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Aspiring filmmaker June Masterson has high hopes for her first documentary, the true story of the disappearance of famed mystery author Greer Larkin. June learned about the vanishing at age fourteen, locked down on her family’s isolated commune. Now, the deeper she digs into the project, the darker the story gets. Everyone has a theory. Greer’s mother, Blanche, and her best Aspiring filmmaker June Masterson has high hopes for her first documentary, the true story of the disappearance of famed mystery author Greer Larkin. June learned about the vanishing at age fourteen, locked down on her family’s isolated commune. Now, the deeper she digs into the project, the darker the story gets. Everyone has a theory. Greer’s mother, Blanche, and her best friend, Rachel, believe that Greer’s fiancé, Jonathan, is the culprit. Greer’s agent is convinced that Greer committed suicide after a debilitating bout of writer’s block. And Jonathan claims it was either Greer’s controlling mother or Rachel, whose attachment to Greer went way beyond friendship. In desperation, Rachel gives June a suitcase full of Greer’s most personal writings in hopes of finding proof against Jonathan. Then Rachel turns up dead. As June pores over Greer’s writings, she makes a devastating discovery that could finally reveal the truth about the author’s fate. But now, June finds herself in the sights of a killer who’ll stop at nothing to keep their darkest secret.


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Aspiring filmmaker June Masterson has high hopes for her first documentary, the true story of the disappearance of famed mystery author Greer Larkin. June learned about the vanishing at age fourteen, locked down on her family’s isolated commune. Now, the deeper she digs into the project, the darker the story gets. Everyone has a theory. Greer’s mother, Blanche, and her best Aspiring filmmaker June Masterson has high hopes for her first documentary, the true story of the disappearance of famed mystery author Greer Larkin. June learned about the vanishing at age fourteen, locked down on her family’s isolated commune. Now, the deeper she digs into the project, the darker the story gets. Everyone has a theory. Greer’s mother, Blanche, and her best friend, Rachel, believe that Greer’s fiancé, Jonathan, is the culprit. Greer’s agent is convinced that Greer committed suicide after a debilitating bout of writer’s block. And Jonathan claims it was either Greer’s controlling mother or Rachel, whose attachment to Greer went way beyond friendship. In desperation, Rachel gives June a suitcase full of Greer’s most personal writings in hopes of finding proof against Jonathan. Then Rachel turns up dead. As June pores over Greer’s writings, she makes a devastating discovery that could finally reveal the truth about the author’s fate. But now, June finds herself in the sights of a killer who’ll stop at nothing to keep their darkest secret.

30 review for Her Dying Day

  1. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    Her Dying Day by Mindy Carlson Hillary Huber (Narrator) Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson insists on being called June Masterson. She's a 24 year old film student and working on her final project before graduation. The subject of her film is going to be famed mystery author Greer Larkin, who disappeared twenty years ago. Digging into the mystery, trying to interview the people involved with Greer at the time she went missing, is about to land June into a heap of trouble and danger. June is selfish, i Her Dying Day by Mindy Carlson Hillary Huber (Narrator) Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson insists on being called June Masterson. She's a 24 year old film student and working on her final project before graduation. The subject of her film is going to be famed mystery author Greer Larkin, who disappeared twenty years ago. Digging into the mystery, trying to interview the people involved with Greer at the time she went missing, is about to land June into a heap of trouble and danger. June is selfish, immature, and hates her parents for the extreme way they sheltered her until she left home to go to college. She's never gone back and never wants anything to do with them again. I enjoyed the mystery and questions this story presents but I did not like June at all. She is very unpleasant but I could tolerate her to find out what happened to Greer. I rate the story 4 stars. Okay, this may be a "just me" thing but the audio narration of the story was like fingernails on a chalkboard for me. An entire book of vocal fry made it very hard for me to focus on what the words were saying. I've heard enough vocal fry to last me a lifetime now and maybe it fits for June to sound that way but almost everyone spoke with vocal fry with the audio narration. It was too much for me and took me out of the story. I rate the vocal fry 2 stars. So my overall rating is 3 stars. This is one of those times when I would have fared better by reading the book instead of listening to it. Maybe it's me and I look forward to reading reviews and seeing what others might say about how the book is narrated. Publication: June 7th 2022 Thank you to Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    If you’ve never been stuck under the bed while your lover has sex with his wife, I suggest you skip it. It’s no trip to Disneyland.” How’s that for an opening line? I had to backtrack a page to see if I had opened the correct book on my Kindle. This wasn’t what I was expecting! What I did know when I requested this was that aspiring filmmaker June Masterson had high hopes for her first documentary about the disappearance of famed mystery author Greer Larkin, for the anniversary of this cold case If you’ve never been stuck under the bed while your lover has sex with his wife, I suggest you skip it. It’s no trip to Disneyland.” How’s that for an opening line? I had to backtrack a page to see if I had opened the correct book on my Kindle. This wasn’t what I was expecting! What I did know when I requested this was that aspiring filmmaker June Masterson had high hopes for her first documentary about the disappearance of famed mystery author Greer Larkin, for the anniversary of this cold case. What I didn’t realize was that June was an aspiring film student, so I wasn’t expecting that sub plot with her college advisor, or that it would read this young. But although this could be YA, we are NOT subjected to alcohol or drug fueled parties, and her youthful POV is actually quite WITTY and refreshing! June learned about the vanishing when she was just fourteen years old, and still living on her family’s commune as Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson. Greer Larkin was her generation’s Agatha Christie, and her award winning “Oberlin Hurst Mysteries” had helped Pear Blossom to escape the loneliness of that secluded lifestyle. Though nobody would confuse her with a “MURDERINO”-Pear Blossom was a member of the online community “GreersGone” and had made it to top “sleuth” status since logging on every day to share theories was just about her only social life growing up. As June begins filming her interviews with Greer’s mother, fiancé, book agent and best friend, she will hear theories from suicide to murder, and discover that being stuck under that squeaky bed, isn’t the only way that she is in over her head! If you enjoy comical, amateur sleuth stories with a flawed but likable lead-you can pick up this DEBUT novel from Mindy Carlson NOW!! BUT, don’t read the book synopsis! It spoils some of the fun!! Thank You to Crooked Lane Books for the gifted ARC. It was my pleasure to offer a candid review!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Terrie (trailer-traveling with spotty Wi-Fi) Robinson

    "Her Dying Day" by Mindy Carlson is a humorous Amateur Sleuth Mystery read! Our main character is Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson but you can call her June. She's a twenty-four-year-old film student working on her last project before graduation. She decides to do a documentary about the disappearance of well-known mystery writer, Greer Larkin, twenty years ago. With the clock ticking, June gets straight to it and interviews all the key players in this mystery who were closest to Greer. They all h "Her Dying Day" by Mindy Carlson is a humorous Amateur Sleuth Mystery read! Our main character is Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson but you can call her June. She's a twenty-four-year-old film student working on her last project before graduation. She decides to do a documentary about the disappearance of well-known mystery writer, Greer Larkin, twenty years ago. With the clock ticking, June gets straight to it and interviews all the key players in this mystery who were closest to Greer. They all have a theory and they all have a motive! Who murdered Greer? Was it her mother, her best friend, her agent, or her boyfriend? Was it murder or perhaps suicide? Soon June senses she may be in danger. Is she close to an answer or is she simply over-analyzing the entire situation? June is quite the main character with her wit, her determination to find the answers and her daring super-sleuthing. I love how the author merges June's unique back-story so skillfully within this mystery. The relationship she has with her college professor, Paul, as her mentor lends a nice touch to the story. The fact that he also doubles as her married boyfriend was an unnecessary distraction to the larger story. The audiobook narrator, Hillary Huber, does a fantastic job becoming the character 'June' and recapturing the humorous moments in this story, I believe to be, just the way the author intended. I love the interesting mix of characters and how the finger pointing to 'who dunnit' keeps shifting back and forth. The story did feel a bit predictable in every way and yet I enjoyed this entertaining and sleuth-y read. The main character was, by far, the best part of this author's debut novel! 4 stars for the audiobook, 3.5 stars for the story, averaging 3.75 stars rounded up to 4 stars! I recommend this to readers who enjoy 'female sleuth' stories and I'm looking forward to this author's sophomore novel! Thank you to NetGalley, Dreamscape Media, and Mindy Carlson for a free ALC of this book. It has been an honor to give my honest and voluntary review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    After changing the topic for her final class project several times, 24 year old filmmaking student June Masterton decided to make a true crime documentary based on the her favourite author, Greer Larkin, who vanished twenty years ago, in a mystery to rival that of Agatha Christie’s disappearance. Greer’s debut novel, written at the tender age of 14, was such an overnight success that her mother Blanche subsequently started home schooling her so she could concentrate on her writing. Greer went on After changing the topic for her final class project several times, 24 year old filmmaking student June Masterton decided to make a true crime documentary based on the her favourite author, Greer Larkin, who vanished twenty years ago, in a mystery to rival that of Agatha Christie’s disappearance. Greer’s debut novel, written at the tender age of 14, was such an overnight success that her mother Blanche subsequently started home schooling her so she could concentrate on her writing. Greer went on to write several more bestsellers before her disappearance ten years later when her car with her purse and traces of her blood was found at a lighthouse near where she had dinner and argued with her fiancé Jonathan Vanderpoole. As neither Greer not her body were found, the police were never able to establish if she committed suicide or whether someone killed her and threw her over the cliff. With five weeks left to make her film, June set about interviewing all those involved in Greer’s life including her fiancé Jonathan, her mother Blanche, her best friend Rachel and her agent Bethany. And what a cast of unlikeable characters they turn out to be! Jonathan had long been considered by many to be the main suspect for Greer’s disappearance, especially when it was revealed that millions of Greer’s money had been systematically filtered into an account in his name, but the police were never able to find enough evidence to charge him. Blanche had always suspected his motives in chasing Greer while Bethany claimed he was controlling and had caused Greer's writing to suffer and Rachel, obsessed with Greer and jealous of Jonathan, claimed he physically abused Greer. June was also able to get hold of the original police reports and new information and theories through her membership of an online fan forum dedicated to Greer. A suitcase of Greer’s writing given to her by Rachel also gives her clues. However, as June started to close in on the truth, she received threats to stop her investigation and started to fear that she was in danger. Woven through the plot is June’s own story. Christened Pear Blossom Jubilee by her hippie parents, she grew up in a small commune in the Adirondacks, home schooled and isolated from the outside world until she left to go to college. As a child reading was an escape for her and Greer became one of her favourite writers, reading and rereading her books so many times that she could quote passages from them. June’s upbringing has made her selfish and immature, with few friends and poor taste in men as she is currently sleeping with her married course advisor, who has no intention of leaving his wife and treats her very shabbily. In many ways similarities can be drawn between June’s and Greer’s lives – both had sheltered, isolated childhoods and are vulnerable and naïve about men. While the background about June’s upbringing might have seemed unneccesary and secondary to the main plot, a revelation towards the end of the novel, suggests it may be leading into a future sequel. There is plenty to enjoy in this debut novel. The mystery of the author’s disappearance is intriguing and builds up gradually with each interview, intensifying as June’s investigation progresses and culminating in a suspenseful climax. There are plenty of clues to keep readers guessing as the plot twists one way and another until the pieces in this complex puzzle start to fall into place. Although there are some loose ends and unresolved questions remaining at the end, this is an enjoyable read with a pleasing resolution. With thanks to Crooked Lane Books via Netgalley for a copy to read. Original review first published in Mystery & Suspense Magazine https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/he...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Another gripping, guessing whodunnit, riveting, devouring in one sit novel from brilliant debut author Mindy Carlson! Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson or let’s only call her June Masterson who prefers to be called with her birth month, finally attends to college to become an aspiring moviemaker, living her dysfunctional family and her secluded lifestyle at the set-up commune in the middle of Adirondack mountains behind. At age fourteen, she was living the home-schooled, extra isolated life her par Another gripping, guessing whodunnit, riveting, devouring in one sit novel from brilliant debut author Mindy Carlson! Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson or let’s only call her June Masterson who prefers to be called with her birth month, finally attends to college to become an aspiring moviemaker, living her dysfunctional family and her secluded lifestyle at the set-up commune in the middle of Adirondack mountains behind. At age fourteen, she was living the home-schooled, extra isolated life her parents dictated to her and thriller author Green Larkin’s books presented her the freedom she needed. She was obsessed with her favorite author’s sudden disappearance case. Now she’s movie school student, adjusting her life in NY, in her mid twenties and she’s still wondering what the hell happened to Green Larkin. She chooses this mystery as her documentary project and convinces her mentor Paul she is secretly having affair with. This case seems like every juicy and impactful element to create a dynamite movie: a prodigy young author who earns millions from her bestsellers vanishes into thin air, leaving a fiancée people detest, a controlling mother and feuding best friend behind. What happened to Green Larkin? Was she killed? Did she change her identity to start a new life? Did she kill herself? If she’s death who is the culprit? June contacts with both mother, friend, fiancée of Green and surprisingly all of them return back to her emails to tell the story from their POVs. Both vindictive mother and best friend Rachel blames on Jonathan- the scumbag fiancée who argued with Green at the restaurant and hit her in front of the witnesses at the very same night before she’s disappeared. Jonathan thinks he is the savior of Green who runs away from her overprotective, domineering mother and obsessed friend . For helping her search, Rachel provides June a suitcase filled with Green’s most personal writings in hopes of finding concrete proof to put Jonathan behind the bars but after this incident, somebody kills Rachel. Is June’s life in danger? Will she find the ugly truth behind Green’s disappearance? Will she find what happened to her? I liked the smart conclusion and how the author intercepted both June’s and Green’s storylines. She adroitly crafted those two vulnerable, confused characters’ resemblances and sad back stories. It was good start as a debut novel! The sarcastic and entertaining narration tone of the author hooked me up from the beginning. I’m looking forward to read more future works of her. Special thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I really enjoyed this book. I like the way it was written and the Agatha Christie disappearance elements. I didn’t give it 5 stars because I didn’t care for one of the plot twists and even though I predicted the outcome it didn’t take away from my enjoyment. June Masterson is beyond excited for her first documentary about the disappearance of popular mystery writer Greer Larkin. There are many theories floating around regarding her disappearance. Her mother Blanche as well as her best friend Rach I really enjoyed this book. I like the way it was written and the Agatha Christie disappearance elements. I didn’t give it 5 stars because I didn’t care for one of the plot twists and even though I predicted the outcome it didn’t take away from my enjoyment. June Masterson is beyond excited for her first documentary about the disappearance of popular mystery writer Greer Larkin. There are many theories floating around regarding her disappearance. Her mother Blanche as well as her best friend Rachel believes Geer’s fiancé Johnathan murdered her. Her agent Bethany thinks Greer committed suicide. Johnathan thinks Blanche’s constant need to control Greer or her best friend Rachel who wanted to be more than friends did it. Things take a drastic turn when June is gifted a suitcase full of Greer’s journals and personal writing. The deeper she digs into this mystery the more dangerous it gets for her. Lastly June ponders another theory; that Greer is alive. This book will keep you hooked from the first page. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected pub date: TODAY! June 7, 2022 (Happy Pub Day!) Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson, now calling herself June, has finally escaped to the big city, New York, after spending her childhood years living in a secluded commune, with only her parents and her cousins for company. Now, June is studying to be a documentary filmmaker (and sleeping with her married advi Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected pub date: TODAY! June 7, 2022 (Happy Pub Day!) Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson, now calling herself June, has finally escaped to the big city, New York, after spending her childhood years living in a secluded commune, with only her parents and her cousins for company. Now, June is studying to be a documentary filmmaker (and sleeping with her married advisor) when she gets the idea for her first film, focusing on the disappearance of author Greer Larkin, and she eagerly sets off to investigate. But after meeting Greer’s mother, fiancée, agent and best friend, it is very evident that Greer had some secrets, and when June starts getting threatening messages she starts to wonder- what lengths will some people go to to protect their secrets? Mindy Carlson’s debut, “Her Dying Day”, is entertaining, pulse-pounding, and absolutely enthralling. June’s childhood, which led to her current life choices and romantic entanglements, make her all the more likable and I wanted instant success for the documentarian/homewrecker. Through it all, June’s dedication to her craft and her desire to achieve made her put her life on the line, and how do you not respect a girl for that? The story is told from the POV of June, although there are snippets of Greer’s books at the beginning of each chapter, which are apparently based loosely on Greer’s real life. Carlson wants us working right alongside with June, solving the mystery of the disappearing writer, and it worked like a charm- I was instantly pulled in. Of course, no novel like this would be complete without June returning to the commune and reuniting with her parents. The secrets of June’s childhood are just one twist of many in this non-stop novel! The ending could have gone in any number of ways, and I’m so glad that Carlson chose to end the novel the way she did, with all the questions answered but June still holding true to her values and beliefs. It made me love June all the more. “Her Dying Day” is a twisty debut, and I look forward to seeing what else Carlson will deliver!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    College student June Masterson decides to make a documentary about a famous mystery writer Greer Larkin for her thesis. Greer disappeared without a trace twenty years ago. No body was ever found and no one ever charged. June left her parent's commune a few years ago - not a cult, a commune. Once very sheltered, she does whatever she wants now. And her mind is made up that she will make a movie about Greer, despite getting threats. The main players in Greer's disappearance: Greer's mother Blanche - College student June Masterson decides to make a documentary about a famous mystery writer Greer Larkin for her thesis. Greer disappeared without a trace twenty years ago. No body was ever found and no one ever charged. June left her parent's commune a few years ago - not a cult, a commune. Once very sheltered, she does whatever she wants now. And her mind is made up that she will make a movie about Greer, despite getting threats. The main players in Greer's disappearance: Greer's mother Blanche - Is she Mommy Dearest? Greer's boyfriend Jonathan - Did he manipulate her and steal millions? Greer's agent Bethany - was Greer her golden parachute? Greer's best friend Rachel - Is there a love triangle here? With everyone still accusing everyone else of murdering Greer, the parties are lining up to sling mud. June acted like a college student much of the time. She made a lot of stupid decisions but I liked her. The story was a good mystery. I didn't know what happened to Greer until the end. This book is a debut novel and the writing flowed well. One mystery was left hanging. I know an author would not ignore something so obvious so I'm thinking there's a sequel coming.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Val

    My thanks to @Crooked Lane Books, as well as to @NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of Her Dying Day. Aspiring filmmaker June Masterson has the perfect idea (after a few not-so-perfect ideas) for the documentary she needs to make in order to graduate from college. June has been fascinated by the disappearance of famed mystery author Greer Larkin for years. Now is the time for June to be THE ONE who solves the mystery! As she interviews people on camera (Greer's mom, h My thanks to @Crooked Lane Books, as well as to @NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of Her Dying Day. Aspiring filmmaker June Masterson has the perfect idea (after a few not-so-perfect ideas) for the documentary she needs to make in order to graduate from college. June has been fascinated by the disappearance of famed mystery author Greer Larkin for years. Now is the time for June to be THE ONE who solves the mystery! As she interviews people on camera (Greer's mom, her fiance, her agent, and her best friend) June's head starts spinning as they all point fingers at each other. And now one of the suspects is coming after HER. There are a couple of interesting backstories, as well, but I don't want to write too much and spoil all of the surprises. Her Dying Day was a great debut for Mindy Carlson! Yes, there was more than one hokey moment in the book but I still very much enjoyed it! I hope this becomes a series. I'll definitely read the next book if there is one!! #HerDyingDay #NetGalley.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    The disappearance of famed mystery author Greer Larkin has been the subject of intense debate for 20 years. Aspiring filmmaker June Masterson, who learned of the mystery as a teen living in an isolated family commune, is digging into the case and making it the subject of her first documentary. Meeting with those closest to Greer, June finds everyone from her mother to her agent to her fiance has a different theory. After Rachel (Greer’s former BFF) gives June a suitcase of Greer’s private notes w The disappearance of famed mystery author Greer Larkin has been the subject of intense debate for 20 years. Aspiring filmmaker June Masterson, who learned of the mystery as a teen living in an isolated family commune, is digging into the case and making it the subject of her first documentary. Meeting with those closest to Greer, June finds everyone from her mother to her agent to her fiance has a different theory. After Rachel (Greer’s former BFF) gives June a suitcase of Greer’s private notes with the desperate hope she’ll find new clues, Rachel is found dead. And whoever killed Rachel — and possibly Greer — has turned their attention to June. I loved the mystery, I loved meeting the suspects, I loved piecing together what could’ve happened to Greer based on the intriguing missing person scene. What I didn’t love was June’s character. Her relationship with her married teacher was annoying, her odd upbringing that caused her to stop speaking to her parents felt random/out of place - so did the “big reveal” behind that at the end. The climax was also sorely lacking here. All in all, a great mystery that needed a different MC (just my personal opinion). Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Her Dying Day is scheduled for release on June 7, 2022. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    Name of Book: Her Dying Day Author: Mindy Carlson Narrator: Hilary Huber Publisher: Dreamscape Genre: Mystery Thriller Pub Date: Today June 7, 2022 My Rating: 4 Stars! Our protagonist Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson ~ (prefers being called June) is a 24 year old film student. Her graduated project (besides sleeping with her advisor) is directing a documentary on mystery writer Greer Larkin who disappeared twenty years ago. There are several theories regarding Ms. Larkin’s disappearance including: she Name of Book: Her Dying Day Author: Mindy Carlson Narrator: Hilary Huber Publisher: Dreamscape Genre: Mystery Thriller Pub Date: Today June 7, 2022 My Rating: 4 Stars! Our protagonist Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson ~ (prefers being called June) is a 24 year old film student. Her graduated project (besides sleeping with her advisor) is directing a documentary on mystery writer Greer Larkin who disappeared twenty years ago. There are several theories regarding Ms. Larkin’s disappearance including: she committed suicide, she was murdered ~ to she is still alive. Story had me curious; however I had a really hard time with our foul mouth unlikeable protagonist. I thought I liked narrator Hilary Huber however. I since I found June so unlikeable I wasn’t positive if the performance contributed. This story is the perfect example for NOT giving up on a story. I totally got caught up with June’s search for Greer. This story turned out to be a GREAT read! Want to thank NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for this audio eGalley. This file has been made available to me before publication in an early form for an honest professional review. Audiobook Publishing Date scheduled for today June 7, 2022.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    It didn't have the best opening for me. Our main character, Pear Blossom aka June, is hiding under the bed while her married lover is with his wife above her. He gives her all the usual excuses like that they aren't in love, they have a prenup, blah blah. Come to find out he's not only her lover but her advisor. Since they're so close, he's given her permission to change her thesis. She's dreamt of writing about the disappearance of Greer Larkin, a crime novel author, for most of her life. June u It didn't have the best opening for me. Our main character, Pear Blossom aka June, is hiding under the bed while her married lover is with his wife above her. He gives her all the usual excuses like that they aren't in love, they have a prenup, blah blah. Come to find out he's not only her lover but her advisor. Since they're so close, he's given her permission to change her thesis. She's dreamt of writing about the disappearance of Greer Larkin, a crime novel author, for most of her life. June used to live on a commune with her family, hence the weird name, and staying up reading Greer by flashlight was all that kept her going sometimes. She feels a connection to Greer. So much so that she even thinks they look alike. She's an elite member of the online sleuth site dedicated to Greer. She first throws the line out with some emails to Greer's inner circle. Greer’s best friend Rachel takes the bait quickly and is so interested in the true crime investigation that she forwards the email to Greer's former agent. Before long, she's permeated this group and is interviewing all the power players. Rachel and Greer's mother think her then-boyfriend Jonathan did it. He thinks one of those two are responsible. Some think she was murdered. Some think she commited suicide. Some think she's still out there somewhere. Everyone has a motive but they also all seem sincere. With the loved ones pointing fingers at each other and threats coming to June, will this mystery ever be unraveled? Who is standing in the way of that happening? This was a fast-paced thriller with excerpts of Greer's novels peppered in to really nail home the Agatha Christie comparison in my opinion and I thought it was really neat! Give it a read.. just promise me you won't take any of June's relationship advice! Thanks to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for the chance to listen and review. The narration was good too!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather Adores Books

    3.25⭐ for this debut. Audiobook review University filmmaker student, June, has changed her documentary topic for the third time. She finally settles on the decades old, unsolved disappearance of famed mystery author, Greer Larkin. As she interviews key people that knew Greer she slowly uncovers what really went on in her famous life. And everyone has their own opinion about what happened to Greer. Was she murdered? Did she fake her own death? Did she take her own life? I was invested in the sleuthi 3.25⭐ for this debut. Audiobook review University filmmaker student, June, has changed her documentary topic for the third time. She finally settles on the decades old, unsolved disappearance of famed mystery author, Greer Larkin. As she interviews key people that knew Greer she slowly uncovers what really went on in her famous life. And everyone has their own opinion about what happened to Greer. Was she murdered? Did she fake her own death? Did she take her own life? I was invested in the sleuthing and really wanted to know what happened to Greer. There is a student/advisor relationship going on that wouldn't usually bother me, but he's married and all the sneaking around from the wife was very distasteful. From the opening line to the restaurant scene had me cringing. It really made me dislike both of these characters. Overall, the pace was quick and sometimes interesting. 9 hours and 15 minutes and an easy listen at 2x and I enjoyed Hillary Huber's narrating. *Thanks to Dreamscape Media LLC, Mindy Carlson and NetGalley for the advance audiobook. I am voluntarily leaving my honest review* More reviews here ➡ Heather Adores Books

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie T

    3.5 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    AC

    Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson - yes, raised on a commune, isolated from the world - is an aspiring filmmaker who is sleeping with her (married) advisor. We're off to a great start! As it turns out, only her advisor calls her Pear Blossom, so we're not stuck with unending litanies of that name. Everyone else calls her June. June has - for the last time - change the subject of her film. It's going to be a film about a 20 year old cold case: the disappearance of Greer Larkin, a mystery novelist. La Pear Blossom Jubilee Masterson - yes, raised on a commune, isolated from the world - is an aspiring filmmaker who is sleeping with her (married) advisor. We're off to a great start! As it turns out, only her advisor calls her Pear Blossom, so we're not stuck with unending litanies of that name. Everyone else calls her June. June has - for the last time - change the subject of her film. It's going to be a film about a 20 year old cold case: the disappearance of Greer Larkin, a mystery novelist. Larkin was a hit at age 14 with her first murder mystery, and after that, was withdrawn from school, and isolated from the rest of the world. Larkin is June's favorite writer, as they share the same general upbrringing, on their own tiny island in the sea of humanity, and because June loves the stories. June has read and reread all the books, and she participates in a forum at greersgone.com where she and other fans of Larkin's endlessly speculate about what could have happened and post whatever clues they believe they have about the disappearance. June sends out emails to Larkin's mother Blanche (high and mighty, with money and lawyers out the wazoo), Jonathan (fiance and general scumbag), Rachel (devoted friend who wanted more than friendship) and Bethany (Larkin's agent). When she gets replies, it's an opportunity to see how each one thinks, and their guesses as to what happened. The women all blame Jonathan, of course, and that's only natural. The partner is always the first and primary suspect. His motive? Money- there's an account in the Caymans under his name with a whopping $18 million in it. But the account is frozen and Blanche doesn't want another nickel of Larkin's money going to him. Rachel blames Jonathan as well, claiming he was abusive to Larkin, something he denies. Bethany blames Jonathan too, not just for Larkin's disappearance but for the quality of her writing deteriorating, something Rachel also throws at Jonathan's feet, claiming he controlled Larkin with booze and drugs. June interviews them all, and casts general questions to the forum so as not to tip them off there's a film being made about Larkin's vanishing. June seems to be able to do better than the police did - of course, that was before the internet is what it is today - and as she gets further and further toward the answer, someone dies, and she is threatened as well unless she stops her investigation. It's a fun book- not for the death and disappearance and threats, of course, but for the way in which June goes about putting the pieces together, and her (sometimes) inventive ways of getting information. Side note to publishers and/or writers who use domains in their books: go register the thing and put content on it. The ending is a bit tropey, with the villains giving up an infodump about their why, but it is coherent, consistent reasoning, even if a little weird. There are a few instances, and one in particular where something is presented to June that could have been presented to the police back in the day to help them, and it's odd that the character didn't do that. Other than these things, it's a solid, fun read. Four out of five stars. Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the reading copy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    Film-maker wanna-be June wants to make a documentary tell her about a woman, Greer Larkin, a well known artist who has been missing for 20 years. She interviews everyone who knew her and of course, everyone has their own idea what happened to her. June is bound and determined to find out the truth! This is definitely a “whodunnit” and had me on the edge of my seat. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    Her Dying Day by Mindy Carlson. Thanks to @crookedlanebooks for the gifted Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ June Masterton is making a film about missing writer Greer Larkin. She’s been a fan of Greer’s books since she was a teenager on an isolated commune. As she digs into the investigation, someone is trying to stop her from digging further. This was a nice debut! I’m looking forward to reading what Mindy Carlson writes next. I wouldn’t really call this a cozy because it does have some grit to it, but the main cha Her Dying Day by Mindy Carlson. Thanks to @crookedlanebooks for the gifted Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ June Masterton is making a film about missing writer Greer Larkin. She’s been a fan of Greer’s books since she was a teenager on an isolated commune. As she digs into the investigation, someone is trying to stop her from digging further. This was a nice debut! I’m looking forward to reading what Mindy Carlson writes next. I wouldn’t really call this a cozy because it does have some grit to it, but the main character has an innocence and naivety that makes it feel that way. I liked the Agatha Christie type mystery and the investigation. The solving of the mystery was a little sudden for my taste, but it was still a good read. “Let sleeping monsters lie. This is not a game, little girl.” Her Dying Day comes out 6/7.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Devin Mainville

    June Masterson is a documentary film student who is having an affair with her advisor and decides to change her final project topic with five weeks left in the semester to investigate the disappearance of her teenage idol - the Agatha Christie-like author, Greer Larkin. I love a good true crime-inspired thriller and the mystery portion of this book was… serviceable. Everything else? Awful. First, I have a background in production so maybe I’m being overly critical (I’m not), but it is quite clea June Masterson is a documentary film student who is having an affair with her advisor and decides to change her final project topic with five weeks left in the semester to investigate the disappearance of her teenage idol - the Agatha Christie-like author, Greer Larkin. I love a good true crime-inspired thriller and the mystery portion of this book was… serviceable. Everything else? Awful. First, I have a background in production so maybe I’m being overly critical (I’m not), but it is quite clear the author knows nothing about filmmaking. June shoots a series of talking-head interviews without audio equipment or lighting, shoots on piece of B-roll, leaves the rest to voice-over and is supposed to be the star of her class? No. Just no. I enjoyed the conversational voice of the book, but June’s idiocy was too much for me to handle. Every piece of the puzzle is handed to her, she faces almost no obstacles and therefore there are no stakes and still, it takes an “epiphany” for her to figure out what I had figured out on page 5. Yes, I am sometimes too good and guessing the endings of thrillers (as are most people who read a lot of them), but if you can see where’s going that quickly, it's because it’s been poorly set up. There were so many secondary plots that were hastily wrapped up or simply left hanging and the conclusion to her investigation/documentary lacked the kind of character development that would make it make sense.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Let me start off by saying, I REALLY enjoyed the narration of this audiobook! The narrator did such a great job! You could feel the emotions behind the words. I liked the premise behind the story of the book, as we knew the person was missing but it ended up being a whodunit murder mystery type. I kept guessing and guessing and some of the twists that the MC went through kept my attention. Although the married man she was sleeping with, Paul, was a gaslighting fool! I'd recommend the audiobook o Let me start off by saying, I REALLY enjoyed the narration of this audiobook! The narrator did such a great job! You could feel the emotions behind the words. I liked the premise behind the story of the book, as we knew the person was missing but it ended up being a whodunit murder mystery type. I kept guessing and guessing and some of the twists that the MC went through kept my attention. Although the married man she was sleeping with, Paul, was a gaslighting fool! I'd recommend the audiobook over physical because whatever the story lacked, the narration made up for it! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to listen to this ARC for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Star Gater

    The narrator, Hillary Huber, does a fantastic job. This was just okay for me, bordering on meh. I mention the narrator first as she did her job and urged me forward willingly. This has my absolute least favorite story filler: Married Prof and student affair, Then add in the requisite swearing and this could have gone DNF if it weren't for Huber. Taking out the filler, Mindy Carlson had a cute story. This reminded me of Greta Garbo. Recently authors have incorporated text messages and chats into The narrator, Hillary Huber, does a fantastic job. This was just okay for me, bordering on meh. I mention the narrator first as she did her job and urged me forward willingly. This has my absolute least favorite story filler: Married Prof and student affair, Then add in the requisite swearing and this could have gone DNF if it weren't for Huber. Taking out the filler, Mindy Carlson had a cute story. This reminded me of Greta Garbo. Recently authors have incorporated text messages and chats into their books. These do not translate well for me. I have not liked any. They were read quickly, as written, and had me nervosing. I enjoyed several aspects of the ending (no spoiling). I was happy and content, and felt good. Carlson tied this up with class. Overall, I am giving this 3.5 stars; however, I'm not rounding up. Thank you NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for accepting my request to read and review Her Dying Day.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lilibet Bombshell

    Real Rating: 2.5 / 5 Stars Crooked Lane Books rarely lets me down. I am usually a huge fan of the imprint’s titles. Crime procedural mysteries and thrillers are essentially their bread and butter, and for someone like me (who basically spends every day mainlining syndicated crime procedural dramas) this means that usually a Crooked Lane book is a guaranteed solid read. That’s why I was beyond frustrated and absolutely disappointed in “Her Dying Day”. I was looking forward to this book so much, be Real Rating: 2.5 / 5 Stars Crooked Lane Books rarely lets me down. I am usually a huge fan of the imprint’s titles. Crime procedural mysteries and thrillers are essentially their bread and butter, and for someone like me (who basically spends every day mainlining syndicated crime procedural dramas) this means that usually a Crooked Lane book is a guaranteed solid read. That’s why I was beyond frustrated and absolutely disappointed in “Her Dying Day”. I was looking forward to this book so much, because if there’s one historical tale that has always made me chuckle it’s the mysterious disappearance of Agatha Christie in December of 1926 after her husband told her he wanted a divorce and then took off on a vacation without her but with his mistress in tow. When Christie was found 10 days later in a hotel/spa, she was registered under a false name, the surname of which belonging to her husband’s mistress. There were (and still are), so many theories as to why Christie did what she did, and some of them are paralleled in this book (the author who disappeared in this book is named Greer Larkin): Christie’s car was found abandoned at the top of a chalk quarry (Larkin’s is found abandoned by a lighthouse), and a few of the theories on why Christie disappeared are echoed in why Larkin may not be dead and simply disappeared into thin air instead. The thing is, if they had centered the whole book on June (the protagonist) being intent on making her documentary about Greer Larkin’s disappearance and then getting in too deep as she gets closer and closer to the truth as she decides to move from simply documenting the disappearance to trying to actually solve it, then I could’ve gotten behind this book 100%. But Mindy Carlson (and, if I can be honest, probably her editor too) couldn’t leave it at that. A great deal of this book was devoted to a terrible subplot about June being her thesis advisor’s mistress that was shoehorned in whenever Carlson got the chance, even though most of the time I couldn’t see the relevance or connection between the affair and the mystery of Greer Larkin. It’s not only until the end of the book that the affair makes any difference to June’s state of mind at all, really. And even then, it seems rushed and, again, shoehorned in. The book would’ve been better off had this subplot been ditched entirely. Also, there were “excerpts” from Greer Larkin’s books plopped into the book in intervals, with seemingly no rhyme or reason. I suspect they had something to do with something coming up soon in the story, but they honestly had the feeling of when someone writes a term paper and just plops in quotes just to look like they’re smart and clever but it just looks and feels clunky, ruining the flow of the paper entirely. All in all, this book suffers from bad characterizations, poorly-structured plot, stuttered flow, poor pacing, and a serious case of too much unnecessary stuff shoved into a book that just ends up being padding. It could’ve been so much better, and that’s the worst feeling in the world. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for granting me early access to this title in exchange for a fair and honest review. Per personal policy, this review will not appear on social media or bookseller websites due to the 3 star or lower rating.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suesyn Zellmer

    After changing her mind a few times, June Masterson has finally decided on the topic of her film school thesis - the disappearance of Greer Larkin, a young mystery author who disappeared without a trace twenty years ago. June loved her books growing up and feels like a kindred spirit to Greer in many ways - each having a strict mother who keeps her daughter away from society. Of course, June lived with her mother and small family in a commune in upstate New York and Greer came from a moneyed fam After changing her mind a few times, June Masterson has finally decided on the topic of her film school thesis - the disappearance of Greer Larkin, a young mystery author who disappeared without a trace twenty years ago. June loved her books growing up and feels like a kindred spirit to Greer in many ways - each having a strict mother who keeps her daughter away from society. Of course, June lived with her mother and small family in a commune in upstate New York and Greer came from a moneyed family who wanted nothing more than for her to write for hours a day, devoting her entire life to being an author. It's no surprise then that Greer ran off with her first love, Jonathan, who eventually became the prime suspect in her disappearance. Now June has high hopes that she can not only make a documentary about her favorite author, but perhaps solve the mystery once and for all. She and her project are received rather well from Greer's friends and family (unbelievably well, actually) and not only speaks to them but gets almost everyone to agree to appear on camera. Her mother blames Jonathan, he blames her best friend, Rachel, and Rachel thinks Greer committed suicide. So, not exactly much to work with at first. But soon (and again, quite unbelievably) Rachel provides June with a suitcase full of notebooks and journals that Greer gave her shortly before she vanished. Apparently deciding that June can accomplish what she never gave the police an opportunity to (???), Rachel believes that somewhere in the writings lies the key to what happened to Greer. I guess Rachel was too busy in the last twenty years to ever look for herself? So June dives in, hoping to stumble upon some tidbit that will blow the case wide open. Then someone starts threatening her to back off before she becomes the next one to vanish. Will she back off? Or will she put herself in greater danger to uncover the truth? There are some great reveals towards the end of the story, and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised. I do wish I had liked June's character more, as you learn right from the start that she's sleeping with her married advisor. It's such a cliché and I wish it had been left out of the story. And having her character acknowledge and accept that's it's a cliché doesn't make it any better. She can't help it, readers - she's IN LOVE. So besides that and the unrealistic access to people and info that she receives, it's a fun book that'll have you turning the pages to see what happens next.

  23. 5 out of 5

    babs

    A filmmaker a true mystery an auhtor? All in one story? Count me in! June is working on her first documentary about the disappearance author Greer Larkin. This story is not new to her and now is the time to dig into it. There are plenty of trails to follow even up to suicide. June can get her hands on documents written by Greer in person but somebody is out to stop her from discovering what really happened. It took me some time to get into this story but I am glad I held on! Thanks #NetGalley #Cro A filmmaker a true mystery an auhtor? All in one story? Count me in! June is working on her first documentary about the disappearance author Greer Larkin. This story is not new to her and now is the time to dig into it. There are plenty of trails to follow even up to suicide. June can get her hands on documents written by Greer in person but somebody is out to stop her from discovering what really happened. It took me some time to get into this story but I am glad I held on! Thanks #NetGalley #Crooked Lane Books for an ARC

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hannah McKinnon

    More to come

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    OMG this is giving me WATCH THE GIRLS vibes

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    3.5 for ending

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debrafleming

    Enjoyable for anyone who is a fan of true crime, which is definitely popular lately. A little predictable, not particularly likeable characters, but it is a quick read which I can see being popular with book clubs. 3.5 rounded up to 4. Thanks to NetGalley and to the publisher for the advance copy to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rigel

    A pretty average thriller in terms of twists and villain motives, although still an entertaining read. There was a random sub-plot regarding June's secret back-story probably meant to heighten intrigue... but it was never resolved and honestly kind of unneeded imo. A pretty average thriller in terms of twists and villain motives, although still an entertaining read. There was a random sub-plot regarding June's secret back-story probably meant to heighten intrigue... but it was never resolved and honestly kind of unneeded imo.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Devon

    For anyone who’s loved an Agatha Christie mystery! “Her Dying Day” was REALLY good and I honestly didn’t want it to end. Keeping my review short and simple because I don’t want to give anything away. I went in with little expectations and am SO glad I did! Not only was the concept of a film student making a documentary into a mysterious author’s death intriguing, the execution and amount of twists to get to the end of the novel was fantastic. This book’s plot really had it all, and is definitely For anyone who’s loved an Agatha Christie mystery! “Her Dying Day” was REALLY good and I honestly didn’t want it to end. Keeping my review short and simple because I don’t want to give anything away. I went in with little expectations and am SO glad I did! Not only was the concept of a film student making a documentary into a mysterious author’s death intriguing, the execution and amount of twists to get to the end of the novel was fantastic. This book’s plot really had it all, and is definitely one of the top books I’ve read this year. Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and enjoy this ARC.! 4.5 rounded up!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Riddhi Mazumder

    Book: Her Dying Day Author: Mindy Carlson Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. A mystery author’s sudden disappearance takes an aspiring filmmaker down a perilous road of secrets and sins that were never meant to be uncovered. A murderous premise with well-thrown scandalous twists, slow-burn start but picks up in the middle and then there is no looking back. A perfect popcorn-cozy-mystery read. June Masterson is in her fi Book: Her Dying Day Author: Mindy Carlson Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. A mystery author’s sudden disappearance takes an aspiring filmmaker down a perilous road of secrets and sins that were never meant to be uncovered. A murderous premise with well-thrown scandalous twists, slow-burn start but picks up in the middle and then there is no looking back. A perfect popcorn-cozy-mystery read. June Masterson is in her final year of film school and still indecisive about the theme of her documentary. She finally lands upon the disappearance of her favorite author Greer Larkin, a young mystery writer who vanished without a trace twenty years ago. June has found the perfect topic, but little does she know what it has in store for her. As she interviews people who were close to Greer, June gets caught in a web of lies. Everyone has a different theory. But, what really happened to Green Larkin? Was it murder or suicide? And who had the bigger motive to do such a thing? In the meantime, June's personal life is unfolding from all corners, causing her to rethink her entire childhood and her relationship with her professor. The author reveals just the right amount of clues in every chapter to keep the reader on their toes. It was high tension, whodunnit mystery with very good characterization. Keeps you guessing till the end! Definitely worth your time! I think I have another name to add to my list of favorite authors. This releases on June 7th, 2022, so, mark your calendars.

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