Murder of Crows

Murder of Crows
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Age Range
12+
Release Date
February 01, 2022
ISBN
9781338742923
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Tig Torres investigates Hollow Falls' horrific history in this original novel based on the hit podcast Lethal Lit from Einhorn's Epic Productions and iHeartRadio! Lethal Lit follows Tig Torres, a Cuban American teen detective, in her hometown of Hollow Falls. In season one of the hit podcast, Tig used her smarts and fearlessness to track down the infamous "Lit Killer," a serial killer who staged his murders after death scenes from famous books. But there's no rest for courageous, mystery-solving teens in a place like Hollow Falls, and though the Lit Killer is now behind bars, his protégé, Tig's classmate and crush Oly, has disappeared! And that's not the only game afoot. Tig has caught the attention of the town's local armchair detective group, the Murder of Crows. They're obsessed with Hollow Falls' dark past and fixated on a dangerous search for the missing body of the town's founder. There are rumors about what's buried with the body that could be life-changing for whoever finds it, and with a mission like that underway, it's not long before a member of the Murder of Crows turns up dead. Tig, along with her friends Max and Wyn, steps in to help, but the stakes are getting higher and the hunt more deadly. Someone's willing to kill to keep the town's secrets buried, and if Tig's not careful, she'll be the Murder of Crows' next victim. This original Lethal Lit story takes place between Seasons 1 and 2 of the podcast, and features a brand-new, never-before-told story starring Tig Torres and her sleuthing friends!

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A must-read for Tig Torres fans
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Tig Torres and her friends barely escaped with their lives when they were hunting down the Lit Killer. Just when Tig thought her podcast and the mystery of Hollow Falls was finished, she receives an invite from the mysterious Murder of Crows armchair detective group. When she and her maybe-more-than-friend Wyn go to their meeting as guests, Tig is surprised by two things: 1, the leader of the group asked her to solve the mystery of the Hollow Falls treasure, and 2, minutes after he does so, he dies under mysterious circumstances. Tig, Max, and Wyn have another mystery to solve, and along the way, they'll uncover secrets they never expected.

I was first interested in this book because K. Ancrum is one of my favorite authors. I hadn't listened to the Lethal Lit podcast before, but I was happy to give it a try since MURDER OF CROWS is set after season 1. Literally a day later after binging the entire first season, I was ready to devour MURDER OF CROWS. Hollow Falls is a fascinating town seeped in dark secrets, and Tig Torres is just the sleuth to uncover them. K. Ancrum perfectly captures the tone of the podcast.

MURDER OF CROWS starts a couple of weeks before the new school year. The summer has passed since season 1 ended, but Ancrum does a great job showing how Tig, Wyn, and Max are still dealing with the trauma they experienced, no matter how resilient they are. Later in the story, Tig has an engaging reflection on what it means to keep searching for the truth and trying to right wrongs, even when it puts you and maybe even your loved ones in danger. We also learn about Tig's abuela's past and how hunting down a mystery changed the course of her life.

MURDER OF CROWS doesn't give a full blown romance, but there is significant development in the potential Tig and Wyn relationship. Tig is really uncertain about relationships, particularly after Oly, but she also can't stop blushing around Wyn and looking at her maybe a bit too long. I'm so excited to see where season 2 of the podcast takes them.

Lethal Lit listeners will love MURDER OF CROWS. Ancrum weaves an exciting new mystery in Hollow Falls and provides a gasp-inducing background to a favorite side character.
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