I Didn’t Do It

Scarlet. May 2023. 312p. ISBN 9781613164112. $26.95. SUSPENSE
Finding Tessa author Hendricks’s latest takes place at Murderpalooza, a national thriller conference taking place in New York City. Five authors are up for the Thriller of the Year Award, but by the end of the first day, rumors circulate that one of the nominees, Kristin Bailey, has been murdered. When four people receive threatening texts saying that they may be next, they band together to find out who is threatening them and why they’ve been targeted. Vicky was up for the Thriller of the Year Award, along with the victim; Davis is the toast of the conference, already with a film deal before his first book has even come out; 37-year-old Mike, once the hot new novelist, now feels forgotten; and Suzanne only hopes her agent can sell her first book. Bombareded by Tweets and veiled threats, the four of them start to eye one another with suspicion. They all have secrets connected to Kristin. Is one of them a killer? Is one the next victim?
VERDICT Readers might find the five narrating voices to be too many and the overall premise to be manipulative, but it could be fun for those interested in stories of backstabbing and suspicion. Suggest for fans of Sulari Gentill’s The Woman in the Library.
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