The prolific bestselling author is back with her 21st novel—and not much has changed. The Chester County-based Scottoline brings her hallmark plot twists to the forefront in this stunning thriller, which follows a suburban mom as she endures the horror of an ex-husband’s murder and bears witness to the emotional agony of two families ripped apart by investigations delving into the crime. —Emily Riley
It’s not often that a primer on sound investment strategies includes references to superstar illusionist Criss Angel, progressive rockers Rush and heavyweight boxer “Fast” Eddie Chambers. But it seems Brandywine Asset Management’s CEO isn’t afraid to push the envelope if it means pulling readers out of a financial rut. The West Chester University alum offers sharp advice that’s as sage as it is entertaining—not to mention extremely approachable. Money well spent. —E.R.
Fans of the Sirius XM station First Wave take note: The four-song Shark Tape EP has all of its ’80s college-rock ducks in a row. Think Echo and the Bunnymen, early U2, the Stone Roses—fattened up with a selective ’90s diet of grunge and Brit-pop. A popular draw at Manayunk’s Grape Room, the industrious local trio is currently wrapping up another round of recording at Conshohocken’s Studio 4. Look for new music this summer. In the meantime, see them live on July 25 at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia. Visit sharktapemusic.com. —Hobart Rowland