BOT’s February LibraryReads picks are two truly mesmerizing mysteries; each takes listeners on a wildly different ride—one through a reimagining of a real-life case in the bygone era of 1930s New York City, the other to West Hall, Vermont, a town of strange disappearances and old legends. See the full list of February LibraryReads here and find out more about these brilliant listens below.
THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS
By Ariel Lawhon
Read by Ann Marie Lee
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As co-founder of the popular She Reads blog, author Lawhon is no stranger to what a well-read audience finds appealing. Listen to her deliciously addictive novel to take tipsy spins through subterranean jazz clubs and backstage dressing rooms to try and solve the mystery of Justice Joseph Crater’s infamous disappearance. And hear from the three women who knew him best: the maid, the wife, and the mistress, of course…Sounds like a scandal to us.
“In this tale of Jazz Age New York, Lawhon walks one of fiction’s trickiest tightropes, creating a novel that is both genuinely moving and full of pulpy fun…It’s a great story, told with verve and feeling.”—Booklist
“Historical fiction and true crime readers will thoroughly enjoy this book.”—Library Journal
Immerse yourself in the era even more by viewing author Ariel Lawhon’s 1930s NYC, Art Deco-inspired Pinterest board!
THE WINTER PEOPLE
By Jennifer McMahon
Read by Cassandra Campbell & Kathe Mazur
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Audio is the perfect format to imagine you’re gathered around a campfire listening to the most chilling of ghost stories. Especially with two award-winning narrators telling a tale written by The New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer McMahon. A simmering literary thriller about ghostly secrets, dark choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters, this is a listen-with-the-lights on suspense story if we’ve ever heard one.
“This mystery-horror crossover is haunting, evocative, and horrifically beautiful.”—Booklist, starred review
“Extremely well written with a story line that is sure to delight (and frighten) thriller lovers and supernatural fans, this novel has the makings of a blockbuster horror flick.”—Library Journal
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