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Thriller Thursday (Stars Edition)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks are superSTARS!

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
Penny’s highly anticipated tenth Chief Inspector Gamache novel is here! Booklist and Library Journal loved it with the latter warning, “The heartbreaking conclusion will leave series readers blinking back tears.” Keep an eye out for upcoming major media for THE LONG WAY HOME, including NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Washington Post, and much more!

SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller
In Keller’s third Bell Elkins novel, a spate of violent crimes cast suspicion on a struggling young woman’s family while Bell must deal with her sister’s release from prison. Booklist and Library Journal gave it starred reviews with the latter saying, “The gritty Appalachian setting and plot will keep readers’ attention locked on the pages. This title will especially appeal to fans of such rural noir authors as Tom Bouman and Daniel Woodrell.”

NINE DAYS by Minerva Koenig
On Sale: September 9, 2014
“Texas architect Koenig’s complex and intriguing suspense debut introduces ‘Julia Kalas’—the name the WITSEC program assigned her after neo-Nazis made her a widow. Fans of distinctive female characters like Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon and Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn will be thrilled to add Koenig to their ranks.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Small-town Texas is vividly brought to life in this atmospheric and entertaining debut that also introduces a memorable and unusual protagonist. It’s bound to delight fans of Tricia Fields, Lori G. Armstrong, or James Lee Burke’s ‘Hackberry Holland’ books.” — Library Journal, starred review

BROADCHURCH by Erin Kelly
On Sale: September 16, 2014
This “surprisingly well-written and solid thriller” (Library Journal, starred review) novelization of the hit television show Broadchurch follows Detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller as they search for a young boy’s killer in a quiet British seaside town. “Kelly takes ownership of this novelization by exploring characters’ relationships and unvoiced emotions; she’s masterful at weaving unbreakable connections between characters, and then tainting them with fear, guilt, and suspicion. This novelization is a must-read for followers of character-driven police procedurals like those of Elizabeth George, Denise Mina, and Tana French.” — Booklist, starred review

MALICE by Keigo Higashino
On Sale: October 7, 2014
In the internationally bestselling author of THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X‘s latest mystery, an acclaimed novelist is found brutally murdered in his home office—a locked room within a locked house—by his wife and best friend who both have solid alibis. “Readers will marvel at the artful way the plot builds to the solution of Hidaka’s murder.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This smart and original mystery is a true page-turner that carries the reader through theories and relationships that will baffle, surprise, and draw out suspicion until the final few pages. With each book, Higashino continues to elevate the modern mystery as an intense and inventive literary form.” — Library Journal, starred review
Bonus: the editors at Library Journal are reading even more Higashino this week!

TRUTH BE TOLD by Hank Phillippi Ryan
On Sale: October 7, 2014
In Ryan’s latest Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan mystery, reporter Ryland learns the truth behind a big-bucks home eviction scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goal a secret. “In Ryan’s adroit hands, with her brisk prose, appealing protagonists, and well-limned characters, even foreclosures can be sexy.” — Booklist, starred review
“The third entry in the series packs a powerful punch, and offers a clever mix of mystery, corruption, and romance. Mystery enthusiasts will want to drop everything and binge-read until the mind-boggling conclusion.” — Library Journal, starred review

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