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Sandra Brown, a Prohibition Speakeasy and Introducing Literary Lucy Picks


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A Secret Password and a Speakeasy Door:

It’s the wild 1920s in Greenwich Village Prime and prime suspect Zia Deluca is given a secret password into the world of gimlets and gin parlors in The Orchid Hour by Nancy Bilyeau. Check out this BookTrib interview.

A Legacy of True Betrayal:

Thriller and historical nonfiction do a twisted tango in Howard Blum’s tale of CIA corruption and duplicity, The Spy Who Knew Too Much. BookTrib has the hair-raising details of this true story of a retired CIA agent.

What novel is on bestselling author Sandra Brown’s nightstand? Flags on the Bayou by James Lee Burke. Set in Civil War-era Louisiana, Brown. “It was a time of war and it was horrendous and wasteful in terms of life, and the stats of that war are incomprehensible,” she says. “But James does such a good job of telling the story.” Click here to read more about Sandra Brown’s latest book, Out of Nowhere, as she chats with BookTrib columnist Dawn Ius.

Is there an author whose work you love so much that you automatically buy their next book without even reading the description? That’s an Auto-Buy Author, and have we got some good ones for you!

Janice Hallett/Mystery:

Hallett’s mysteries are that delightful balance of cleverly constructed puzzle, insightful, often hilarious character building, and plot twists you’ll never see coming. An immersive experience for mystery lovers. Great places to start: The Twyford Code, The Appeal.

KJ Charles/Historical Romance:

A former Mills & Boon editor, Charles enriches her superior plotting skills with razor-sharp timing, rich characterization, immersive settings and queer lovers who fight the patriarchy. The pros hail her as the writer’s writer. Great places to start: The Magpie Lord, Band Sinister.

F.C. Yee/Young Adult Fantasy:

Anyone who loves Avatar: The Last Airbender will appreciate F.C. Yee and his detailed supernatural fantasy worlds. He constructs complex plots while retaining the freshness, joy and excitement of the original series. He applies his mastery to the expanded world of Avatar and beyond to fantasy young adult novels. Great places to start: Chronicles of the Avatar, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo.

Hi, friends! I’m Literary Lucy and I love a good book, especially if it has pictures. Because my mom is in the book world, I hear about the best books, and I want to share them with you. Here’s what I’m reading this week.

THE CRAYONS ARE BACK! Did you love the naughty crayons in The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers as much as I did? Well, they’re back in The Crayons Go Back to School. This time they’re trying to figure out what to wear, and of course, they can’t wait for art class. Everyone loves the crayons so much they’re number one on the New York Times bestseller list for children’s books.

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