Join us for a night of complicated heroines with some serious stories to tell. Lisa Lutz is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Spellman series and a Mysterious Galaxy favorite. In The Passenger, Kirkus notes that Lisa “is deep in thriller territory, and she writes like she’s happy to be there.” Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time. Alison Gaylin, whose debut novel Hide Your Eyes was nominated for the Edgar Award in the Best First Novel category, is the author of the Breanna Spector series and a journalist who covered the arts and entertainment beat for more than fifteen years. In What Remains of Me, 17-year-old Kelly Michelle Lund shoots and kills an Oscar-nominated director at a party in June of 1980, becoming a media sensation. Years later, after her release from a 30-year prison sentence, her movie legend father-in-law is found murdered. Once again, Kelly is under suspicion, but this time she’s got some unexpected allies who want to help her clear her name. But her innocence may not be so matter of fact…
I didn’t know what to expect when I started Lutz’s first standalone thriller. Everyone who knows my reading tastes knows that I am a big fan of Lisa’s, but this is new territory. Or is it? The Passenger combines Lutz’s signature humor and talent for pacing and dialog with a page turning adventure of a young woman we first get to know as Tanya Dubois. Very soon, we find out that she has at least one other identity, as she travels from her current life in Waterloo, Wisconsin, the recent widow of a bar owner (she says she didn’t do it!) to Austin, Texas, where she befriends a woman named Blue. They recognize in each other kindred spirits of women on the run … with many secrets to keep. The real mystery is what Nora Glass (Tanya Dubois’ real name) is running from, and why she has stayed away from her home town of Bilman, Washington, for the past 10 years. And that is just the beginning of this fast-paced adventure that I dare you to put down. Lutz has done it again. – Terry
On June 28, 1980, Kelly Michelle Lund shoots and kills Oscar-nominated director John McFadden at a party in his home . . . and instantly becomes a media sensation. For years, speculation swirls over the seventeen-year-old s motives. Convicted of the murder, she loses her youth and her freedom but keeps her secrets to herself.
Thirty years later and five years after her release from prison the past has come back to haunt Kelly. Her father-in-law, movie legend Sterling Marshall, is found in a pool of blood in his home in the Hollywood Hills dead from a shot to the head, just like his old friend John McFadden.
Once again, Kelly is suspected of the high profile murder. But this time, she s got some unexpected allies who believe she s innocent of both killings and want to help clear her name. But is she?
When UC Santa Cruz roommates Anna and Kate find passed-out Georgiana Leoni on a lawn one night, they wheel her to their dorm in a shopping cart. Twenty years later, they gather around a campfire on the lawn of a New England mansion. What happens in between the web of wild adventures, unspoken jealousies, and sudden tragedies that alter the course of their lives is charted with sharp wit and aching sadness in this meticulously constructed novel.
Anna, the de facto leader, is fearless and restless moving fast to stay one step ahead of her demons. Quirky, contemplative Kate is a natural sidekick but a terrible wingman ( If you go home with him, might I suggest breathing through your mouth ). And then there s George: the most desired woman in any room, and the one most likely to leave with the worst man.
Shot through with the crackling dialogue, irresistible characters, and propulsive narrative drive that make Lutz s books so beloved, "How to Start a Fire" pulls us deep into Anna, Kate, and George s complicated bond and pays homage to the abiding, irrational love we share with the family we choose.
When the past intersects with the future . . .
Brenna Spector is held prisoner by the past. She has perfect memory, which allows her to recall in vivid and remarkable detail every moment of every day of her adult life. If only she could remember more from her child-hood . . . for she's still trying to unravel the mystery of her sister Clea's disappearance twenty-eight years ago when Clea was seventeen. But now her obsession with finding out what happened to Clea is taking a toll on her own teenage daughter, Maya, who's been very secretive lately. And when Maya goes missing, Brenna fears her worst nightmare has come true.
. . . the outcome can be dangerous
As Brenna relies on her P.I. skills to find her daughter before it's too late, evidence surfaces showing a possible link between Maya's disappearance and Clea's. But could a case from three decades ago really be connected to her daughter? Or is someone hoping that Brenna will play along in a twisted game--one that there's no chance of winning . . . or surviving?
Isabelle Spellman, PI, is used to being followed, extorted, and questioned--all occupational hazards of working at her fami-ly's firm, Spellman Investigations. Her little sister, Rae, once tailed Izzy for weeks on end to discover the identity of Izzy's boyfriend. Her mother, Olivia, once blackmailed Izzy with photographic evidence of Prom Night 1994. After years of power struggles, Izzy staged a hostile takeover of the company. She should have known better than to think she could put such shenanigans behind her.
When Izzy is accused of embezzling from a former client, her troubles are just begin-ning. If Izzy gets indicted, she could lose her PI license and the Spellman family's liveli-hood--not to mention her own freedom. Is this the end of Izzy Spellman, PI?
Can a stranger share your memories?That's the question that haunts Brenna Spector when she first sees footage of missing webcam performer Lula Belle. Naked but hidden in shadow, the performance artist shares her deepest, darkest secrets with her unseen male audience . . . secrets that, to Brenna, are chillingly familiar.Brenna has perfect memory, able to recall in astonishing detail every moment of every day of her adult life. But her childhood--those carefree years before the traumatic disappearance of her sister, Clea--is frustratingly vague. When Brenna listens to the stories Lula Belle tells her audience, stories only Brenna and Clea could know, those years come to life again in vivid detail. Convinced the missing internet performer has ties to her sister, Brenna takes the case--and in her quest for Lula Belle unravels a web of obsession, sex, guilt, and murder that could regain her family . . . or cost her life.