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Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves

“Cleeves’ taut, atmospheric thriller will keep readers guessing until the last page…Chilling.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Cleeves offers up evocative settings and flawed characters with depth, making her mysteries wonderfully addictive. Her latest is no exception.”–Library Journal, starred review

“A nice mixture, in the British tradition, of social comedy and detective work. More Vera, please.”–Booklist, starred review

Shattered by Allison Brennan

“This well-executed series crossover works as a stand-alone or a series entry, with Brennan displaying the strengths of Max and Lucy while adding insights about both and hints as to their futures. A must for fans of both series.”–Booklist

“Psychologically complex characters and well-established stakes pave the way for a heart-pounding conclusion, which satisfies while setting the scene for Max’s next mystery.”–Publishers Weekly

Fast Falls the Night by Julia Keller

“Keller’s series featuring Bell Elkins is remarkable for its humanity and its fully realized characters, Bell foremost among them… Keller’s finely honed prose and emotional depth mark this series as exceptional in the world of crime fiction.”–Booklist, starred review

“This outstanding taut, mystery presents an important social issue with compassion and great humanity.”–Library Journal, starred review

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

“Superlative…Multidimensional characters with a plethora of hidden agendas help drive the riveting plot to its explosive conclusion.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Saboteur by Andrew Gross

“From its opening pages, Gross’s novel grips readers as they follow the tough-minded and persistent Nordstrum every step of the way. VERDICT Highly recommended for thriller fans as well as lovers of historical fiction based on true events.”–Library Journal, starred review

 

 

Thriller Thursday (4/14/16 Edition)

Check out three new books in continuing series and one chilling debut compared to Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD!

POISONOUS by Allison Brennan
In New York Times bestseller Brennan’s latest Max Revere novel, the investigative reporter looks for the truth behind the death of a teenage Internet bully. “Fans of fast-paced thrillers will enjoy watching Max shuffle her suspect list as new information is revealed, and use her investigative skills to isolate the killer. Recommend this series to fans of Sandra Brown and Jan Burke.” — Booklist

MURDER ON THE HOUR by Elizabeth Duncan
In the seventh book in this cozy series, Penny Brannigan helps investigate who killed a woman and stole her quilt, which was recently featured on an antiques TV show. “The lush landscape of Wales is lovingly described along with details of art, artists, and antiques in this mystery populated with quirky characters set in a charming village. Share with readers who enjoy Jane K. Cleland’s Josie Prescott cozies with their similar antiques frame.” — Booklist

A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET by Susanna Calkins
In the next book in Calkins’ historical mystery series, Lucy Campion encounters a girl in a blood-spattered nightdress who has no idea what happened to her. “This fourth series entry stands well on its own. Lucy is a daring young woman who works hard to advance her place in life during a time when women had few options. A nice option for devotees of Anne Rutherford and Samuel Thomas, both of whom write series firmly placed during the same historical period.” — Library Journal

THIRST by Benjamin Warner
A debut literary thriller about the disturbing measures a couple and their neighbors take to survive when a strange force eliminates all water without warning. “Reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD, Warner’s spare, chilling tale paints an unsettlingly realistic picture of society on the brink and the grim choices ordinary people might have to make when faced with the urgent need to survive.” — Booklist readmoreremove

ALA Annual 2015 – Monday Events

It’s the last day of ALA Annual 2015! Say hello/goodbye to us in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1009 and finish strong with today’s great events:

Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Joshua Davis with Rick Jacobs and David Thomson – From Cover to Screen – Books to Movies
8:30-10:00am
Moscone Convention Center | Esplanade 305

Joshua Davis (SPARE PARTS) will be joined by producer Rick Jacobs and esteemed film critic David Thomson to talk about the writing of the book, the creation of the movie and how movies are judged and reviewed. Attendees will also view a trailer for the film version, starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei. SPARE PARTS is about four undocumented Mexican teenagers overcoming all odds to win a high-tech underwater robot competition against teams from elite universities, and has been called a “triumphant read” by the Toronto Star and “a great American story” by the Washington Post.

Booklist‘s Read ‘n Rave
9:00-10:00am
Moscone Convention Center | Room 122 (N)

Come hear six collection development specialists rave about their favorite titles gathered from the exhibit floor. This lively panel, co-organized by Booklist and the AAP, will feature librarians Stephanie Chase (Hillsboro Public Library); Naphtali Faris (Kansas City Public Library); Alene Moroni (King County Library System); Kaite Mediatore Stover (Kansas City Public Library); Stephen Sposato (Chicago Public Library); and David Wright (Seattle Public Library). Moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist‘s editor for Reference and Collection Management.

AAP/LibraryReads Mystery Authors Panel
10:30-11:30am
Moscone Convention Center | Room 122 (N)
RSVP required, space is limited

Join the AAP and LibraryReads for a Mystery Authors Panel and hear from five authors, including Allison Brennan (COMPULSION). A complimentary book signing will follow the program.

Space is still available for this event. RSVP here.

Keep up with the action on the Twitter action, hashtag #alaac15!

Macmillan Library @ ALA Annual 2015 (Booth #1009)

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We’re happy to leave our hearts in San Francisco with you fine librarians next month at ALA Annual! Stop by the Macmillan (adult) booth #1009 and attend all of the fabulous events on our schedule below (RSVP ASAP)!
Friday, June 26

In-booth signing with Jane Cleland & Kelli Stanley
5:30-7:00pm
Moscone Convention Center | Booth #1009

Jane Cleland and Kelli Stanley will be signing complimentary copies of ORNAMENTS OF DEATH and CITY OF GHOSTS.

Saturday, June 27

The AAP’s Book-A-Licious Breakfast
8:30-10:00am
Marriott Marquis San Francisco | Golden Gate B
RSVP required, space is limited

Join bestselling author Brigid Schulte (OVERWHELMED: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time) for breakfast and book-talk.

Details and RSVP here
by June 19.

In-booth signing with Catherine Linka
9:00-10:00am
Moscone Convention Center | Booth #1009

Catherine Linka will be signing complimentary copies of A GIRL UNDONE.


“Zombies, and Vampires, and Spooks — Oh My!” with Catherine Linka and Stephanie Kuehn

10:30-11:30am
Moscone Convention Center | Room 125 (N)

Sponsored by United for Libraries and moderated by Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert, this panel includes YA authors Catherine Linka (A GIRL UNDONE) and Stephanie Kuehn (DELICATE MONSTERS).


“Three’s Company: We’ll be Waiting For You”
: The Best in Adult Books from Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins; Talia Sherer, Macmillan; and Chris Vaccari, Sterling

1:30-2:30pm
Moscone Convention Center | Book Buzz Theater (behind aisle 3900, near booth 3931)

Join Talia “the terror” Sherer as she presents her favorite Fall 2015 adult titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari!
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Thriller Thursday (4/9/15 Edition)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks star a couple of reporters, a bookseller-turned-sleuth and an officer forced to marry against his will!

A SCOURGE OF VIPERS by Bruce DeSilva
Two stars for Edgar-winner DeSilva’s excellent fourth Liam Mulligan novel, which finds the Providence, RI investigative journalist pursuing the truth behind a series of murders that appear linked to the governor, colorfully known as “Attila the Nun.” “DeSilva’s Edgar and Macavity Award-winning books is a consistently well-written hard-boiled series. Quality all the way.” — Library Journal, starred review

COMPULSION by Allison Brennan
NYC investigative reporter Max Revere is convinced a recently captured serial killer is hiding more bodies, but police won’t listen to her. “Investigative reporter Maxine Revere returns in this strong follow-up to NOTORIOUS. The pacing is relentless, and the suspense just keeps building until the satisfying ending. An excellent addition to the series.” — Booklist
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Don’t Forget to Vote!

Nominations for the April LibraryReads list are due THIS FRIDAY (Feb. 20)!!!

Need a recommendation refresher? Check out our favorites and a few more:

EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline (2 starred reviews!)
A SCOURGE OF VIPERS by Bruce DeSilva (2 starred reviews!)
HER NAME IS ROSE by Christine Breen
UNFORGETTABLE: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime by Scott Simon
THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolyn Womack
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For Your Consideration: April 2015 LibraryReads Titles

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

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

Academy Street by Mary Costello

Short-listed for the 2014 Costa First Novel Award

“In this gemlike first novel, Costello shows her Irish roots; the imagery-light-filled absences, wells, birds–calls to mind Seamus Heaney’s poetry and her plot and characters Colm Tóibín’s brilliant Brooklyn. Throughout, the language is measured and clear, and Tess is ultimately accessible and credible to a wide range of readers.”–Library Journal

Compulsion by Allison Brennan

“Probing a retired couple’s disappearance the previous summer, investigative report Maxine (“Max”) Revere is convinced that serial killer Adam Bachman—whose trial she’s currently covering—is somehow connected and that in fact he has an accomplice. She’s even more convinced after conducting a pretrial interview with him, but sharp-eyed though she is, she doesn’t realize how nastily she’s being set up. New York Times best seller Brennan, author of numerous series, e.g., Lucy Kincaid, launched the Max Revere series earlier this year with a bang, and since she’s been doing brilliantly in mass market for her publisher, the series is getting a big hardcover breakout.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

Martin Marten by Brian Doyle

“Published by an academic press, the luminously written Mink River was a dead giveaway that Doyle had a big literary future ahead of him, and he proved himself nicely with last year’s The Plover. His new novel again enfolds nature, offering the parallel coming-of-age tales of 14-year-old Dave and furry little Martin, who is (yes) a marten, a woodlands mammal related to minks. Even as Dave enters high school and starts wondering what life will be like when he eventually leaves the family cabin on Mount Hood (or Wy’east, to use the Native American name Dave prefers), Martin knows that soon it will be time to leave his mother and siblings behind. Buddies under the skin! Sure to be charming, with a bit of edge.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

“In another witchy historical from the New York Times best-selling Brackston (after The Winter Witch), ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells mournfully moves into the little Welsh cottage she was to have shared with husband Mat before his unexpected death. Soon, she’s sensing powers she never knew she had and having visions that tie her to a witch named Seren who lived nearby in Celtic times.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

New to LibraryReads? Read our FAQ for more information on how to participate.

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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Thriller Thursday & 2014 ThrillerFest Award Nominations!

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We've got three great mysteries AND fantastic news about ThrillerFest Award nominations!

THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill
An April 2014 LibraryReads pick! In Cotterill's third Jimm Juree mystery, the reporter's latest assignment is a profile of a writer who might also be a potential serial killer. “In addition to a clockwork plot and an intriguing setting, what really makes this book sing is Jimm’s own caustic, ribald observations. A stunner of a novel, third in the Jimm Juree series by the author of the acclaimed Dr. Siri novels.” — Booklist, starred review

DEAD PEOPLE by Ewart Hutton
In the next installment in this Welsh police procedural series, Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi finds several bodies at a remote site in the hills. His superior officers believe it's just a dumping ground, but Capaldi isn't convinced and sets out to learn who these dead people were and how they ended up there. “Fans of the cynical Scotsman John Rebus will find a lot to like in this hardworking Welsh outcast.” — Booklist  

BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS by Hilary Davidson
“In her new stand-alone thriller, Davidson introduces the reader to a cast of troubled, double-crossing characters who end up entangled in a dangerous game… you can’t help turning the pages in anticipation of yet another twist or turn. Recommended for mystery fans who appreciate quirky tales of revenge and family drama.” — Library Journal. Want to know more? Check out our feature.

Last week the ITW ThrillerFest Award finalists were announced and five were from Minotaur Books!

Best Hardcover Novel:
HER LAST BREATH by Linda Castillo

Best First Novel:
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton

Best Paperback Original:
COLD SNAP by Allison Brennan
SNOW WHITE MUST DIE by Nele Neuhaus

The winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Banquet at the Grand Hyatt in New York, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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Thriller Thursday (3/27/14 Edition) plus Left Coast Crime Award winners!

Happy #ThrillerThursday, friends! We've got a creepy new crop of mysteries, plus Left Coast Crime Award Winners! Read on for more:

THE COAL BLACK ASPHALT TOMB by David Handler
Romantic crime-fighting duo Mitch Berger and Desiree Mitry must go up against the town's aristocracy to solve the forty-year-old murder of a missing Navy flyer, found during overdue construction on a quaint New England road. "The affable Burger mines town gossip, and Mitry digs into some sordid town history en route to the satisfying resolution of the murder case." — Publishers Weekly

I REMEMBER YOU by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
"Sigurdardottir has written an excellent and seriously scary mystery with tangible and supernatural elements that will appeal to fans of John Ajvide Lindqvist (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN)." Library Journal, starred review.
We loved this one (and some of you did, too!).

THE REVENANT OF THRAXTON HALL by Vaughn Entwistle
In Entwistle's debut, Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde team up to investigate the future death of a medium at a manor in the English countryside. "Entwistle assembles an intriguing cast, including a levitator whose acts go awry, an enigmatic foreign count, and a Russian mystic who warns of dangerous revenants (returning spirits), for his whimsical plot." — Publishers Weekly

NOTORIOUS by Allison Brennan
In this start of a new series, bestselling author Brennan introduces tough-as-nails TV reporter Max Revere, who's got a knack for solving cold cases–except for the one from her own past. "[A] terrific new series. Sandra Brown and Hank Phillippi Ryan fans will feel right at home." – Booklist, starred review

WITHOUT WARNING by David Rosenfelt
When a small town in Maine is devastated by a hurricane, it unearths a time capsule that includes predictions about past murders...and future ones to come. "Descriptions of Rosenfelt’s latest stand-alone: Spooky. Creepy. Edgy. Chilling. Shuddery. What more could anyone want? The novel steps into Michael Connelly ground... highly recommended for readers craving that elusive 'something different.'” — Booklist  

The Left Coast Crime Awards were recently announced and we're thrilled to have three winners from Minotaur Books:

The Lefty: Best humorous mystery novel
THE GOOD COP by Brad Parks 

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award: Best historical mystery novel covering events before 1960
DANDY GILVER AND A BOTHERSOME NUMBER OF CORPSES by Catriona McPherson

The Calamari: Best mystery set anywhere else in the world
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny


Click here
to see the full list of nominees and winners. Congratulations to all winners! 

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