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Best Book Ever

May 3, 2021

This is one of those episodes that totally changed my mind about a book. I initially didn’t like the book, and didn’t bother finishing it. But chatting with crime novelist Aime Austin changed my perspective entirely. The second we finished talking, I immediately ordered the first book in the series, so I could get the whole picture. Also, if you are a library person, you are going to love hearing about how Aime relies on her local librarians to curate a reading list for her and her son.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Aime Austin



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Discussed in this episode:

What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George

(This book is 14th, in the Inspector Lynley series, which begins with A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George. Though as Aime explained to me, “What Came Before He Shot Her” is more of a side story than a murder mystery in the series.)

Barbara Kingsolver

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Agatha Christie

Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny

The Dublin Murder Squad Series by Tana French

The Witch Elm by Tana French

The Searcher by Tana French

Julia Spencer-Fleming

When He’s Married to Mom: How to Help Mother-Enmeshed Men Open Their Hearts to True Love and Commitment by Kenneth M. Adams, Ph.D.

Sarah Mayberry

Elizabeth Decker

Promising Young Woman



Discussed in our Patreon Conversation

City Spies by James Ponti

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Charles Dickens

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

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