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Jamie Canaves

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Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

Prepare all the confetti and roundup all the ohmygod-I’m-so-excited gifs because Tana French has a new novel coming out in October. I don’t even know what to do with myself other than figure out how to get to the future or bring the future to me! But before I turn mad scientist I’ll give you the details.

The Witch Elm (Viking, October 9th) is French’s first standalone novel. It follows Toby, who leaves to take care of his dying uncle after Toby is attacked. But it’s not going to be the escape he needed because a skull is found at his family’s ancestral home. Dun, dun, dun! I am so here for some Tana French suspense.

If you’ve yet to discover this brilliant crime writer you could not spend your time better than making your way through her Dublin Murder Squad series which is both excellent in print and audio. Here’s why the series is a perfect binge read and here’s A Little Q&A with Tana French.

Is it October yet?!