Monday, February 28, 2022

Five top recent hotel thrillers & mysteries

Carolyne Topdjian is a suspense writer with publications in PRISM International, Dreamers Magazine and Firewords Quarterly. She has an interdisciplinary PHD from York University and is a professor in the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts at Humber College in Toronto. She is a two-time Pitch Wars mentor and lives in a 112-year-old haunted house.

The Hitman's Daughter is her first novel.

At CrimeReads Topdjian tagged five recent novels that put an original spin on the creepy hotel setting, including:
For a fresh female-empowered take on the “trapped in a remote hotel” trope, look no further than The Return by Rachel Harrison. This book works on so many levels: from its witty prose, to its eerie-yet-quirky boutique inn, to its psychological exploration of female friendships. The plot follows four best friends who find themselves guilted into a girls’ retreat gone wrong after one of the BFF quartet goes mysteriously missing and turns up a year later with no memory whatsoever of her traumatic disappearance. What starts off as an awkward if not wistful reunion soon turns increasingly horrific as the weekend progresses—thanks to the isolated inn. Think Stephen King pumped full of estrogen and chardonnay, then add a splash of fashion.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue