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The Woman in the Library

Sulari Gentill



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Ultimo Press
01 June 2022
'Wickedly clever, highly original and thoroughly entertaining - I loved it!' - Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands and Treasure and Dirt
'a seriously fun read.' - Dervla McTIernan, author of The Ruin and The Murder Rule

'This elegantly constructed novel is intelligent, funny, and profound. Who could ask for more?' - Publishers Weekly

'And then there is a scream. Ragged and terrified. A beat of silence even after it stops, until we all seem to realise that the Reading Room Rules no longer apply.'

Hannah Tigone, bestselling Australian crime author, is crafting a new novel that begins in the Boston Public Library: four strangers; Winifred, Cain, Marigold and Whit are sitting at the same table when a bloodcurdling scream breaks the silence. A woman has been murdered. They are all suspects, and, as it turns out, each character has their own secrets and motivations - and one of them is a murderer.

While crafting this new thriller, Hannah shares each chapter with her biggest fan and aspirational novelist, Leo. But Leo seems to know a lot about violence, motive, and how exactly to kill someone. Perhaps he is not all that he seems...

The Woman in the Library is an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship - and shows that words can be the most treacherous weapons of all.


'Sulari Gentill pulls back the curtain on writers and their fixations, revealing the duplicity, the secret rages and the jealousy. Everything, no matter how dire, is material in the end.' - Jock Serong, author of THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET and THE BURNING ISLAND

'a page-turner from beginning to end.' - New York Journal of Books

'The Woman in the Library is devious, tricksy and unpredictable. Gentill kept me guessing to the end. Clever, layered and highly original.' - Karen Viggers, author of THE LIGHTKEEPER'S WIFE and THE ORCHARDIST'S DAUGHTER

'An enormously clever book. I lay awake thinking about it every night until I finished it.' - Jack Heath, author of HANGMAN and KILL YOUR BROTHER

'A vibrant, twisty murder mystery told vividly and with great humour.' - Kaaron Warren, author of MISTIFACTION and THE GRIEF HOLE

'Great characters, beautifully written. Sulari Gentill delivers another murder mystery gem.' - Tim Ayliffe, author of THE GREATER GOOD and THE ENEMY WITHIN
Imprint:   Ultimo Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781761151033
ISBN 10:   1761151037
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

After setting out to study astrophysics, graduating in law and then abandoning her legal career to write books, Sulari now grows French black truffles on her farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of NSW. Sulari is author of The Rowland Sinclair Mystery series, historical crime fiction novels (eight in total) set in the 1930s. Sulari's A Decline in Prophets (the second book in the series) was the winner of the Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Fiction 2012. She was also shortlisted for Best First Book (A Few Right Thinking Men) for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2011. Paving the New Road was shortlisted for another Davitt in 2013.

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