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The Verifiers
The Verifiers | Jane Pek
Introducing a sharp-witted heroine for the 21st century: a new amateur sleuth exploring the landscapeboth physical and virtualof New York in a debut novel about love, technology, and murder. Claudia Lin is used to disregarding her fractious familys model-minority expectations: she has no interest in finding either a conventional career or a nice Chinese boy. Shes also used to keeping secrets from them, such as that she prefers girlsand that she's just been stealth-recruited by Veracity, a referrals-only online-dating detective agency. A lifelong mystery reader who wrote her senior thesis on Jane Austen, Claudia believes she's landed her ideal job. But when a client goes missing, Claudia breaks protocol to investigateand uncovers a maelstrom of personal and corporate deceit. Part literary mystery, part family story, The Verifiers is a clever and incisive examination of how technology shapes our choices, and the nature of romantic love in the digital age. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.
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CoffeeK8
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Finally some time to read, this school year has been a long one and the transition from teacher to Admin is no joke! I‘ve been missing free time & Litsy! 💕

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DebinHawaii
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#JoysOfJuneReadathon #BigJuneReadathon #BigJuneReadathonPhotoChallenge

Pulled from my ginormous #BOTM TBR because I kept hearing great things & I 🧡‘d it! Smart, funny mystery with quirky characters & a fascinating premise of online dating & data security. Loved the MC Claudia & her diversity. Her love of mysteries & Jane Austen & her dry wit make her endearing. A favorite for the year & full of #secrets too-making it perfect for today‘s prompt.

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2w
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DebinHawaii
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#JoysOfJuneReadathon

My goals for the #JoysOfJune #Readathone are pretty simple, finish the tagged book, hopefully tomorrow (It‘s so good!) & start & finish the other books on the top row. Also to catch up/keep up with my various #buddyreads (the 4 books at the bottom).

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 🤗📚

Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you with us. 😊 3w
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amma-keep-reading
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Overall a fun read. Some of the characters were annoyingly distracting but I would still recommend this book.

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xicanti
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Throwback to yesterday, when I finished THE VERIFIERS while I made a rum cake shaped like a sandcastle for my cousin‘s pre-wedding barbecue. I loved the book straight through. Claudia‘s a great protagonist who covers tons of interesting territory in her quest for the truth. I‘ll look forward to whatever Jane Pek does next, whether she makes this a series or tries something totally new. #audiobaking

Crazeedi Yum!! 4w
UwannaPublishme Gorgeous! 3w
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xicanti
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It needs its buttons and another good press, but the jacket has more or less achieved its final form!

THE VERIFIERS continues to be excellent. I‘m hoping to finish it tomorrow while I put the final touches on my suit. #audiosewing

Shemac77 ❤️❤️ 4w
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xicanti
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The jacket‘s collared and lined! The under collar proved unsalvageable and I don‘t have a large enough piece of wool for a replacement, so I used a chunk of my former favourite trousers. They were way too worn to wear in their first form, but now I get to keep ‘em around.

Tomorrow I‘ve gotta press it all out and do a bunch of hand sewing to tack everything in place and sort out the gorge. I might make a start on the buttonholes, too. #audiosewing

sarahbarnes Great colors! 1mo
xicanti @sarahbarnes thanks! The lining‘s also orange, but a different shade. 1mo
Crazeedi That's awesome,I know the talent it tales to make a jacket. 4w
xicanti @Crazeedi it‘s been occasionally frustrating but also a lot of fun. 4w
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xicanti
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I think I‘m gonna love THE VERIFIERS, y‘all. The first third was great! I‘m a sucker for a protagonist whose crime fiction addiction makes them want to solve mysteries.

Also of note: my jacket now has two sleeves and all its final seams! (A lot of it was basted before.) Tomorrow it gets shoulder pads, front facings, a collar, and a lining, which is a lot less work than it sounds but probably still a biggish time investment. #gaymay #audiosewing

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Sharpeipup
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I thought it was safe to call this month‘s pick but tagged book might make me rethink it.
#2022readingbracket

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Branwen
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My best book buddy once again decided that books make great pillows! 😻📚💕 #catsoflitsy #chaplin

Leftcoastzen Handsome Chaplin!😻 1mo
Branwen @Leftcoastzen My handsomest boy! 😻❤️ 1mo
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staci.reads
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This was a fun mystery with a protagonist who is a book lover as well. It has mystery, family drama, diverse characters, and the beginning of potential romance in the sequel/series to come.

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Christine
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Totally enjoyed this bookish whodunit/family story with an endearing main character. Loved the data privacy/surveillance angle (and also loved how my timing of this read coincided with this excellent Zeynep Tufekci piece covering the same: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/19/opinion/privacy-technology-data.html - so disturbing but also weirdly comforting that the burden of data privacy shouldn‘t be/can‘t feasibly be on each of us individually).

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Hooked_on_books
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What a fun book! Claudia starts working for a company that verifies the information provided by people in online dating profiles. A client who wants to verify more than one person disappears and a new mystery is afoot. I really liked this! I almost skipped out on it and I‘m so glad I gave it a try. It manages to be lighthearted and whimsical in places while also being meaty.

Megabooks Do you think there will be a sequel? 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks Hmmm, I don‘t know. I‘d love that, though. There‘s some great characters here! 1mo
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emily_roamswild
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This is just a great cozy mystery. And, it‘s gay and I will always advocate for gay. First off, the main character‘s personal drama is not annoying to me; her inner monologue is realistic & chaotically endearing. The mystery itself is interesting (dating apps & data mining) & the murder(s)—even more thoughtful in their unraveling. It‘s playful but still respectful; intellectual but fundamentally romantic & contradicting. It‘s a book about people.

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HatefulGrablin
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Just finished the day it's due! Loved this book, such a fun read.

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HatefulGrablin
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Just got more bookmarks from Paperback Paradise and they're fantastic

GondorGirl That bookmark is amazing! 🥰 2mo
Bookzombie Love it! 2mo
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mcipher
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Very much enjoying this matchmaker detective story and its NYC setting and quirky, smart, funny heroine (and her family) I‘m about halfway through, but so far two 👍👍, even if Amelia isn‘t so sure about it.

Leftcoastzen 😻 2mo
jenniferw88 😻😻😻 2mo
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HatefulGrablin
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Love this.

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HatefulGrablin
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The kitties woke me up at 6:30 for food, but at least it gave me some extra time to start on a new book!

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

This was a fun, modern mystery with great characters and complicated family dynamics. Although the mystery was a little slow, the examination of dating app dishonesty, internet data collection, and choice manipulation through technology was thought-provoking (and unnerving)! 🎧

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Mel
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Original fun witty mystery with fabulous characters!

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bookandbedandtea
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I think this book broke my slump!
It's an amateur detective story and a "how to write a detective story." There's a complex heroine with a complex family- and a very unique job- trying to investigate a suicide she believes is a murder. Also, Claudia is an avid reader and references her favorite books (real and fictitious) constantly. ? I hope this is the start of a new series. It seems like it is. ??

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Megabooks
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Beautiful day to start a series…one I think I‘ll continue with! I love the characters Pek invented and where she‘s taking them. 👍🏻

Claudia is not the model Chinese daughter. She likes girls and leaves her job in finance to work at a boutique firm that verifies identities for lovelorn users of matchmaking platforms. A fan of cozy mysteries, Claudia begins to suspect something is amiss when a client suddenly dies. She goes rogue to investigate.

vivastory I didn't realize this was cozy. Interesting! 3mo
Megabooks @vivastory neither did I, but it is. I wonder why #botm tried to sell it as literary fiction?? 3mo
vivastory Maybe they thought more people would choose it if it was categorized as lit fic. Looking at the product page on amazon it does appear to be more clearly labeled as a mystery on there. I really question some of botm's choices sometimes... 😂 3mo
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BarbaraBB What a wonderful picture! Such a great view. 3mo
Cinfhen Will keep in mind for potential #borrowNotBuy 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! I love turning around my chair to look out, especially now that it‘s spring. 💜 3mo
Megabooks @vivastory that and nearly every choice had a mystery component. St. James, the Foley and true crime. This is a cozy and Cartographers has mystery components, plus many of the add-ons too. Very heavily slanted that way this month. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen good idea! 👍🏻 3mo
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bookandbedandtea
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I don't know what's been wrong with me but I have had zero interest in reading this entire past week. 😭 I'm about to start this and I'm hopeful that it will pull me back into reading. 🤞🏻

AmyG I go through phases, too, where I would just rather do something else. Hope the book works for you. 3mo
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rachelsbrittain
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A pretty good reading week! I think I'll finish The Dead Romantics tonight, which will make 5 books finished this week. And excited for some of the ones I'm hoping to pick up next.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Such a fun and quirky mystery with a futuristic, techy plot. Great on #audiobook

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rachelsbrittain
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A fun, techy mystery about a secret detective agency that looks into people matched on dating sites that are suspected of lying about who they are. When one of their most recent clients winds up dead of an apparent suicide, Claudia is suspicious and continues digging. What she finds is a conspiracy going to the very top of the dating app industry.

iread2much This sounds like a lot of fun 4mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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2 from #2022mounttbr are going out the door to be donated and 2 New #botm come in. #progress 🤓

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Laughterhp
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#BOTM now having 7 options is going to be dangerous 😬😬

I of course had to get the new Lucy Foley and Simone St. James books! The tagged debut sounds really good too!

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Kangaj1
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Thanks to Netgalley and Vintage for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to publication. Claudia Lin is a sharp, witty Chinese American mystery lover working for an online dating detective agency. When one of her clients fails to show up for their meeting, Claudia begins to uncover layers that look a bit more like murder than suicide. I adored Claudia in all of her talents and her flaws,

Kangaj1 and I loved that the side characters were also well-developed. It's as if Harriet the Spy were grown up, lesbian, Chinese, and immersed in technology, online dating, and privacy, And this is not only a literary mystery, it also delves into family drama and how we represent ourselves to each other, whether in person or online. 5mo
Kangaj1 The setting in NYC is immersive, with the food, the different neighborhoods, and Claudia's commute via bike. I loved the commentary on self-discovery and the mystery genre. I generally do not like locked room mysteries, but this did not feel like a “typical“ one. Looking forward to many more works from this debut author! 5mo
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Preciouz29
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Very unique premise and fairly interesting characters. There were portions that could have been cut down a bit and I wished the characters were a lot more fleshed out, but a fun read. Definitely enjoyable and loved the representation.