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SOURDOUGH + DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451 = September 2017 LibraryReads picks!

HUZZAH! Both SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan and DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence are September 2017 LibraryReads picks!

SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan

“Having launched himself with MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist in first fiction with best-book and Alex Award claims to fame, Sloan here keeps his San Francisco setting but makes his main subject bread. Lois Clary, a software engineer at an ambitious robotics company called General Dexterity, is bequeathed a sourdough starter by her favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurateurs when they leave town fast owing to visa problems. Soon she’s baking up a storm and confounding the jury that decides who can sell in Bay Area markets by dreaming up her own market blending food and technology.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

“This inventive novel, from the author of MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE (2012), is filled with crisp humor and weird but endearing characters…At once a parody of startup culture and a foodie romp, Sourdough is an airy delight, perfect for those who like a little magic with their meals, as in Laura
Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate (1992).”–Booklist, starred review

DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence

“Library lovers will dig the apropos subject headings she gives each letter; fellow bibliophiles will swoon at her well-articulated feelings about her favorites; all will find the breakup notes oddly cathartic (“I’m putting you in a Little Free Library”) and appreciate her book’s final, readers’-advisory-informed section of superb reading lists of all sorts…clever, heartfelt, and often-funny…Someday, somewhere, a book addressed in a loving letter might be one of hers: Dear Dear Fahrenheit 451, thanks for the lovely reminder of the ways we find ourselves in books.”—Booklist, starred review

“This book should appeal to readers who are looking for the next Texts from Jane Eyre, or those who enjoyed that concept but don’t especially like texting. It will also attract anyone who, upon walking into someone’s house, first side-eyes the bookshelves and instantly judges. VERDICT Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence

“Library lovers will dig the apropos subject headings she gives each letter; fellow bibliophiles will swoon at her well-articulated feelings about her favorites; all will find the breakup notes oddly cathartic (“I’m putting you in a Little Free Library”) and appreciate her book’s final, readers’-advisory-informed section of superb reading lists of all sorts…clever, heartfelt, and often-funny…Someday, somewhere, a book addressed in a loving letter might be one of hers: Dear Dear Fahrenheit 451, thanks for the lovely reminder of the ways we find ourselves in books.”—Booklist, starred review

“This book should appeal to readers who are looking for the next Texts from Jane Eyre, or those who enjoyed that concept but don’t especially like texting. It will also attract anyone who, upon walking into someone’s house, first side-eyes the bookshelves and instantly judges. VERDICT Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas

“This breathtaking…novel will do for motherhood what Gone Girl did for marriage. ‘A story requires two things: a great story to tell and the bravery to tell it,’ Joan observes. Wolas’ debut expertly checks off both boxes.”—Booklist, starred review

“Like John Irving’s The World According to Garp, this is a look at the life of a writer that will entertain many nonwriters. Like Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, it’s a sharp-eyed portrait of the artist as spouse and householder. From the start, one wonders how Wolas is possibly going to pay off the idea that her heroine is such a genius. Verdict: few could do better.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

#thrillerthursday (7/20/17)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

A Library Journal Spring 2017 Editors’ Pick

“This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris’ 2016 best-seller debut [and LibraryReads pick] BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list.” — Booklist, starred review

“In the same vein as the author’s acclaimed debut, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, this riveting psychological thriller pulls readers into an engrossing narrative in which every character is suspect. With its well-formed protagonists, snappy, authentic dialog, and clever and twisty plot, this is one not to miss.” — Library Journal, starred review

“…Another first-rate psychological thriller. Tension quickly builds to a crescendo as Cass’s fears about her mental state—and those mysterious phone calls that may be from the killer—become palpable.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Collared by David Rosenfelt

“Fans of Edgar-finalist Rosenfelt’s series featuring independently wealthy New Jersey lawyer and dog rescue enthusiast Andy Carpenter will get a jolt when they pick up the outstanding 16th entry… Smart plot twists ensue, and everyone—Andy, Laurie, and readers—are all the happier for it.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review

Soul Cage by Tetsuya Honda

“The discovery of a severed hand inside a sealed plastic bag in an illegally parked minivan propels Honda’s excellent second mystery featuring Lt. Reiko Himekawa of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s homicide unit (after 2016’s The Silent Dead)…Honda heightens suspense by leaving the reader to wonder how that revelation connects with the novel’s cryptic prologue; the ultimate answer to this clever blend of procedural and whodunit doesn’t disappoint.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review

Red Swan by P. T. Deutermann

“Fascinating contemporary spy thriller… Deutermann spins his tale with such cunning that readers will rush through the pages to find out what happens next.”— Publishers Weekly

Look Behind You by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

“A long list of well-developed suspects makes this one of the more complex and satisfying entries in this bestselling romantic suspense series.”— Publishers Weekly

GLASS HOUSES + EMMA IN THE NIGHT = August 2017 LibraryReads picks!

HUZZAH! Both GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny and EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker are August 2017 LibraryReads picks!

 

 

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

A Library Journal Summer Fiction pick!

“A meticulously built mystery that follows a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will leave you breathless. It’s Three Pines as you have never seen it before.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Penny has a permanent spot on that enviable short list of writers who combine unwavering quality with mega-sales.” — Booklist, starred review

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

An August Indie Next List selection!

“Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” — Booklist, starred review

“Walker’s portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

#thrillerthursday (7/13/17)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

The Devil’s Muse by Bill Loehfelm

“A rookie New Orleans cop discovers that regular rules don’t apply during Mardi Gras, when a shooting sets off a cascading series of violent events. Loehfelm doesn’t need showy murders or gory scenes to writes crime stories with grit that stay lodged in your brain and get under your skin in the best possible way.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Coughlin remains the star here—she’s still one of the most compelling figures in crime fiction—but this time, the focus is on cops working together; it’s a procedural in the best sense of the word, and it evokes Ed McBain at the top of his game. ” — Booklist, starred review

Dark Water by Parker Bilal

“Bilal’s sixth (City of Jackals, 2016, etc.) again plants a seed of suspense as an entree into a nuanced look at an unfamiliar culture.”–Kirkus Reviews

“The relentless pacing and meticulously descriptive prose make this a page-turner.”–Publishers Weekly

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo

A July 2017 Library Reads pick!

“Castillo once again weaves the particularities of the Amish mindset into a complex mystery that will leave you crying with pity or seething with rage.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Castillo works in fine details and insight into Amish life, but this is no gentle read—there is plenty of tension and some good red herrings that will keep any mystery reader satisfied.” — Booklist

“Thrilling… Castillo skillfully sets each scene, compelling readers to fear the raging stream, sense the tension in a room, and yes, even smell the manure.” — Publishers Weekly

The Third Nero by Lindsey Davis

“Davis has never been better at using actual political turmoil in the service of a page-turning plot than in her fifth novel set in first-century Rome featuring freelance investigator Flavia Alba (after 2016’s The Graveyard of the Hesperides)… Davis successfully maintains a high level of tension throughout.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Another Man’s Ground by Claire Booth

“Appealing… Booth’s affectionate treatment of the decent and shrewd people of Branson and Worth makes this a series worth following.”–Publishers Weekly

Moskva by Jack Grimwood

“This is the first thriller by the speculative-fiction writer also known as Jon Courtenay Grimwood, and it demonstrates that great storytelling is not bound by genre. The jacket cover proclaims Moskva to be Fatherland meets Gorky Park. That’s not a bad comparison, though the body count suggests a little bit more of Child 44. Recent events make this tale of Russian intrigue especially timely. As one character ominously says, “We might have lost the Cold War. . . . we intend to win the thaw.””–
Booklist, starred review

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DOWN A DARK ROAD is a July 2017 LibraryReads pick!

FANTASTIC NEWS! DOWN A DARK ROAD by Linda Castillo is the #5 pick on the July 2017 LibraryReads list!

In the electrifying ninth thriller in the New York Times bestselling series (AMONG THE WICKED was a July 2016 LibraryReads pick), a fallen Amish man convicted of murdering his wife, has escaped from prison and kidnapped his five children at gunpoint from their Amish uncle’s home. After a showdown with him, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder starts suspecting that he’s innocent.

“Castillo once again weaves the particularities of the Amish mindset into a complex mystery that will leave you crying with pity or seething with rage.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Castillo works in fine details and insight into Amish life, but this is no gentle read—there is plenty of tension and some good red herrings that will keep any mystery reader satisfied.” — Booklist

“Thrilling… Castillo skillfully sets each scene, compelling readers to fear the raging stream, sense the tension in a room, and yes, even smell the manure.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: November 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the November 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due September 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

AMERICAN DRIFTER by Chad Michael Murray & Heather Graham
RWA Lifetime Achievement Award and ITW ThrillerMaster Award recipient Heather Graham teams up with celebrated actor and celebrity icon Chad Michael Murray to weave a tale of passion and danger as a young US Army veteran suffering from PTSD drifts around Brazil and falls in love with a gangster’s mistress.

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NEWCOMER by Keigo Higashino
In international bestseller Keigo Higashino’s new crime novel, newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga (from LibraryReads pick, MALICE) is assigned to a baffling murder in which the number of suspects keeps multiplying.

To request an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Newcomer.”*

POISON by Galt Niederhoffer
“An award-winning filmmaker and novelist (she directed the film version of her own work, The Romantics), Niederhoffer typically investigates families under stress. Here, Abigail and Benjamin Borden look to have the perfect marriage, but small lies and shifty denials create tension that escalates into veritable menace. The publicist describes this psychological thriller as ‘stay-up-all-night-to-finish good,’ so be prepared.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM: A 42nd Street Library Mystery by Con Lehane
“A young woman staffer at New York City’s iconic 42nd Street Library is murdered, and crime fiction curator Raymond Ambler immediately gets involved. Shortly after he learns that the victim was working under an assumed name, the NYPD’s Intelligence Division pulls the case from its homicide division, and Raymond knows something big is up. Second in a series from the author of the Brian McNulty mysteries.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert

To request an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Murder in the Manuscript Room.”*
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For Your Consideration: October 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the October 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due August 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
“Pulitzer Prize winner Eugenides, whose novels have also been runners-up for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France’s Prix Médicis, now comes up with a first collection of stories. Not surprisingly, the stories deal with identity crisis, sexual confusion, and adolescent angst, as when a poet who feels left out of the financial boom becomes an embezzler, a musician loses his dreams to the responsibilities of family, and a college freshman has an encounter on a train that redirects his future.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough
I was dead for 13 minutes. Now I want to know why. In LibraryReads author Pinborough’s twisty YA suspense novel, Natasha doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—that it wasn’t an accident, and that she wasn’t suicidal.

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HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS by Donna Andrews
“Andrews’s laugh-inducing, multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling mysteries feature a passel of Christmas treats, e.g., SIX GEESE A-SLAYING, and here’s another. Meg’s husband is turning his one-man show of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol into a big, splashy production, with a famed if fading actor brought in to play Scrooge. Alas, the man has enemies.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert

To request an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “How the Finch Stole Christmas.”*

THE TROUBLE WITH TWELFTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones
“It’s bad enough that Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is busy protecting a newbie PI venture, handling the Vatican’s inquiries about her daughter, and covering up a murder. But now her beloved but now unrecognizable Reyes, the Son of Satan, is determined to destroy the world, and when someone starts attacking humans attuned to the supernatural world, Charley can’t help but suspect him. And you thought you were having a hard day. Twelfth (obviously) in the New York Times and USA Today best-selling series.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

To request an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “12th Grave.”*

THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain
“Following PRETENDING TO DANCE, New York Times best-selling author Chamberlain waltzes us down to early 1940s Hickory, NC, where Tess finds herself stuck in an airless marriage to cool, distant Henry after impulsively breaking off her engagement to her longtime love. She finds purpose by working at the newly built polio hospital but knows that townsfolk regard her with suspicion and starts sensing that her life might be danger.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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For Your Consideration: September 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the September 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due July 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

DEAD WOMAN WALKING by Sharon Bolton
In this supenseful standalone thriller from LibraryReads author Sharon Bolton, the sole survivor of a hot-air balloon crash witnesses a murder as the balloon is falling. But the killer’s also seen her, and he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Dead Woman Walking” and your mailing address.*

SLEEP LIKE A BABY by Charlaine Harris
In the next installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling and LibraryReads author Charlaine Harris’s Aurora Teagarden series, Roe has a newborn to care for, a vulnerable new marriage to nurture, and a new puzzle—who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to their home nurse, Virginia?

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THE ESSENCE OF MALICE by Ashley Weaver
“Don’t be surprised by the Eiffel Tower on the cover; sparkling British amateur sleuth Amory Ames has traveled with husband Milo to Paris in response to a disturbing letter from his childhood nanny. She works for celebrated parfumier Helios Belanger, whose new perfume is about to be released. And our sleuthing couple is quite sure it’s not the heady scent of the perfume that makes Belanger suddenly drop dead. Fourth installment in the Edgar-nominated, 1930s-set mystery series by librarian [and LibraryReads author] Weaver.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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SECRETS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
“Gossip reporter Larinda Mars has been murdered at a way-too-cool Manhattan nightspot called Du Vin, and Lt. Eve Dallas is dismayed to learn that her dislikable victim kept her worse secrets from her column, instead using them for blackmail. Now Eve has a lot of dirty secrets to sort through, and she’ll discover things she’d really rather not know. The latest in Robb’s “In Death” series, optioned for TV; with a national laydown on September 5.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert
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