Every time I talk about Casual Conversations About Love and Murder, I describe it as a friendship breakup book…but one of the friends is dead. And it’s that, but it’s also a murder mystery, a kissing book, and an ode to friendship. How very Heathers meets Veronica Mars, right?

So, yeah, I love it.

If you’ve missed the news, this latest YA thriller will hit bookshops and reading devices on Feb. 1, 2022. Full details at the end of this post or you’re welcome to add it to your Goodreads TBR right now.

Can’t wait for February to read my next YA murder book? You’re in luck. I’ve got a virtual stack of advanced reading copies for those who are interested in reading early and sharing an honest review online.

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Here’s more on Casual Conversations About Love and Murder and the killer cover art by Murphy Rae:

Cover Art for Casual Conversations About Love and Murder by Chelsea Mueller

What would you do if your best friend died? What if she’d betrayed you hours earlier?

Emma’s nights are haunted by the twisted sight of her friend’s body in Stone Lake. Others in the sleepy town of Camber slap an accident label on the death and call it a day. Emma can’t. It hurts too much to leave it alone.

Proving the drowning was murder isn’t easy. The sheriff stonewalls her, her friends want her to leave it alone, and her parents are too busy bickering to worry over much else.

Cole’s mistrust for corporations and government hasn’t made him many friends in town, but his willingness to believe Emma makes him her strongest ally. Together they’ll dig into the town’s past—and their own—to get to the truth.

Even if it brings more danger to their doorsteps.

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