Would you know evil if it sat next to you? That’s a good question – and one that New York Times bestselling author Jane Stanton Hitchcock answers in her latest page turner, Mortal Friends (in her words ‘a novel that has murder in it!’) Enter the dishy, political world of money and high society set squarely in Washington, DC. Her books have been described as “Ruth Rendell meets Dominick Dunne, for the sophisticated reader who wants the perfect beach read.” (Library Journal)
Libraries are near and dear to the heart of this wonderful writer. Last week Jane flew to Chicago to attend the American Library Association conference where she spoke to over 300 librarians at the ALTAFF Book and Author Tea and signed countless copies of her witty, smart whodunit, Mortal Friends.
She also took the time to write this message to librarians everywhere:
"Libraries are like houses of worship: Whether or not you use them yourself, it's important to know that they are there. In many ways they define a society and the values of that society. Librarians to me are the keepers of the flame of knowledge. When I was growing up, the librarian in my local library looked like a meek little old lady, but after you spent some time with her, you realized she was Athena with a sword, a wise and wonderful repository of wisdom."
Check out this great video taken of Jane while she signed books in the Harper booth at ALA:
More raves for Mortal Friends!
“Mortal Friends is at once witty, sophisticated and chilling -- imagine Edgar Allan Poe and Edith Wharton collaborating on a mystery. This novel had me guessing and turning the pages until the very end, and even then, I was surprised. Nobody else out there writes, or entertains, like Jane Stanton Hitchcock.”
— Susan Cheever
“Mortal Friends is a brilliant mix -- an expertly paced novel of suspense and a cutthroat comedy of manners. In Jane Stanton Hitchcock’s skilled hands, these Capitol killings show D.C. society for what it is -- Deliciously Criminal.”
— Linda Fairstein
We’re so in love with Mortal Friends and you will be, too – once you’ve read it! So…to the lucky first 25 who reply to this post, we will send a complimentary copy of Mortal Friends. We’d love to hear what you think of this juicy page turner so send in your reviews and we’ll gladly post them. Happy Reading!