Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, August 16, 2012 / “Miss Me When I’m Gone” by Emily Arsenault

Today’s featured book is Miss Me When I’m Gone by Emily Arsenault.

"Miss Me When I'm Gone" by Emily Arsenault

“Miss Me When I’m Gone” by Emily Arsenault

Why I chose this book:

The accidental death of a bestselling author whose mother had been murdered 20 years before. An unfinished manuscript. A stack of notebooks. Tape recordings. And doubt. Buried within the outlines of fiction are the clues to the author’s killer. What story would someone kill (and continue to kill) to keep it from being told. The writing itself is superb and makes it even more a pleasure to read. New York Times notable author Emily Arsenault delivers an exceptional book and brings new meaning to “reading between the lines.”

From Amazon:

“Author Gretchen Waters made a name for herself with her bestseller Tammyland – a memoir about her divorce and her admiration for country music icons Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton that was praised as a “honky-tonk Eat, Pray, Love.” But her writing career is cut abruptly short when she dies from a fall down a set of stone library steps. It is a tragic accident and no one suspects foul play, certainly not Gretchen’s best friend from college, Jamie, who’s been named the late author’s literary executor.

But there’s an unfinished manuscript Gretchen left behind that is much darker than Tammyland: a book ostensibly about male country musicians yet centered on a murder in Gretchen’s family that haunted her childhood. In its pages, Gretchen seems to be speaking to Jamie from beyond the grave – suggesting her death was no accident . . . and that Jamie must piece together the story someone would kill to keep untold.”

Outstanding … Arsenault’s lyrical, moving prose serves to make this more than just a compelling whodunit.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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