I love true crime. I listen to a dozen true crime podcast. I read true crime books. I watch true crime documentaries and tv shows. And that’s just on my own time. At work my fellow Murderino (that’s what fans of the hit podcast My Favorite Murder call ourselves) and I started a true crime book club. The Riverinos Discussion Group was formed and while I am biased, but I think it was hit. Due to Covid-19 we are currently on hiatus with our in person meeting, but I can’t be stopped! So, my first exciting bit of news is that I can created a new Facebook group for our Riverinos. We are still working on adding content, but you can join the group here.
Here is a little taste of what you’ll find in the group:
Riverinos won’t be having a July meeting, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about the subject here in our group. Maureen Callahan’s book, American Predator is an in-depth report of Israel Keyes and his alleged crimes. Want more? Riverinos hosts Sherry and Megan loves podcasts! Here are Sherry’s recommendations for podcast episodes that cover Israel Keyes:
Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad
June 10th, 2019
Israel Keyes: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7I0fyBfPrFLMdv8UkNdSsv?si=9APevInzSPSFPB3Sd2a2-w
Morbid: A True Crime Podcast
- Episode 62: Israel Keys Part 1 https://open.spotify.com/episode/2i5n51WlmJIEJR9ph4Sdnr?si=Xuswu5EXQJe47mFkSL4Glw
- Episode 63: Israel Keys Part 2 https://open.spotify.com/episode/0NpYKe6zq8b9TkMWAVydj7?si=DP9-tA7mQGGyMp9OYJJcvA
Missing: Maura Murray
March 8th, 2018
Episode 72: Israel Keys Profile
My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Episode #46 Skippers Unite!
True Crime Bullsh**: A Serial Obsession
Episodes 1 (12/6/18) through Episode 0215 (12/21/19)
https://www.our-americana.com/tcb?fbclid=IwAR2fpRGQI_ooJs1x81zmoOrKx7j1JgVYPrVqcjnyrelG0pYi0MTiNSyeUmEEpisode #0211 Keyes & Cars (11/7/19) discusses Keyes’s strange history with cars and missing people, including two infamous disappearances that happened within Keyes’s hotspots, and a re-examination of one of his murders.
Now, stick with me here. I mention Israel Keyes as a segue to the disappearance of Maura Murray, which is written about in True Crime Addict by James Renner. It’s been suggested that Israel Keyes could be connected to Maura Murray. If you aren’t familiar with her story I recommend reading Renner’s book. The book is great and the case is bonkers!
And, finally, speaking of James Renner, I was so excited to learn about his new project-he next book with be about the murder of Lisa Pruett. Lisa was a 16-year old from Shaker Heights when she was murdered on September 14, 1990. The case is of particular interest to me because it occurred just a few miles from my home in Cleveland Heights, where I was also a teenager. For more information about Lisa Pruett check out James’ website.
If you are also a true crime addict, please join me in the Riverinos group.
There are tons of new releases that come to our shelves every week. With all the books being unique in their own ways, it is hard to choose between the ones that are suitable for your taste. Here are some books we picked out for you!
Credible Threat by Judith A. Jance – Ali Reynolds and her team at High Noon Enterprises must race against the clock to save an archbishop who faces mysterious death threats. By a New York Times best-selling author.
The Summer House by James Patterson & Brendan DuBois – Investigating four Army Rangers who have been implicated in the destruction of a luxurious summer lake resort, Army Major, and former NYPD cop Jeremiah Cook is stonewalled by local law enforcement and dangerous secrets.
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan – Millennial Irish expat Ava becomes entangled in a love triangle with a male banker and a female lawyer.
The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin – Forging an unlikely connection with a stranger at a bar who warns her against resuming a dysfunctional relationship, an aspiring reporter investigates when the man goes missing on September 11, 2001. By the best-selling author of Something Borrowed.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini – Devastated by her 1875 suicide attempt, the sisters of widowed former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln navigate the consequences of their husbands’ choices while advocating for Mary’s needs. By the best-selling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.
The Persuasion by Iris Johansen – Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn’s artistic daughter, Jane, teams up with former flame Seth Caleb and confronts their complicated dynamic while trying to escape a brilliant psychopath. By the best-selling author of the Kendra Michaels series.
Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen – This incisive book provides an indispensable overview of the calamitous trajectory of the past few years. Gessen not only highlights the corrosion of the media, the judiciary, and the cultural norms we hoped would save us but also tells us the story of how a short few years have changed us, from a people who saw ourselves as a nation of immigrants to a populace haggling over a border wall, heirs to a degraded sense of truth, meaning, and possibility.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett – Separated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a black daughter in their southern hometown while the other passes for white with a husband who is unaware of her heritage.
A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein by Alana Goodman & Daniel Halper – In this book, investigative reporters Alana Goodman and Daniel Halper search for the truth behind the scandal that shocked the nation. With unprecedented access to Epstein’s victims and lawyers, to medical professionals, Wall Street insiders, and law enforcement officers, they reveal the dirty secrets and sinister ties that may have driven someone in Epstein’s circle to take matters into their own hands.
The Second Home by Christina Clancy – Inheriting their family’s Cape Cod summer home years after long-term estrangement, two sisters are reunited by a man with a legitimate claim to the property who would set the record straight.
Bombshell by Stuart Woods & Parnell Hall – Teddy Fay returns to La-La Land in the latest thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods. It’s a lot of knives to juggle, even for a former-CIA-operative-turned-movie-producer accustomed to hazardous working conditions. This time Teddy will need to leverage every bit of his undercover skills and fearless daring to stay one step ahead of his foes . . . or he’ll find himself one foot in the grave.
Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler’s Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin by Howard Blum – The Edgar Award-winning author of American Lightning documents the true story of how a Secret Service agent and his unlikely Soviet partner foiled a Nazi plot to assassinate Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin during the 1943 Tehran conference.
Dot.Con: The Art of Scamming a Scammer by James Veitch – From viral comedy sensation James Veitch (as seen on TED, Conan, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) comes to a collection of laugh-out-loud funny exchanges with email scammers.
Ask Me Anything by P. Z. Reizin – From the author of Happiness for Humans, a romantic comedy for the technology age: a young woman unlucky in love gets a little help from the most unlikely of places to find her perfect match.
Spring is all about excitement! Here we have got some interesting titles making their way to our collection this month!
4/07: Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo & Scott Sonenshein – The best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the psychologist author of Stretchshare anecdotes, studies, and strategies for promoting workplace fulfillment through focused organization and productivity. One million first printing.
4/07: Mind Over Weight: Curb Cravings, Find Motivation, and Hit Your Number in 7 Simple Steps by Ian K. Smith – Aims to help readers win the battle of weight loss by getting everything in order above the neck, guiding readers to find their motivation, stick to a plan and set the right goals.
4/07: Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines – Following the launch of her #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook, Magnolia Table, and seeing her family’s sacred dishes being served at other family tables across the country, Joanna Gaines gained a deeper commitment to the value of the food being shared.
4/13: The House of Kennedy by James Patterson – A revelatory portrait of the Kennedys explores how the dual mottos, “To whom much is given, much is expected” and “Win at all costs” shaped generations of life inside and outside the family.
4/14: Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-century Memoir by Madeleine Korbel Albright – Revealing, funny and inspiring, the six-time New York Times best-selling author and former secretary of state—one of the world’s most admired and tireless public servants—reflects on the final stages of her career and how she has blazed her own trail in her later years.
4/14: No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier – The award-winning Bloomberg News reporter presents a behind-the-scenes look at how Instagram defied the odds to become one of the most culturally defining apps of the decade before its founders’ lesser-known but an explosive departure from Facebook.
4/14: Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace by Carl Safina – The New York Times best-selling author of Beyond Words brings readers close to three non-human cultures—what they do, why they do it, and how life is for them.
4/14: Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far by Paul A. Offit – An award-winning patient advocate presents a revelatory assessment of 15 out-of-date, common and widely used medical interventions, from vitamins and sunscreen to prescription drugs and surgeries, that are proving more harmful than helpful.
4/21: Kid Quixotes: A Group of Students, Their Teacher, and the One-Room School Where Everything Is Possible by Stephen Haff & Sarah Sierra – A Yale-trained educator whose experiences in a violent district triggered his mental illness describes how he organized an extracurricular reading program to provide a safe environment for at-risk students, including the silent daughter of an undocumented mother.
Check out this selection of nonfiction books for your enjoyment coming this spring!
3/03: Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong With the Fit52 Life by Carrie Underwood – The Platinum award-winning music artist outlines common-sense approaches to health and fitness that can be incorporated into a busy schedule, sharing personal meal plans, recipes and weekly workout programs for long-term results.
3/03: Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice That Go a Long Way by Barbara Bush – Collects the best advice that First Lady Barbara Bush offered her family, staff and close friends. Full of Barbara Bush’s trademark wit and thoughtfulness, Pearls of Wisdom is a poignant reflection on life, love, family, and the world by one of America’s most iconic and beloved public figures.
3/03: Eat for Life: The Breakthrough Nutrient-rich Program for Longevity, Disease Reversal, and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman – Add years to your life and life to your years with #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Joel Fuhrman no-nonsense, results-driven nutrition plan that will help you look and feel your best inside and out.
3/03: Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War: July 1937-May 1942 by Richard B. Frank – The Vietnam veteran and award-winning historian draws on rich archival research and recently discovered evidence in a revelatory account of the onset of the Asia-Pacific War. By the author of Guadalcanal. Illustrations.
3/17: The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton – John Bolton served as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump for 519 days. A seasoned public servant who had previously worked for Presidents Reagan, Bush #41, and Bush #43, Bolton brought to the administration thirty years of experience in international issues and a reputation for tough, blunt talk. In his memoir, he offers a substantive and factual account of his time in the room where it happened.
3/24: Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels—from the Jungles to the Streets by Toby Muse – With unprecedented access to Colombia’s cocaine cartels, a journalist offers a thrilling account of the journey of one kilo of cocaine, from the farmers who produce it to the killers who protect it, to the drug barons and their lovers made fabulously wealthy by it.
3/24: Had I Known: Collected Essays by Barbara Ehrenreich – A selection of the best-selling writer and political activist’s most provocative signature writings includes her groundbreaking undercover investigations, op-ed pieces, essays and reviews, including the award-winning “Welcome to Cancerland.”
3/31: More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys – The 15-time Grammy Award-winning music artist traces her journey from self-censorship to full expression, describing her complicated relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career and her struggles with gender expectations.
It’s that time of year, again-the time when we reflect on our year of reading (mostly murder) and make a favorites list (so much murder). I have given up all pretense of creating a Top Ten List and have abandoned descriptions (follow the links for book details), which has helped ease some of my anxiety around this task. If you like mysteries, suspense, and thrillers there are quite a few here!
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
- The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
- The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
- Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
- In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
- Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
- Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber
- The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
- The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
- Recursion by Blake Crouch
- No Exit by Taylor Adams
- Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
- Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
- Toil and Trouble by Augusten Burroughs
- Crisis in the Red Zone by Richard Preston
- The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas
- Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- New Kid by Jerry Craft
- Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson