All the females in titles of upcoming mystery and thriller novels

Over the last years we escaped avalanche of books with ‘Gril’ in title to end up in a sea of novels with womans, daughters, mothers, shes, wifes and Mrs. in the titles (and some girls are still there). The trend is still trong in mystery and thriller novels, and here’s a list of some upcoming releases with some referance to a female in the title.

TitleWho’s the female in title?
Last Woman Standing by Amy Gentry Dana Diaz, aspiring stand‑up comedian
The Woman in the Blue Cloak by Deon MeyerDead woman discovered naked and washed in bleach, draped on a wall beside a picturesque road above Cape Town
The Woman in Our House by Andrew Hart Oaklynn Durst, babysitter
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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Title: The Bride Test

Author: Helen Hoang

Pub Date: May 7th 2019

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart…

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

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Contemporary May Releases

It is finally proper spring weather where I live, and with the nice, sunny weather I feel like reading some fresh contemporary novels. Here’s a list of May releases I’m excited about and I might be reading soon.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina LaurenFor two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali DevAward-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco—a compelling, heartwarming romance between two strangers from completely different worlds, and a poignant exploration of cultural assimilation, identity, and the meaning of the word home.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart…

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Pub Date: 2017

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Down the TBR Hole #11

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Rules are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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I’m keeping all of the books in the first trio. Outline by Rachel Cusk is a novel about writing and talking, about self-effacement and self-expression, about the desire to create and the human art of self-portraiture in which that desire finds its universal form. The second book is The First Bad Man by Miranda Julythat described as a tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual fantasies and fierce maternal love, Miranda July’s first novel confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic and important voice today and a writer for all time. It’s weird for me that the third book is still on my TBR list instead of the read list, because I adore the author and I know I love it already because I listen to the TED talk – We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Re-reading Harry Potter as an adult – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Pub Date: 1997

My Rating: ★★★★★

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“Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.”

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

HOW MY LOVE FOR HARRY STARTED?

I first read Harry Potter book back in 2000 when it was published in Poland. Both first and second book were published that year, and because my brother was reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I started the series with book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and absolutely loved it! After the second book in the series, I read the first one and learned how it all started. Since then each publication of new Harry Potter book was eagerly anticipated. Most of the releases of polish translations were around my birthday, in January, so the book was always my gift. My dad always drives to town in the morning to pick up a newspaper, and on the Harry Potter days, the first thing he did in the morning was going to a bookstore and get my long-awaited Harry Potter book. Happy memories.

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Polish Lit in Translation – Cover Battles #2 | Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski

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Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski

The morning after a group psychotherapy session in a Warsaw monastery, Henry Talek is found dead, a roasting spit stuck in one eye.

Public prosecutor Teodor Szacki, world-weary, suffering from bureaucratic exhaustion and marital ennui, feels that life has passed him by. But this case changes everything. Because of it he meets Monika Grzelka, a young journalist whose charms prove difficult to resist, and he discovers the frightening power of certain esoteric therapeutic methods. The shocking videos of the sessions lead him to an array of possible scenarios. Could one of the patients have become so absorbed by his therapy role-playing that he murdered Telak? Szacki’s investigation leads him to an earlier murder, before the fall of Communism.

And why is the Secret Police suddenly taking an interest in all this? As Szacki uncovers each piece of the puzzle, facts emerge that he’d be better off not knowing, for his own safety.

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