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Sulari Gentill discusses The Woman in the Library

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Sulari Gentill. The Woman in the Library (reprint hc $26.99, $16.99 trade pb)



"Investigations are launched, fingers are pointed, potentially dangerous liaisons unfold and I was turning those pages like there was cake at the finish line." —Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times must-read books for summer 2022


Ned Kelly award winning author Sulari Gentill sets this mystery-within-a-mystery in motion with a deceptively simple, Dear Hannah, What are you writing? pulling us into the ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library.


In every person's story, there is something to hide...


The tranquility is shattered by a woman's terrified scream. Security guards take charge immediately, instructing everyone inside to stay put until the threat is identified and contained. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers, who'd happened to sit at the same table, pass the time in conversation and friendships are struck. Each has his or her own reasons for being in the reading room that morning—it just happens that one is a murderer.


Sulari Gentill delivers a sharply thrilling read with The Woman in the Library, an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship and shows us that words can be the most treacherous weapons of all.


What readers are saying about The Woman in the Library:


"I loved this intelligent, high tension, addictive, unputdownable book so much!"




"This is a smart, well-written whodunit with an interesting cast of characters and a well-developed plot."


"A murder mystery that starts off in a crowded library full of book lovers? SIGN ME UP!"


"What an outstanding job and literary work in the crime-fiction genre!"



Sulari Gentill writes:  "I'm Australian.  I was born in Sri Lanka, learned to speak English in Zambia and grew up in Brisbane.  I went to University to study Astrophysics, graduated in Law and after years of corporate contracts, realized I just wanted to tell stories.  Perhaps a legal career is a natural precursor to writing fiction.


Whilst I maintain that I am nowhere near old enough for a mid-life crisis, I did begin turning down legal positions two years ago, so that I could write.  Since then, I have completed four independent novels and co-authored two others.  My first novel was short listed for the 2008 NSW Genre Fiction Award, and another placed in the 2008 FAW National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award).  In 2009 I was long-listed in the QWC Hachette Livre Manuscript Development Program and offered a Varuna Fellowship.  It was enough to keep me stubbornly refusing to do anything but write, though the bills were mounting and I was beginning to wonder if I'd ever be gainfully employed again.  Then, in a moment which I'll always remember as one of pure joy, hysterical giddy excitement and overwhelming relief, Pantera Press asked me to become one of their authors.  And so here I am.


I live and write on a small farm in the Snowy Mountains of NSW, where I grow French Black Truffles, breed miniature cattle and raise two wild colonial boys.  Most of my time is now happily devoted to researching and writing.  I like painting, dogs and ginger ice-cream.  I could probably still draft you a contract...but you might find it has a plot...and perhaps a twist or two."







October 20
7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ United States