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Thriller Tuesday (whaa?!) & Mystery Award nominations

We know it’s not Thursday, but we didn’t want you to miss out on all this great mystery news while we’re away in Las Vegas setting up for ALA Annual.

But first, awards news! The 2014 Shamus Award finalists and Macavity Award nominations have been announced and we have several outstanding Minotaur books in the running!

2014 Shamus Award finalists

Best Hardcover PI Novel
THE GOOD COP by Brad Parks

Best First PI Novel
BLOOD ORANGE by Karen Keskinen
A GOOD DEATH by Christopher Cox

2014 Macavity Award Nominations

Best Mystery Novel
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

Best First Mystery
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

Best Nonfiction
THE HOUR OF PERIL by Daniel Stashower

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
DANDY GILVER AND A BOTHERSOME NUMBER OF CORPSES by Catriona McPherson
A MURDER AT ROSAMUND’S GATE by Susanna Calkins

Winners for all awards will be announced at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention in Long Beach (CA) on November 13-14.

Now on to the books!

THAT NIGHT by Chevy Stevens
Stevens’ harrowing tale of a woman who was wrongly convicted of her sister’s murder, served prison time, and now must risk everything to find out the truth and clear her name is a July Indie Next pick! “Stevens has crafted yet another suspenseful thriller with this tale of heartbreak, the cruelties of fate, and redemption… A compelling, exceptional read.” — Library Journal, starred review (see our Max Shelf for more!)

COLDSLEEP LULLABY by Andrew Brown
Sunday Times Fiction Prize winner Brown brings his intelligent and compelling police procedural set in Stellenbosch, South Africa and starring flawed Detective Eberard Februarie to America for the first time! It’s received two starred reviews and is Library Journal‘s Debut of the Month for June!

THE LATE SCHOLAR by Jill Paton Walsh
Walsh’s latest brilliant new entry in the continuation of Dorothy L. Sayers’s classic mysteries featuring Lord Peter Wimsey and his detective novelist wife, Harriet Vane, has also received two starred reviews, including one from Booklist which called THE LATE SCHOLAR, “Delicious.”

DEAD HEADING by Catherine Aird
Nobody tops Aird at police procedurals imbued with sly British humor, as shown in her 24th mystery featuring Calleshire County Det. Insp. C.D. Sloan. All the characters, from the nursery owners to the nearby landscape architect to several nursery clients, are clearly defined, believable, and human enough to gum up the works here and there.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

CRADLE TO GRAVE by Eleanor Kuhns
In the “intriguing” (Publishers Weekly) third entry in the late-18th-century historical mystery series by librarian Kuhns, Will Rees is stunned to learn a Shaker friend of his has been accused of kidnapping and murder.

THE LAST TAXI RIDE by A.X. Ahmad
New York City taxi driver Ranjit Singh, hero of Ahmad’s heralded debut THE CARETAKER, has ten days to search through New York’s immigrant underworld to find the killer of a Bollywood actress. “A strong, rapid-paced thriller with exotic interest; addictive reading.” — Booklist

STRANGE GODS by Annamaria Alfieri
On one level, Alfieri has concocted a riveting whodunit. But the colonial African setting makes it much more: the British district commissioner, who wants the whole explosive business pinned on a local and wrapped up as soon as possible, is a symbol of colonial injustice. Alfieri illuminates the complexities and cruelties of colonial rule while giving readers an engrossing romance and mystery.” — Booklist

THE LAST HEIR by Chuck Greaves
Greaves’s “intrigue-laden” (Publishers Weekly) third Jack MacTaggart mystery finds the attorney in the rarified air of California wine country to investigate the death of an heir to a Napa Valley empire. “…a gripping look at a world where great resources and the best intentions can go horribly wrong.” — Booklist

 

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