Articles tagged "Ann Cleeves"
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!
To 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
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
So many galleys, so little time! Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert put together a guide for ALA Midwinter 2017, so you know just what to grab. Here are her top picks from the Macmillan booth #1818 (and don’t forget to drop in during the United for Libraries (UFL) Spotlight on Adult Literature, Saturday, 1/21, from 2:00 to 4:00pm):
Spotlight giveaways (Saturday, 1/21, 2:00–4:00pm):
EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
“The long-awaited follow-up to the PEN USA Award winner MATHILDA SAVITCH, featuring a boy more or less kidnapped from his feckless mother after the deaths of his father and grandmother.”
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
“A high-profile debut whose teenage heroine is saved from loneliness in her new hometown by risk-taking young sophisticate Marlena.”
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
“Featuring a woman convinced that her abusive ex-husband, just out of jail, is stalking her.”
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
“Whose eponymous protagonist, trained in a shadowy black box orphan program aimed at creating assassins, is himself targeted by the head of the program.”
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
“A big-news novel about a little boy who wants to be a girl and the parents who support him.”
THE MOTHER’S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
“The story of single mother Alice, diagnosed with a fatal disease, who is determined to find a backup family for her teenage daughter.”
More hot fiction:
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
“The multi-award-winning cyber-visionary’s return to adult fiction after eight years, set in a futuristic dystopia where life’s necessities can be printed out via computer but
the world is despoiled and dangerous.”
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney
“85-year-old Lillian walks through Manhattan on New Year’s Eve, 1984, offering a slowly unfolding view of the city and her own long life.” readmoreremove
Two LibraryReads picks, a Prohibition mystery, and Vera Stanhope returns in this week’s #ThrillerThursday picks:
ALL THE LITTLE LIARS by Charlaine Harris
An October 2016 LibraryReads pick! #1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris returns to her Aurora Teagarden mystery series with a fabulous new book (the first in over a decade!) in which the small-town Southern librarian must find her half-brother and his three friends. “Harris weaves a complex tale of difficult family dynamics that highlights the horrors of being a teenager. Aurora, a smart and witty protagonist, possesses all the Southern charm necessary to carry this entertaining series.” — Publishers Weekly
THE MOTION OF PUPPETS by Keith Donohue
An October 2016 LibraryReads pick! This new horror novel from the bestselling author of the LibraryReads pick THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS (which has been optioned for film) is a chilling tale of romance and enchantment set in a Québec toy shop, patterned after the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. “Intricately plotted, absorbing, and suspenseful, this is a moving, modern story set in what feels like a fairy-tale world but is actually terrifyingly realistic.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove
Follow a super sleuth in each of these mysteries on shelves now:
HARBOUR STREET by Ann Cleeves
Two stars for Cleeves’s latest entry in her D.I. Vera Stanhope series. “The fatal stabbing of 70-year-old Margaret Krukowski on a train car filled with Christmas shoppers propels British author Cleeves’s excellent sixth mystery featuring Northumbrian Det. Insp. Vera Stanhope. You don’t have to be a fan of the TV show Vera, now filming its fifth season, to enjoy this top-notch police procedural.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
TIME OF DEPARTURE by Douglas Schofield
Two starred reviews for this debut mystery with a surprising twist, featuring a young state prosecutor investigating a series of murders dating back to the 1970s, and a mysterious ex cop who knows way too much about her. “Don’t expect to get any sleep if you start this novel tonight.” — Library Journal, starred review
“[An] engrossing debut with a Twilight Zone twist… It’s a tribute to criminal lawyer Schofield’s persuasive powers that his characters, procedural elements, and atmosphere are convincing enough to keep those pages turning without logic getting in the way.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
RIOT MOST UNCOUTH by Daniel Friedman
“Thriller Award–finalist Friedman (DON’T EVER LOOK BACK) succeeds in making his unique blend of humor, crime, and an unusual protagonist work in the first of a new series starring the famous Romantic poet [Lord Byron]. Besides adroitly placing the major plot twists, Friedman manages to make one of the most obnoxious leads in recent memory oddly endearing and even sympathetic.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Ann Cleeves and Barry Maitland are mystery stars in their own right — Cleeves is the author of two acclaimed series and Maitland’s latest Brock & Kolla mystery was a November 2013 LibraryReads pick. So it’s no surprise their forthcoming books have several starred reviews:
HARBOUR STREET by Ann Cleeves
“The fatal stabbing of 70-year-old Margaret Krukowski on a train car filled with Christmas shoppers propels British author Cleeves’s excellent sixth mystery featuring Northumbrian Det. Insp. Vera Stanhope. You don’t have to be a fan of the TV show Vera, now filming its fifth season, to enjoy this top-notch police procedural.” — 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
CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
“Maitland starts a new trilogy set in Sydney, featuring an aboriginal detective. Well written with an elaborate plot, this fast-paced novel explores some aspects of the racial divide in Australia. Recommend for Claire McNab readers or anyone who likes police procedurals.” — Library Journal, starred review
“Unlike the 12 cases Maitland set Kolla and Brock, this one expresses its moral complications through nonstop action. First of a series. Though you’ll wonder early and often how Harry can possibly survive for any sequels, you’ll hope again and again to be proved wrong.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
What are you reading this #ThrillerThursday? Share your picks with us @MacmillanLib.
We’ve got three new mysteries starring P.I.s for you this #ThrillerThursday, but first awards news! The 2015 CWA Dagger shortlist was revealed earlier this week and we have two nominees in the Non Fiction category:
ONE OF US: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Asne Seierstad
Winners will be announced at the CWA Annual Awards dinner on June 30.
Now on to the books!
SUPERFLUOUS WOMEN by Carola Dunn
Daisy Dalrymple returns for her 22nd cozy mystery where a body found behind a locked door leaves her three friends as main suspects. “Now here’s a proper British mystery. A thoroughly cozy atmosphere combines with a solid mystery. More Daisy, please.” — Booklist readmoreremove