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Spring Reading 2020 Mystery Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for Spring 2020 here.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

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ISBN: 9780451491732
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Published: Berkley - March 3rd, 2020

Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel, My Lovely Wife, is now available in paperback! 
Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in a delightful, dark and twisted psychological thriller that features a perfect loving couple with the requisite two kids, nice house, and great jobs, who also happen to be serial killers. Samantha Downing’s devious plot goes well with her warped characters in this impressive debut. The surprising twists kept me turning the pages until the final unexpected stab at the end! — Trey

Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little

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ISBN: 9780670016396
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Published: Viking - February 25th, 2020

Marissa Dahl is a film editor, not a detective. In fact, she may be the worst person for the job: too introverted, has seen too many movies, and has too vivid of an imagination... But Marissa might just be the only one to solve a 25-year old cold murder case—and prevent a truly bad narrative from becoming a blockbuster film! Not only is Little amazing at writing a suspenseful, character-driven slow-burn, but she also has a fantastic knowledge of the film industry and a fabulous sense of humor. Moreover, providing an urgent commentary in the #MeToo era, the novel offers an excellent exploration of what it means to be a woman in Hollywood—and in a culture that has more interest in worshiping dead girls than in caring for the living ones. —Ksenia

The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo

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ISBN: 9780062905048
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Published: Ecco - February 11th, 2020

The question of whether nurture or nature creates a serial killer is at the center of the newest thriller by bestselling author Mi-Ae Seo. When the criminal psychologist Seonkyeong interviews the infamous killer Yi Byeongdo, she is unwittingly reminded of Haeyong, her stepdaughter, who has recently begun to live with Seonkyeong after her grandparents perished in a fire. The parallels between Byeongdo and Haeyong indicate a shared past of abuse, instigated by those who were supposed to care for them. Through unforgettable imagery Mi-Ae Seo ponders the irreparable consequences of child abuse, and the legacy of broken families. —K.L.

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