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The Woman in the Library

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Winner of the Crime Fiction Lover Best Indie Crime Novel of 2022

‘A seriously fun read.’ - Dervla McTiernan, author of The Murder Rule

‘Wickedly clever, highly original and thoroughly entertaining – I loved it!’ - Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands

‘Sulari Gentill delivers another murder mystery gem.’ - Tim Ayliffe, author of The Enemy Within

‘And then there is a scream. Ragged and terrified. A beat of silence even after it stops, until we all seem to realise that the Reading Room Rules no longer apply.’

Hannah Tigone, bestselling Australian crime author, is crafting a new novel that begins in the Boston Public Library: four strangers; Winifred, Cain, Marigold and Whit are sitting at the same table when a bloodcurdling scream breaks the silence. A woman has been murdered. They are all suspects, and, as it turns out, each character has their own secrets and motivations – and one of them is a murderer.

While crafting this new thriller, Hannah shares each chapter with her biggest fan and aspirational novelist, Leo. But Leo seems to know a lot about violence, motive, and how exactly to kill someone. Perhaps he is not all that he seems...

The Woman in the Library is an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship – and shows that words can be the most treacherous weapons of all.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Great characters, beautifully written. Sulari Gentill delivers another murder mystery gem." - Tim Ayliffe

"Wickedly clever, highly original and thoroughly entertaining - I loved it!" - Chris Hammer

"An enormously clever book. I lay awake thinking about it every night until I finished it." - Jack Heath

"Sulari Gentill's The Woman in the Library is a thrill. The library setting, the conceit of four strangers at a table, and the twisty story-within-a-story make Gentill's novel unputdownable. The book is a treat for readers who love books about books and who like their mysteries to keep them guessing until the very last page." - Eva Jurczyk

"The Woman in the Library is a sophisticated mystery with more layers than an onion, created by a master hand. Clever plot twists in Gentill's signature refined style will make you feel smarter just by reading. Sulari Gentill has done it again." - Ellie Marney

"The Woman in the Library is a delicious read--it's a book that makes you feel. Cunningly crafted, with layers that fold back and feed upon each other, charming characters, and revelations that will make you cringe and gasp. You will feel a rising sense of dread as you read it, but you won't want to stop." - Daniel O'Malley

"Sulari Gentill pulls back the curtain on writers and their fixations, revealing the duplicity, the secret rages and the jealousy. Everything, no matter how dire, is material in the end." - Jock Serong

"The Woman in the Library is devious, tricksy and unpredictable. Gentill kept me guessing to the end. Clever, layered and highly original." - Karen Viggers

"A vibrant, twisty murder mystery told vividly and with great humour." - Kaaron Warren

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