Simply Held May Authors: Lisa Jewell and Walter Mosley

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New month means new highlighted authors from Simply Held. May’s authors are Lisa Jewell for fiction and Walter Mosley for mystery.


Photograph (c) Andrew Whitton
Photograph (c) Andrew Whitton

Our May fiction author is Lisa Jewell. After initially wanting to work in fashion, Jewell quit that line of study and started taking creative writing classes instead. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was published in 1999.

Jewell is a New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels. She has sold over 10 million copies of her books internationally. Her work has been published in over twenty-five languages. She writes mystery, romance, general fiction, and historical fiction. She currently lives in north London with her family.

Jewell’s newest book is None of This is True, which will be published on August 8, 2023.

Curious what this book is about? Check out the following description provided by the publisher.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author known for her “superb pacing, twisted characters, and captivating prose” (BuzzFeed), Lisa Jewell returns with a scintillating new psychological thriller about a woman who finds herself the subject of her own popular true crime podcast.

Celebrating her forty-fifth birthday at her local pub, popular podcaster Alix Summer crosses paths with an unassuming woman called Josie Fair. Josie, it turns out, is also celebrating her forty-fifth birthday. They are, in fact, birthday twins.

A few days later, Alix and Josie bump into each other again, this time outside Alix’s children’s school. Josie has been listening to Alix’s podcasts and thinks she might be an interesting subject for her series. She is, she tells Alix, on the cusp of great changes in her life.

Josie’s life appears to be strange and complicated, and although Alix finds her unsettling, she can’t quite resist the temptation to keep making the podcast. Slowly she starts to realize that Josie has been hiding some very dark secrets, and before she knows it, Josie has inveigled her way into Alix’s life—and into her home.

But, as quickly as she arrived, Josie disappears. Only then does Alix discover that Josie has left a terrible and terrifying legacy in her wake, and that Alix has become the subject of her own true crime podcast, with her life and her family’s lives under mortal threat.

Who is Josie Fair? And what has she done?


Our May mystery author is Walter Mosley. Mosley writes literary fiction, mystery, science fiction, political monographs, nonfiction, and young adult. His longest running series in the Easy Rawling mysteries which began in 1990 with Devil in a Blue Dress. Mosley’s nonfiction writings have appeared in The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. He has also had his short fiction published widely. Mosley has written more than sixty books which have been translated into twenty-five languages. He has won many awards, including an Edgar Award for Best Novel for Down the River and Unto the Sea. He has written and staged several plays, as well as has several of his books adapted for film and television. Mosley was also a writer and executive producer for the FX drama ‘Snowfall’. He has won many awards, including an Edgar Award for Best Novel for Down the River and Unto the Sea. Mosley is in the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. He currently splits his time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

Mosley’s newest book is Every Man a King, the second book in the King Oliver series. This book was released in February 2023.

Curious what this book is about? Below is a description provided by the publisher.

In this highly anticipated sequel from Edgar Award-winning “master of craft and narrative,” Walter Mosley, Joe King Oliver is entangled in a dangerous case when he’s asked to investigate whether a white nationalist is being unjustly set up. (National Book Foundation)

When friend of the family and multi-billionaire Roger Ferris comes to Joe with an assignment, he’s got no choice but to accept, even if the case is a tough one to stomach. White nationalist Alfred Xavier Quiller has been accused of murder and the sale of sensitive information to the Russians. Ferris has reason to believe Quiller’s been set up and he needs King to see if the charges hold.

This linear assignment becomes a winding quest to uncover the extent of Quiller’s dealings, to understand Ferris’ skin in the game, and to get to the bottom of who is working for whom. Even with the help of bodyguard and mercenary Oliya Ruez—no regular girl Friday—the machine King’s up against proves relentless and unsparing. As King gets closer to exposing the truth, he and his loved ones barrel towards grave danger.

Mosley once again proves himself a “master of craft and narrative” (National Book Foundation) in this carefully plotted mystery that is at once a classic caper, a family saga and an examination of fealty, pride and how deep debt can go.

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