Margot Douaihy - Scorched Grace

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023, 6:30 p.m. 

NH author Margot Douaihy sets Gibson's Bookstore afire with her debut crime novel, Scorched Grace, hand-selected by Gillian Flynn (bestselling author of Gone Girl and Sharp Objects) to be the inaugural title of Flynn's new publishing imprint, Gillian Flynn Books. Margot will be in-conversation with author Katie Crouch (Girls in Trucks, Men and Dogs, Abroad)

"Within five pages, I was in love with this novel ... it’s an exploration of faith, love, and the worthy struggle to be a better human. I just loved it!" –Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Gone Girl and Sharp Objects

Sister Holiday, a chain-smoking, heavily tattooed, queer nun, puts her amateur sleuthing skills to the test in this "unique and confident" debut crime novel (Gillian Flynn).

When Saint Sebastian's School becomes the target of a shocking arson spree, the Sisters of the Sublime Blood and their surrounding New Orleans community are thrust into chaos.

Patience is a virtue, but punk rocker turned nun Sister Holiday isn't satisfied to just wait around for officials to return her home and sanctuary to its former peace, instead deciding to unveil the mysterious attacker herself. Her investigation leads her down a twisty path of suspicion and secrets, turning her against colleagues, students, and even fellow Sisters along the way. And to piece together the clues of this high-stakes mystery, she must at last reckon with the sins of her own past.

An exciting start to a bold series that breathes new life into the hard-boiled genre, Scorched Grace is a fast-paced and punchy whodunnit that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Margot Douaihy received her PhD in creative writing from the University of Lancaster. She is the author of the poetry collections Bandit/Queen: The Runaway Story of Belle StarrScranton Lace, and Girls Like You. She is a founding member of the Creative Writing Studies Organization and an active member of Sisters in Crime and the Radius of Arab American Writers. A recipient of the Mass Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowship, she was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Aesthetica Magazine’s Creative Writing Award, and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation’s Hemingway Shorts. Her writing has been featured in Queer Life, Queer LoveColorado ReviewDiode EditionsThe Florida ReviewNorth American ReviewPBS NewsHourPittsburgh Post-GazettePortland ReviewWisconsin Review; and elsewhere. Margot teaches creative writing at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, where she also serves as the editor of the Northern New England Review. As a co-editor of the Elements in Crime Narrative Series with Cambridge University Press, she strives to reshape crime writing scholarship, with a focus on the contemporary, the future, inclusivity, and decoloniality

 

Masks are strongly encouraged but no longer required for vaccinated attendees. We can’t predict the future course of the pandemic, so Gibson’s reserves the right to institute masking and/or vaccination rules for this event as circumstances dictate.  

If you cannot make this event, signed copies of Scorched Grace may be ordered from the Gibson's Bookstore website.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Scorched Grace: A Sister Holiday Mystery By Margot Douaihy Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781638930242
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Zando - Gillian Flynn Books - February 21st, 2023

A USA TODAY Bestseller - A New York Times, Apple Books, and The Guardian Best Crime Novel of the Year - An Indie Next Pick - Winner of the Pinckley Prize for Crime Fiction - Longlisted for the Mass Book Award - A Finalist for the ITW Thrillerfest, New England Book, Left Coast Crime "Lefty", and Anthony Awards


Embassy Wife: A Novel By Katie Crouch Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250849328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - June 28th, 2022

"A smart, sparkling novel that is one part social satire, one part travelogue . . . Comical and cool.” Oprah Daily

In Katie Crouch's thrilling novel Embassy Wife, two women abroad search for the truth about their husbands—and their country.


Girls in Trucks By Katie Crouch Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780316002127
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2009

Sarah Walters is a less-than-perfect debutante. She tries hard to follow the time-honored customs of the Charleston Camellia Society, as her mother and grandmother did, standing up straight in cotillion class and attending lectures about all the things that Camellias don't do. (Like ride with boys in pickup trucks.)


Men and Dogs By Katie Crouch Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780316002141
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2011

When Hannah Legare was 11, her father went on a fishing trip in the Charleston harbor and never came back. And while most of the town and her family accepted Buzz's disappearance, Hannah remained steadfastly convinced of his imminent return.


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