It's Mystery Monday on The Princess and the Pen, where I highlight a few mystery novels on my radar. I come across so many mysteries on Goodreads, from social media and word-of-mouth recommendations and Mystery Monday will feature a small selection of those. Some are debut authors, others well-established. One thing they all have in common, though, is that they might make my to-read mountain topple over!
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A Murder on Jane Street by Cathy Cash Spellman
"The brutal murder of the little old lady next door puts FitzHugh Donovan on the case. A retired New York City Police Chief, he knows a cover-up when he sees one and his Irish Cop conscience can't let that happen.Now, Fitz, his family and his quirky band of Bleecker Street Irregulars are ensnared in the bizarre secret the woman died to protect.Is this a cold case turned hot again, or an unspeakable conspiracy that could alter the course of history?Fitz doesn't yet know how high the stakes are, that failure isn't an option, and that the little old lady was so much more than she appeared. But he's trying to keep everyone alive long enough to find out."
The Friendship Pact by Alison James
"I’m Lucy, and I have a secret.I have a beautiful home, that I’m desperate to escape.But that’s not my secret.I tell my friends I’ve never wanted children, when I always have.But that’s not my secret.My husband is a celebrated surgeon, who tries to control me.But that’s not my secret.Adele knows.Once upon a time, I knew everything about her and she knew everything about me.Best friends forever.But now our secret is beginning to surface.I can trust her more than anyone. We made a pact.And she’s never do anything to hurt me. Would she?"
Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson
"Never make a promise you can’t afford to keep… This is a story about Charlotte – a mother and a wife with the perfect job, the perfect life… at least, that’s how it looks from the outside. But behind closed doors, the marriage is breaking, and Charlotte’s husband Tris doesn’t even know how much. He has no idea what Charlotte has planned for him, who she has found, why she has hired someone to pretend to be her. But he doesn’t have long to wait to find out… "