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“A very clever wordsmith.”
New York Times Book Review

“When Emily Arsenault was growing up, a teacher told the fifth-grader she was very good at writing. Give that teacher an A.”
Hartford Courant

Emily Arsenault’s compelling debut, Broken Teaglass, was resoundingly praised (“Quirky and inventive...meets all the definitions of a good read.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch). With her intelligent, complex, and ingeniously crafted sophomore offering, In Search of the Rose Notes, Arsenault validates her standing as an exhilarating new voice in contemporary fiction. A moody and engrossing mystery, In Search of the Rose Notes follows two best friends from childhood who once unsuccessfully investigated the disappearance of their teenage babysitter, and now, in their twenties, attempt once again to uncover the truth.  Readers who love the literary, female focused mysteries of Laura Lippman, Tana French, and Jennifer McMahon will be thrilled to add Emily Arsenault to their must-read lists.

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    not just a mystery

    When Rose, the baby sitter,disappears, her two charges decide they can find her using paranormal means. However as time goes on each girl deals with the emptiness in different ways, leading them to drift apart. It is only with the discovery of Rose's remains can they come back together and heal. I found this to be a compelling read that wasn't so much about who had killed the babysitter but about a community that was unable to get beyond the incident and learn to live life again. And the two friends and their relationship through the years made the novel very true to life.

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