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Why You Need to Drop Everything and Start Reading This 2018 Edgar Award-Winner

It would probably be impossible for 2018 Edgar Award-winner Attica Locke to put out enough books to satisfy me. She is one of those authors where I will drop everything in order to read any new work of hers. She’s also one of the crime authors I most recommend.

While the reasons are many—including her excellent writing—I most often recommend her books for two reasons: people ask me a lot for a book to read after Tana French (Locke’s Jay Porter series) and for a book where the setting is very much alive (The Cutting Season and Bluebird, Bluebird). These Attica Locke books have great characters, settings, and mysteries that will completely draw you in. 

So, pour yourself a super cold drink and crank the AC, because we’re going to hot, hot Houston, Texas:

Travel to Belle Vie, an eighteen-acre plantation in Louisiana, where Locke expertly uses the land—and all its dark history—to stage a murder mystery.

We’re headed back to Texas and we’re going to sweat like it’s nobodies business! Seriously, hold an ice cube to the back of your neck.


Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.