What do Howzell Hall, Ellem, Spencer-Fleming, Gardner and Paretsky have in common? Tracy Clark shares her TBR pile and anticipated reads for 2018

Q: What are some of the titles in your current TRB pile?

51aiapepbzl-_sy346_TC: There are so many, but here are the top four.

Land of Shadows, Rachel Howzell Hall

Deadly Touch, JK Ellem

In the Bleak of Midwinter, Julia Spencer-Fleming

Right Behind You, Lisa Gardner

Q: What book are you currently reading?

51t10xrtstl-_sy346_TC: I don’t know how it happens, but I always find myself reading more than one at the same time. It’s a sickness.

Hollywood Homicide, Kellye Garrett

Silent City, Carrie Smith

Seven Keys to Baldpate, Earl Derr Biggers

Q: What do you hope to add to your TBR pile soon and why?

TC: I hope to add as many interesting entries to my TBR pile as my shelf can accommodate. I’m a sucker for a good book. I read as much as I write, as all writers should, I think.

Sara Paretsky has a new one coming out in October, SHELL GAME. I’m waiting for that one. Kellye Garrett’s HOLLYWOOD ENDING releases in August. I’m waiting for that one too. There are so many more, but you don’t have the space.

I’m looking forward to Sara Paretsky’s new novel because she’s a Chicago writer, as I am, and because I enjoy her writing style immensely. It’s clean, smart, multilayered. Her main character, V.I. Warshawski, is dogged in her approach to a case and is a great defender of the underdog. I like that little guy vs. the world dynamic.

Hollywood Homicide, by Kellye Garrett, is about a struggling under-employed former actress who stumbles upon a hit-and-run accident that may not have been an accident after all. Motivated by the reward money being offered for the unsolved case, she ferrets out clues, narrows down the list of suspects and hones in on the killer. It’s smartly written and funny. I’m looking forward to the next entry in the series.

Broken Places cover

Tracy Clark, author of the Cass Raines mystery series, lives in Chicago. Her first short story, “For Services Rendered,” was included in the mystery anthology “Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors.” When not working on her next book, she wastes inordinate amounts of time watching “Say Yes to the Dress” reruns and “Murder, She Wrote” marathons. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, PI Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.

You can visit Tracy on Facebook or go to her author website at tracyclarkbooks.com.


Check out what Tracy has to say about her new book, Broken Places

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