Halley Sutton is a writer and editor who lives in Los Angeles. She is a Pitch Wars mentor and holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from the University of California Santa Cruz, and a master's degree in writing from Otis College of Art and Design. The Lady Upstairs is her debut novel.
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Halley Sutton recommends
California Bear (2024)
"With all the wit and style of Elmore Leonard, but way more heart, California Bear is a can't-put-it-down caper, an incisive look at the dark side of true crime 'entertainment,' and a beautifully moving story of a family in crisis learning exactly how far they'll go for each other, all in one. I can't wait to see more of Jack and especially Matilda, who is the kickass twenty-first century successor to Philip Marlowe Los Angeles crime fiction needs. I loved this book!"
Close Enough to Hurt (2023)
Katherine A Olson
"Close Enough to Hurt is a steamy, sexy debut thriller, sharp as a knife's edge and a rollicking good time. Dylan is a wickedly wonderful protagonist to spend time with - sharp, laugh-out-loud funny, and brave - honestly, we need more like her, both in fiction and real life! I can't wait to read Katherine A. Olson's next book!"
The Night It Ended (2023)
"Katie Garner's debut novel is a chilly, twisty ride--think dark academia meets Gillian Flynn. The Night It Ended is both a brooding Gothic mystery set at a boarding school for wayward girls and a jittery domestic thriller and just when you think you've got a handle on the story, Garner pulls the rug out from under you. I couldn't put it down."
Smile and Look Pretty (2022)
"Full of sharply funny social insights, delicious drama, and the type of empowerment we need more of."
Above the Rain (2021)
Víctor del Árbol
"A sweeping and devastating historical novel, full of suspense, Del Árbol's Above the Rain is a masterclass in the way that trauma is reinforced and repeated throughout generations, with deadly consequences. In Del Árbol's noir-inflected masterpiece, the past is always present, the political is always personal, and love, however fleeting, is the only redeeming grace. I loved every moment of it."
The War Widow (2020)
(Billie Walker Mystery, book 1)
"Tara Moss's The War Widow is an excellent novel and an even better springboard for its crackerjack heroine: the indomitable Billie Walker. Like a harder-boiled Phryne Fisher meets Martha Gellhorn, Billie is the best kind of heroine: fun, flawed, smart, feminist, and feisty. Even down the darkest of pathsincluding but not limited to Nazi war profiteers, shady mobsters, cops on the take, and moreBillie is a beacon of light, never losing her sense of justice, or her enjoyment in life (and a good coupe of champagne!). Honestly, I'd follow Billie anywhere."
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