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Young woman grieving for her father meets her childhood nanny and things will never be the same in “The darling nanny” by Flora Collins Annelise was Suzy’s nanny in 1996, working for her bestselling author father and interior designer mother. When the two meet again, Suzy has lost both parents and feels grounded and clings to Annelise again. But the more Suzy delves into her past, the more questions arise.

Told both in the past and in the present, this is a slow burning thriller. While it can hang around in some spots, the twists and turns are good and readers will enjoy the ride.

“The darling nanny” is edited by harlequin.


A woman who intends to write a novel finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation in “Hello, transcriptionist.”

Hannah is a police transcriber who wants to leave her town Black Harbor and is ready to write her way. When her neighbor confesses to hiding an overdose victim in a nearby dumpster, and the death is linked to Candy Man (not writing this 5 times), a drug dealer, she is involved in the investigation and thinks that that would make a great book, and interested in Senior Detective Nikolai. How far will she go to get out of town?

With a somber and brooding tone, the icy atmosphere of this story will grab readers by the throat and not let go until the last page.

“Hello transcriptionist” is published by St. Martin’s Press.


19-year-old student disappearance lures struggling writer to solve mystery of “True story of the crime” by Joseph Knox.

In 2011, Zoe Nolan disappeared from a party and was never seen again. In 2018, writer Evelyn Mitchell delves into the mystery, with the intention of solving it.

But as she carefully examines the evidence, she sees inconsistencies and soon learns that Zoe had her own secrets. Turning to another detective writer, Joseph Knox, for help, Evelyn is drawn into Zoe’s world – will she disappear too?

Written like a real detective book, using transcripts, articles, and emails, the format can be a bit offensive to some. There are a lot of unreliable narrators in this story to make readers guess.

“True story of the crime” is published by Sourcebooks.

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