The Tuesday Night Survivors’ Club by Lynn Cahoon is a fun curl-up-on-the-couch quick read filled with likeable characters (including a bookstore owner, a crystal shop owner, a fortune teller, a handful of cancer survivors, an affable detective, and a hunky hiking guide).
Set in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, Rarity Cole, a transplant from St. Louis and the new local bookstore proprietor, is healing—from cancer and from a relationship with an fully unsupportive partner. At The Next Chapter, she promotes the store’s first book club, which welcomes readers who are cancer survivors. But when one of the members goes missing, the rest of the group shifts its focus from books to sleuthing despite the detective’s gentle-but-exasperated admonishments.
This first book in a new series by a prolific author is adorably sweet, complete with a Yorkshire Terrier named Killer. However, beneath the fluff, the author draws on her own experiences as a survivor. She effortlessly highlights the various ways cancer survivors and patients are viewed and preyed upon, the need for community, and the bonds that develop between those who share similar experiences.
I’m a sucker for books about bookstores, so this was a delight. And novels with a predominantly likeable cast of characters are always a welcome bonus when everything else needs brightening up.
Book 2, Secrets in the Stacks, publishes November 1, 2022.