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Thrillers for social distancing

There are several new thrillers that will keep readers occupied at home!

First is an Australian historical thriller in “The War Widow” by Tara Moss.

Set in Australia after the end of World War II, the story follows Billie Walker, a woman who doesn’t want to go back to the kitchen after making her career as war journalist. While women in journalism isn’t as welcome in 1946, she decides to reopen her father’s private investigation agency and use her skills in a new way — as a PI.

When the son of a European immigrant goes missing, it looks like Billie’s case may put her agency on the map. But with this disappearance comes plenty of danger, and Sydney society has secrets that can be very dangerous. Billie must go from glamourous night clubs to seedy spots in the underworld and the Australian bush, in order to solve her case.

This is a great hard-boiled detective story with a female twist that will bring plenty of intrigue along the way. Get set for a new favorite detective.

“The War Widow’ is published by Dutton. It is $26.

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When something seems too good to be true, it probably is, and that’s what a single mom finds out in “The Apartment” by K.L. Slater.

Freya’s life has been turned upside down in the wake of her husband’s affair and then accident that kills him, leaving she and her young daughter Skye, about to lose their house. A chance meeting with a man at a coffee house brings her a perfect opportunity — a lavish apartment to rent in the perfect part of town for next to nothing. Her friends think their might be catch, but if so, Freya doesn’t see it. The owner, Dr. Marsden, is charming and the rest of the residents seem nice, including the older woman, Lily, who even offers to watch Skye for Freya. But Skye starts having some issues and strange occurrences both at home and at school are troubling. And then Freya learns she is not the first single mom and daughter to have rented this room. What is going on at this place and with its residents?

This creepy thriller will have you staying up late reading and begging Freya to leave the house!

“The Apartment” is published by Amazon Publishing.

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Occasionally you will come across books that are hard to categorize and “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” by Grady Hendrix is one of them. It’s most definitely horror, but there is also humor and social commentary all through it.

Set in the 1990s, a small group of housewives from a small town start a book club, leaving “important” literature behind and instead reading true crime books. One of its members, Patricia, wishes something exciting would happen in their limited lifestyle, and then a vampire moves to town. What follows is one woman’s quest to convince her friends, her husband and her community that danger is lurking next door and out to get their kids.

When the book hits horror, it is skin-crawling horror. When it looks into feminism, community, family strife or cultural divide, it really does that too. It’s like “Steel Magnolias” and “It” and “Stepford Wives” and “Dracula” combined.

“The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” is published by Quirk Books.

Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com.

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