Category: Crime & Mystery

Jeffery Deaver’s ‘The Bone Collector’ Headed for TV!

NBC has ordered an adaptation of Jeffery Deaver’s 1997 novel The Bone Collector.


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The novel follows former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic forensic detective who retired after a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field. However, a mysterious killer pops up on his radar, “Lincoln Rhyme abandons retirement to track down a killer whose ingenious clues hold the secret to saving his victims — if Rhyme can decipher them in time”.


The Bone Collector 1999

Previously, a 1999 film directed by Phillip Noyce was released, however with a reportedly $48 million dollar budget, the film only managed to make $151.5 million. Despite being number one at the box office opening weekend. Despite the financial gain, the film received mixed to negative review. A notable review from Common Sense Media said that the film, “is diverting enough, though it feels like a franchise that never got off the ground”.


1999 film staring Denzel Washington

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The film never got a sequel, but a new adaption is in the works. According to Variety, the The Bone Collector will “a a co-production between Sony, Universal Television” and is set for the 2019/2020 season of NBC.

Also it won’t be called The Bone Collector but instead Lincoln, implying that if the first season is a hit then the studios may adapted other books in this fourteen book series.

Writing the series will be VJ Boyd…


 VJ Boyd

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…and Mark Bianculli. The duo have written two drama pilots for Sony TV, The Jury and Doomsday and have worked on Sony TV’s S.W.A.T.


Mark Bianculli

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Set to star in the show is Russell Hornsby, according to Deadline. Previously he was Lyons in the Academy Award’s Best Picture Nominee Fences, Viktor Drago’s promoter Buddy Marcelle in Creed II, and previously worked with NBC when he played Detective Hank Griffin on Grimm.


Russell Hornsby

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Along side Hornsby will be Arielle Kebbel as Amelia Grace Sachs, a police detective who initially discovers the first victim’s body and ends up helping Lincoln Rhyme keeps his head on his shoulders. Previously Arielle Kebbel has appeared as Lindsay Anne Lister Forester on Gilmore Girls and Avery Banks / Gabrielle in the TV show The Grinder.


Arielle Kebbel

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The Inquisitor write that “[t]he  character is described as ;extremely bright’ and someone who ‘can hold her own in any situation’.”


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We also have Michael Imperioli, best know for his role as Christopher Moltianti on HBO’s The Sopranos, who has flipped sides. He’ll play NYPD detective Rick Sellitto, Lincoln’s partner. With the 2004 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy award, he’s a great addition to the cast.

Word is mum on any new information, but we still have time until the show premieres, whenever it premieres. Time will tell if the second adaptation will be a hit!


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'The Helicopter Heist,' 'Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe,' 'Hold Fast Your Crown'

Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 5/10/19

Since it’s not quite time yet for a summer getaway, why not escape into the pages of your next favorite book? Everyone’s perfect vacation, just like everyone’s favorite stories, are different—but they tend to have one major factor in common. They’re amazing. You may be an endless well of energy who hits the museums at eight and the clubs at midnight, or you may prefer to spend your time napping in the sun as the waves crash in the background. As long as you’re enjoying yourself, there’s no wrong choice… just like there’s no wrong choice of book to read this week! Whether your preferred escape is a bold heist; a heartwarming small-town; or a bizarre, existential romp across continents, hurry up and get away! For a book that excites OR relaxes you, you’re in the right place.

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week.



'The Helicopter Heist' by Jonas Bonnier



A fast-paced, riveting novel inspired by the true story of a group of four young Swedish men who pulled off “one of the most spectacular heists of all time” (Time). The men behind the daring daylight robbery have been imprisoned, but the $6.5 million that they stole has never been recovered.

Sami has a history of petty crime, but that’s all behind him now. He has a new child to provide for, so he’s training as a chef, ready to lead a quiet life. But when a business deal suddenly goes sideways, Sami is left wondering how he’ll ever provide for his newborn daughter.

Michel and his family fled a bloody civil war in Lebanon when he was a child. He grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm surrounded by poverty and criminals. He’s trying to turn over a new leaf, but the past just won’t let him go.

Niklas has always had a thirst for life. He traveled the world and made an effort to become someone who was both seen and heard everywhere he went, the sort of person people talked about. He followed through on his vision…and no good has come of it.

Zoran is a businessman. He knows everyone and who seals a deal with a handshake. When he was young, the ambitious Yugoslavian had a dream—to get rich, by whatever means necessary.

And Alexandra? She’s the reason that the four men found themselves plotting to rob a Stockholm cash depot in September 2009.

At first, the plan seems foolproof. Every contingency is covered, every detail is planned perfectly, and the payoff will make them all rich for life. No one would even get hurt. But not everyone is who they seem. Even as the gang’s stolen helicopter is lifting off from the cash depot with $6.5 million inside, questions remain unanswered. What secrets does each man hold? Who is the woman who has implicated herself in all of their lives? And who among them holds the key to the wealth they so desperately seek?



The best stories are the ones that seem real, so expansive that it feels large enough to live inside. Jonas Bonnier‘s The Helicopter Heist actually IS real—and that’s sure to make every twist and tragedy hit that much harder. Time magazine called this “one of the most spectacular heists of all time,” a crime so theatrical and audacious that it almost feels fictional. We assure you, it isn’t. The difference between a heist and a robbery tends to be that heists have a certain style to them, an irresistible allure. Challenging circumstances tend to open up the doors to those secret rooms in people’s souls, unleashing their most private emotions and darkest secrets. Bonnier portrays these characters as arrestingly human—because that’s exactly what they are. If that’s not reason enough to grab a copy, consider that most of us prefer reading a book before seeing it onscreen. Now’s your chance: Netflix is picking up The Helicopter Heist starring Jake Gyllenhaal, who called this book a “rapturous” account of the bold heist. No new details have been released since December, so if you want a sneak peek… get to reading!


our coffee shop read


'Midnight in the Blackbird Cafe' by Heather Webber



Heather Webber’s Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town Southern charm.

Nestled in the mountain shadows of Alabama lies the little town of Wicklow. It is here that Anna Kate has returned to bury her beloved Granny Zee, owner of the Blackbird Café.

It was supposed to be a quick trip to close the café and settle her grandmother’s estate, but despite her best intentions to avoid forming ties or even getting to know her father’s side of the family, Anna Kate finds herself inexplicably drawn to the quirky Southern town her mother ran away from so many years ago, and the mysterious blackbird pie everybody can’t stop talking about.

As the truth about her past slowly becomes clear, Anna Kate will need to decide if this lone blackbird will finally be able to take her broken wings and fly.



At Granny Zee’s café, the pies are magic—literally. Granny’s pies make people dream of those they’ve loved and lost, a gentle and captivating mystery that is sweeter than most. Of course, the pies aren’t the only magic in Midnight at the Blackbird Café; Heather Webber‘s immersive writing creates an immersive tone throughout. Anna may be the one coming to Winslow, but you may feel as though you’re returning home. Webber certainly knows what she’s doing: as the author of the seven-book Nina Quinn Mystery series, she’s a master of drawing readers in. But Midnight at the Blackbird Café isn’t a story of the kinds of secrets that can kill you; instead, it’s more about what might make you feel whole. This novel is as warm as the cup of coffee you’ll surely want to settle down with as you pick up this book and read straight through to the ending.


Our dark horse


'Hold Fast to Your Crown' Yannick Haenel



Hold Fast Your Crown, recently translated from its original French, is a profoundly original work of significant madness and insight that we are finally fortunate enough to have in the English language. And it’s not just the story that we love—it’s the writing itself, rich with arresting imagery and inventive turns of phrase. Readers will love Yannick Haenel‘s uncanny ability to juggle high culture and pop culture with as much insight as humor. Although frequently comic and absurd, the novel then reads as all the more serious and sincere when it does stray away from its madcap adventures—to striking effect. The narrator’s obsession has an inescapable pull, one certain to inspire a similar obsession in anyone who gives this book a try.
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The Ultimate Summer 2019 Reading Guide

Summer 2019 promises to be a stellar reading season. The Great Thoughts’s list has you covered for all genres. Go forth, use sunscreen and read…


For the Fabulous Fiction Lovers…



The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional But Essentially True Silicon Valley Story by Jessica Powell




The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional But Essentially True Silicon Valley Story by Jessica Powell is a rip-roaring comedy about big plans and bigger egos at the world’s largest tech company. Medium published this book as its first print book. A prince in exile is working as a product manager. The sales guys are battling with the engineers. The women employees are the unwitting subjects of a wild social experiment. Plan to laugh out loud!


The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abby Waxman



The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abby Waxman It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page. Such a feel-good book!

The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland



The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland- Sink or swim. Or at least that’s what Annette Feldman tells herself when she books a cruise for her entire family. It’s been over a decade since the Feldman clan has spent more than twenty-four hours under the same roof, but Annette is determined to celebrate her seventieth birthday the right way. Just this once, they are going to behave like an actual family. Too bad her kids didn’t get the memo. Plan a family trip soon or don’t!

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner



Mrs. Everything by Jennifer WeinerJennifer Weiner wrote a super smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives. This book is perfection and everything!


Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers



Waisted by Randy Susan MeyersIn this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide to take matters into their own hands. Perfect for any woman who has tried to lose weight.


Like Thrillers?


Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle



Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle- Belle thrills yet again in this riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she’ll go to escape the person she once loved The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long. Prepare to be blown away!


Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger



Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger- Bestselling Alger mesmerizes again when worlds collide when an FBI agent investigates a string of grisly murders on Long Island that raises the impossible question: What happens when the primary suspect is your father? An OMG read that you cannot put down.

The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda



The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda- From the author of Best Day Ever, another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community, No one creates a narcissist like Rouda. The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie. A Wow read that will have you floored.


Layover by David Bell



Layover by David Bell- In this high concept psychological suspense novel, a chance meeting with a woman in an airport sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth. Read this one on a plane! The quintessential vacation read!


The Night Before by Wendy Walker



The Night Before by Wendy Walker-  Riveting and compulsive, The Night Before takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go as two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control. A new definition of sisterly love!


A Taste For Historical Fiction…



The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis



The Chelsea Girls by Fiona DavisDavis delivers the bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about the twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women’s lives. Fabulous dance through history.


The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin




The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin An American woman becomes entangled in the intense rivalry between iconic fashion designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in this captivating novel. Their fierce competition reaches new and dangerous heights as the Nazis and the looming threat of World War II bear down on Paris. An exceedingly well-dressed historical catfight.


Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb



Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, Meet Me in Monaco takse the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances… Royally fabulous!


Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen



Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen- A fabulous novel about an incredible woman… Helen Gurley Brown. It’s 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine’s brazen new editor-in-chief—Helen Gurley Brown—shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits… Hello Pussycat!


The Summer Country by Lauren Willig



The Summer Country by Lauren WilligA brilliant, multigenerational saga in the tradition of The ThornbirdsThe Summer Country delivers in a big, bold and ambitious novel—a sweeping Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados. Read with a tropical drink!


The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams



The Golden Hour by Beatriz WilliamsWilliams creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. A masterpiece!


Vacation Reads (or books to read if you wish you were vacationing)…



Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner



Drawing Home by Jamie BrennerAn unexpected inheritance, a promise broken, and four lives changed forever in the newest page-turner from Jamie Brenner. Drawn together in their battle for the house, Emma and Bea are forced to confront the past while facing a future that challenges everything they believe about love, fate, and family. You’ll want this house!


The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry



The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry- From Callahan Henry, here is a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive in a journey to discover the true meaning of home. A beautiful book!


The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe



The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe- From the amazing author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances—or perhaps because of them—we discover what is most important in life.  Drink a hurricane and savor this book!

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand



Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand- Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changedin New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand’s first historical novel. As always, Hilderbrand delivers a blockbuster. Captivating read!


Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews



Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews- Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist. Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews’ signature wit, heart, and charm. The reigning Queen of the beach read does it again! Here’s to Summer!


The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr



The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr- A delicious, sharp novel about a woman who jets off to France after her perfect marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself back together while rediscovering her own joie de vivrea lust for life, art, and steamy sex. A macaron of a novel!


Romancey Rom-Com Reads




Ayesha At Last by Usma Jalaluddin



Ayesha At Last by Usma Jalaluddin A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love. When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Khalid meet Mr. Darcy!


The Bride Test by Helen Hoang



The Bride Test by Helen Hoang Hoang again delivers a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart… Khai Diep has no feelings. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. Hot Perfection!


The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez



The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez Kristen Peterson doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children. Prepare to laugh and cry!


Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein



Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein  Roth and her sister Sophie co-own a jewelry shop in Brooklyn. One night, after learning of an ex’s engagement, Eliza accidentally posts a photo of herself wearing a diamond ring on that finger to her Instagram account beloved by 100,000 followers. Sales skyrocket, press rolls in, and Eliza learns that her personal life is good for business. Fake fiancé anyone?


Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston



Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston  When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. A beautiful love story!


For the Non-Fiction Reader:



The Great Connecting: The Emergence of Global Broadband, and How That Changes Everything by Jim Cashel



The Great Connecting: The Emergence of Global Broadband, and How That Changes Everything by Jim Cashel-  Right now, only half of the world’s population has internet access but very soon, the whole planet will be connected and everything will change. What will this transformative event in modern human history mean for society? The remarkable possibilities!


The Wrong End of the Table A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In by Ayser Salman



The Wrong End of the Table A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In by Ayser Salman  You know that feeling like you’re at a party but all the good stuff is happening out of earshot (#FOMO)? What happens when a shy, awkward Arab girl with a weird name and an unfortunate propensity toward facial hair is uprooted from her comfortable homeland of Iraq and thrust into the cold, alien town of Columbus, Ohio—with its Egg McMuffins, Barbie dolls, and kids playing doctor everywhere you turned? A delightful page-turner.

Citizen Capitalism by Lynn Stout, Sergio Albert Gramitto, Tamara Belinfanti



Citizen Capitalism by Lynn Stout, Sergio Albert Gramitto, Tamara Belinfanti Corporations have a huge influence on the life of every citizen–this book offers a visionary but practical plan to give every citizen a say in how corporations are run while also gaining some supplemental income. It lays out a clear approach that uses the mechanisms of the private market to hold corporations accountable to the public. Unlock the positive power of corporations.


Andrea Peskind Katz is an avid reader, a book reviewer, and founder of the book blog Great Thoughts and Great Thought’s Great Readers Book Salon on Facebook.


New ‘Big Little Lies’ Promo Causing a Stir

Big Little Lies, the hit HBO series that stars some of Hollywood’s most epic and powerful women, is almost here with its second season.



Entertainment shared Reese Witherspoon’s promo for the show’s return and fans are already hyped.



The new season will see the return of core cast members Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Laura Dern. Meryl Streep guest stars as the mother-in-law to Kidman’s character.

Martin Donovan (Weeds), Crystal Fox, Douglas Smith, and Adam Smith will be joining as well.

While little is known about the upcoming season’s plot, Streep’s character is confirmed to be obsessed with hunting down her son’s murderer. The rest of the cast will be trying to keep the truth from her, for as long as they can.


Nine Perfect Strangers

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In the meantime you can also check out Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarity’s follow up novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, Her new book might not focus on the core cast, but nowadays, spinoffs set in the same fictional universe are always a possibility, and would make for an even more enjoyable read.


Big Little Lies returns on June 9th.


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Enter to Win Signed Copy of Timothy Jay Smith’s ‘The Fourth Courier’ and More!

Prolific novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, Timothy Jay Smith is back again with his newest novel, The Fourth Courier, a fast-paced thriller that takes you to the darkest corners of post-Cold War Poland.

The Fourth Courier is rife with suspense. This thrilling plot includes a series of grizzly murders, international crimes, nuclear threats, incessant greed, and more!


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Goolrick calls The Fourth Courier “a furious, riveting ride. His writing is humane, precise, relentlessly exciting. I dare you to read the opening and not want to race to the finish in one tightly held breath.”

Publishers Weekly says that The Fourth Courier features “sharply drawn characters, rich dialogue, and a clever conclusion that bodes well for any sequel.” Booklist notes how “Smith skillfully bridges police procedural and espionage fiction, crafting a show-stealing sense of place and realistically pairing the threats of underworld crime and destabilized regimes.” Timothy Jay Smith is a proud member of the LGBTQ community, who is passionate about exploring these themes in his work, which has garnered him countless accolades. His book Fire on the Island was the winner of the 2017 Gold Medal in the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for the Novel. Smith also won the Paris Prize for Fiction for his debut work, A Vision of Angels.  Smith has also been nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize for short fiction, and his screenplays have won numerous international competitions, as well as founding the Smith Prize for Political Theater.


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