Sunday, April 30, 2023

Five great suspense novels set in the entertainment world

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson writes page-turning suspense novels that revolve around timely women’s issues, raising questions about justice, motherhood, career, class, and the thorny mechanics of redemption. She previously penned eight works of Southern fiction, all of which have a murder mystery or thriller lurking inside the family drama. Her critically acclaimed work has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her family.

Her new novel is With My Little Eye.

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At CrimeReads Jackson tagged five "favorite mystery and suspense titles [that] unfold in the worlds of dance, broadcast news, high fashion, magic, and music." One title on the list:
Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore

Is Violet Volk a famous magician—or an infamous one? She lives big and leaves messes behind, most of which have to be cleaned up by her sister Sasha. This genre-bending story leans hard into mystery when Violet’s final trick seems to be to literally disappear. Sasha’s narration is interspersed by news stories and transcripts from a Violet-obsessed podcast, giving the book a true crime feel. The twists start early and keep coming, and I gobbled this one down in a matter of hours.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Acts of Violet.

--Marshal Zeringue