Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

Title: Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

Author: Peter Graham

Genre: Nonfiction

Readers: Writer/Editors Kristina and Denise, stay-at-home mom A Military Mommy and professor Michal.

Summary: On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme—better known as bestselling mystery writer Anne Perry—and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline’s mother, Honora. Half an hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Pauline’s mother had had an accident. But when Honora Parker was found in a pool of blood with the brick used to bludgeon her to death close at hand, Juliet and Pauline were quickly arrested, and later confessed to the killing. Their motive? A plan to escape to the United States to become writers, and Honora’s determination to keep them apart. Their incredible story made shocking headlines around the world and would provide the subject for Peter Jackson’s Academy Award–nominated film, Heavenly Creatures.

A sensational trial followed, with speculations about the nature of the girls’ relationship and possible insanity playing a key role. Among other things, Parker and Hulme were suspected of lesbianism, which was widely considered to be a mental illness at the time. This mesmerizing book offers a brilliant account of the crime and ensuing trial and shares dramatic revelations about the fates of the young women after their release from prison. With penetrating insight, this thorough analysis applies modern psychology to analyze the shocking murder that remains one of the most interesting cases of all time.

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Hour of the Rat

Title: Hour of the Rat

Author: Lisa Brackmann. She is the author of two previous thrillers, including a previous book following Ellie McEnroe, Rock Paper Tiger.

Genre:  Thriller

Readers: Stay at home moms Krysta and Sarah L., teacher Ninian and accountant Gina aka Slappy.

Summary: Iraq War vet Ellie McEnroe has a pretty good life in Beijing, representing the work of controversial dissident Chinese artist Zhang Jianli. Even though Zhang’s mysterious disappearance of over a year ago has attracted the attention of the Chinese authorities. Even though her Born-Again mother has come for a visit and shows no signs of leaving.

But things really get complicated when Ellie’s search for an Army buddy’s missing brother entangles her in a conspiracy that may or may not involve a sinister biotech company, eco-terrorists, and art-obsessed Chinese billionaire, and lots of cats—a conspiracy that will take her on a wild chase through some of China’s most beautiful and most surreal places.

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The Great June Book Giveaway

Giveaway cross-posted with Don’t Mind the Mess

When you review books you get a lot of them sent your way, more than one person can possibly read. So it’s giveaway time, with a huge batch of advance copies of books just for you. A few of these are recent releases and some won’t be out until 2014!

Take a look at all the titles on the Pinterest board I set up that links directly to all the titles on Goodreads.

There are too many to send to just one person so I’ve divided them up into 4 separate giveaways.

I’ll choose 4 winners and they’ll get to choose their prize in order they’re chosen.

The Greatest Hits Bundle New books by Curtis Sittenfeld, Colum McCann, Karen Russell, Jonathan Lethem, Chris Bohjalian, Jhumpa Lahiri, Aimee Bender and Alexander McCall Smith. This list is ridiculous.

The Crime Fiction Bundle with thrillers and mysteries galore.

The Historical Fiction Bundle WWII, 1960s South, depression-era adventure, and romance straight from the Romantic.

The Kitchen Sink Bundle has all the rest, a little bit of everything for the reader who wants it all.

So enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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Good luck, everyone!

A Case of Redemption

A Case of Redemption by Adam MitznerTitleA Case of Redemption

Author: Adam Mitzner. He is an attorney and the author of a previous legal thriller, A Conflict of Interest
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Genre: Thriller

Readers: Consultant Alila and retiree Sulyn. (Due to some technical difficulties we only have 2 readers on this book. We apologize!)

Summary: Dan Sorensen was once a high-powered New York City defense attorney . . . but that was before a horrifying accident killed the two people in his life who meant the most, plunging him into a downward spiral. As he approaches rock bottom, Dan is unexpectedly offered the opportunity of a lifetime: defend an up-and-coming rapper in a murder trial on the front page of every newspaper. Although his client swears he’s innocent of the brutal slaying of his pop star girlfriend, proving it will not be easy, especially because he’s suspected of bragging about the crime in one of the hottest songs in the country.

Unsure that he’s ready to handle such a high-stakes case, Dan realizes that this chance to save a man he believes has been falsely accused of murder just may be his last and only hope to put his own life back on track and achieve redemption for his past sins. But as Dan delves deeper and deeper into the case, he learns that atonement comes at a very steep price.

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Seduction

Seduction by M. J. RoseTitle:  Seduction: A Novel of Suspense

Author: M. J. Rose. She is an international bestselling author of 13 previous novels. Seduction is the 5th novel to feature protagonist Jac L’Etoile.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Suspense

Readers: Editor Kristina, victim advocate MJ, day care teacher EMarie, stay-at-home mom A Military Mommy and policy wonk BakingSuit.

Summary: In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, Hugo began participating in hundreds of séances to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with the likes of Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the Devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published. Or so it was believed.

Recovering from her own losses, mythologist Jac L’Etoile arrives on the Isle of Jersey—where Hugo conducted the séances—hoping to uncover a secret about the island’s Celtic roots. But the man who’s invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, has hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different—Hugo’s lost conversations with someone called the Shadow of the Sepulcher.

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