Cover reveal: Murder Feels Awful, by Bill Alive

It’s getting to be that time of year when I crave mystery, thriller, and horror novels. I mean, I love those types of stories year-round, but they tend to have a particular draw as Halloween approaches.

It should come as no surprise, then, that a novel promising murder and the supernatural hooked me. Murder Feels Awful, by Bill Alive, has such a cool premise behind it. Plus, its summary is just flooded with voice. You really can’t blame me for wanting to know more.

Or for wanting to help reveal the cover. Ready to check it out?

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Cover reveal: Scone Cold Killer, from Lena Gregory

I’m not going to lie: I knew as soon as I read the title of Lena Gregory’s novel that I would be helping to reveal the cover for it. I mean, how can I resist a title like Scone Cold Killer?

Honestly, I don’t even know what it’s about, just that it’s a cozy mystery with an pun-fully awesome title. The cover’s pretty great, too. Want to see?

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Book recommendation: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

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Have you figured out yet that I tend to be pretty slow to read really popular books? This isn’t on purpose, but it does seem to happen fairly often. Gone Girl, the Percy Jackson series, On Writing… and those are just a few of my more recent late-to-the-party reads.

I doubt my streak is going to end any time soon. It certainly didn’t when it came to today’s recommendation: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins.

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Book recommendation: The Other Typist, by Suzanne Rindell

Let’s kick this book recommendation off with an admission: when I picked up The Other Typist, ready to dive into reading it, I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I’d read the summary on the book flap. And sure, I’d picked it out of the “fiction and literature” section of the bookstore.

But, I didn’t know what genre it actually fell into. Would I be reading a romantic story, or a tragic one? A suspenseful thriller or lighthearted tale of friendship?

It turned out that The Other Typist had a little bit of all four. At least, I think it did. I’m still not entirely sure.

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Book recommendation: Sugarmilk Falls, by Ilona Van Mil

I’m willing to admit that I don’t always finish novels. It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while, something prevents me from finishing something that I’m trying to read.

That’s what happened the first time I picked up Sugarmilk Falls, by Ilona Van Mil. It was a few years back, and now I can’t quite remember why I stopped reading it.

But a couple of weeks ago, it jumped out at me from my bookshelf. I decided I needed to give it another shot.

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Book recommendation: Where Are the Children?, by Mary Higgins Clark

I’ve been reading Mary Higgins Clark novels for a very long time. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I first picked up one of her books (I think I was around 12, but I’m not entirely sure), but I do remember picking the novel up. I was in a big-box store — I know exactly which one it was, too, but I won’t name it here — and I was browsing in the paperback aisle. The cover for Clark’s Daddy’s Little Girl caught my eye, and it didn’t take me long to decide I needed to read it. I went and found my mom, and she said I could buy it — though I no longer remember if I bought it myself or if she paid for it.

That novel still sits on my bookshelf, along with a number of Clark’s other books. But, despite how many I own and how many I’ve borrowed from friends or the library, there are still many Clark books I have left to read.

Up until recently, Where Are the Children? was one such unread novel for me. It was also one of the first novels Clark published, sending her down the path of a successful author.

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Book recommendation: The Devil’s Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver

Most of the novels I’ve been recommending on here have been fairly new (published within the last few years), but I have an older one for you today. The Devil’s Teardrop was published in 2000, but I found that it’s not dated in the least.

I love reading a good thriller novel every now and then, especially one that can keep me guessing. That’s the type of novel I was looking for when I picked up The Devil’s Teardrop, and I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint me.

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