#HCCFirstLook: Can You Solve the Case?

Readers, this month’s #HCCFirstLook is for the detectives out there…

A controversial newspaper columnist has been murdered. 

Who did it? 

We have the clues all right here in this evidence bag. 

Are you ready to take on the case?


Be one of the first readers to take a look at this new novel, our latest #HCCFirstLook pick.
Email savvyreader@harpercollins.com, or “Like” or Comment on this Facebook post if you’re ready to take on this mystery. Hurry, this case comes off the table July 2nd. Sorry, Canadian gumshoes only.


What’s #HCCFirstLook? It’s a program that gives readers exclusive access to advanced copies of novels, before anyone else! 

Applying for this month’s #HCCFirstLook?
We’re looking for 5 detectives to take on the case.

If chosen, here’s what you have to do; 

Step 1: Read the ARC we provide. 
Step 2: Email us a short review of this mysterious title. 
Step 3: Do any 3 of the following:

  • Add (insert mystery title) to your 50 Book Pledge shelf
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Olivia On Reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the First Time

To Kill a Mockingbird has long been lauded as one of the classics, and yet somehow I had an uncanny knack for missing it on my courses’ syllabi and reading lists. With the buzz of Go Set a Watchman less than a month away, I decided it was high time to see what Scout, Atticus, and Boo Radley were all about.

When I told people that I was reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time, they all had the same reaction—shock, praise, and then came a fury of unanswerable questions about Go Set a Watchman. Prior to actually reading the book, To Kill a Mockingbird felt like I was reading that kind of classic—to read a book just for the sake of saying you’d read it.

And yet, this was the furthest from reality. I could go on with flowery language and discuss the beautiful narrative, the iconic setting, and the memorable characters that the brilliant Harper Lee has crafted, but as Scout herself says, “Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.”

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9 Books to Read if You Love Game of Thrones

Already going through Game of Thrones withdrawal? I know I am, especially after the epic season finale that aired last night! I could say more (I’ve been talking about it with Kaiti and Suman all morning) but I don’t want to spoil anything for readers who have yet to watch it. But I will say that, as per previous seasons, George R. R. Martin and the show’s creators have left us on our toes and feeling very… Well… Drogon.


If you, like me, are anxious about last night’s finale, these 9 books will help:

1. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen is a gripping story that follows the young Queen Kelsea as she tries to reclaim her throne and her kingdom. Queen Kelsea is a badass who stands by her morals. Plus, Emma Watson has signed on to play Khaleesi, I mean Kelsea, in the movie, so this is definitely a great series to follow.

2. Which brings us to #2, The Invasion of the Tearling, Erika Johansen‘s follow up to The Queen of the Tearling and the second book in this dazzling trilogy. Here, Kelsea must defend her kingdom against the evil Red Queen and her army.

3. The Iron King by Maurice Druon. George R.R. Martin read The Accursed Kings series prior to writing A Song Of Ice and Fire–the novels were originally published in France in the 1950s–and calls it “the original Game of Thrones“. Find out more about Book 1, The Iron King, here.

4. The seventh book in The Accursed Kings series, The King Without a Kingdom, was finally translated into English for the first time this year. Here, Druon follow the escalation of the Hundred Years War.

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