Lauren Willig (left), Beatriz Williams (center), and Susan Elia MacNeal (right) will sign their new releases at Murder By The Book on Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m.
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I absolutely loved That Summer, Lauren Willig's (The Secret History of the Pink Carnation series) newest stand-alone novel. Willig has artfully provided points of intrigue for everyone: If you're in the mood for a well-written love story, That Summer has two - a self-revelatory, modern romance set in 2009 and a historical, forbidden romance set in the mid-19th century.
If you're in the mood for mystery, sketchy and fraudulent relatives, boyfriends, and title grabbing schmucks abound. And if you're in the mood for art history, That Summer creates a pitch perfect fictionalized exploration of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood that will lead you to happily jump down Wikipedia rabbit holes and catch you explaining to your baffled mother why you suddenly care about how exactly John Everett Millais cuckolded John Ruskin.
Perfect for fans of B.A. Shapiro's The Art Forger and Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch - this is a beautiful, well-researched, un-put-downable read.
1964, Vivian Schuyler receives a mysterious suitcase that belongs to an aunt she didn't know she had. Her scientist aunt Violet disappeared in 1914 after she was rumored to have killed her husband. Vivian works for a magazine as a fact checker (against her family's wishes), and decides to use her professional connections to learn the story of the aunt no one will discuss. Vivian would get along very will with Delilah from Deanna Raybourn's A Spear of Summer Grass.
I immediately loved her character, and wanted to have a drink with her. The story jumps between 1914 and 1964, giving the reader a chance to meet Violet as well. This will definitely be on my best of 2014 list.
This series is one of my favorite new discoveries of 2014. Maggie Hope is an American living in London after going there to sell her grandmother's house during WWII. She's sassy, and not satisfied with just being a secretary. In addition to solving mysteries of international importance, Maggie must also unravel her own family's secrets. Also highly recommended by Sally!
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