Thrillers and Suspense
Three Hours in Paris by Cara BlackInspired by: a real-life historical mystery: why did Hitler suddenly and quietly leave Paris in 1940, right after the Nazis occupied the city?
Starring: Kate Rees, who becomes an unlikely assassin after a German bombing kills her husband and daughter. Kate developed expert rifle skills hunting in her childhood, and she's glad to lend her talents to killing the German chancellor. Or she was glad, until the operation went south and she's betrayed, stranded in Paris and running for her life.
Pretty Things by Janelle BrownWhat it's about: Reluctant con-artist Nina learned from the best: her mother Lily, a master grifter. Although Nina once wanted to escape her family's criminal legacy, when Lily is diagnosed with cancer Nina will do anything to fund her mother's treatment.
The marks: careless rich people she finds on Instagram; the wealthy Liebling family, with whom Nina needs to settle a score.
Who it's for: fans of the 2013 film The Bling Ring; true crime fans who are into stories of fraudsters like Anna Delvey and Yvonne Bannigan.
The Familiar Dark by Amy EngelWhat it's about: waitress and single mother Eve Taggert's life in a bleak small town in the Ozarks, where her she works hard to raise her 12-year-old daughter Junie.
What goes wrong: Junie and her best friend Izzy are murdered, and even with her brother Cal on the force, Eve believes that the police phoned in the investigation for reasons involving the local meth mogul -- Eve and Cal's own estranged and violent mother. Eve's one and only chance at truth and justice lies somewhere in the pages of Junie's diary.
Strike Me Down by Mindy MejiaWhat it's about: corporate malfeasance at a large athletics company, whose magnetic owner (a champion kickboxer) hires tenacious forensic accountant Nora Trier to investigate.
Why you might like it: the well-developed characters (who all have something to hide) and the journey into the world of elite athletics.
Reviewers say: Author Mindy Mejia "succeeds in making even accounting exciting" (Publishers Weekly).
The Party by Elizabeth DayThe day of: posh Ben's 40th birthday party, an affair at which the tony guest list and extravagant setting alienate his childhood friend Martin, who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.
Start the clock: Accompanied by his wife Lucy, Martin is growing more tense and resentful as he reflects on the history of his friendship with Ben. Things spiral dangerously out of control during a closed-door conversation -- something Martin now has to find a way to explain to the police.
The Perfect Girl by Gilly MacmillanThe day of: 17-year-old Zoe Maisey's high-stakes piano recital, which could set the stage for a successful musical career, a break that would help her with rebuilding her life after her recent stint in a juvenile detention center for drunk driving.
Start the clock: Capping off an already fraught night is the sudden death of Zoe's mother Maria, an event which draws together the intricate web of secrets, lies, and competing interests that have always been just under the surface of Zoe's complicated relationship with her stepfather Chris and stepbrother Lucas.
Fierce Kingdom by Gin PhillipsThe day of: Joan and her son Lincoln's pleasant but otherwise unremarkable trip to the zoo, a place they enjoy so much that they stay until it's almost closing time.
Start the clock: On their way to the exit Joan sees some dead bodies, and a man with a gun on his way to chase down his next target. Soon she's desperately trying to keep her cranky four-year-old quiet as they run from place to place seeking somewhere to hide or even better, a way to escape.
What She Saw by Gerard StembridgeThe day of: Lana Gibson's impulsive overnight trip from Dublin to Paris to see an art exhibit, followed by a stay in the elegant Hotel Le Chevalier, where she'll get to enjoy an evening away from her husband in a comfortable suite.
Start the clock: Lana stumbles across the private elevator that leads to the hotel's lavish Suite Imperial and unable to resist the urge to peek, she rides to the top, becoming the lone witness to an assault in progress, an incident which will touch the highest levels of French power politics.
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