads mystery, fantasy, and young adult, Flannery also enjoys some good non-fiction and the occasional novel. The Watsonville native has worked at Bookshop for six years and is our Used Book Manager and mystery section leader. In real life she enjoys fuzzy cats, the wild outdoors, and cupcakes.


Helena is the child born of kidnapping and captivity, until she and her mother escaped. Thirteen years later, her father has broken out of prison, and Helena must use the skills he taught her to catch him. Woven around Hans Christian Anderson’s story The Marsh Kings Daughter, and alternating between Helena’s childhood and her hunt for the man she both loves and hates, this fiendishly paced psychological thriller completely floored me. Think Room, but with vengeance. - Flannery

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The Marsh King's Daughter Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213005
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017

Challenging the status quo isn’t easy, and though becoming the first female deputy sheriff is as hard as it gets, Constance Kopp isn’t one to back down. When a mistake threatens her new career, she throws every ounce of nerve and grit she has into fixing it—with some advice from her wonderfully eccentric sisters, of course! I loved this great historical mystery. - Flannery

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Lady Cop Makes Trouble Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780544947139
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Published: Mariner Books - May 2nd, 2017

David Grann excels at bring history to life, and this may be his best book yet. In the 1920s, members of the oil-rich Osage Indian nation were murdered in increasing numbers, and the troubled, fledgling FBI was sent to investigate. While researching this forgotten chapter in American history, Grann discovered and exposed a plot more sinister than he initially realized. A gripping blend of history and true crime, this is terrific. I loved it. - Flannery

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$23.16
ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

You may recall that a few years back our staff was obsessed with M. R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts. If you, like us, loved that book, you are in luck—set ten years before Girl, The Boy on the Bridge is another smart, tense zombie book appropriate even for those like me who don’t usually like zombies. Come for the gore, stay for the characters and the deftly crafted writing! - Flannery

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316300339
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Published: Orbit - May 2nd, 2017

There is no adequate way to describe this book in the short space I have, or to fully impart how excited I am for it. I’m burned out on dystopic fiction but can’t wait for Borne because I love Jeff VanderMeer’s unsettling, descriptive writing, the mind-bending ways his books make me think, and his worlds—in many ways recognizably ours, yet alien, altered, weird. If you want something different, look no further. - Flannery

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374115241
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Published: MCD - April 25th, 2017

Megan Abbot is the queen of nourishing family dramas unfolding around troubled teen girls, and this is her best yet. Katie Knox’s daughter Devon is a gymnastics prodigy, and Katie and her husband will do whatever it takes to see Devon’s dreams realized. When a death happens in the supposedly tight-knit gymnastics gym, fractures in both family and community expose unpleasant truths. I was completely sucked in and didn’t want to put it down. - Flannery

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780316231060
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 25th, 2017

In her new stand-alone novel, Laurie R. King tackles a modern horror—a high school career day gone terribly wrong. Anyone who loves King’s deft writing and nuanced character building will be more than satisfied. King weaves the threads of her characters’ lives and secrets together into a taut psychological tale that is poignant and provocative and an excellent example of her range and skill. - Flannery

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Lockdown: A Novel of Suspense Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804177931
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Published: Bantam - June 13th, 2017

If you like Agatha Christie, closed-room mysteries, publishing industry tales, books within books, narrators in crisis, or any combination thereof, Magpie Murders has something for you. Both a delightful homage to the British village mystery (containing the manuscript for a British village mystery) and a fiendishly clever story of an editor on the hunt for what she suspects is a real-life killer, this dark, suspenseful, inventive book is a must-read. - Flannery     

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$22.39
ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

At long last, a book about the A’s! And not just any A’s, but the rowdy championship team of the 1970’s. From the drama behind the scenes and on the field to the mustaches and garish uniforms, Turbow brings the larger than life personalities of the team to life while charting their rise and fall, making this a rollicking ride through one of the most entertaining team’s baseball has ever boasted. - Flannery

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Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780544303171
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

I know what you’re thinking: “Another book about Nazi Germany? What could that possible add to our knowledge?” One word: drugs. So. Many. Drugs. This is no sensationalist story, but rather a thoroughly researched examination of the integral role drugs played in the rise and fall of the Third Reich—from the meth that fueled the troops to Hitler’s favorite cocktail of drugs, this book ensures that you will never look at the Third Reich the same way again. - Flannery

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By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328663795
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

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