Saddled with a Murderess

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Amanda and Jenn recommend literary mysteries, fantasy romance, self-help for creative types, and more on this week’s Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Steamy Reading Box and Book Riot Live.



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1. I’m not much into mystery as a genre, but I do like fiction with mystery elements to it, or at least ones that feel less…genre-ish? Example: I really like all of Tana French’s books that I’ve read so far, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters is one of my favorite books I read this year and probably ever, and I just read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and also really enjoyed that. Can you give me some other ideas for books that are mysteries without being Mysteries? Thanks! –Allison


2. I recently got back into the world of reading after an extended break.  Because of this, I’m not sure what is good out there. I’m a huge fan of Fantasy and Romance and have blazed through a couple books the past week: Air Awakens by Elise Kova (SO good), A Court of Thorns and Roses by SJ Maas, and I’m currently on the second book of the Throne of Glass series by SJ Maas.  My favorite book is a tie between Air Awakens and This Is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland, just to give you a broader look at my tastes. I’m not sure where to really go from there after I catch up and was hoping that you could point me in the right direction!

Thanks for all you do and keep up the good work!

From a bookish, romance loving dude,



3. I absolutely love history and after seeing the musical Hamilton my love of the Revolutionary war has been revitalized. I’ve already read the biography Hamilton the musical was based on, and a few other non fiction books about the revolution. But I’d love to read a fiction novel about the revolution. Thanks in advance.  –Mary


4. I recently read Brene Brown’s Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly. I already have Brene’s Rising Strong on my list. Can you please suggest books that fall into that self-help/inspiring/insightful category? Also, I would appreciate if you can recommend non-fictions books that discuss creativity/writing.

Thank you!



5. A group of neighbors and I are planning on starting a new book group.  I know from past experiences of some failed book groups, that it’s important to get off on the right foot, so I would like a recommendation of THE PERFECT first book to start!  (although you can give me several titles!)

A little about our group, most are moderate readers open to all genres.  Since everyone is quite busy, we need to keep the books under 500 pages.  Also, the book needs to have topics that generate a good, healthy discussion, however most do not like dark or depressing books (no A Little Life for this group!)



Books Discussed!

Inclusive mysteries

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Round House by Louise Erdrich


Burial Rites, Hannah Kent

The Secret History of Las Vegas, Chris Abani

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan

For Love and Liberty: Untold Love Stories of the American Revolution Anthology

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (rec’d by Jess Pryde)

Back Bay by William Martin (rec’d by Wallace)

Revolutionary, Alex Myers

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

On Writing by Stephen King

Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed

Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes

About Writing, Samuel Delaney

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

The Cutting Season, Attica Locke

Orlando, Virginia Woolf