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Cambridge author talks ‘One of Us Is Lying’ after NBCUniversal orders murder mystery to pilot

Karen M. McManus describes “One of Us Is Lying,’’ her bestselling mystery novel, as “‘The Breakfast Club’ with murder.’’

–Kaitlyn Litchfield

Cambridge author Karen M. McManus describes “One of Us Is Lying,’’ her best-selling mystery novel, as “‘The Breakfast Club’ with murder.’’

It’s an intriguing pitch, one that originally sold Delacorte Press, which published the book back in May 2017. It proceeded to spend more than a year on The New York Times bestseller list.

Now, McManus’s novel is shaping up to become the next “Pretty Little Liars’’-size TV hit, with news that NBCUniversal is ordering a pilot episode of “One of Us Is Lying’’ as it weighs possible series to premiere on its upcoming streaming service (set to arrive in April).