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Booklist’s “Crime Fiction for Mystery Month” Webinar Titles

We hope you were able to tune in to Booklist’s “Crime Fiction for Mystery Month” webinar today, but if not, here are all the thrilling titles Anne presented:

BRING ME BACK*| B.A. Paris | 9781250151339 | Out 6/19/18
THE MIDDLEMAN* | Olen Steinhauer | 9781250036179 | Out 8/7/18 (LR: 6/20)
FEARED* | Lisa Scottoline | 9781250099594 | Out 8/14/18 (LR: 6/20)
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND* | Louise Penny | 9781250066206 | Out 11/27/18 (LR: 9/20)
STAY HIDDEN* | Paul Doiron | 9781250102386 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
A GATHERING OF SECRETS* | Linda Castillo | 9781250121318 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
WILD FIRE** | Ann Cleeves | 9781250124845 | Out 9/4/18 (LR: 7/20)
SUNRISE HIGHWAY** | Peter Blauner | 9781250117410 | Out 9/4/18 (LR: 7/20)
BROKEN ICE | Matt Goldman | 9780765391315 | Out 6/12/18
THE DEAD RINGER | M.C. Beaton | 9781250157690 | Out 10/2/18 (LR: 8/20)
THE DARKNESS** | Ragnar Jonasson | 9781250171030 | Out 10/16/18 (LR: 8/20)
AN ACT OF VILLAINY | Ashley Weaver | 9781250159755 | Out 9/4/18 (LR: 7/20)
BUTTON MAN* | Andrew Gross | 9781250179982 | Out 9/18/18 (LR: 7/20)
BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD* | Jessica Fellowes | 9781250170811 | Out 10/30/18 (LR: 8/20)
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Thriller Thursday (4/26/18 Edition)

Sleuths abound in today’s #ThrillerThursday reads!

ANTIQUE BLUES by Jane K. Cleland
Josie Prescott must confront suspicious antiques dealers and her own friend’s killer in the twelfth mystery in this beloved cozy series set in New Hampshire. “The 12th title in Cleland’s character-driven series is as fascinating as its predecessors with plenty of details that capture the excitement of the hunt for the history and provenance of particular art objects. Also appealing are the engaging and sympathetic characters who bring warmth to this cozy mystery.” — Library Journal, starred review

SHATTERED MIRROR by Iris Johansen
When forensic sculptor Eve Duncan receives a package containing a skull, her reconstruction reveals a beautiful woman’s faces. But when Eve is introduced to the dead woman’s mirror image, a game is on where her twin’s life hangs in the balance. “Fans of paranormal suspense will be rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly

THE GLASS ROOM by Ann Cleeves
Also available in trade paperback
From CWA Diamond Dagger Award winner Ann Cleeves comes the fifth book in the Vera Stanhope series, published for the first time in the US. “Cleeves crafts a subtle, complex mystery, and the curmudgeonly Vera and her distinctive view of the world make this series stand out in a crowded genre.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Free Ann Cleeves Murder Mystery Game!

To celebrate the forthcoming publication of THE GLASS ROOM (book #5 in the Vera Stanhope series, on sale 4/24 simultaneously in hardcover and trade paperback), Ann Cleeves developed a murder mystery game to be performed at libraries and bookstores!

The script is designed to be read by four actors, and directions on how to stage the event are also included. Plus, Minotaur Books will provide free Ann Cleeves Shetland & Vera books to use as a prizes when you host your murder mystery game!

Click here to download the murder mystery game PDF and email Martin Quinn for more information about book prizes. You can also download a copy of the Shetland murder mystery game here.

Ann will be in the U.S. in late March 2018 to attend Malice Domestic in Maryland, and will do press with Vera TV show star Brenda Blethyn, and events with Louise Penny!

2018 Audie Award Nominees

Listen to this great news: Macmillan Audio has 10 finalists for the 2018 Audie Awards!

Best Male Narrator
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst

Fiction
I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi, read by Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer

History/Biography
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King as told to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, read by Phylicia Rashad & January LaVoy

Mystery
TELLING TALES by Ann Cleeves, read by Julia Franklin
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst

Narration by Author or Authors
THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT written and read by Elizabeth Warren

Non-Fiction
THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT written and read by Elizabeth Warren
GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI by Richard Lloyd Parry, read by Simon Vance

Paranormal
ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT by Darynda Jones, read by Lorelei King

Thriller/Suspense
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris, read by Georgia Maguire

Excellence in Marketing
Get Your Heart Racing Campaign by Macmillan Audio

For a full list of nominees, more information, and to listen to clips from the audiobooks, visit theaudies.com and follow the hashtag #Audies2018.

2018 Edgar & Barry Award Nominees + New Mysteries

Didja see our 2018 Edgar nominees?! Plus the following mysteries are up for the 2018 Barry Awards:

Best First Novel
THE DRY by Jane Harper

Best Thriller
TRAP THE DEVIL by Ben Coes

Winners will be announced September 6, 2018 at Bouchercon.

Now on to this week’s new mysteries!

THE MITFORD MURDERS by Jessica Fellowes
A February 2018 Indie Next pick! New York Times bestselling author Fellowes draws on a true unsolved crime from the 1920s in a mystery starring a maid working for the Mitford sisters. “…the heroine is appealingly plucky, and the reader sinks into the rich period detail as pleasantly as into an overstuffed sofa.” — Kirkus Reviews

HIDDEN DEPTHS by Ann Cleeves
Also available in trade paperback
Published for the first time in the U.S., the “captivating”* third book in Diamond Dagger award-winning crime novelist Ann Cleeves’s Vera Stanhope series, brought to life in the hit TV series Vera. “Readers will want to devour the entire series just for the pleasure of spending time in Vera’s complex and inviting world.” — *Publishers Weekly

THE SILENT ROOM by Mari Hannah
One fugitive. A deadly plot. No rules. Thus begins an ingenious and lightning-fast standalone thriller. “A fast-paced read with relatable characters and a hint of romance; fans of Sara Paretsky’s investigations into corporate misdeeds will find a lot to like here.” — Booklist readmoreremove

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Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton

“The Reacher-like thrills leading there generate adrenaline-fueled pleasure. Bolton, who also writes as S. J. Bolton, delivers another strong, resourceful female character in Jessica Lane.”–Booklist

“Bolton’s (Little Black Lies) latest stand-alone hits the ground running…VERDICT This will be the book of the fall for Bolton’s fans and anyone who treasures the experience of staying up late reading just to find out what happens next.”–Library Journal

The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver

“Sparkling…”–Publishers Weekly

“This is an excellent entrée into a delightful (librarian-penned) series.”–Booklist

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

“A deliberate pace and a skillfully woven plot conspire to create a visceral read that’s at once a gripping psychological thriller and a devastating exploration of the damage wrought by childhood trauma.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Land asks if we are doomed to repeat the sins of our fathers—or, in this case, mothers—in her assured, creepy debut… Readers will be more than happy to go along for the ride and may be surprised how they feel about the conclusion, proving the unmistakable spell that Land has cast. Sly, unsettling, and impossible to put down.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Seagull by Ann Cleeves

“Engrossing…This nuanced, adroitly paced tale should satisfy both series fans and new readers.”–Publishers Weekly

Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

“It is no secret that Robb’s Eve Dallas series continues to be one of the most popular brands in crime fiction. Add that to this installment’s perfectly executed plot, snappy pacing, and judicious sprinkling of dry humor, and you have a particularly enjoyable treat for loyal fans and curious new readers alike. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With an initial run of 750,000 copies and copious publicity, Robb’s new Eve Dallas title will be heavily requested.”–Booklist

“Robb continues to impress…”–Publishers Weekly

The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd

“With the fourth wildly original addition to her Virtue Falls series, Dodd takes more than a few creative risks and then brilliantly succeeds in this sexy, compulsively readable tale of romantic suspense.”–Booklist

“Intriguing characters (including an especially horrifying villain), twin romances (Kateri and Stag’s prickly sparring as well as Merida and Benedict’s trust-challenged bond), and a complex plot that reveals itself with chilling precision keep the pages turning. VERDICT Tense, taut, and beautifully paced, this latest addition to Dodd’s series is another stunner; it will appeal to romance and suspense fans alike. Dodd (Because I’m Watching) lives in Washington State.”–Library Journal, starred review

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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 (4/27/17 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to new, mysteries, thrillers & true crime!

A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
Two starred reviews! During WWII, young Russian spy with divided loyalties, under deep cover in Nazi Germany, uncovers an assassination plot that could change the course of history. “With detailed historical events, compelling characters, and plenty of heart-grabbing moments, this novel is intensely engaging from the first page. Alexsi is complex and fully drawn; this is a spy who gains the reader’s trust while never showing his hand. Christie’s fabulous novel of historical espionage will appeal to both World War II fiction buffs and spy novel/thriller aficionados. Extremely well done.” — Library Journal, starred & boxed review

INCENDIARY: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell
Long before the specter of terrorism haunted the public imagination, a serial bomber stalked 1950s New York. The race to catch him would give birth to a new science called criminal profiling. You can also follow the “Mad Bomber” throughout NYC in this interactive map! “A fascinating study not just of a historical crime and its consequences, but also its unintended effects.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

COLD EARTH by Ann Cleeves
Read a Q&A with Ann Cleeves about COLD EARTH! “The ground shifts in more ways than one for Det. Insp. Jimmy Perez in CWA Diamond Dagger–winner Cleeves’s moody seventh Shetland mystery. The stark Shetland landscape provides an atmospheric backdrop for Cleeves’s complex, relatable characters, especially Perez, a kind man dealing with his own tragic past.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

All Things Ann Cleeves! (And a Free Murder Mystery Game)

Friends, we can’t get enough of Ann Cleeves. The prolific mystery author of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland Island series is being awarded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger, which is the highest honor in British Crime Writing!

Did you also know that in 2016, Ann was appointed as a National Libraries Day ambassador, an annual celebration that highlights the importance of libraries and the vitally important public services they provide both to individuals and their communities? She also set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project. Don’t forget the Vera TV series starring actress Brenda Blethyn is available through Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Acorn TV, too!

AnnCleeves_MysteryPack.inddTo celebrate the forthcoming publication of COLD EARTH (book #7 in the Shetland Island series, on sale 4/18), Ann has developed a murder mystery game for libraries and booksellers, based around a traditional Shetland Sunday tea!

The script is designed to be read by four actors, and directions on how to stage the event are also included. Plus, Minotaur Books will provide three Ann Cleeves Shetland series books to use as a prize when you host your murder mystery game!

Click here to download the murder mystery game PDF and email Martin Quinn for more information about book prizes.

Ann also answered some questions for us about COLD EARTH:

Please share some of your creative process. What research do you typically do for your Shetland books, and what research went into COLD EARTH? How was the creative process different with COLD EARTH than with the previous books?

My research certainly isn’t hard work! I visit the islands, sit in my friends’ kitchens, drink tea and gossip. I listen to their preoccupations. COLD EARTH started with the title, which is unusual for me. Often that’s the very last thing to arrive. This quartet is based around the elements: DEAD WATER, THIN AIR and now COLD EARTH. Earth made me think about the burial service: ‘Earth to earth, dust to dust.’ So, the story starts with a funeral. In 2003 there was a serious landslide that cut the island in two. More earth. It just missed a small croft house. I used that as a dramatic opening to the novel. It set the theme of secrets buried and uncovered. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (2/23/17 Edition)

Sleuths from 16th century England to the present abound in our #ThrillerThursday picks:

THE CROW TRAP by Ann Cleeves (also available in trade paperback)
DI Vera Stanhope investigates a murder that rips through a group of women conducting an environmental survey. “Published in the UK in 1998 and just now released in the United States, this first book in Cleeves’s ‘Vera Stanhope’ series (which also inspired a popular television show) demonstrates exactly why the curmudgeonly Northumberland police detective gets results. It would be foolish to discount Vera because she doesn’t dress smartly-she can outfox even the wiliest of criminals, while wearing whatever she pleases, and readers will delight in getting the chance to see how such a quirky character evolved. ” — Library Journal

A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
In this third series entry, book editor and amateur sleuth Samantha Clair finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbors, suspected arson and an odd, unidentified body. “Flanders adroitly avoids chick-lit clichés, opting for nuanced, multidimensional characters… Readers will look forward to seeing more of smart, successful, self-deprecating Sam. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

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