• Ryanne Harper


It's been a minute since I've done a new release blog. But, here we are, new month, new determination to stay on schedule. We'll see how it goes.

Chestnut Man, Soren Sveistrup

I have no idea how to do the fancy O in the author's first name. Forgive me. Anyway, Chestnut Man is checking all my boxes:

Set in Copenhagen

Serial killer

Weird dolls made out of chestnuts and sticks

A detective team that doesn't see eye to eye, but will set aside their differences to solve the case

Those are weird, specific boxes, but they're mine and I love them.

So, an insane person is terrorizing Copenhagen, leaving tiny chestnut dolls at all his crime scenes. When the forensics team discover a fingerprint on one of the dolls matching a murder victim from the previous year, they get worried. (They should already be worried. A weird doll man is terrorizing their country.) Coincidence? Nah, fam. It's not going to be a coincidence. Or maybe it is? I haven't read it yet, but it was my Book of the Month Club selection this month. So, as is my custom, I'll read it, like, eighteen months from now and get back to you.

I'm also really interested in the relationship between the detectives. You may have heard, I co-write murder mysteries and I'm also working with another writing partner on a psychological thriller. Both rely pretty heavily on detective characters, so I see it as a learning tool.

If you're interested, you can get Chestnut Man here, or give it a few weeks and pick up a copy at the library.

The Secrets We Kept, Lara Prescott

Spies. A missing masterpiece. America using Doctor Zhivago to gain the upper hand in the Cold War. This book sounds pretty awesome. And it's about to blow up. Reese Witherspoon, my book queen (long may she reign), has chosen it as her September book club selection. Before you know it, the holds list will be fifty deep and there will be a movie in 18-24 months. That's the power of Reese. So far, she has not led me astray. I was interested in this book before, now I'm hella interested.

I'm excited for Lara Prescott. The Secrets We Kept is her first novel and it's all the rage. And there are spies. I'm obsessed with spies and any type of heist. It is why I have seen Gone in 60 Seconds at least fifty times. I can't help myself. I'm extra interested in this story because it's a book instead of diamonds, cars, or paintings.

That's it for this week, readers. I'll be back (hopefully) with more books to add to that ever-growing TBR.

#newreleases #thrillers

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