Articles tagged "Agatha Raisin series"

Thriller Thursday (9/22/16 Edition)

Agatha Raisin and D.C. Superintendent Konrad Simonsen are back for more adventures and Sharon Bolton’s latest LibraryReads pick will keep you guessing until the very end:

DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
A September 2016 LibraryReads pick! A criminal defense attorney with a reputation for getting the wrongly convicted exonerated is drawn into the machinations of a serial killer who claims innocence. “No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton’s chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

PUSHING UP DAISIES by M.C. Beaton
Don’t miss Agatha Raisin’s adventures on the small screen!Agatha Raisin is in top form in bestseller Beaton’s 27th mystery featuring the exasperating, vulnerable, endearing owner of a thriving private detective agency in the Cotswolds village of Carsley. Agatha may be disappointed in love once again, but a twisty plot, a familiar cast of eccentric characters, and a charming English country setting mean that lovers of cozy mysteries will be satisfied indeed.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (9/17/15 Edition)

Cozy treats and big thrills await you this #ThrillerThursday:

SHANGHAI REDEMPTION by Qiu Xiaolong
THREE stars for the 9th Inspector Chen Cao mystery, where he learns just how difficult it is to be an honest cop in a corrupt police state. “Atmospheric and rich in details about life in communist China, Qiu’s incisive portrait of a corrupt system is brilliant.” — Library Journal, starred review

COME HELL OR HIGHBALL by Maia Chance
Chance’s “flawless” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) first in a 1920s cozy series introduces New York socialite Lola Woodby, a recent high-society widow desperate for cash who winds up as a suspect in more than one murder. “This light and frothy historical by the author of the ‘Fairy Tale Fatal’ series introduces a delightfully sweet protagonist who is nicely paired with the tough-as-nails Berta. Cozy fans who are fond of Alice Duncan, Deborah Woodworth, and Ashley Weaver will want to add Chance’s mystery to their to-read pile.” — Library Journal

DISHING THE DIRT by M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin is back for her 26th mystery, and finds that she must prove her own innocence when a local therapist turns up dead. “Fans of traditional English mysteries who appreciate oddball sleuths will be rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly
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Booklist’s Best Crime 2015

 

May is Mystery Month over at Booklist and to celebrate they’ve put together “Best of” reading lists with loads of Macmillan titles!
Plus, Booklist Reader has a special feature on one of our favorite mystery authors…

The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2015

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
With her beloved series hero, former Montreal Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, now retired, Penny moves from finding reasons to get Gamache back to his beloved village of Three Pines to taking him on a road trip, first to Europe and then to the wilds of Canada’s upper St. Lawrence River. As always, Penny dexterously combines suspense with psychological drama, overlaying the whole with an all-powerful sense of landscape as a conduit to meaning. Another gem from an endlessly inventive writer.

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
Richard Price returns as Harry Brandt with the story of Billy Graves, an aging NYPD cop who suspects that one of his cronies in the Wild Geese, a legendary anti-crime unit from the nineties, may now be killing the crooks who got away back in the day. With one-of-a-kind characters and settings so real you can smell them, The Whites isn’t about cops and killers as much it’s about the damage we all carry, the sins we’ve all committed, and the heartbreaking unlikeliness of forgiveness. An unrelenting, moving story of crime and social justice.

Best Crime Fiction Debuts

AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS
by Martine Bailey

Set in the 1770s, Bailey’s debut stars Biddy Leigh, undercook at Mawton Hall in Cheshire, England, who accompanies the master’s wife on a trip to Italy, where she falls in love with a chef and is thrown into a murder case. A delectable dish for foodies and the Downton Abbey crowd.

NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR by Joe Gannon
Gannon places a classic hard-boiled detective in the middle of 1980s Nicaragua, with its poisonous politics, and tells the story of the times in emotion-drenched, wonderfully lyrical prose.

Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks

THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE by Benjamin Black, read by Dennis Boutsikaris
Boutsikaris steps into Marlowe’s shoes as he narrates the search for a dead man who might not be dead at all. Set in the 1950s and true to Chandler’s creation, this is a memorable visit to the mean streets. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (9/18/14 Edition)

What else do these mysteries have in common besides starting with the letter “B”? “M” for MURDER!

BROADCHURCH by Erin Kelly
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.
(We can’t wait for the U.S. version, Gracepoint!)

THE BLOOD OF AN ENGLISHMAN by M.C. Beaton
In the latest Agatha Raisin, a local amateur theatre company is in the spotlight after one of the actors is murdered during a performance. “Agatha’s 25th is another rollicking mixture of clever mystery-making and love gone wrong.”
Kirkus Reviews
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