Man in the Empty Suit

Title: Man in the Empty Suit

Author: Sean Ferrell. He is the author of a previous novel, Numb.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery

Readers: Day care teacher EMarie, librarian Mary Liz, victim advocate MJ and lawyers Maratai and Cait.

Summary: Say you’re a time traveler and you’ve already toured the entirety of human history. After a while, the outside world might lose a little of its luster. That’s why this time traveler celebrates his birthday partying with himself. Every year, he travels to an abandoned hotel in New York City in 2071, the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and drinks twelve-year-old Scotch (lots of it) with all the other versions of who he has been and who he will be. Sure, the party is the same year after year, but at least it’s one party where he can really, well, be himself.

The year he turns 39, though, the party takes a stressful turn for the worse. Before he even makes it into the grand ballroom for a drink he encounters the body of his forty-year-old self, dead of a gunshot wound to the head.

Read If You Enjoy unusual, abstract and mind-bending reads. 

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Mrs. Queen Takes the Train

Book: Mrs. Queen Takes the Train

Author: William Kuhn. This is his first novel. He is the author of several previous works of nonfiction, including most recently Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books on Jackie Kennedy Onassis. (See our exclusive Q&A with him.)

Genre: Commercial Fiction

Reviewers: Accountant Gina aka Slappy, literature professor Amanda Patchin, librarian Mary Liz, lawyer Cait and retiree Sulyn.

Publisher Summary: 

After decades of service and years of watching her family’s troubles splashed across the tabloids, Britain’s Queen is beginning to feel her age. She needs some proper cheering up. An unexpected opportunity offers her relief: an impromptu visit to a place that holds happy memories—the former royal yacht, Britannia, now moored near Edinburgh. Hidden beneath a skull-emblazoned hoodie, the limber Elizabeth (thank goodness for yoga) walks out of Buckingham Palace into the freedom of a rainy London day and heads for King’s Cross to catch a train to Scotland. But a characterful cast of royal attendants has discovered her missing. In uneasy alliance a lady-in-waiting, a butler, an equerry, a girl from the stables, a dresser, and a clerk from the shop that supplies Her Majesty’s cheese set out to find her and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.

Mrs Queen Takes the Train is a clever novel, offering a fresh look at a woman who wonders if she, like Britannia herself, has, too, become a relic of the past. William Kuhn paints a charming yet biting portrait of British social, political, and generational rivalries—between upstairs and downstairs, the monarchy and the government, the old and the young. Comic and poignant, fast paced and clever, this delightful debut tweaks the pomp of the monarchy, going beneath its rigid formality to reveal the human heart of the woman at its center.

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A Peek at the TBR Pile

We asked a few of our readers to give us a look at what’s in their TBR (To-Be-Read) pile. Here’s what they’ve got coming up:

Mary Liz

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell

Every Day by David Levithan

Sarah L.

In the Woods by Tana French

Fade Away by Harlan Coben

The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier


Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul by Leanna Hieber

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd

The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking Trilogy #01 by Patrick Ness

Agency #01: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

While we’re waiting to go live, I asked some of our Readers to give their input on on of the biggest books of the summer: Gone Girl.

It seems like this was everybody’s beach read this year, and everybody was talking about how fast they got through it.

Our goal here at Red Letter Reads is to give you more than one perspective on a book so you can find your perfect match. Today we’re using Gone Girl to give you a little preview of the kind of reviews we hope to offer. Continue reading