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Thriller Thursday (5/5/16 Edition)

thrillerthurs-5.3Q: What do you get when you mix three detectives, two lawyers, three cozies, and one obsessed woman?
A: Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks!

REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart
A May 2016 LibraryReads & Indie Next pick, a PW Best Summer Book of 2016, a SIBA Spring 2016 Okra pick, and two starred reviews! In Hart’s “stellar crime thriller” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), a troubled detective must confront her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. Meanwhile, a former cop walks free after 13 years in prison—is he responsible for what happened at the abandoned church deep in the forest? “Hart plays brilliantly on the tradition of the southern gothic, but his grasp of character gives this novel—and all his works—the extra dimension that extends his audience well beyond adrenaline junkies.” — Booklist, starred review

CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong
A May 2016 LibraryReads pick! Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows this crime will catch up to her. On the run now, Casey finds refuge in an off-the-grid town harboring those wishing to disappear, but the town has its own dark secrets. “A highly unusual set-up sets the stage for a distinctive cast of characters and a page-turning plot.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

AFTER THE FIRE by Jane Casey
In the next gripping, intimate Maeve Kerrigan novel, a housing tower catches fire, but one of the fatalities—a controversial politician—was murdered before the fire began. “The prickly Kerrigan-Derwent relationship takes some new turns, and both suspense and emotion run high in this compelling, more somber addition to the character-driven Kerrigan mysteries. Casey sets the bar higher each time out, but she never has trouble clearing it.” — Booklist, starred review

MISSION HILL by Pamela Wechsler
In Wechsler’s gripping debut, upper crust Boston DA Abby Endicott is assigned a murder case both politically charged and intensely personal. “Wechsler’s strong storytelling fits well into the legal thriller genre and should attract fans of Linda Fairstein, Alafair Burke and Lisa Scottoline.” — Associated Press

THE DEFENSE by Steve Cavanagh
Former con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn is forced to defend the head of NYC’s Russian mob, on trial for murder, after the gangster kidnapped Eddie’s ten-year-old daughter. “Irish author Cavanagh’s stellar debut provides everything a reader could ask for in a thriller—nail-biting suspense, a Russian nesting doll of a plot, and an original and compelling lead.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

KEEP YOU CLOSE by Lucie Whitehouse
The day Marianne Glass falls to her death, Rowan Winter hasn’t spoken to her in ten years. Yet Rowan knows it couldn’t have been an accident, as everyone insists. “An absorbing, twisty psychological thriller that plays with the line between love and obsession.” — Booklist

A KILLER BALL AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
In Dennison’s “winning”* third Honeychurch Hall mystery, antiques expert Kat Stanford stumbles upon a hidden room in an abandoned wing at Honeychurch Hall—and a body. “The joy of this series lies in its delightfully eccentric characters…and Kat herself, a smart, relatable heroine with questionable taste in men. Dennison’s affection for Devonshire, its history and people, is obvious on every page.” — *Publishers Weekly

AN OLD-FASHIONED MURDER by Carol Miller
Miller’s third cozy in the Moonshine mystery series features a closed-room murder in an old Victorian inn during a snowstorm. “In her third series outing, Miller adds an alluring Southern flavor to the classic country house whodunit. Her characters are lighthearted, and the dialog is quite clever. Recommend for anyone who misses Anne George’s ‘Southern Sisters’ mysteries.” — Library Journal

BLOODROOT by Cynthia Riggs
The 12th Martha’s Vineyard mystery featuring 92-year-old poet/sleuth Victoria Trumbull. “Victoria is a feisty character, reminiscent of Miss Marple, who knows human nature and everyone on Martha’s Vineyard and uses that knowledge to her advantage in solving crimes.” — Booklist

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