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A Talent for Murder
A Talent for Murder: A Novel | Peter Swanson
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A newlywed librarian begins to suspect the man she married might be a murdererin this spectacularly twisty and deviously clever novel by Peter Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of The Kind Worth Killing and Eight Perfect Murders. Martha Ratliff conceded long ago that shed likely spend her life alone. She was fine with it, happy with her solo existence, stimulated by her job as an archival librarian, constantly surrounded by thought-provoking ideas and the books she loved. But then she met Alan, a charming and sweet-natured divorcee with a job that took him on the road for half the year. When he asked her to marry him, she said yes, even though he still felt a little bit like a stranger. A year in and the marriage was good, except for that strange blood streak on the back of one of his shirts hed worn to a conference in Denver. Her curiosity turning to suspicion, Martha investigates the cities Alan visited over the past year and uncovers a disturbing patternfive unsolved cases of murdered women. Is she married to a serial killer? Or could it merely be a coincidence? Unsure what to think, Martha contacts an old friend from graduate school for advice. Lily Kintner once helped Martha out of a jam with an abusive boyfriend and may have some insight. Intrigued, Lily offers to meet Alan to find out what kind of man he really is . . . but what Lily uncovers is more perplexing and wicked than they ever could have expected.
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DestinyMorna
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This was my June BOTM pick and was a fast paced mystery with a surprising (at least to me) mid novel plot twist. Perfect for summer beach reading. I really enjoyed it!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Some #reds books from the #tbr shelves ❤️

#CoverLove

Eggs Beautiful ❤️🌹📕 2w
TheSpineView ❤️📕❤️ 2w
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Pruzy
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It‘s rare that I enjoy contemporary thrillers. However, this was a 5/5 star pick for me! Fast paced and just the right amount of creep factor for a horror fan like myself.

Bonus: This was also my BOTM club pick for June!

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TEArificbooks
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Another good twisty thriller from the author. I am definitely going to add all his books to my tbr since this is the third book of his I read and liked.

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marleed
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Oh I thought this was all sorts of creepy, twisty fun. I hadn‘t read the previous two books in the series, but never felt that knowledge would have mattered to this story. That said, those first two books have now been added to my TBR!

TEArificbooks I didn‘t realize it was in a series. I‘m almost done with it and love the twists. I have read other things by the author and liked them. I am going to put the first two on my tbr as well. 4w
marleed @TEArificbooks I haven‘t read the write-ups on the first two books, and when I finished this one wondered who the character is that appears in the other books. My guess is Henry, and I‘m curious to read more about him. 4w
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nitalibrarian
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It's a rainy Saturday, which has put me in a mystery/thriller mood. So I'm starting the #botm.

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Lsmoore43
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Happy Pub Day

@petermswanson

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Hmm. This felt a little like a bait and switch, like the story started as one thing and then veered off course in a less interesting direction. It wasn‘t a home run for me, though I usually like this author a lot.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 1mo
BarbaraBB That‘s a pity. I just read my first Swanson and enjoyed it a lot. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh no!!! I‘m reading the second one in this series! 1mo
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Charityann
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Relaxing with sunshine and a good book today! What are you reading today?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just started this one in preparation for the one you‘re reading! 1mo
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LittlebearReads
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It‘s alright…I would‘ve much preferred to read something closer to the advertised plotline than what Swanson ultimately delivers.

LiteraryinLawrence I just read this and feel the same way! 1mo
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jlhammar
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June #BOTM has arrived! Just went for the thrills this month.

LiteraryinLawrence Oooh, I‘m excited to read both of those!! 1mo
BarbaraBB I am reading a Swanson right now (another one) and am enjoying it! 1mo
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nitalibrarian
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I just noticed my June #botm books have different designs on the back of each book and a new logo.

KadaGul Pretty 😍 🤩 😍 1mo
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JenReadsAlot
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I got a bit excited this month! #botm

TheBookHippie 🤣 1mo
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Traci1
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My June #botm selections. I've not read the first two books in the top book's series, but they're on KU, so I figure I can catch up before I start Talent.

What's in your #BlueBox?

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nitalibrarian
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June #botm books are live! I went with the new Peter Swanson. I can't resist a book with a librarian main character. And then added Joe Nuthin's Guide to Life and Leather & Lark.

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Julsmarshall
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Loved this latest thriller featuring Lily Kintner and Henry Kimball. They are such compelling and conflicted characters and this was another great page turner. So happy to have a sneak peek at this #ARC that releases on June 11th. Highly recommend, though it is helpful if you‘ve read the first two in the series. #netgalleygroup @AllDebooks #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked! I loved The Kind Worth Killing! Are there others with these characters? 2mo
vivastory @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I haven't read it yet, but I believe this is book 2 in the series 2mo
KathyWheeler Thanks for the heads up. My husband and I both loved the first two books. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Julsmarshall Yes, @alwaysbeeenaloverofbooks, @vivastory is right, that is the second book and this one is the third. So good!
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