Category: Crime & Mystery

007 Creator Ian Fleming’s Letters to Wife to Be Auctioned

The late Ian Fleming is best known for creating the James Bond novel series. Writing twelve novels in the series and two short story collections, the series would continue on after his death with new writers as well as the hugely successful 007 film series. How Fleming created Bond, and how his own life mirrored his works, are set to be revealed.

British auctioneering corporation Sotheby’s will be selling more than 160 letters between Ian Fleming and his wife Ann Charteris. These letters shed light on their tumultuous relationship, from its beginnings as an affair while Ann was still married to its bitter end. Intimate details of their marriage include the death of their first child, the sado-masochistic elements of their affair, and the resentment Ian had over Ann’s wealthy upbringing and upper-class status.


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The letters also reveal some of the inspirations for Fleming’s Bond novels. For example, anxiety over his impending marriage is said to be the reason Fleming wrote the first 007 book, Casino Royale:


It is no coincidence that Ian wrote his first Bond novel in the same year they married, both as an outlet for his libido and imagination, and also in an attempt to make money for a woman who was used to being unthinkingly rich.


The letters will go on sale in December in London.



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Top Picks: 5 Awesomely YUGE YA Picks

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Today we’ll be recommending 5 awesomely YUGE YA books!



5-Open Mic Night at Westminister Cemetary by Mary Amato


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This past September 1st, the newest and the coolest from Mary Amato was released. The award-winning children’s and YA book author, songwriter, and poet from the happiest state in the United States—Maryland.


Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by [Amato, Mary]
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Waking up on the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, Lacy is, to say the least, confused. Turns out she’s dead and it’s up to Sam, a young soldier who died in 1865, to teach her the ins and outs of the afterlife.

Of course, Lacy would much rather figure out how she died, but unfortunately every soul is obligated to perform a job. Thus, she is given the task of providing entertainment.

Finding a way around this, Lacy proposes an open mic for the dead, but not only do long-buried truths rise up with the dead, but Lacy is under the threat of Suppression—a punishment worse than death.

In this fully realized world, our spirits are lifted up and brought on a hard rocking adventure. As Kirkus Reviews puts it, “Quoth the Raven, ‘Encore.’


4-Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron


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On her website, Rena Barron notes that while she “loves all things science fiction, ghosts, and superheroes,” and is “a self-proclaimed space nerd,” it was “stories of magic and adventure” that initially “sparked her imagination.”

She’s honed her craft for years and brought us Maya and the Rising Dark. Well, September 3rd we were given a spellbinding book that must be possessed, because it hasn’t let us go.


Kingdom of Souls by [Barron, Rena]

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A failure in all things magic, things aren’t looking too good for Arrah, the heir to two lines of powerful witchdoctors, but maybe she has to find her own magic.

When the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, Arrah turns to a forbidden, dangerous ritual where she must trade years of life for magic.

With her clock running out, Arrah must combat a rising tide of darkness that threatens to consume her and all those she loves.

Heart pounding, spell binding, this book won’t let you go.




3-Sadie by Courtney Summers


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Author of Cracked Up to Be, This Is Not a Test, and All the Rage, Courtney Summers came at us with a knockout thriller last September 4th that’s had us stunned.


Sadie by [Summers, Courtney]
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Sadie has raised her younger sister Mattie all on her own. That is, until Mattie was murdered. Following a botched police investigation, Sadie goes to bring her sister’s killer to justice using what little clues are out there.

Sadie’s journey for justice becomes more than a one hit wonder when West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—broadcasts Sadie’s story to the world.

Now West McCray hopes to find Sadie before she ends up like her sister, and Sadie fears that Mattie’s killer, newly alerted, might just slip away again.

This young adult thriller will swoon any lover of YA, or a crime novelist enthusiast. It’ll have you riveted until the last page. Layered and fascinating, it’s ambitious and doesn’t hold back.


2-Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman


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Author of Starfish, a book that swam into our hearts, comes a book that soars even higher since it took flight since its early September release date.


Summer Bird Blue by [Bowman, Akemi Dawn]
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We follow Rumi Seto, a woman who is unsure of most things except for one: she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

After Lea’s tragic death, Rumi is sent to live with her aunt in Hawaii. Thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life.

With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi will try to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.

Coupled with “[c]onvincing local details and dialogue, masterful writing, and an emotionally cathartic climax,” this lyrical expression of grief will make your heart sing.


1-Here to Stay by Sara Farizan


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An Iranian American writer and ardent basketball fan, Sara Farizan is an award-winning author of If You Could Be Mine and Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, and her third novel, a September 18th release, is one to keep track of:


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The Amazon description put it best:


Bijan Majidi is:

  •         Shy around girls
  •         Really into comics
  •         Decent at basketball

Bijan Majidi is not:

  •         A terrorist


What happens when a kid who’s flown under the radar for most of high school gets pulled off the bench to make the winning basket in a varsity playoff game?

If his name is Bijan Majidi, life is suddenly high fives in the hallways and invitations to exclusive parties—along with an anonymous photo sent by a school cyberbully that makes Bijan look like a terrorist. 

The administration says they’ll find and punish the culprit. Bijan wants to pretend it never happened. He’s not ashamed of his Middle Eastern heritage; he just doesn’t want to be a poster child for Islamophobia. Lots of classmates rally around Bijan. Others make it clear they don’t want him or anybody who looks like him at their school. But it’s not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends.


Kirkus Reviews sums it up as “[p]owerful,” Publisher’s Weekly calls it “an engaging page-turner,” and we here at Bookstr say that this top notch high school drama about fighting prejudice SCORES!




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Top Picks: 5 Thrilling Crime Books

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Today we’ll be recommending 5 thrilling crime books!



5-Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy

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After living seven years in France, Fiona Valpy moved to the UK where she notes that “[s]he and her family renovated an old, rambling farmhouse in the Bordeaux winelands, during which time she developed new-found skills in cement-mixing, interior decorating and wine-tasting.”

Well, if her skills at cement-mixing are as any good as her writing skills, then I might need to hire her to fill in that body-sized hole in my backyard (Kidding).


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Her newest novel, released October 1st, follows generations. One is set in 1940s Paris, France. During the Nazi occupation, three young seamstresses seem to be like any other citizen, but all three are hiding secrets. War-scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance; Claire has been seduced by a German officer; and Vivienne is involved in something she can’t reveal to either of them.

Talk about thrilling! But it only heats up when we follows Claire’s English granddaughter Harriet two generations later. After arriving in Paris, the city of lights, rootless and adrift, Harriet looks for the truth about her grandmother – and herself – unraveling a dark family history.

A book filled with loyalty, threats of betrayal, and hardship all around, we as readers learn about a city where crime is law and must ask, along with Harriet, if we really want to solve this mystery.

4-The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

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A ten year wedding and portrait photographer, Ashley Elston knows how to capture a picture. But that’s not all! Elston is also a certified landscape horticulturist, meaning she must have as much fun in her gardens as she does with her titles.


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When his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school, Owen Foster learns that his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. Now his father has skipped town, millions have been stolen from their once loyal employees’ retirement accounts, and Owen and his mother must deal with the fallout.

Returning back to Lake Cane, Owen is despised by all for his father’s crimes, including a mysterious person out for revenge. Now Owen has a thrilling mystery to contend with, lest he and his mother vanish without a trace.

With a cryptic note from his father, a man named Gus, who offers Owen refuge and seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. The truth is hidden under layers of questions that don’t get answers until the book rockets to the end. On November 13th we’ll get an answer to this universal question: if our past was written by someone else, how can we write a better future?



3-My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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A Nigerian-UK novelist and writer, Oyinkan Braithwaite came out with her debut novel, and it’s something that you NEED to know about!


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Ayoola is the favorite child, the beautiful one, and her third boyfriend in a row is dead. How could Korede not be bitter? At least she’s practical, knows how to clean blood, her trunk is big enough for a body, and she’s able to keep her sister from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend.

But Korede gets none of the credit, none of the love from her sister.

Now Korede is in love love with a doctor, but the doctor has eyes for Ayoola. It’s a love triangle where one of the participants is a black widow.

Full of deadpan wit, this crime novel is as hilarious and it is horrifying. A mesmerizing debut, it’s frighteningly fun, the finest example of modern noir. It hits shelves November 20th, so don’t miss out on this newest hit!


2-Home Truths by Tina Seskis

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Even though she spent twenty years in marketing before diving in to a career as a writer, Tina Seskis has written novels that have been published in eighteen languages in over sixty countries, teaching us that while the words may change, murder is universal.


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When Eleanor walks into a London police station to report a stalker, Officer Alex is convinced he can protect her from anything and anyone. The sun seems to be shining as they settle into their life together, but the sun doesn’t shine on everyone.

Two hundred miles away, Christie receives a clairvoyant’s warning: ‘Never trust your husband . . .’ and now she can’t help but wonder if Paul is as faithful as he seems.

Ten years after the stalker and Christie receives her warning, both couples are still together, but doubts and resentments have bubbled to the surface, and all four of them question the decisions they’ve made.

Everyone carries secrets, and these four people have brought their secrets into their marriages. Some small, some not so small, but all of them pile up to a dangerous point. This December 1st will bring all four of these people colliding together.


1-Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

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His debut thriller, The Girl in the Ice, was a publishing phenomenon that garnered more than three million readers, and his newest novel, set for a December 1st release, shows that Bryndza is back.


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When she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer, Kate Marshal was in the limelight with an even brighter future ahead of her, but the lights turned dark when her career ended in scandal thanks to the shocking circumstances surrounding the cannibal murder case.

Fifteen years later, Kate carries the demons of the past on her shoulders. Now a lecturer at a small coastal English university, she learns of a copycat killer. Where everyone else sees absolute horror, Kate sees redemption.

Enlisting her brilliant research assistant, Tristan Harper, Kate goes to catch this new monster. After all, Kate was the original killer’s intended fifth victim…and his successor means to finish the job.

With a masterful level of craft, Bryndza is at the top of his game with edge-of-your-seat suspense, riveting characters, and everything else that makes you remember why you love the crime and thriller genre.




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Hulu & Netflix Adaptations To Fill You Up This November

Whether you celebrate this month’s holiday of Thanksgiving or not, the cold season brings us a lot to be thankful for. Family, friends, warm clothes, and of course enough book content to fill your plate ten times over! So round the family up, and enjoy these amazing adaptations Netflix and Hulu have to offer.

Every new release has been put into categories and include the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!




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  • Margaret Atwood: A Word After a Word After a Word is Power (2019 Documentary) – November 19th, Hulu
  • Vita & Virginia (2019 Film) – based on the story of the love affair between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf (November 22, Hulu)




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Harry Potter Screenwriter Set to Co-Write ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’

As much as we love the Harry Potter films, all Potter fans can pretty much agree that the, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was very disappointing. Out of all the Potter films this one has the lowest rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 37%.



According to CNBC it also has the lowest bow office haul, with a total of $160 Million dollars, which may seem like a lot, but when it comes to Potter it’s not even scratching the surface. Its first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, holds a box office haul of $814 million, and before that, the final Potter film, Deathly Hallows Part 2 hauled $1.3 billion.


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J.K. Rowling, creator of the Potter universe penned the script for the first two Fantastic Beasts movies, added some confusing plot twists that left fans in an outrage.


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Now, she will be joined by Steve Kloves, who helped adapt the Potter films from book to screen. David Yates, will continue to direct, as he directed the final four Potter films and the first two Beasts movies. The cast, such as leading man Eddie Redmayne will continue his role as Newt Scamander, as well as Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, and Ezra Miller as Credence. Along with Alison Sudol and Katherine Waterston as Tina and Queen Goldstein, and our favorite No-Maj Jacob Kowalski will be portrayed by Dan Folger.

Unfortunately, the third installment won’t be released in theaters until November 12, 2021. It will begin filming in Spring of 2020, in Rio de Janeiro.




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