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The last book to arrive in my 2018 mailbox, is not officially publishing until April 1st 2019, so I would like to thank Katie Olsen of Little Bird Publicity, for the opportunity to read Girl Most Likely  so far in advance. Also, the usual thanks goes out to the NetGalley team for their seamless download service.


Cover Image Of The Book 'Girl Most Likely' By Author Max Allan CollinsIn a small Midwest town, twenty-eight-year-old Krista Larson has made her mark as the youngest female police chief in the country. She’s learned from the best: her father, Keith, a decorated former detective. But as accustomed as they are to the relative quiet of their idyllic tourist town, things quickly turn with Krista’s ten-year high school reunion.

With the out-of-towners holed up in a lakefront lodge, it doesn’t take long to stir up old grudges and resentments. Now a successful TV host, Astrid Lund, voted the “Girl Most Likely to Succeed”—and then some—is back in town. Her reputation as a dogged reporter has made the stunning blonde famous. Her reputation among her former classmates and rivals has made her infamous. Astrid’s list of enemies is a long one. And as the reunion begins, so does a triple murder investigation.

Krista and her father are following leads and opening long-locked doors from their hometown to the Florida suburbs to Chicago’s underworld. They just never imagined what would be revealed: the secrets and scandals of Krista’s own past.


Image Of Author Max Allan CollinsA frequent Mystery Writers of America “Edgar” nominee in both fiction and non-fiction categories, Max has earned an unprecedented number of  Private Eye Writers of America “Shamus” nominations, winning for his Nathan Heller novels, True Detective (1983) and Stolen Away (1991) and receiving the PWA life achievement award, the Eye, in 2007.

His graphic novel Road to Perdition (1998) is the basis of the Academy Award-winning 2002 film starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Daniel Craig, directed by Sam Mendes.

Max’s movie novels include Saving Private RyanAir Force One, and American Gangster, whilst as an independent filmmaker in the midwest, he has written and directed five features and two documentaries.

His many comics credits include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, based on the hit TV series, for which he has also written video games, jigsaw puzzles, and ten novels that have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Max’s hit one-man show, Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life, was nominated for an Edgar for Best Play of 2004 by the Mystery Writers of America; whilst his many other credits include. film criticism, short fiction, songwriting, trading-card sets, and a regular column in Asian Cult Cinema magazine.

His non-fiction work has received many honors, whilst as a musician (lead singer and keyboard), he has performed and recorded with his band Crusin’ since 1974.

Max, who also writes as Patrick Culhane, lives in Muscatine, Iowa, with his wife, writer Barbara Collins. They have collaborated on several novels and numerous short stories, and are currently writing the successful “Trash ‘n’ Treasures” mysteries. Their son Nathan translates Japanese into English with a number of novels and video games among his credits.

Check out all the latest news at Max’s website

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Picture of an English red post boxis a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from.

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • The mystery / thriller market is a very busy and rapidly expanding space right now, so to come up with cover art which is even slightly unique whilst still having that ‘read me’ factor, must actually be quite difficult, even with this author’s vast experience. I do think that he has pulled off the look for ‘Girl Most Likely’, as one which will stick in the memory.

      Thanks for stopping by this week and I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year 🙂

    • Because of the commitment I have made to the publicist, this will be the next book in my reading schedule and couldn’t be more different to the WWI story I am currently engrossed in.

      Max’s website is certainly very understated, when you realise just how extensive his credentials are, so I am definitely hoping for an intriguing and interesting storyline.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a very Happy New Year 🙂

    • This author has a list of book credits so long, that I might never need to search for a new writer ever again!

      I did spend a few moments checking out a random selection of the titles, but didn’t find a single one that I wouldn’t read!

      Have a great New Year and thanks for checking out this week’s post 🙂

    • ‘Girl Most Likely’ will also be my first read of 2019, so I am just waiting for the witching hour to get here so that I can begin!

      I hope that your New Year is a Happy and Healthy one 🙂

  • I agree that the cover on this one is eye-catching… setting the stage for some of the plot without using words! (other than those on the police tape)

    Max Collins has quite the resume. I had no idea he was the name behind so many of those films.

    • This is definitely one cover that will be difficult to forget! I am also intrigued about the prospect of a triple murder, surely the reunion can’t be that bad!

      I am rather shamefaced about not having heard of this author before, especially with almost 100 books to his credit, let alone all his other attributes and successes. His is one of those names which gets buried in the lower half of a movie’s credits and which most people miss, although I do have to admit that hubbie will always pause the credits of a film, select a name at random and search to see where they are and what they are doing now! – I know, sounds crazy, but it really is rather an interesting exercise.


      I hope that you enjoy a peaceful 2019, sending all my Best Wishes 🙂

    • It’s funny how reunions and get-togethers always bring out the worst in people, but I wonder how many actually end in murder?

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. Have a very Happy New Year 🙂

    • My last book of 2018, which I finished just this morning, is ‘The Victory Garden’ by Rhys Bowen, a WWl saga which I loved.

      I already have some great books lined up for 2019, including ‘Girl Most Likely’, although I am really aiming to get all my reviews up together on Goodreads and NetGalley, both of which are great sites, but which I have hitherto sadly neglected.

      Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a peaceful 2019 and Happy Reading 🙂

    • I hope that 2019 has got off to a good start for you and that you have some great reading lined up amongst your other hobbies!

      I can remember a time when you read crime / thrillers almost exclusively and as a relatively new blogger I would look forward to visiting your site to discover the latest titles and authors I should be keeping an eye open for.

      It would be good to be able to share new finds in the future again, so I hope that you get back your mojo for the genre very soon 🙂

  • Hi Yvonne. I LOVE the new blog look! It’s so nice looking!
    Glad you are still around sharing good books.
    Enjoy Girl Most Likely , it sounds like a nice thrilling read especially given the authors impressive writing background.

    Happy New Year to you and your family 🙂

    • Wishing you and yours a Very Happy New Year

      Thanks for the nice comments about the new look Fiction Books, I really appreciate the kind words, athough I’m afraid that I can’t take much of the praise, as most of the hard graft was done by my hubbie, with me only hoping that I can keep things going in the right direction on a daily basis!

      I had no idea that an author writing in so mainstream a genre, would have such impressive credentials and so many credits to his name. We only ever really think about the star actors in a film or television series and how many of us ever give more than a passing thought to all the cast members behind the scenes, including the people who come up with the finished concept for a storyline.

      I hope that you have some great books lined up for 2019 – The selection you have already marked for January reading sound amazing 🙂

    • I wish the same thing to you and your family also!

      It is good to see you have joined the Goodreads challenge this year too, although I tell myself every year that I am not going to sign up again, to avoid the stress near the end when I haven’t quite made my target – but there I am again in 2019, so we shall see!

      ‘Girl Most Likely’ will be the first off my TBR pile to start the 2019 reading campaign proper and it sounds like a good one to get me off my marks 🙂

    • Thanks Serena, but all of the credit really needs to go to hubbie. Me, I am still trying to get used to the new way of doing things and without much success. This is going to be a joint effort for some time to come!

      I hope that you enjoyed a lovely Christmas and New Year Season and that you have some great reading lined up for 2019 🙂

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