Debuts

LJ Mystery Spotlight Cover Girl: Zoje Stage

We’re thrilled to see Zoje Stage gracing the cover of the April 15, 2018 issue of Library Journal!

The BABY TEETH author did an extensive Q&A with LJ (shout-out to Talia “the terror” Sherer‘s PLA book buzz to a crowd of 1,000 librarians, which made BABY TEETH the most requested giveaway ARC in our booth!), and it was included with seven other Macmillan mysteries in a genre spotlight:

Hector DeJean, associate publicity director of St. Martin’s Minotaur Books imprint, says, “Thrillers focusing on family, marriage, and other domestic relationships have proven wildly popular, and in forthcoming books by Jennifer Hillier and Sandie Jones these intimate connections of family and friendship—beyond married couples—turn deadly.” In JAR OF HEARTS (Jun.), Hillier delves into the story of a woman who survived a relationship with a dangerous boyfriend and kept secrets about her best friend’s murder, while Jones, in her debut, THE OTHER WOMAN (Aug.), focuses on a woman facing an increasingly manipulative mother-in-law.

Anxieties about motherhood and the parent-child relationship are driving other domestic thrillers. Coming in July from St. Martin’s is Zoje Stage’s chilling debut, BABY TEETH, in which silent and emotionally detached seven-year-old Hanna conspires to kill her mother. St. Martin’s executive editor Jennifer Weis devoured the book in one sitting. “I couldn’t look away as it exposed family truths, a child’s threat to her parents’ relationship, and a continuous feeling of impending doom with dire consequences. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN meets GONE GIRL meets THE OMEN—it hits all the right notes.” readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (4/19/18 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday, friends! First, some nice news: the Albany Public Library Foundation has named Frankie Y. Bailey (THE RED QUEEN DIES; WHAT THE FLY SAW) a 2018 Literary Legends honoree. A gala honoring Bailey and others will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Albany Public Library’s historic Howe Branch.

Don’t forget to RSVP for next Thursday’s “Crime Fiction for Mystery Month” Booklist webinar at 1pm Central.
Now for this week’s new books!

OUR LITTLE SECRET by Roz Nay
One of Library Journal’s best Spring/Summer 2018 debuts with two starred reviews! “Remarkable. OUR LITTLE SECRET, a debut novel by Roz Nay, superficially resembles Paula Hawkins’ THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and similar psychological thrillers that have stormed the best-seller lists in the last decade. But Nay’s work transcends the subgenre. The plot is more textured and heartbreaking, and her prose contains startling turns of phrase that reveal the soul of a poet.”Associated Press

THE DARK SIDE OF TOWN by Sasscer Hill
Undercover agent Fia McKee returns in another thrilling mystery set in the seamy underbelly of horse racing. “Filled with sense-laden descriptions and ever-tightening suspense, this is gripping mystery fare and a terrific successor to the racecourse mystery world first carved out by Dick Francis.” — Booklist, starred review

WHISPERS OF THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
A series of bizarre murders, the victims nearly unidentifiable, forces “Steps” Craig to match wits with the most cold-blooded killer he’s ever encountered in this sequel to COLLECTING THE DEAD. “This novel more than lives up to the acclaimed first installment. Thriller devotees will devour this unpredictable mystery, wanting more from Steps and Jimmy.” — Library Journal, starred review

IN PRIOR’S WOOD by G.M. Malliet
“Malliet continues her top-notch spy-turned-cleric Max Tudor series with a seventh intricately structured mystery. Miss Marple would have the time of her life helping Max unravel a series of deaths involving the village’s elderly matriarch, the newly seated lord of the manor, his wife and her young lover, and the lover’s librarian wife. Perfect for fans of the wickedly funny cozy writers M. C. Beaton and Catriona McPherson, as well as devotees of Louise Penny who appreciate a redemptive ending.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM

“I write because I want to make sense of the world, and while words may not work the same for everyone, I do believe that using language to express what we feel and think and how we respond to the experiences we have can be enormously helpful.” — Anne Youngson

Today’s Maximum Shelf Awareness features Anne Youngson’s MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM. Written as a series of letters between an English farmer and a museum curator in Denmark brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, this epistolary debut novel is perfect for readers of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY.

“Beautifully written and deeply moving, MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM is a superb—and tenderhearted—debut that will interest anyone who’s ever questioned how they became the person they are today.” — Shelf Awareness

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Thriller Thursday (4/12/18 Edition)

We’re thrilled to have 2 finalists for the 2018 ITW Thriller Awards!

Best Hardcover Novel
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris

Best Young Adult Novel
PROOF OF LIES by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

The winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XIII on July 14, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt, NYC.

And now for today’s #ThrillerThursday reads:

A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE by Mariah Fredericks
Two starred reviews! Fredericks’ compelling adult debut novel follows Jane Prescott, a ladies’ maid in an upper-crust 1910 NYC household, after her mistress’s playboy fiancé is gruesomely murdered. “The novel’s voice, plotting, pace, characterization, and historical background are all expertly crafted, while the resolution—which feels both surprising and convincing—will leave readers hungry for more.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

INQUISITION by David Gibbins
Archaeologist Jack Howard and his team are excavating a 17th-century shipwreck off Cornwall in England when they find clues that lead to the fabled Holy Grail—and the present-day inheritors of the Inquisition. “Steve Berry fans eager for an intelligent blend of suspense and reality, including some horrific contemporary developments, will be rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

DATE WITH MALICE by Julia Chapman
The second book in the Samson and Delilah mystery series set in the Yorkshire Dales has the investigators looking into several disturbing incidents at the local retirement community. “Mystery readers who love to escape to Louise Penny’s village of Three Pines will enjoy becoming acquainted with the Dales town of Bruncliffe and its quirky residents. The ongoing suspenseful story line will keep series fans hooked.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

OUR KIND OF CRUELTY is a May 2018 LibraryReads Pick!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Araminta Hall’s OUR KIND OF CRUELTY is the #7 pick on the May 2018 LibraryReads list!

Verity + Mike sitting in a tree C.R.A.V.I.N.G. First comes (a twisted kind of) love, then comes marriage (to another man), then comes murder? “Hall brings the unreliable narrator to new heights in this disturbing narrative…. For fans of Nabokov’s LOLITA, Highsmith’s Ripley tales, or Christine Mangan’s recently published first novel, TANGERINE.” — Booklist

 

Click to listen to an excerpt of the audiobook

Available from MCD/FSG and Macmillan Audio on May 8.

See the complete May 2018 list at LibraryReads.org.

Meet the #FearlessWomen of Tor!

Tor is creating blockbuster new worlds with their #FearlessWomen campaign!

#FearlessWomen is a celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories. Follow the #FearlessWomen, #FearlessFantasy, and #FearlessSF campaigns across all social platforms (especially Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for sponsored giveaways, cosplay ideas, author book swap recommendations, and more all summer long.

Meet the #FearlessWomen:

THE QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR by Tessa Gratton
Available now
Dynasties battle for the crown in Gratton’s debut adult epic fantasy, bringing to life a world that hums with ancient magic and characters as ruthless as the tides.

DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Available May 8, 2018
Also available in audio
Return to the dangerous, epic world of of the Deadman’s Cross series in a new pirate adventure fantasy sure to appeal to the millions of Dark-Hunter fans worldwide.

BY FIRE ABOVE by Robyn Bennis
Available May 15, 2018
The rip-roaring sequel to the military airship fantasy THE GUNS ABOVE that Patricia Briggs hails as “full of sass and terrific characters.”

VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab
Available May 29, 2018
Simultaneously available in trade paperback
A hardcover repackage of New York Times bestseller V. E. Schwab’s masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, and superpowers—now with a new cover and teasing the Fall 2018 follow-up, VENGEFUL.

VENGEFUL by V. E. Schwab
Available September 25, 2018
Also available in audio
A super-powered battle of genius, cruelty, and the lengths one will go for vengeance—V. E. Schwab returns with the end to the Villains duology.

STARLESS by Jacqueline Carey
Available June 12, 2018
Gods walk the Earth and direct mortal plots in this new standalone epic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of KUSHIEL’S DART.

THE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal
Available July 3, 2018
Mary Robinette Kowal’s science fiction debut explores the universe of her Hugo Award–winning novelette “Lady Astronaut of Mars.” What would it take to get a woman to the moon in the 1950s, and what trials would she face along the way? readmoreremove

April 2018 All-Stars

These books are swimming in stars—make sure to add them to your shelves ASAP!

WITCHMARK by C.L. Polk

“Polk’s stellar debut, set in an alternate early 20th century in an England-like land recovering from a WWI-like war, blends taut mystery, exciting political intrigue, and inventive fantasy . . . The final revelations are impossible to see coming and prove that Polk is a writer to watch for fans of clever, surprising period fantasy.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Polk has created an amazing new world with hints of Edwardian glamour, sizzling secrets, and forbidden love that crescendos to a cinematic finish. WITCHMARK is a can’t-miss debut that will enchant readers.” —Booklist, starred review

SONG OF BLOOD & STONE: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. Penelope

“Penelope delivers an engrossing story with delightful characters in this fantastic opening to a promising series . . . The tale is infused with optimism but never cloying, and it culminates in a well-earned and satisfying ending, leaving readers impatient for the next installment of the series.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

This debut . . . shines a bright light into epic fantasy. Battle-scarred lands and peoples, ancient powers at war, star-crossed loves and hints of racial and refugee themes give this a solid place on library shelves.”Library Journal, starred review

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti

A May Indie Next Pick! 

“This lively, exhilaratingly smart, and deliberately, appropriately frustrating affair asks difficult questions about women’s responsibilities and desires, and society’s expectations.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“As her character seeks and ultimately chooses, as she must, the aspects of life and art she’ll lay claim to, Heti writes with courage, curiosity, and uncommon truth: ‘To go along with what nature demands and to resist it—both are really beautiful—impressive and difficult in their own ways.'” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: May 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the May 2018 Indie Next List!

A LUCKY MAN by Jamel Brinkley
“It’s difficult to single out any story as most outstanding since they are each distinguished by Brinkley’s lyrical invention, precise descriptions of both emotional and physical terrain, and a prevailing compassion toward people as bemused by travail as they are taken aback by whatever epiphanies blossom before them. A major talent.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center
Margaret Jacobson has a bright future ahead of her, with a fiancé and a promising career, until an accident on what should be one of the happiest days of her life takes it all away. “With its appealing characters and wisdom about grappling with life’s challenges, Center’s sixth novel has all the makings of a breakout hit.” —Booklist, starred review

MY EX-LIFE by Stephen McCauley
Many years after their divorce, David Hedges and Julie Fiske—each in the midst of a midlife crisis—find their paths crossing again. “As always, McCauley’s effervescent prose is full of wit and wisdom on every topic—college application essays, Airbnb operation, weed addiction, live porn websites, and, most of all, people . . . A gin and tonic for the soul.” —Kirkus Reviews

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti
“The subject of the new novel from Heti is neither birth nor child-rearing, but the question of whether to want a child, which the unnamed narrator calls ‘the greatest secret I keep from myself’ . . . A book of sex (the real, unsensational kind), mood swings, and deep feminist thought, this volume is essentially a chronicle of vacillating ruminations of this big question . . . This lively, exhilaratingly smart, and deliberately, appropriately frustrating affair asks difficult questions about women’s responsibilities and desires, and society’s expectations.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Day’s YA – I’M NOT MISSING

Happy Friday, YA librarians! 

Welcome to this special *Friday edition* of Day’s YA! I’ve been going on and on and on about this book to anyone who will listen (roommates, coworkers, librarians at PLA, unsuspecting strangers, etc.), so I’m very excited to share it will all of you!

I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain
9781250132512
Available July 10, 2018 from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18

Wow. This book is stunning. It opens on Miranda and Syd—the very best of friends—hanging out in the pseudo-graveyard behind Syd’s house. It’s where they go to get away from the rest of the world and to be in the company of each other . . .

Miranda and Syd don’t have a lot in common (Syd is larger-than-life, and Miranda spends most of her time in Syd’s shadow), but they are bound together by one vital similarity: they both have mothers who’ve abandoned them. Miranda and her father are still very close, but Syd is now left with her deadbeat dad and his new wife, neither of whom seem to care much about Syd. Miranda is Syd’s only real companion and they’ve always been there for each other. Until Syd runs away in the middle of their senior year and with absolutely no explanation. Now Miranda is left behind again and must discover who she is on her own, as she works to untangle the clues Syd left behind. Along the way, Miranda must also navigate her first love, college decisions, and her evolving relationship with her adoring (and slightly nerdy) father. readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: SKY IN THE DEEP

In case you missed it, last week’s edition of Maximum Shelf Awareness featured SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young!

“Vegr yfir fior. Honor above life. The first whistle cut into the air from our right, warning us to get ready and I closed my eyes, feeling the steadiness of the earth beneath my feet. The sounds of battle rushing toward us bled together as the deep-throated prayers of my clansmen rose up around me like smoke from a wildfire. I let the words march out under my breath, asking Sigr to guard me. To help me bring down his enemies.”

As a member of the Aska clan, seventeen-year-old Eelyn has spent her entire life learning how to be a warrior—preparing for the traditional battle against the enemy clan. For many centuries, the gods of the Riki and the Aska have been at war, so the people battle it out every five years on behalf of their gods. This time is different for Eelyn, though. She has been waiting for five long years to avenge the death of her brother, who fell off of a cliff in front of Eelyn during the last battle against the Riki. So when Eelyn sees her dead brother, Iri, fighting with the Riki in battle, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew. In a moment of uncertainty, Eelyn is captured by the Riki and must spend the winter in their village, living among the enemy in the place her brother now calls home. Eelyn desperately longs to get back to her clan and her family, but there is no way for her to do so. When a third clan—one even more brutal than the others—attacks the Riki village, Eelyn must convince the Riki and the Aska to put their differences behind them and work together to defeat the new enemy.

“Young’s SKY IN THE DEEP is full of bloody action and eternal feuds, but it is Eelyn’s halting, painful transformation and the tender depictions of loving human bonds in all their iterations that make this novel truly ond eldr: “breathe fire.” —Shelf Awareness

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