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New Releases: June 5th

New in fiction:

Fredrick Backman, who I adore, is back with Us Against You. I've only read two of his books, but it looks like he's taking us back to Beartown. The beloved hockey team is disbanding. But, wait, are they really? Nope. Those players who have not abandoned their hometown are forming around an unlikely leader to resurrect the team. I haven't seen Mighty Ducks in a long time, but this feels like Mighty Ducks. Except someone dies. A story of how loyalty, friendship, and kindness can carry a town through some pretty dark times.

New in non-fiction:

Dan Abrams and David Fisher have teamed up to bring us Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency. Lincoln, who practiced law for twenty years before becoming President, was hired to defend a man named Peachy. Peachy doesn't sound like someone who could murder someone else. Also, this case is like the Guiding Light of murder cases. The victim studied under Lincoln. The defendant, Lincoln's client, was the son of friend and Lincoln supporter. But, I guess people didn't believe in recusing oneself in the 1800s because, despite just piles of conflicts of interest, Lincoln took the case. Also, you get to see Lincoln without a beard, so that's weird.

What in the world is Jimmy Pat up to:

Writing a book with Bill Clinton, apparently. The two have paired up to write The President is Missing (if only). Anyway, President Bill Clinton has collaborated with JP to write the suspense novel of the summer. All the suspense JP is known for with insight into the job of President that only a former President can offer.

Pick of the week:

I love a good mystery < this statement is super funny to a handful of people (well, probably only Sarah) and it's also true. Murder mysteries are my jam and Anthony Horowitz is my DJ or peanut butter, depending on what kind of jam we're talking about. The Word is Murder comes out next week and I'm here for it. Horowitz is known for his straight up British mysteries.

In The Word is Murder, a famous actress walks into a funeral parlor to plan her own funeral. Six hours later, she is found strangled to death in her home. What the what? Also, Horowitz does a clever little thing where he writes a fictional version of himself into the story. So, it's fun, it's twisty, it's turny, it's murdery, It's Anthony Horowitz at his finest. Read it.

Next week is accidentally themed: Presidents and murder. Plenty to choose from. So, stop reading this and go read a book.

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