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Thriller Thursday (3/3/16 Edition)

An incredible true crime story, a psychological thriller and two new entries in bestselling series are on the docket this #ThrillerThursday:

MURDER OVER A GIRL: Justice, Gender, Junior High by Ken Corbett
A psychologist’s gripping, troubling, and moving exploration of the brutal murder of a possibly transgender middle school student by an eighth grade classmate. “Profound and disturbing, this heartbreaking testimony of our culture’s worst fissures suggests that understanding is the only way to heal.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A BED OF SCORPIONS by Judith Flanders
In the sequel to the February 2015 LibraryReads pick A MURDER OF MAGPIES, book editor/amateur sleuth Samantha Clair must help her old friend find out who murdered his business partner in his art gallery. “New adult readers will enjoy the Bridget Jones–style wry humor as well as Sam’s chaotic romantic life; mainstream-mystery fans will appreciate the smart plotting and clever writing. Fans of Lorna Barrett and Jen McKinlay should also be shown this series.”
Booklist

A TIME OF FOG AND FIRE by Rhys Bowen
Molly Murphy Sullivan rushes to San Francisco after learning that her husband, deep undercover on a secret assignment, is in grave danger. “Molly shines once again in this sixteenth entry in an appealing series that foretells changes ahead for the Sullivan family.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Happy Birthday LibraryReads!

Forget terrible twos, this is a terrific two: Happy Anniversary, LibraryReads!

We’re so grateful for your support of the program that we’re giving away TWO super prize packs of ALL Macmillan LibraryReads picks to date!

September 2015
#7 FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson

August 2015
#2 THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
#5 EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford
#9 LORD OF THE WINGS by Donna Andrews

July 2015
#6 THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens

June 2015
#3 THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
#8 THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron

May 2015
#10 LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton

February 2015
#7 A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V. E. Schwab
#8 A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

January 2015
#9 FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen

December 2014: “Favorite of Favorites”
#4 FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
#9 LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

October 2014
#6: THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue
#9: MALICE by Keigo Higashino
#10: MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver

August 2014
#4: LOCK IN by John Scalzi

July 2014
#1: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

May 2014
#9: SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE by Darynda Jones

April 2014
#8: THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill

March 2014
#8: PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth

January 2014
#3: LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen

December 2013
#7: DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
#9: THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING by Olivia Laing

November 2013
#2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
#8: THE RAVEN’S EYE by Barry Maitland

September 2013
#1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
#2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: LibraryReads 2) by Sunday, Sept. 13. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

Update 9/14: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to our winners, Gregg Winsor of Johnson County Library, Overland Park KS and Sheri Stevens of Lockport Public Library, Lockport NY!

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St. Martin’s First – Winter 2015 E-Sampler

SMPW15samplerFriday Free Day Alert! Our buds at St. Martin’s Press have put together this fabulous debut chapter sampler just for you!

SMP has established the careers of countless bestselling authors over the years, and you can find out who is next with St. Martin’s First!

The sampler is available for direct download on ISSUU and is a Read it Now! title on NetGalley.

Titles include:

A FIREPROOF HOME FOR THE BRIDE by Amy Scheibe
THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST by Daniel Torday
THE WEDNESDAY GROUP by Sylvia True
THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth
THE FRIENDSHIP OF CRIMINALS by Robert Glinski
THE FIGARO MURDERS by Laura Lebow
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders (a February 2015 LibraryReads pick!)
A JUNE OF ORDINARY MURDERS by Conor Brady
DUPLICITY by N.K. Traver
THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe
DAUGHTER OF GODS AND SHADOWS by Jayde Brooks
PRETTY UGLY by Kirker Butler

Happy Reading!

Thriller Thursday (2/26/15 Edition)

We’ve got a LibraryReads pick and two psychological thrillers this #ThrillerThursday:

A MURDER OF MAGPIESlibraryreads logo square by Judith Flanders
A February 2015 LibraryReads pick! “Social historian Flanders makes her fiction debut with an amusing mystery set in the eccentric world of British book publishing… The array of delightful and believable characters, as well as a neat turn at the end, will leave readers well satisfied and anticipating the next installment.”
Publishers Weekly

THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
From the author of PRECIOUS THING (a March 2014 LibraryReads pick), comes another “…multifaceted portrayal of obsession, loyalty, and control. Melody’s reawakening and Eve’s regrets and triumphs will hook readers quickly, especially fans of female-centered psychological suspense novels like those by S. J. Watson, Lisa Unger, and Samantha Hayes.” – Booklist readmoreremove

Macmillan hits the February 2015 LibraryReads list!

Thank you for voting Judith Flanders’ A MURDER OF MAGPIES and V.E. Schwab’s A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC onto the February 2015 LibraryReads list!

Praise for A MURDER OF MAGPIES:

“Social historian Flanders makes her fiction debut with an amusing mystery set in the eccentric world of British book publishing … The array of delightful and believable characters, as well as a neat turn at the end, will leave readers well satisfied and anticipating the next installment.”–Publishers Weekly

“An enjoyable, intricate page-turner.”–Booklist

Praise for A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC:

“The three Londons we see (and rumors of the one we do not) will captivate fantasy readers. They are pleasantly grounded by the grimy Georgian version that is Lila’s home. While scrappy, pragmatic wannabe pirate Lila is a big draw, Kell and White London magician Holland round out a great cast. There is much more to explore in this amazing world from the acclaimed author of Vicious.”-Library Journal (starred review)

“Schwab creates an ingenious set of nesting alternate Londons in this imaginative, well-crafted fantasy… Confident prose and marvelous touches-a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine-bring exuberant life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Don’t forget to vote for March 2015 titles by January 20th! Here are our recommendations.
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For Your Consideration: February 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the February 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due December 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

BLUE STARS by Emily Gray Tedrowe

“Tedlowe’s 2010 novel, Commuters, was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly, so watch this hardcover breakout closely. The topic is timely. When literature professor Ellen’s legal ward, Michael, and army wife Lacey’s husband, Eddie, are both injured in Iraq, the two women met and bond at the Walter Reed Army Hospital.”Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

Download a copy from Net Galley

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic novel of love and war about two sisters and the secret lives of those who live in a small French town during WWII, spanning from the 1940s to the present day.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler

“Can a couple of teenagers, a befuddled old man, and a nursing home orderly really steal a boat and wreak havoc in San Francisco harbor? Sure, says Handler, crossing and mixing genres dark and light, YA yarn and midlife doldrum while making readers root for his 20th-century privateers A jaunty and occasionally jolting, and honest take on the discomforts of youth, midlife, and old age, and how ineffective we are at dealing with them.”–Publishers Weekly

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “We Are Pirates.”

A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

Flanders’ deliciously fun debut novel set in the world of book publishing introduces readers to an enormously enjoyable, too-smart-for-her-own-good new amateur sleuth, as well as a colorful cast of characters, including the handsome inspector Field.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

FIND ME by Laura van den Berg

“Van den Berg’s highly anticipated debut novel is about a young woman named Joy who is in quarantine at a psychiatric hospital because her blood might hold the key to a cure and a vaccine against a highly contagious disease that’s rampaging across the country. Brooding, acutely observant, compassionate, suspicious, wistful, and wryly funny, Joy is an entrancing and sympathetic narrator through which van den Berg can channel her abiding fascination with what is submerged, hidden, lurking, lost.”–Booklist, starred review

Download a copy from Edelweiss

MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

“From the first page, Sumell’s exceptional novel in stories unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND. Sumell’s debut demonstrates an almost painful compassion for the sinner in most of us, making MAKING NICE even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.”–Publishers Weekly

Download a copy from Edelweiss

THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth

A novel about three generations of midwives and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Neva Bradley refuses to reveal the details of her own pregnancy (including the father’s identity), which unsettles her mother, Grace, while reminding grandmother Floss of her own situation 60 years previously.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

Prepare to be dazzled by a world of parallel London’s where magic thrives, starves, or lies forgotten, and where power can destroy just as quickly as it can create.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon

LOVE IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION by Judd Trichter

AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson

THE LAST GOOD PARADISE by Tatjana Soli

HOUSEWITCH by Katie Schickel

 

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What Are YOU Reading?

Just in time for Thanksgiving, here is a list of our most popular titles — as downloaded by your librarian pals — from Edelweiss:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

The Just City by Jo Walton

The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac  by Sharma Shields

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Rabbit Back Literature Society  by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

**Don’t see the green button?  Get THEE Whitelisted!

For Your Consideration: February 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the February 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due December 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic novel of love and war about two sisters and the secret lives of those who live in a small French town during WWII, spanning from the 1940s to the present day.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler

“Can a couple of teenagers, a befuddled old man, and a nursing home orderly really steal a boat and wreak havoc in San Francisco harbor? Sure, says Handler, crossing and mixing genres dark and light, YA yarn and midlife doldrum while making readers root for his 20th-century privateers A jaunty and occasionally jolting, and honest take on the discomforts of youth, midlife, and old age, and how ineffective we are at dealing with them.”–Publishers Weekly

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “We Are Pirates.”

A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

Flanders’ deliciously fun debut novel set in the world of book publishing introduces readers to an enormously enjoyable, too-smart-for-her-own-good new amateur sleuth, as well as a colorful cast of characters, including the handsome inspector Field.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

FIND ME by Laura van den Berg

“Van den Berg’s highly anticipated debut novel is about a young woman named Joy who is in quarantine at a psychiatric hospital because her blood might hold the key to a cure and a vaccine against a highly contagious disease that’s rampaging across the country. Brooding, acutely observant, compassionate, suspicious, wistful, and wryly funny, Joy is an entrancing and sympathetic narrator through which van den Berg can channel her abiding fascination with what is submerged, hidden, lurking, lost.”–Booklist, starred review

Download a copy from Edelweiss

MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

“From the first page, Sumell’s exceptional novel in stories unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND. Sumell’s debut demonstrates an almost painful compassion for the sinner in most of us, making MAKING NICE even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.”–Publishers Weekly

Download a copy from Edelweiss

THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth

A novel about three generations of midwives and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Neva Bradley refuses to reveal the details of her own pregnancy (including the father’s identity), which unsettles her mother, Grace, while reminding grandmother Floss of her own situation 60 years previously.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

Prepare to be dazzled by a world of parallel London’s where magic thrives, starves, or lies forgotten, and where power can destroy just as quickly as it can create.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon

LOVE IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION by Judd Trichter

AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson

THE LAST GOOD PARADISE by Tatjana Soli

HOUSEWITCH by Katie Schickel

 

New to LibraryReads? Read our FAQ for more information on how to participate.
Don’t see the green button? Get whitelisted for access to Macmillan e-galleys.

 

 

Get Yourself Whitelisted on Edelweiss!

Unless you hate having everything you ever wanted to read months ahead of publication at your fingertips… Get yourself Whitelisted on Edelweiss for Macmillan E-Galleys!

1. Register for Edelweiss with your library-issued e-mail address.

2. Send Talia a note that includes the e-mail address you registered with, your full name, and your current library (subject: Edelweiss).

Please note: Whitelisting is only available to adult and teen librarians currently employed in the U.S.  Macmillan e-galleys on Edelweiss are NOT formatted for the Kindle and we apologize for any inconvenience that may cause.

For those of you already Whitelisted we have a few recommendations listed below. And for those of you on the fence maybe one of these upcoming titles will entice you into signing up!

If you read something you love, then make sure to nominate it for LibraryReads! LibraryReads is a new program which harnesses the value of “library staff picks” into a single nation-wide discovery tool, a monthly list of ten newly released must- reads.  Any public library staff member can nominate books. For more information about how to participate in LibraryReads, read our FAQ.

Get started with our recommendations!
(updated December 31, 2014)

FEBRUARY 2015

Coming-of-Age Debuts:

MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon

Debut Novels with a Hint of Fantasy:

FINN FANCY NECROMANCY by Randy Henderson

Mysteries:

A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders (aka Talia’s favorite book jacket award winner)

DREAMLESS by Jørgen Brekke

From the dude who wrote THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS: A HISTORY OF LONELINESS by John Boyne

From the dude who wrote CLOCKERS and LUSH LIFE: THE WHITES by Harry Brandt AKA RICHARD PRICE aka the most incredible writer of realistic NYC-based cop novels

MARCH 2015

From the sassy gal who wrote WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY?  A FIREPROOF HOME FOR THE BRIDE by Amy Scheibe

Trying to find yourself… in the wilderness?  READ: HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS by Katherine Center

Debut Novels with a WWII Backdrop:

THE SCENT OF TRIUMPH by Jan Moran

THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST by Daniel Torday

Debut Novel:

GWENDOLEN by Diana Souhami

Fantasy:

VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK: A MEMOIR BY LADY TRENT by Marie Brennan

Romance:

MAD, BAD, AND DANGEROUS IN PLAID by Suzanne Enoch (OMG HIGHLANDERS!!!)

Mysteries:

ASYLUM by Jeannette de Beauvoir

THE FRIENDSHIP OF CRIMINALS by Robert Glinski

FRACTURED by Kate Watterson

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Fall Into a Good Mystery Webinar titles

Just in time for Halloween, Talia “the terror” Sherer shared her favorite forthcoming mysteries at Booklist‘s “Fall Into a Good Mystery” collection development webinar:

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry
FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
THE FRIENDSHIP OF CRIMINALS by Robert Glinski
FIVE by Ursula Archer
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan
THE REVENANT by Michael Punke
A PLEASURE AND A CALLING by Phil Hogan
AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson
THE FIGARO MURDERS by Laura Lebow
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

If you missed it, here’s a link to view the archived webinar, as well as the slides to the full presentation, which includes information about getting whitelisted on Edelweiss.
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