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Superb Summer Reading

July 14, 2024 at 7pm ET

Hannah Mary McKinnon • Wanda Morris • Lori Roy • Jacqueline Winspear


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Hannah Mary McKinnon

Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favour of writing. Her suspense novels include The Neighbors, and bestsellers Her Secret Son, Sister Dear, You Will Remember me, Never Coming Home and The Revenge List. 

Hannah Mary’s next thriller, Only One Survives, about the rise and violent demise of the all-female pop rock group The Bittersweet will publish in July 2024. 

Hannah Mary lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three sons


Only One Survives

“For readers eagerly awaiting the return of Yellowjackets, this novel from McKinnon blends the musical highs of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones and the Six with the darkness of The Girls by Emma Cline in a twisty thriller that is hard to resist.” —Library Journal "Rock’n’roll with a dash or two of murder." —Jeneva Rose, New York Times bestselling author Becoming the star is easier when the rest of your band is dead…

Wanda Morris

Wanda M. Morris is the acclaimed author of All Her Little Secrets, named as one of the “Best Books of 2021” by Hudson Booksellers and selected as the #1 Top Pick for “Library Reads” by librarians across the country.

Her novel, Anywhere You Run, was named One of the Top Ten Crime Fiction Books of 2022 by The New York Times. It has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist and won an Anthony Award and the Lefty Award for Best Historical Novel of 2023, along with the 2023 Georgia Author of the Year for Mystery. It was also longlisted for the prestigious Mark Twain Voice in American Literature Prize.


What You Leave Behind

Award-winning author Wanda Morris returns with a powerful, haunting thriller following a lawyer who after the mysterious disappearance of a local landowner and the death of his sister just months before, uncovers a conspiracy that dates back to Reconstruction and persists in half the United States today.

Lori Roy

Lori Roy is the two-time Edgar award-winning author of five novels of suspense. Her work, including her latest, Lake Country, is rooted in the South. She lives with her family in Florida.


Lake Country

Set in the 1950s, this thriller by Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy reimagines the life of Marilyn Monroe, tying her fate to a dreamy teenager whose boyfriend runs afoul of the mob.

Jacqueline Winspear

 Jacqueline Winspear has written 18 novels in the award-winning Maisie Dobbs historical mystery series, including the New York Times bestsellers A Sunlit WeaponThe Consequences of FearThe American AgentTo Die But OnceIn This Grave HourJourney to MunichA Dangerous PlaceLeaving Everything Most LovedElegy for EddieA Lesson in SecretsThe Mapping of Love and DeathAmong The Mad and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other National Bestselling novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times and National Bestseller, and a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her new standalone novel, The White Lady, was released March 2023.


The Comfort of Ghosts

A milestone in historical mystery fiction as Maisie Dobbs takes her final bow! The Comfort of Ghosts completes Jacqueline Winspear's ground-breaking and internationally bestselling series. "An outstanding historical series."--The New York Times "Winspear is a brilliant writer, mixing the history and the mystery with the psychology of criminals and victims."--The Historical Novel Society

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