I Didn't Do It
by Jaime Lynn Hendricks
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Pub Date 23 May 2023 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2023
Penzler Publishers, Scarlet
A murder at a suspense writer convention makes everyone a suspect—especially the victim’s literary rivals.
Murderpalooza, the premier thriller writers conference, is meant to be an exciting celebration of the genre and its preeminent writers. But when bestselling author and industry favorite Kristin Bailey is found dead in her hotel room, four rival authors—a mid-lister, an egomaniac, a has-been, and a newbie—also get targeted by an anonymous social media account and wonder if they’re next.
First, they find themselves bonding to try to find out who’s behind it. As the account taunts them, it slowly reveals secrets that each of them have connected to Kristin—secrets that make them a suspect in each other’s eyes. Soon, they are turning on each other and silently accusing each as a killer. With time running out until the awards ceremony where the social media account has promised a big reveal, the only thing they know for sure is that no one is better at both creating and solving a mystery than the people who write them for a living.
Jaime Lynn Hendricks gives the reader a thrilling peek into the thriller writing world and those that inhabit it in this gripping suspense novel.
About the Author:
Jaime Lynn Hendricks is the author of Finding Tessa and I Didn't Do It. Before writing thrillers, she spent two decades in print media and marketing. She lives with her husband in Florida.
"Psychological suspense fans will look forward to her next." - Publishers Weekly
"I Didn’t Do It is thriller perfection: so twisty, twisted, and fast-paced I was physically unable to put it down. Jaime Lynn Hendricks delivers the most irresistible of packages: a brilliant premise, an ensemble cast hiding juicy secrets, a plot that unfolds at breakneck speed, and layers of delicious, publishing-insider snark. It’s official: all hail the queen of the page-turner." - Ashley Winstead, author of The Last Housewife
"Compelling from page one and filled with one twisty turn after another, I Didn’t Do It will have readers up way past bedtime, racing through the pages. With characters you'll love—or love to hate—it will have you holding your breath until the final, shocking reveal. Hendricks’s books are addictive, tasty treats you can’t stop devouring until you’ve reached the end, and I Didn’t Do It may be her best yet. I absolutely loved it!" - Danielle Girard, USA Today bestselling author of Up Close
"I Didn’t Do It is a crackling, irresistible thriller, and it’s so much fun! Jaime Lynn Hendricks has turned thriller conventions upside down in this entertaining, unputdownable book. Original and unique with an ensemble cast of characters that kept me reading deep into the night." - Samantha Downing, internationally bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
"Wow! What a twist! I Didn’t Do It is an electrifying roller coaster ride into a behind the scenes world of thriller writers and deadly rivalries. I Ioved it!" - Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
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Jaime Lynn Hendricks has once again written a twisty dark thriller that will you keep guessing! This one is based, of all the incredible settings, a thriller writer convention... plenty of people who know how to plot a murder (and get away with it!). When an award-winning author dies (gasp!) hidden motives emerge, and soon everyone is suspecting everyone else. You want to read this book! It's so good!
OH MY GOSH! I loved this book
Introducing Murderpalooza - the biggest conference for mystery writers held annually in New York. As we get to know the players - a woman, well liked, and up for the most prestigious award at the event is murdered! The rag tag group of authors contact each other to see if they can solve the murder before one of them is next. You won't guess this ending and you will have so much fun along the way. I really, really loved the twist! If you love murder mysteries, want to know more about the authors that write them, or just enjoy unique twists in your stories, I Didn't Do It is for you! #PenzlerPub #IDidntDoIt #JamieLynnHendricks
Murderpalooza. A conference for thriller writers to gather and win awards. If this was a real convention, I would 100% attend. Murder aside... it sounds like such a fun event for all thriller readers and writers alike! The story focuses on five writers, some of which are up for the same award for "thriller of the year". When one of the nominees turns up dead, panic ensues and everyone needs to know what happened. Each of these writers have a connection to the victim, they all have motive one way or another. Could one of them be the killer? Absolutely. Then they all start getting cryptic text messages from an unknown number telling the writers that this texter knows their secrets. Threatening and wondering out loud "Are you Next?" At the same time they discover a new Twitter account which is only following the 4 of them and keeps releasing their secrets! Clearly, that just means as secrets are revealed they begin to wonder who they can trust- and turn on each other. Everyone is a suspect.
I love that the book was broken down to first person perspectives. I loved that even with so many characters, I always knew who was talking and the storyline was very clear and yet, still so full of mystery! It really kept me reading because as soon as I finished with one character, I'm like =, wellllll I could read just 1 more.... this kept me up half the night! This is a fast-paced story I couldn't put down! It reminded me a little of one of those dinner/murder mystery places you'd go and act out the crimes - or even, the game of Clue a little bit. It was really fun to get to know all the characters first, and then hear all the different sides and get a feel for what happened piece by piece leading up to and after the murder. Such a great book, you will never guess the twists or the ending... Jamie Lynn Hendricks is officially an auto-buy author for me! High five Jamie!
Thank you #Netagalley & publishers for allowing me the opportunity to read an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Publication date: May 23, 2023 --- make sure you pick this one up. It's a MUST read!
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